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2009 Finish Our Layouts Year!

December 27th, 2008 · No Comments

I write this while enjoying the sight of a nearly mint American Flyer 370 GP-7 engine sitting under my Christmas tree, complete with original box and wrapper. Some 57 years ago, a much younger man found this same train under his tree Christmas morning and was probably real disappointed that he hadn’t gotten a football. The 370 ended up in an attic (otherwise known as a time capsule) until many years later it found its way to the Southern Division TCA meet where I purchased it for my wife to give to me on Christmas. (What can I say, I am a lucky man!)

2008 was the first year in nearly ten, that I didn’t make it to York at least once. Living in Florida, a trip to York is a major expense and one that in this economy I just could not justify. Finding a nice 370 right in town was a decent consolation prize. But I started looking around the train room and found a lot of trains, many still sealed in boxes, along with a couple of train layouts that have not had a significant amount of work done on them in years.

I would suspect that many of you are in the same situation, lots of trains, and uncompleted layouts. For myself, I have declared 2009 as the year I put to use all of those layout construction materials that I have been collecting. Quite a bit of progress has already been made on my turntable bridge, and soon trains will move in and out of my scratch built roundhouse under their own power. 

Should I somehow get my layouts done, I have all of those unpainted cars I bought to paint with the new airbrush that still lives in its original box. Not to mention decals I bought to apply that remain safely attached to the sheets they came on, and my half completed TMCC conversion of a Flyonel Docksider that I also have not touched this year. Things are hard to buy in Florida, especially S gauge things, but happily I am all stocked up. I think 2009 will be a good year to give the “train hunt” a rest, and enjoy all the train stuff that I have been collecting for the past of 10 years, at least that is my New Years resolution!

May 2009 be the happiest  of New Years for you, may you make good progress on your train layouts, and may all of your trains run on time!


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