TRAIN LAYOUT THOUGHTS
For years, other’s expectations
Colored my operations…
Of track (lots),
For two-train considerations.
Don’t know many other guys…
Only one “club”*
Accepted me, bub,
Since then, how the years do fly!
How many trains can I RUN…
The answer is just ONE!:
With a couple of places
As engine storage spaces,
I’ve over-built–that’s what I’ve done.
In staging, I can keep two or three,
Trains to appear frequently…
The chances of TWO
OPERATORS are few–
There’s room for only me!
For one big block the need is,
With lots of electrical feeders…
Keep It Simple for Success**
Prevents the mess,
I’ve gotten into other years.
I’m thinking of a place of yesteryear,
Where two New England railroads both appear…
The Boston and Maine
And the New Haven, the same,
Find interchange and switching dear.
Industrial railroads exist
Where private companies find it best…
Better profit when alone,
They their railroad own–
When profits drop, they get it off their chest.
Something like that is what I mean,
Or some very similar scheme…
A tourist line, too,
Helps the revenue
With industries that match my kind of dream.
* only one “club”…the guys at the Tioga Transportation Museum…back in the early-to-mid 1980’s
** K.I.S.S. (one possible use of this nemonic)