WE HAVE BEEN BEYOND BUSY down at the Train Station. As most of you know, that is where I spend my Saturday mornings. Some weeks, I spend several other hours either there or doing other Station related business. Because I am so limited physically, I am the one that does much of the misc. stuff. You know that category Misc. on every form you fill out? That would be me. On my better days, I might be weed-whacking the tall grass the Town’s employees don’t bother with. Last week I spent the morning cataloging train car (HO) building kits. Some weeks I get to paint or build the scenery for special projects, like the Boxcar Children, or scenery for one of the layouts. Or maybe I am painting the walls with trees, mountains or clouds. Often I am the one taking the pictures which explains why I am almost never in the pictures.
As many of you also know, we are adding a room onto the Station… well, a room within a room, in a way, as our ADA compliant bathroom is part of the new addition. Everybody seems to have a job these days as the excitement builds as we can see the light at the end of a very long tunnel – a tunnel we started working on back in 2009 when a couple of us decided to save the old Train Station from being destroyed. The SPOTS blog, http://onley-spots.blogspot.com/ details our work and events from the beginning, the first post was in August 2009. This picture was from that post.
This is the end of the building where we now have a new but unfinished room. Sometimes it blows my mind when I think of all the work we have done… well, OK, the men have done most of it, true, but I have not spent all that time sitting on my butt twiddling my thumbs! Here we are today, er, last week, since we have a coat of paint on the battens now, and the big doors have been moved out and into place.
We are putting in electricity in the addition, fixing the electricity under the O scale layout, the plumbing is in place, and the scenery is being made and placed like the Exmore Diner and like mountains for the trains to run thru…
A word of explanation – these are not finished… this is just the first coat of paint and shrubs, weeds, etc will be paced on these tunnels. As you can see, it is a long process. Paul is building them as I cannot get back to that side of the “O” layout. Then he brings them to me to paint and add plants.
then roads will be built, more scenery, buildings will be added, people, animals… who knows how it will grow. Once this one is done, and the track is finished on the “HO” layout, then the scenery will begin there. A lot has been built since the wall got painted! Matt is actually laying track!