February promises to be the month of many changing factors and events. The guys are just about to finish up the renovation of the third floor room. The room had to be demo’d with the removal of the plaster and wood paneling from the 1960’s. New electrical outlets were added; and the room will be finished by the second week of February with new paint and I’ll be planning the new layout; as well as finishing up some projects for friends and a couple of long-delayed projects for myself.

I have had an online presence for some time on several forums going back many years. What I have found recently is that I get very little out of this arrangement in regards to feedback or sharing modeling ideas with others. Instead, argumentative forum members have curbed my enthusiasm for participation. As a result, I have decided that to take a break from the forums and social media for a while. I will focus more on my own projects and get some work done on them and some work on the layout. I’d like to bring the layout to a high degree of finish…for once. I will share progress on one forum and view others’ works…as that is what I enjoy the most.

In the meantime, I’ve been stocking up on some Bluford Shops (previous run) cabooses as I await the latest run. It gives me a purpose while I await the remodel completion. I use this time to review my rolling stock fleet and check and see what is missing from the fleet and figure what can be added based on available models in HO scale. My hope is that we’ll have some new engines and cars this year announced. I did order one SW1200 (Undecorated) from Rapido. This engine will be used for CO&E 1147. I’m looking forward to having this engine on my roster. If Rapido continues their GE Dash 7 line, I’ll be in for some B23-7’s and B30-7A’s to finally have a definitive model of them on the market. They’ve offered up that the Rapido B23-7 is almost a certainty…and that’s great news.

The biggest decision going right now is whether or not to build the new layout as a double deck layout…of which I am again leaning to…even though I swore that I would not do so…It just gives you so much more in the way of operations. I’ll discuss more of that as I roll into the layout planning. The entire process can be documented now with the layout room getting paint. It has been a long six weeks…let me tell you!!

The shop will get a thorough cleaning after the construction guys are done; and I’ll get back to GP15-1 construction. I’m actually more pumped now that I have been in several years. It’s like starting a whole new chapter. So, that’s where we are at the start of February, 2019. Wheels are turning…and soon will be at Karnak, IL.

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Thomas Austin

I am a Southern Illinois Native. I am a fan of nostalgia, and the history of Southern Illinois. Model Railroading has been a large part of my life; and it helps serve that interest. Through this interest I have learned much about the region; the people; and the industries that gave us all hope of building a life beyond our formal education. Small Towns in the Midwest built this nation...and this site aims to share that fact with the world.

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