Ken Catlin and I went over to help our friend, Scott Calvert, with his layout last week. While Ken and Scott focused on a two turn helix for the mainline, I worked on spline for the GN line down to Salmo.
Scott added this line and the town of Salmo itself almost as an afterthought: originally, he’d planned a staging yard to represent the branch. However, after seeing the peninsula shape up, he realized he could have a little scene there, and so, we’re working on that now.
The branch is bigger than my whole layout. Sure, Pembroke has four more turnouts and a turntable, where Salmo has only a siding and a house track. However, there is an additional 20 or more feet of branch line.
This got me to thinking: throughout North America, there are numerous monster layouts, even bigger than Scott’s, under construction. At the same time, there are innumerable modellers who have no room for a layout. What if these two groups could get together, and allow those with time but no space to adopt sections of the monster layouts?
Myself, I’ve always harboured a soft spot for the G.N. It is tempting to take on a side project, like Salmo. I’m sure Scott would be receptive to the idea.
Must. Stay. Focused!