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Do you ever finish a layout
North Carolina, United States
Joined: February 22, 2002
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Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - 09:57 PM UTC
Do you ever really finish building a rail road layout?
I see them as never ending, there is alway something more to add, or something to tweak and change. A better building comes out and you replace an older one, a new civilian set or animal set comes out and your empty sidewalk or field is shouting for them.

Is this just me?
Iowa, United States
Joined: September 09, 2005
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Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - 10:05 PM UTC
nope a layout is never done until the owner dies
Texas, United States
Joined: January 13, 2006
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Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2006 - 07:47 PM UTC
On my N scale layout 4x7 feet I can never get passed the track layout Im always changning it will probably Never complete it hehe. Im sure alot of railroaders finish some layouts but you always gotta make repairs, and keep your locos running. But Scott believe your correct to say it can become a never ending project. Just depends on goals I guess.

Michigan, United States
Joined: December 11, 2003
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Posted: Friday, August 18, 2006 - 04:11 AM UTC
Blasphemy! Finished and Layout should never be used in the same sentence!!
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Tennessee, United States
Joined: December 21, 2002
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Posted: Friday, September 22, 2006 - 07:21 PM UTC
With me "Ever START a layout" :-)

Since taking mine down 20 years ago, I have been planning and preparing for the past 10. I have a 6 X 10 table, four 2 X 8 tables, plenty of track and roadbed scores of less than satisfying track plans, and 19 X 8 area to fill.
England - West Midlands, United Kingdom
Joined: March 09, 2005
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Posted: Friday, September 22, 2006 - 08:52 PM UTC

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Blasphemy! Finished and Layout should never be used in the same sentence!!

How about 'My layout will never be finished'?

England - East Midlands, United Kingdom
Joined: March 23, 2003
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Posted: Saturday, September 23, 2006 - 01:09 PM UTC
i have'nt even started on the little layout i have been planning. well, it will be more of a station diorama to show off my airfix/dapol kits (and i have an evening star kit now for next years rail campaign) its all still in the boxes, platform,station house,level crossing etc. i even have a peice of board i "salvaged" from work for it all to go on. as you say these things get bigger because all i wanted was one peice of track to put my city of truro model on and i ended up buying half the shop!
Queensland, Australia
Joined: April 10, 2005
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Posted: Sunday, September 24, 2006 - 11:03 AM UTC
I have just read your post Scott and it is very interesting- The thing is some guys actually do sort of finish but then they rip it up and build a whole new empire (see Tony Kostners column in Model Railroader and his building the NKPR after having a magnificent railroad based in West Virginia.
I myself have built 6 exhibition layouts but from them I have still to start on my home layout - have actually demolished 2 and am using my latest 2 plus a beautiful bridge model my father built as the start of my O scale ON30 layout-my problem is I love the actually scenery part but am not great at carpentry, track laying and electrial ( but am learning all the time)
I have also decided to change from DC to DCC and have purchased a Digitrax system and now have to relook at everything I am doing plus I now want to put sound in my Locos (cause they sound so so good)
BUT I will never be finished cause like you have said there is always a building to redo or fully detail and light-
ain't it fun