It’s been a busy few weeks here and I regret not having the time for the layout that I’d like to have. Even those fifteen to twenty minute work or operating sessions seem a bit elusive. Reflecting on this I’ve been thinking a lot about those designers and model railway builders who’ve been such terrific advocates for simpler layouts.
When I started this layout last March I remember commenting that I couldn’t imagine starting something larger. In fact, part of me is grateful that I started something as big as it is since it has provided me with a moment or two to realise that I could have made it smaller and simpler still and it would be just as enjoyable. The layout I have is an “instant on” one. I can plug it in and run a session switching a few cars. It’s easy to achieve this and that feels terrific. I feel that I can just as easily build a model for the layout and feel like I’ve really achieved something meaningful.
I’ve posted several times about products that I’d like to use again on future layouts and here I am committing to an attitude: keep the design simple and focussed. Don’t be afraid to produce less if that means that you are focussing more on what makes you happy.