Hopefully you've noticed the progress on the layout lately . . . As I mentioned in my last post, I've been exchanging before-work workouts for before-work layout work and I've been making steady progress. But it's time to swing the mental health pendulum back a bit since 1) while mental fitness is important, so is physical fitness - and I haven't been on the bike or treadmill in over a week; and 2) (and, I'll confess, more due to this>) I really should wait until all the Sculptamold, plaster, and ground goop fully cures before proceeding. So while I wait for that, I'll get back in the saddle at the sunrise. . .
But hearing about my workout schedule is likely the LAST reason you'd be here . . . so let me turn back the clock a few weeks for this edition of Throwback Thursday and tell you about a day in late June when I got to operate on a cool switching layout and got to visit an amazing basement-filling empire that's soon to be retired . . .
|Speaking of Elwell influence, folks that saw the Hoosac Valley will find this scene especially familiar.
|While the rugged mountain scenery around the helix is more "northern" rather than "southern" New England, there's no mistaking the season . . .
|Seldom attempted, and never - to my knowledge - actually accomplished . . . a full HO scale race track, complete with spectators!
|Fully strung power lines are an Elwell - and now apparently also a Fontaine - trademark.
|I found the elevation changes all around the layout particularly compelling - no flat-top tables here...
|This diner has a full interior and lighting so you can see it.