Yellow Creek starts to grow
Every time I would look at the layout I would think about its operational deficiencies. The main ones were: the short freight area, which I was fixing; no passing tracks and no way to turn a locomotive, let alone a train. The prospect of pulling up rail and realigning it doesn’t appeal to me either. I kept considering chucking the existing layout and starting fresh. I have too much of an emotional bond with this layout to do that. My wife and I designed it together and continue to. After many months of back and forth, I will extend this layout but not replace it.
My wife fully supports my hobby and has offered me any room in the house if I want it. I may do that later but right now I like the size of this layout. I feel it is obtainable to finish it. I also realize that I can always build another one later, after my skills improve.
I found another structure that I wanted to add although, unlike the church and depot, it doesn’t really fit. I bought Don’s Dry Goods from Wild West Models and dry fit it in its intended location. The hope is that if I remove the rock from behind it the area in front will look okay for the street.
I decided to add an interior to the dry goods store so it progresses a little at a time while I collect other structures and work out a “final” track plan. I bought another Wild West Models structure, Slim’s Shoe Shop which is just about the smallest believable old west style building I have seen. I also bought the Camp Reynolds Tank Shed and the Team Track Office from BTSRR. Both nice easy kits with great detail.
While I was finishing those three structures I started to collect some 1800s figures, some from Aspen, some from Grandt Line and the rest from Knuckleduster Miniatures. I’ll need a lot more but I wanted to start to get the “feel” of Yellow Creek before I decided on the new trackage and scenery.