My blog has been bumping along for six years now. It has been a journey for me. Along the way useful information from fellow modelers has been shared. Prototype data, plans and pictures have been shared. Modeling projects from my workbench and that of others have appeared in the period posts.
I have enjoyed the experience. It fulfills my desire to communicate with fellow modelers and share interests in the hobby. Trevor Marshall’s Port Rowan blog interested me in changing my own aspirations to a more managable objective. His approach was to pick a less complicated railroad theme. It is a lesson that tends to be ignored by most who build their dream layout. Most build beyond their ability to maintain or for that matter finish it. I have become a firm believer in this approach.
My blog started out as a description of how I built my Proto48 railroad. Well as longtime followers know, that didn’t happen quite the way I planned. Building a modest railroad has been a lifelong dream. The dream is still there but a dream without a plan to accomplish the goal. I am refining my plan and will start on the next generation of development soon. I have a few more cars to build before I launch the build. I keep thinking about the Port Rowan story told by Trevor. It is a lesson in “KISS”. Keep it simple stupid not the blokes in whiteface and unusual clothes.
My blog ratings have dropped off this year. There were just under 50,000 views during the year. That is down from 86,000 in 2017 and 88,500 in 2016. I am wondering why the blog has dimished so much in the past year. Not sure if the content was lacking or the subject matter was uninteresting or is blogging in general is passe. I don’t have a clue but I am not discouraged in writing about my journey in this hobby.
If you have any suggestions or comments I would appreciate hearing from you.
Visitors: 13, 600
Posts: 33 new posts during the twelve month period
The past year had a few builds completed. A couple worked on and a new start on a tank car. The Rio Grande 50′ Automobile Boxcar was the most complex of the projects
I rebuilt an ATSF Bx-27 boxcar to improve the paint, lettering and weathering. It was a fun project.
As a result of seeing pictures of a Lee Turner tow truck rebuild, I tried my hand at building my White 3000 truck.
And I tried my hand at an automobile…
There have been lots of beautiful modeling shared by Bruce Blalock, Mike George, Jim Zwernemann, Jimmy Booth, Lee Turner and others. The pretty pictures seem to draw the viewers more than anything. The statistics suggest the modeling projects are declining in popularity. I am trying to provide the “eye candy” as it becomes available.
Jim Zwernemann built with photo by Bruce Blalock
Mike George built the locomotive, bridge and layout in P48
Norm Buckhart’s large P48 layout
Jimmy Booth’s signature weathering was applied to a P-B-L locomotive for a customer.
One of Jim Zwernemann’s fantastic buildings featured on his Proto48 railroad.
The coming year will see the continuation of the GATC tank car build. I hope to finish up a caboose shortly and maybe start some benchwork.
Thanks for your interest in my blog.