Sunday, January 1, 2012


Sometime on New Year's Eve, this blog passed 150,000 views.

Compared to many other popular blogs, 150,000 views is no big deal. But it feels significant to me. I'm grateful and humbled that so many people want to read my ramblings.

As I said when this blog reached other page-view milestones, I started it just for me--a way to chart the progress of the M & M Sub. and indulge in a little bit of fun writing. (As opposed to the kind of writing I do for work--which is also fun, but in a different, employable sort of way.)

It was, as a friend noted, sort of an online book or magazine about the layout or, at the very least, a simple record of its progress.

Along the way I decided to post photos and information about layouts made by others, along with prototype information. A few philosophical musings about photography, what Chinese workers think about model railroading and mandalas were thrown in for good measure.

At its most basic, this blog is a way to say that anyone can make a great model railroad, no matter their skill or finances. The CP Rail Manitoba & Minnesota Sub. is pretty simple--no DCC, no sound-equipped locomotives, no code 83 track.

I don't worry about fidelity to prototype (plausibility is my goal), and I'm not embarrased to be running Athearn Blue Box units, along with an assortment of rolling stock from Tyco, Like-Like (the older kind), Lionel and others (along with the newer RTR models).

For the last 17 years, the layout has given me something creative to do, and occasionally kept me sane. And the blog has been a hobby within a hobby, also providing an outlet for creativity and, maybe, my sanity too.


  1. I only started reading your blog about 6 months or so ago, and I enjoy reading it. Even went back into your archives to pick up a few tidbits.
    Also very nice that you throw the links in as well, so we don't have to sort thru endless archive reading to find that specific topic.

    And do keep up the philosophical musings and human element to your writings.
    Keep up the good work/blog and here's hoping you have another 150,000 views.


  2. Congrats on the milestone and also for a very good summary of why you created your blog. Jamie

  3. Congratulations on achieving 150,000 views! Well done. I've enjoyed reading your blog and look forward to more on the M&M Sub.
    - Trevor

  4. Congratulations on your milestone! It's your quality content that keeps us coming back.

  5. Jeremy Leftwich, Maryland USAJanuary 10, 2012 at 6:23 AM

    Congrats! I, too, have recently started reading through your blog. It is very well written and easy to navigate. I'm looking to get back into building a layout after a three-year hiatus (changing jobs, moving had a role, lol). Your blog has inspired me to get going with it. I have gleaned many tips from your articles. Keep up the good work (not only on the layout, but in your writing as well)!