How long to keep an old layout?

For the author, this would have been a academic question 15 years ago.  At that time I hadn’t actually ‘finished’ a layout.  This has only happened after joining ESNG and going ‘N’ gauge (after forays in OO, EM, OO9 and O).  Since then there’s been a 4×2 foot module built ‘for’ son Michael.  This was close to completion, but scrapped.  Then a quicky 4×1 foot scenic module ‘Two Bridges’ that has been to a number of shows with the ESNG N-mod circuit.  This module was simple, but very much complete and still exists.  It looks a bit tired, and is 3-track N-mod rather than the 4-track that we currently run.

Finally, there is Earl’s Wood, that can truly be said to have been completed.

earls_wood_2 earls_wood_1

Earl’s Wood started as a 4×2 foot continuous run module, but was later modified to a terminus to fiddle yard layout.  It also had three different fiddle yards, none totally successful.  But it does have working point motors, ballast, full scenery, a backscene, lots of people and animals.  (Including a dog that is walking along the parapet of the factory shown above.  My eyesight couldn’t tell the difference between an N-gauge dog and cat.)

So it runs, and is effectively complete.  To keep it running, I need to relay the tracks into the station so that I can build a better, fourth, fiddle yard.  It also occupies some prime real estate in my loft room.  Do I keep it, or do I scrap it and re-use the baseboard?  It’s a difficult choice, but at the moment I am leaning towards scrapping.  There are some buildings that can be re-used, to say nothing of all the vehicles and people and cats and dogs.  I have learnt a lot, had a lot of fun, and exhibited it four times.

Maybe I just need to suppress the squirrel in me, that wants to keep it.  But I forgot – there’s also 12 foot of ‘O’ gauge stored in the back loft….

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About snitchthebudgie

Secretary of the East Surrey N Gauge railway club
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