An amazing, shared journey

Back on this date in 2011 – 10 years ago – I hit “publish” on a very important post. It was Breaking Marley’s Chains, and it was the first post about my decision to model Port Rowan in 1:64.

A lot has happened over the past decade and the Port Rowan layout is now gone. I was so close to finishing that layout but our decision to move 3,000 km west in September 2020 sent Port Rowan to landfill. (If you’re not familiar with the layout, you can read more about Port Rowan here.)

That layout was documented on its own blog – the original Port Rowan in 1:64 – which I published using a WordPress account hosted on my own virtual server, provided by my ISP. That blog was very successful. Through it, I met so many great people in the hobby, learned so much about Port Rowan and about S scale, and was even given opportunities to travel and share my love of the hobby with others. But it was a victim of too much spam and too many headaches to maintain it – so I eventually deleted it and set up this blog, this time using WordPress as the host.

The current blog is a pale shadow of the blog it replaced – mostly because I’m between layouts, in the midst of a pandemic, and not doing much in the hobby right now. That’s fine. Lumber is still stupidly expensive and people need it for more important things. I can wait until the price drops. I’m still getting used to the new space and what I can fit into it. Thanks to Covid I’m also still getting used to my new city and have not felt ready to meet other people in the hobby here, so I still do not really understand what the railway modelling hobby is like in this part of Canada. Other stuff has commanded my attention, too – especially in the 11 months since we moved. But I can’t complain.

I continue to pick away at plans for how I’ll engage with the hobby in the coming decade. It will probably involve a layout, and that layout will probably be in S scale, but right now that’s all I know for sure. If my past relationship to the hobby remains consistent going forward, then it’ll also include various side projects in a range of scales, too.

When I know more, I’ll let you know. But blogs are also a record of what we’ve done and I felt it important to record the 10th anniversary of what, for me, has been an amazing journey in railway modelling, shared with like-minded hobbyists around the world. If you’re still with me, thanks for sticking around!

Published by Trevor

Lifelong model railway enthusiast and retired amateur shepherd who trained a border collie to work sheep. Professional writer and editor, with some podcasting and Internet TV presenting work thrown in for good measure.

5 thoughts on “An amazing, shared journey

  1. “I met so many great people in the hobby, learned so much about Port Rowan and about S scale, and was even given opportunities to travel and share my love of the hobby with others.”

    What a success it was, then. Happy anniversary.

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  2. Trevor, I will continue to follow you on your blog as I have learned so much from you regarding scenery, track work and some electronics already. I expect that you will continue sharing your experiences and knowledge. Thank you. Walt

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  3. Trevor, where did that ten years go? You took the plunge back in our podcast days and that remains fresh in my mind. Good luck with whatever you decide going forward.

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  4. Thanks for the great blog. Port Rowan was the first layout I got to operate a train on. It was fascinating for me
    that you don’t need an “empire” to have fun operating. Good luck on your new adventures out west.
    Cheers, Gord

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  5. What a decade, indeed. I am one of many who appreciates your efforts to include others in your journey through this platform. We’ve never met, but I look forward to your posts as a something akin to a letter from a friend. There is much about life lately that consists of waiting and much about railroading that does, too. So, it may not seem productive, but remember good things come to those who wait and that waiting is prototypical.

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