This is a long overdue update on the Rails West layout. My layout continues to evolve. My fondness for different railroads has always been problematic from a layout planning standpoint. This over-inclusive fondness in reality leads to some creativity, variety, interest and dysfunction.
In my most recent update, I had planned to evolve from the originally- planned “ATSF in Roswell, NM in the early 1990s layout” to the “SP-DRGW merger era in the mid-to-late 1990s.” Shortly thereafter, I decided to start digitizing the slides I took in my late teens. Might have been a mistake.
Since then (for about nine months straight), I have been fixated on the era of those slides (late-1970s to the early-1980s)–all the railroads I loved were in business, lots of variety, no tagging, first generation diesels, attractive billboard paint schemes, cabooses, F units, all in all, just a richer version of railroads than I see today or before that for that matter.
That seed has grown and caused yet another evolution of the layout. I will likely be sharing more details in the future, track plan, industries and introducing my operating scheme that has led to seeing my layout more as almost a theatrical stage than a traditional layout. More on that later.
But what I wanted to share in this post is my first real operating session (of sorts) simplified as it may be. I was very happy that there were no stalls and the layout performed very nicely.
The above image shows my local coming into town. I will let the captions largely narrate the session.
Way more to come. The layout is in its infancy, but I wanted to share the first operating session.