Progress is being made on the reconstruction of Norm Buckhart’s garage and Protocraft office. As you may remember, the horrific Sonoma fire last October damaged his home and layout room. Given the wide spread devastation in the Napa and Sonoma area, contractors and supplies have been in short supply. Help has finally arrived and work rebuilding has gotten underway.
The above picture shows the demolition of the roof on the garage end. The first step in rebuilding was getting new roof trusses from the a truss shop. There was about a four month wait before they showed up.
Tile roofing is being installed at this point. Looks like there was some salvage of old material.
Once the roof was secure, the interior was sheet rocked and lighting fixtures were installed.
The wall in the rear is temporary and will be removed shortly. All new ceiling tile had to be installed due to smoke and water damage. The walls had to be sealed and repainted to cover the smoke damage.
Hopefully, it won’t be too long before trains can be running again on Norm’s layout. I would like to thank Norm for sharing the progress on his reconstruction.
As most of you have heard that Grandt Line is closing down after 60 plus years of providing wonderful plastic parts and kits. They provide a huge and important source to the hobby. It is a real loss. Hopefully, a buyer will step forward and rescue this national treasure.
San Juan Car Company is now for sale following a failed effort to make a deal for the firm. They are the core of On3 modeling and has been an important supplier to Proto48. Again, I hope that a white knight rides up and rescues the line.
It is a simple fact of demographics that is catching up with of hobby. We are all getting older and building less and buying more. The young generation is not interested in model railroading. You need only to look around at a hobby show and see the age of the attendees.
Joel Kirk created an interesting scene for his railroad. I found this on Facebook. It caught my eye and got me interested in trying a scene like this.
I now a visit to the forest as created by a couple talented European modelers at Grove Den.
“That’s all folks”