When Covid 1st shut down our state, I did a curbside order for all the supplies I needed to build SWMBO's planter box. Our HD filled my order, emailed me it was ready, all I had to do was to call the store service desk and let them know which dedicated curbside spot I was in. The came out, loaded the truck and I was on my way in a flash, safe and secure , neve got out of the cab!I hesitate to go to HD or Lowe's for the new wood and foam board, maybe I can curbside.
Don't feel like the Lone Ranger. I've been in one since finishing up the City of San Francisco. For me that often happens after a long project gets put to bed. I've taken a few weeks off, plus it is summer, and there are things that need done around here. Nothing wrong with an occasional sabbatical! You come back energized.I am still in a modeling funk right now. So I spent some time yesterday testing some of the locomotives on the layout (70 right now), to determine which ones to retire to the "standby" shelf to make room for the new SD45's that I got. I kinda needed to do that a year ago when I got the new Dash9's but never got around to it. It appears that some of my 30 year old "Blue Boxes" will be the first to go. They are fair runners, but lack some of the detailing that my newer power has. While things are still fluid on the layout, it's getting crowded until I develop some blank areas that I have future plans for. Some of those 70 are already on the standby shelf and I rotate them off and on every so often.
I have a plan drawn up, but I might never get to it. It involves adding a 5' x 8' "helix room" on part of the front porch of the train shed. I have turnouts already installed on the layout to access it and I am currently just using them to service background industries. Several things have to be considered, none of which are going to be easy. Access is the main concern. Air conditioning/heating is another concern. Building the room and burrowing through the wall won't be too difficult, although as I add years to my life those things are less appealing, however I do have a much younger contractor friend that I could pay to do that part. Since I mostly do switching and no industry is dependent on any other one, (coal mines/power plants etc), leaving it as it is poses no real problems. Everything begins and ends in staging/sorting yards. I rarely move anything from one level to the other unless I'm just rotating stuff.Any ideas yet on how you're going to connect the top with the bottom?
That makes three of us! (IT highschool)Raincoat: I know that feeling all too well. Having to tear down, pack up, and move on. It can be extremely painful. I wish you luck with your move. Hope you find a nice place soon, and get the trains back up and running again.
Patrick: Yes, I'm a Hardware Technician for the local suburban high school. Nice to be in good company with another IT person!
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