Afternoon Lunesters and anybody else who is interested enough to pass this way.
A new year and a new thread for - eventually - a new layout.
I'm not going to fill pages with an introduction. Somewhat pointless when I can refer you to the KL thread, also in the S&C section.
The timeline for the KL build went from August 2011 (start of garage conversion), through June 2012 (start of baseboard frames), through February 2013 (first loco runs) to December 2013 (demolition of the whole thing, due to future house move).
The whole of this was a MASSIVE learning experience for me. New skills, new track, much larger layout than previously and - MOST IMPORTANTLY - lots of new friends via RMweb. The core Lunester grouping raised the standard of everything I did and I can't thank you enough. From a motivational point of view alone, your input allowed me to do more in a year than I'd done in the previous ten!
The demise of KL was a great shock to me. Even in October 2013 I was starting to build the platforms for KL station, with no thought in my head about moving house. KL was built to last forever - just look at the timber in the baseboard structure (!!!) (don't worry, KL2 will be similar) - cutting it up took over a week and nearly burnt out my power tools!! For those not in the know, the reason for the move was simple. My brother (who lived across the road) and myself sold both our houses and bought a larger one between us. Bigger garden as well. AND, of prime importance - KL2 can fill the whole double garage rather than the 3/4 it occupied at the old house. Yummy!!!!
So we arrive here. The KL thread is still open and active. At over 530 pages, 13300 posts and nearly 320,000 views it'll continue in parallel to this thread. But from now, I'll post exclusively in the KL2 thread (though I'll be polite and reply to anyone whos posts in KL!!)
What can you expect in here?
At risk of repeating myself, I'll put a few separate posts in here over the next few days to detail my general aims and how KL2 will - hopefully - be so much better than KL. I regard KL as a "dry run" and hope I can improve it, based on experience.
I'll copy the outline plan etc over to here - so you don't have to keep going back to KL - when it's appropriate.
For the moment all you can expect to happen is a gradual start to clearing out the new garage and to see the garage converted. This may take a couple of months, as I have other projects on the go (garden building for starters), but - unlike KL - I'll detail the conversion, step by step, as I know that some will be interested.
If all you want to see is baseboard construction, tracklaying etc, then you'll have to wait a few months.
From starting the garage conversion to trains running took about 18 months for KL. My aim is to do it in 9 here. And do it in a better, more organised way. Details will be clear, eventually.
So, that's the start of this thread.
Once the layout build itself is underway, I'd appreciate it if we could keep the KL2 thread to layout matters. Until then, it's open for anything related to KL/KL2 as you wish to post. Please use the Lounge for general stuff. And no, there'll be NO sausage factory or facilities in the vicinity!!
Phew, time for coffee. Pics of the current state of the garage later...
Edited by Physicsman, 31 October 2017 - 19:12 .