My CP&StL equipment will soon be operating on a new layout.
The model railroad that I was building and (somewhat sporadically) chronicling in this blog is no more. A new layout rises in its place, and I hope to share my progress with you all in the months ahead.
There wasn't a single reason for starting over, but several. I wanted to both add and simplify the wiring system and improve the layout lighting. As I explain below, I also wanted a little more diversity in the traffic I had on the railroad -- to look more like the photo friend Frank Hodina took that I have posted again above. But, more than anything, I had taken the concept about as far as I could, and with empty nesterdom looming, it seemed like time for a fresh start.
I have a lot invested in equipment for my freelanced version of the Chicago, Peoria & St. Louis Railway, and as the railroad came down, I began by considering whether I wanted to make a complete break and model something different.
I'll pick up the story from there in my next entry.