8th Jul 2016, 06:35 PM
The Eureka! moment.
I've been working on a general concept in my head for over 10 years now for a set of N-Trak modules. There are many aspects to my idea, and each of them has required a bunch of mental development, sketches, and research. However while I have had great luck solving various technical issues (how many tracks, what size modules, how to transport them, control system for switches) and even refining the sort of scene I want to model, it just wasn't all coming together.
Then I received the January/February 2016 C&O Historical Society Magazine. It contains an article first printed in 1937 about Martin Kentucky, "Biggest Little Yard". Along with the reprint is an article with great detail about the engine house, along with a ton of pictures and a track plan of the entire yard.
The track plan in particular is very similar to the track plan I had in my head. As in nearly identical. Additionally the structures all look fairly easy to scratch build or kit bash. It's clear the C&O Historical Society has a number of photos and other information I can request as well. It's the perfect match.
Eureka! I found it.
I will be modeling Martin Kentucky, just before WWII.
Now comes the hard part though. I think I'm ready to come up with the "final" design, so later this year or early next construction can begin. However I'm going to be building a large and complicated yard, so there is a fair amount of planning left to be done.
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8th Jul 2016, 07:11 PM