One of the ways that I lose hobby time is by helping to organize the Railway Modellers’ Meet of British Columbia. This is the local NMRA divisional meet, and consists of all the same things as a regional or national meet, but on a smaller scale, and dare I say a higher quality.
This year, the self-guided layout tour will be coming to North Vancouver, and I happen to know that John Green (whom I’m thankful has agreed to take on layout tours again) identified Pembroke as a possible host layout. Now, fortunately there are quite a few good layouts on the Shore, and I’m hopeful that some others will agree to host. But in the event that they don’t, I’ve agreed to welcome the tour to my basement.
But the question is, should I even bother? It is unlikely that #10 will be running on the day, and so, it will effectively be a static display with massing models. Is there enough here to make it worth stopping for a typical model railroader?
I have approximately six weeks before the crowds (realistically 20-30 people) would descend. Where should I focus my efforts for maximum effect?
- Improve the scenery along the embankment. I have a feeling this would have the maximum impact.
- Finish the roundhouse. This is, after all, already started, and I’m also doing a clinic on the Cricut. So, I should get some more experience with the tool, no?
- Install the turnout controls. They’re kind of neat, but currently not necessary due to the static locomotive.
- Work on the backdrop. This would have a big impact too.
- Improve the river. It still doesn’t look much like a river to my eye, and probably to anybody else’s either.
Well, thanks for listening. If you have an opinion, I’m happy to hear it, but I suspect the clinic is going to dictate what gets done.