I am glad to fill in some details on me and my model railroading career.
>I live a little south of Hamburg/Germany, a married guy for 25 years. I have a son >who´s just in the process of finishing college and taking up his post-graduate >studies. I am currently out of a job, as my business was washed away by the >global financial crisis, but I am working on a re-start in Canada (Nova Scotia).
Ah . . .beautiful Nova Scotia. Looks alot like northern Ontario (Northern Upper Canada) Fiendly people too . . . you will enjoy it there.
I have been a model railroader since 1963, when my parents gave me a Marklin starter set for Christmas, which grew into my first little empire in the following years. Since then I tied my luck building layouts in various scales, all the from Z up to G in my garden. Most of them were of German outline, but I had been hooked on US prototype modelling since I received my first copy of the MR mag in 1969. My last project, the Alaska RR´s Port Whittier facilities in HO scale had to be stopped for economical reasons (lack of funds). After a pause, I can now start to think about getting back into the hobby and I am aiming at building a modular layout in On30 gauge, as my eyesight is weakening and my hands get shaky following a mild stroke earlier this year. I am still in the dreaming phase, but the planning will come soon!
Our Free-MOn30 standard is designed to push the envelope of modular design. As a group we are keen on running our trains in a life-like setting as well as carry on realistic operations. I will be building my home layout using primarily Free-MOn30 modules. I will be blogging my progress here starting soon on the newest piece of the puzzle called Farquharson (a mining community) as well as the final stage of applying scenery to my large French River bridge crossing module.
Glad to have you abord!!