It seems 2009 is fast becoming the year of "Going Green", as in conservation and preservation. All aspects of our daily lives could probably use a good going-over, to see where we could clean up, cut out, or turn-off. I know I could. If you haven't had the chance to read Doug Foscale's Blog (link to the right and above), I think he's got some great ideas for modeling green... I'm going to try some myself.
On to a discussion about my old (and new) layouts. In a recent e-mail to Doug, I stated, "It's much better to build what you want & what will excite & entertain you, than to sink money and time and effort into a layout that's just there." While you may not think so, I thought it was very profound. So, even though it was a relative "Bareboard Express", the first snip in my process of dismantling the Preston Junction RR was the toughest. However, as I was putting away my Digitrax Zephyr DCC system, boxing up my HO Scale cars (autos, not the rolling stock), collecting all the buildings & details temporarily set out, I was getting pretty excited for the next incarnation of a layout. So much so, that my 13-year old daughter helped me get rid of the non-reusable items and salvage much of the wood and wires, along with almost all the track (Atlas Code 83). My #4 switches were too much effort to salvage, after snipping the rails and I would have to unsolder all of the leftover stuff.
I taped most of my proposed benchwork down on my floor - I hope to complete it tonight, so I can take a picture or two and send to several more-experienced modelers for opinion and advice. The new layout will be mostly open-grid benchwork, with maybe an L-Girder type thrown in, to try it out. One wall is 13'6", then 10' 8", then 11'4", and a small one, 4'7". An awkard shape, but an around the wall, with a small peninsula in the middle should work.
Time to go and do HW... Grad School calls.