"I don't know how you did it but that Groc. store is identicle to one in Wilson, La on hwy 19."
I was down there last week, took the pics I needed and this is the result.
(Only kidding.) In actuality, that store came from my own hometown of Poteau, OK!
Tim n' Paul:
Thanks, and I understand the exhortation to not be in a hurry. It's a personal thing. I have to combat the negative of knowing that the longer this takes, the farther away my other projects are. Hard to keep this a hobby, without feeling the need to fulfill obligations ASAP that I feel I've made. So it's a juggling act both mentally and time wise.
I guess you're looking at THE very reason that V scale so captivated me: The ability to indulge the many sides of my railroading interests without selling-off/modifying/etc and starting over.
(Which I've done in the past... several times!) Done said it before, but I love the fact that I can point/click... and experience a different region/theme/era/etc!
I will say that I've learned something about V scale, though: Railroading as entertainment brings with it an entirely new set of "givens". I don't think the general populace of model railroaders realize that having to grotesquely compress a theme to fit within their layout space is actually a positive: It cuts out the redundant and focuses on the interest areas. V scale brings with it the ability to model mile for mile. That is a mixed blessing... and can be a curse.
In V scale, chose the wrong route and you can have miles and miles of "nothing" inbetween weak interest areas. Not enjoyable to me on the long term. That was my downfall with such routes as Kootenai, Cascades, and so forth. You run for miles and miles over unchallenging terrain... finally see something "railroad" ahead... only to trundle by a simplistic pass track... and then face more miles and miles and miles...
(Confession: I've actually fell asleep at the throttle on some of the longer routes!) Spectacular scenery helps to offset mucho miles between interest areas... but somewhere around 5-7 miles inbetween good interest points is my personal sign-off area... my mind goes on dial-tone. The old "simple mind" problem, I suspect.
Anyway, things are progessing, though it is small items and tweaks. Hoping to get the equipment all tweaked and ready for activities before the week is out. Guess at that point I can make the "Final Pass" through the route that will determine if it's ready for Track Objects. Next week will be a very busy week vocationally as well as the holiday, so what I can accomplish this week will have to carry me for a bit.
Oh... and here's another pic of the way Berryville has evolved over the course of 85 years since the North Arkansas' 1900's era...