Speaking of my Bo's Trains FB page, in late May it achieved 2000 "Page Likes" and since that time, it has surpassed 2,500 "Page Likes".
More recently, I completed the Graham's Grove Upgrade Project and finished up collecting the Lionel Postwar trains that I could recall having as a child. I've even picked up several new Lionel items and a new B&O locomotive from Sunset Models 3rd Rail. Most recently and best of all, two friends, Don Miller and Dennis Brennan, came to the house, and we worked for a full day planning and erecting a backdrop for New Beau City, the large city scene that when completed will essentially finish the layout.
Ok, so let's begin by saying something about my Bo's Trains FB page. Once many years ago while serving in the military I had the opportunity to belong to a small train club in Jacksonville, N.C. I was young and had a lot to learn about model railroading, but I was enthusiastic and eager to learn. In this club there were a number of old hands to learn from. Since that time I've remained interested in the hobby and have continued to learn. However, due to various circumstances, I spent most of that time working alone on my different layouts. But I have missed the fellowship I had once experienced belonging to a model railroad club. I do now belong to the Heart of America Chapter of the Train Collectors Association and that has been good and has opened some doors to meet others with a common interest in trains.
As I have said before, I am pretty much an average guy who has worked most of his life and who has done most of the things a guy does. The only exception might be that for much of my life I have had a dream of one day being able to build a large railroad empire of my own. About a decade ago with the purchase of our current home, I decided it was time to pursue the dream. Enter the Mid-Atlantic Railway System, and the journey began. While I was working, progress on the MARS was fairly slow. Then about two years ago I retired and began to focus much of my time on the railroad.
But as I was working away on the MARS, I felt something was missing. You know I learned something long ago about myself and that was that I enjoy things most when I can enjoy them with someone else. My first passion, my always loving and supportive wife, has been with me, through thick and thin, and we do much together, but she is not a model railroader with a passion to build a railroad empire in the basement between the furnace and hot water heater. I say that is ok, because she has other passions that have only contributed to making my life and our lives together better.
So, as I was saying, I was missing the fellowship I had once associated with the hobby. Then, at one point I learned of Eric Siegel and his website about his 3-rail railroad. I liked what I saw, and so I started a website all my own. It has been a good way to document the progress on the MARS and to help me keep my focus on the tasks at hand. I, too, saw how Eric had begun to create a FB community also dedicated to trains and his work on his railroad. Again following Eric's lead, I set out to try to do the same with a little different slant. Although, I doubt he knows it, I owe Eric quite a bit for prompting me to create my Bo's Trains website and to establish a FB page. The FB community has really been good for me as it has once again put me in touch with not only model railroaders, but also with folks who have a passion for trains and railroading. It has been fun and has become a integral part of the journey I am on to build the MARS.
Ok, I have written a lot. Let me just share a few photographs taken of the work on Graham's Grove, a farmhouse scene on the layout, and then I'll pick up again next time and talk about some of the other things I mentioned above that have taken place with the MARS during the past couple of months. Happy Model Railroading, Bo