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!