Bonnie Dundee

Bonnie Dundee

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Running or Building?

I am fortunate to have a decent sized attic in which to play trains. And I use that term deliberately, for it makes a considerable difference to the decisions that one makes in terms of what to model. If I had very little, or no space to actually operate or run my railway (play trains), I suspect that I would work to a higher standard on less items. Less stock, buildings, scenery etc. Although there are in fact very few buildings on Balbeggie Sidings anyway. The point I am making is that with a finite and fairly limited amount of time a choice has to be made between building things, and operating things.

I think I am lucky in that I do have sufficient space and time to be able to operate occasionally with equipment that is improved Ready to Run. If I were to go to the lengths of more involved modelling, I would not be able to operate, but If I were to operate more frequently, I would not be able to tweak my stock to look the way I want it - detail added and a bit of weathering mostly. These compromises are the stuff of great debate amongst modellers but the fact of the matter is that it is down to individual preference. Which makes the solution legitimate to each individual.

Does it matter that my track does not look that great when I can run a 9, 10 or 11 coach train across it, or when 25 MGR hoppers rumble over the unrealistic crossings. Probably, but not as much as not being able to run them would matter to me. 

47009 runs a full length freight of weathered RTR stock. Something I couldn't reproduce
if I was working in a finer scale.
The great thing about our hobby is that so many can get so much out of it in different ways. There are some who produce great work in building stock, but have no layout whilst others have huge layouts with no scenery, yet all can gain satisfaction from their pursuit. Which is better, running or building? Well if you build what you want to see running and enjoy running what you build, then the answer is neither. It is just a means to an end. Enjoy - it is a hobby after all.

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