What would you do?

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Freelancer, Nov 25, 2002.

  1. Freelancer

    Freelancer Member

    What would you do, if you found something that you missed or could fix, that would better your layout's: operation, look & feel, reliability, by 100%?
  2. Ravensfan

    Ravensfan Member

    <sarcasm>Wow, this poll is getting a lot of attention</sarcasm>

    Since I haven't yet started mine, I know that, after getting input from the members of this site, I will make my setup perfect the first time 'round. :)
  3. Partsman

    Partsman Member

    I would just have to redo as much as needed to accomodate the better idea, regardless of the extra work involved.

    After all, we do strive toward perfection, as much as possible, in our little empires.:D
  4. PennRailRoads

    PennRailRoads Member

    " Redo 75% of your layout to better it!"

    I did that last year, tore everything off and redid it, now I'm putting ballst on the tracks after a full year of doing nothing and putting new telephone poles on as well.
  5. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    I voted to redo, but it all depends what the pay back would be. For example, if it's just gunna make life easier for little plastic people, forget it, we have proffits to consider, and ya don't make money by spendin it! On the other hand, if we can eliminate the need for some of these pathetic petrolium based life forms, and recoup the expenditure in the next few HO years, we might consider it.
  6. msh

    msh Member

    I had to stick with HO 4x8.

    (don't cry for me 'cause I don't have the 120x250 basement layout with 20 engineers each in their own massage chair - it's just fine as it is)


    I'd like to tear out the front half and expand to 4.5x8 or even 5x8 and re-lay that portion of the layout to get those curves wider. Not likely though. Too much work and time invested.

    Next layout... we can build it.... we have the technology..... it will be done better, stronger, faster.
  7. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    God, MSH, I got a lump in my throat, I'm tryin' to hold back the tears for ya, bro., but IT AIN'T EASY!!!! Just remember you could be modlin' in somewhereistan where you have to ride a bycycle/generator to make the power and there is no prep. H for the generator induced roids and you have to make the engines from rocks.:( :( :( And all your tools suck, "A screwdriver, I asked for a screwdriver, this is a hammer, aw damn these stone tools anyway.":( :( :( And all the women look like blue sheets. :eek: :eek: :eek: Wait... that's too much to take FREE THE AFGAN MODELERS!!!!
  8. kettlestack

    kettlestack Member

    Well, having painted myself into a corner due to lack of planning of the room and lack of space for my HO, I guess it's time to surrender and go N gauge!! This must count as a 100% redo :eek: .

    HO just has to be too horribly oversized for the space I have.
    N will provide space for the type of scenery and stuctures I'm so fond of. Also being retired and not having won the lottery (yet) it will be a lot less expensive on consumables. I already have 20+ years of accumulated N capital equipment and track that just needs me to put my mind to it.

    It's a sad day when yet another RR closes down. Now all I need do is get the receivers in ... :) :) Say bye bye to the Clayton Central :(


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  9. gerbs4me

    gerbs4me Member

    I'd redo some of it. It would make it look better.
  10. Roger Hensley

    Roger Hensley Member

    Don't really like the choices. I'd redo whatever needed to be changed over a period of time whether it be 5 % or 75 %. In fact, I have been doing just that. Now, who doesn't? That is probably a situation that many many modelers have faced. A number of people rip it up and start over.

    Yes, if I were to start over, I would make changes, but I'm not going to do that again. This one has been growing and improving since 1983. I just added LED signals. I might even get some photos added to my layout web site, but not for a few weeks yet. :)


    Roger Hensley - madisonrails@railfan.net
    == http://cid.railfan.net/eci_new.html ==
    == East Central Indiana HO Scale Railroad ==
  11. marty w.

    marty w. Member

    Redo 100%. I had a duckunder in the last layout design. I thought I could live with it. That layout lasted 3 months. I now have a folded dogbone style layout without a duck under and am quite pleased with it. My back and knees feel much better too!
  12. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    Don't feel bad Errol, I'll put your old HO stuff to good use! Don't forget to send the drawer full of HOn3 stuff and please pack that Beautiful Kettlestack that you posted very carefully, it has a long journy to Cobblers Knob. I'll give them a nice loving warm home! I hope they like industrial switchers! :D :D :D
  13. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Ain't it the truth. I look at plans till I am numb. Then build one only to find that some parts make me unhappy. Usually it's too tight radius for my passenger cars. I model in N gauge so thought a 15 inch radius would suffice. WRONG!!!! I changed to a 20 inch radius and still no joy so now what?? I may have to go to a 36inch radius before those heavy weights look realistic coming round the bend. This would mean a drastic rebuild which I am now contemplating. The only way I can do it would be to have a duck under or a lift out section or a lift bridge.
    After reading Marty W's post can I avoid this duck under !!
    Enough to make one weep.
  14. davidstrains

    davidstrains Active Member

    Be sure to save tha malt beverage plant. I found a few "Gauge crates" laying around that I could send you to help you with your benchwork.:D :D

    It's one thing to ask questions about what one should do - which is what I did in the Track planning forum. It is another to implement a better idea into your own concepts. I went ahead and built my layout with the duck under - about 42 inches. Not to bad and not much of a strain. - But, if I had it to do again - I would build a walk-in layout. Who knows, I may do it again.:) :)
  15. kettlestack

    kettlestack Member

    Jon, You're way too kind, but this majestic 4-4-0 lady is used to sleeping in an engine house not a cardboard box at the back of the boiler house ... :D :D :D :D
    Besides, I'd hate her to be the instigator of animosity amongst those hustlers .. :D :D :D

  16. kettlestack

    kettlestack Member

    Robin, Aint life a bitch?? ... but we endure .. :D :D :D
    Remember my friend ... "Small is beautiful"
    (Back to the drawing board) :( :(

  17. kettlestack

    kettlestack Member

    David, I haven't paid the lawyers fees for the last time I used Gauge crates for my layout !!!:( :(


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