Today I attended the local Tour de Chooch with a friend.  TDC is a free, annual, self-guided event where owners of some fabulous model railroads open them for visitation.  I saw some simply wonderful things and was inspired.

The reality, however, is that I have neither the time nor the willpower to build a basement empire at this stage in my life.  I’m thinking about a small shelf railroad, perhaps a Timesaver variant, to keep me busy over the winter and allow some of my old boyhood trains to come out and play again.


This is one of my most prized posessions.  Deputy Dad had it custom painted for me at least 25 years ago now.  At the time all I knew was that I wanted my own B&M engine.  The guys at the local hobby shop delivered very nicely with an Athearn flywheel drive and Kadee couplers.  This was state-of-the-mid-80’s art.  It may not have Digital Command Control or ProtoSound, but it has memories.