I just read the June MR and guess what -- Terry Thompson has given a new dimension to my hobby! I now know that the true purpose of model railroading is to build a realistic right-of-way to run my purchased, unmodified $400 engines and $50 cars in! Yay! Now I won't have to sit up late, banging my head against a wall, wondering what to do. I'm glad this new idea was discovered, because I would hate to be in the position people were in from 1934 to 2005, snarling and grunting in a dark, dank cellar, 3-square file in hand, building trains and not knowing what to do with them. Graaaaaugh. Braiiiiinz.
Never mind that my 'Boys' Book of Model Railroading' from the dark, dark ages has a very realistic R-O-W profile, ditches and all, which we seldom see reproduced today. I don't expect Terry to read that, or any of the other 1940s books I've read which explain in huge detail how to make a realistic railroad without easily ploppable $150 structures. But can't the guy even read the back issues of his own magazine? Grrrrrr. I think I will go on banging my head against the wall after all...*smack*
sense of history...grr...*smack*
Cordially yours: Gerard P.