Attention newbees and rebuilders

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by lester perry, Jan 13, 2009.

  1. lester perry

    lester perry Active Member

    Just a thought I felt I should share. About 10 years ago I started building my dream layout after 2 years of planning. It works fantastically. N-guager has seen it and can attest to my claim. I feel it was perfect as it had everything I wanted.
    there are 2 hidden yards. one east bound one westbound they are good. I just made some minor improvements to them that a friend suggested. The problem I have is the access tracks to the hidden yards are difficult to get to. you have to crawl under the layout to get to them for maintenance or rare derailments. In 07 I had a stroke. I can no longer get on my knees to crawl. there go the problem and wished foresight. No you can't plan for everything. You can plan on hopefully living to be a senior citizen. who cant crawl any more or reach as far as you used to. how about narrow Isle ways and possible walker or wheel chair in the future.
    Just some food for thought. Before you say just start over, I can't and you might not be able to either. Or you may have the perfect layout (for you).
    Oh yeah I was only 51 when I had a stroke.
  2. wccrawford

    wccrawford Novice Papercrafter

    Have you considered finding an apprentice? You say you can't start over, but that's only true if you do it alone.

    Personally, I've always found model trains to be fascinating, but never had the space for them. (Apart from the tiny thing I had as a kid.) The opportunity to help someone with 12+ years of experience (I assume more, but you only mentioned 12) rebuild their set into something 'perfect' ... Well, I'd be willing to sacrifice a lot of my free time for that.

    With so many other things to do with free time, it may not be easy to find a local apprentice for this, but I would think it's worth at least trying.
  3. lester perry

    lester perry Active Member

    As of now I have no desire to start again. I am very happy with what I have. I just wish I had done a few things a little different. That is what this post is about. Think of the unthinkable when planning, fully knowing there are limits as to what you can do. Isle width, access, distances to reach. ease of maintenance. that kind of stuff.
  4. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Active Member

    Can you get onto a mechanic's crawler? Lie on your back and scoot through?

    If not, can you alter a section to hinge upwards?
  5. lester perry

    lester perry Active Member

    No and no.
  6. bigsteel

    bigsteel Call me Mr.Tinkertrain

    go get one of them robots that doctors use to operate 1000's of miles away,im sure its got a gentle enough touch for freight cars and turnouts :D .but seriously,like you said,you cant plan for everything,and atleast you can still enjoy your layout.and man,if i didnt have a job and stuff in ohio,id move in with you to work on your awesome joke,i really would....:sign1: --josh
  7. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Active Member

    In that case, I hate to say it but you will undoubtedly have to rebuild a section to allow access.

    Your options appear severely limited otherwise.
  8. lester perry

    lester perry Active Member

    Josh thank you for the compliment. If you ever find yourself heading my way send me an e-mail.
  9. lester perry

    lester perry Active Member

    Mountain man ,that's not going to happen. I can manage with it the way it is. All I am saying is If I knew then what I know now I would have done things differently. You know hind sight being 20 20. Just throwing out what I have learned.
  10. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Active Member


    One of the main reasons I avoid such constructions, as problematic as it can be. Since I am "fully mature", I anticipate starting to fall apart any day. :cool:

    you know, it's just an odd thought, but every year the Air Force Academy looks for unusual projects for it's Senior Engineering Class. Why not drop them a line and ask them how they would solve such a problem?

    Good luck to you.

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