Well, Mr. Goodman has been very pleased of late for since my last post, the MARS has appeared in our local paper http://www.newspressnow.com/news/local_news/article_8bf01d3e-3ab0-51f4-8ecd-05b6aa98a5e9.html It was a real nice article, and I was tickled pink that our local newspaper took an interest in the MARS. Then just this month a photo of the MARS taken by my friend, Dennis Brennan, appeared in the March issue of Classic Toy Trains. The MARS and I are lucky to have gotten to know Dennis who besides being a train enthusiast, is the author of Realistic Modeling For Toy Trains and is a great photographer. Here is a shot of his photograph that appeared on page 11 of the March issue of Classic Toy Trains and yes, I did purchase several extra copies!
At this point the back wall is being returned to simply the color of sky blue. The terminal and other builldings have been removed and like a jigsaw puzzle I am going to begin assembling structures and placing them together to get the "big" urban look I am after. When I am done, I envision that as I work from the wall outward (so to speak) there will be a tall building silhouette and in front of that HO scale building flats (perhaps even some N scale may be used), then some S scale sized flats followed by O scale building fronts (just portions of buildings). Lionel's model of Grand Central Terminal will be returned to the layout, but besides the Terminal, I do not believe their will be any other full sized buildings in this segment of the city. Space just doesn't allow for it. Only on the peninsula will I likely have the benefit of using entire buildings. I will save discussion about the peninsula for another blog. For while the peninsula is a part of New Beau City, there I am going to again take a different approach and really change things up.
Well, I have a vision. Now the challenge is going to be to effectively achieve it. Over the course of this next year I'm going to give it my best shot. Until next time, Happy Model Railroading! Bo