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    Default How long did it take you?

    If you've ever finished a layout to the point where it was more or less completed (they're never really completed, but I mean that scenery covered the layout and all the track was in place...for now), how long did it take you from start to what we'll call 'finish'?

    Just curious...

    I am probably on the one year plan, if I'm lucky. More likely a 18 month plan. If I was single, it would take me about 3 weeks! LOL

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    I have been working n my current layout for seven years now. Still tweeking things.
    It took 6 months to get the basic track plan down. Another year or so for some of the scenery.
    Have been refining and expanding ever since. Will probably start redoing some things soon. Like
    is always said, it will never be done.
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    Years. I've never had what I would consider a finished layout, but I am closing in on one.

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    for my current layout (which consists of Free-moN modules) I built the first 12 linear feet of benchwork back in 2006 (I think).

    8 feet of that had basic scenery on it in 2008.

    The basic structure of the rest of the layout was completed in fits and spurts over the last 8 years.

    The other 4 foot section (along with some other pieces added since) didn't get grass planted and
    ballast until this year. There is still a 1'x2' penensula that needs more grass added (but it does
    have ballast).

    The next major project is trees.

    Paul

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    This is the first layout I've built, and it won't ever see completion before a total tear down, and rebuild. I've changed eras, and philosophy on what I want the layout to do to ever be happy with this one (not that I totally hate it) but I've learned much more in the past 18 months to know more of what I want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P-LineSoo View Post
    If I was single, it would take me about 3 weeks! LOL
    No doubt! If it is as just me the whole house would be a layout, but I would only have half the $$$$$....sigh

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    echo @pmh and @davefoxx 6 months for the plan to be finalized on this site and 7 yrs and counting the build. Like the Death Star it is fully operational but it keeps expanding like the kudzu on Dave's layout!
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    :rofl: What is this " FINISHED " thing you speak of?

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    I got mine to a finished point in about a year. I define finished as fully functional and scenery done. Yes, I still have some buildings that I want to paint and add details to, but if you look at the layout, it doesn't look unfinished to me. I still have stuff that I can fiddle with, and lots of details I can add, but it is still farther along than most layouts I see.
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    I'd count "Finished" as in no wood or foam is showing, so that it may not be finished to you, but doesn't scream "Under Construction" to others.

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    Like @pbender, my layout is a series of FreemoN modules. I am about 50%ish done. I have about 110 square feet of layout and I figure to get it to a finished state will require 30 minutes per square inch. I'm not kidding. Once you figure benchwork, track laying wiring, ballasting scenery and structure construction, it all adds up. I should be done-ish in another couple of years.
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    There is no ending. I am happy with my layout after 6 years, but it has been tweaked numerous times, and there is always something to improve. Trains were running within weeks after setting up the HCD and foam underlay. The key element for me was to have trains running ASAP.

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    Never, for the last 10 years or so I mayyyybe get to the stage where I'm putting some details into areas and having scenes that almost look finished, then end up scrapping and starting over due to various reasons.

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    It's been about 8 years, but, I am nowhere near complete. I just finished putting down the ground cover and ballast. Now I can start on the really fun stuff. I just started adding in some dirt roads and dirt parking lots. I am also working on making fences. Soon will be trees and shrubberies. Do I plan on this layout being complete - ? Who knows. I would like to think so...but...

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    Been working on mine about 1.5 years now, not counting the endless revisions of track plans. Have about half of track laid and one industry on it. Unfortunately have a kitchen to remodel and that is taking up my railroad time (the shame).

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    8 years after starting planning I am about 1/4 of the way, but isn't our hobby the road to getting finished and not the end product.
    As long as I can model in N-scale, I know I'm not old

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    Size matters!
    It plays a big factor.

    I've been working on mine since 2007.
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    Finished? I can run trains on mine. But the scenery, oh man...

    Every time I start in one direction, I think of another direction to go. Then, I'm not happy with it. So, off in another direction. It's getting to the point where I procrastinate more than I work on it. I really hate filling in the small details, then ripping them out. BUT, I made a promise to myself, I will finish this one BEFORE I start another one. So many times I think my scenery attempts are too basic, or childish. So, I stop, rethink an area, and start again. It's worse than a dog chasing it's tail.
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    How long is a piece of string???

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    Quote Originally Posted by P-LineSoo View Post
    I'd count "Finished" as in no wood or foam is showing, so that it may not be finished to you, but doesn't scream "Under Construction" to others.
    If that is what we are calling "finished" for the purpose of this thread, then 8 months to get my 4'x 9.5' layout show ready. But 15 months until all the buildings were in place. As has been observed, my layout may never be finished. Details, details, details. And now I am adding a 2' x 5' 4" detachable yard.

    Cheers!
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