2017 Highlights & 2018 Goals

With the changing of the calendar comes the best opportunity to reflect, assess, and plan. This year is no exception, though with the so-called low hanging fruit of layout construction done, future projects on the Valley Line promise to be a bit more involved, complicated, and slow-moving. But it's a hobby, not a job - thankfully - and that's all part of the fun. I actually look forward to these annual posts since they give me an often-much-needed reminder of how far I've come (even while reminding me how far I still have yet to go). So, without any further ado, here's a look back and a look forward....

Here's where I started as 2017 dawned . . .

Goals for 2017

So, how'd I do?

HOWEVER - I will STILL claim 2017 a success since, though I didn't accomplish all (or even most) of my stated goals for the year, I DID still make a lot of progress in other areas:

So, what's up for 2018?

This is, of course, not an exhaustive list - there are MANY MANY other things to do on this layout (I haven't even begun to think of the line from Essex to East Haddam yet, not to mention south of Rocky Hill and to Middletown - ugh!) - but if I can look back next New Year's Day and see those 4 bullets above actually finished, that'll be a HUGE accomplishment.

In the meantime, I want to finish my B&O P-11 flatcar and continue with the ops sessions - especially since those sessions is where it all really boils down for me: getting together with my friends to run the railroad.

Whether I get all - or even none of these things done though, at the end of the day this whole project is about spending time with those friends and sharing a hobby that drives - and sometimes consumes us. And as long as we have our health and some spare time to get down to the basement, 2018 can't help but be successful.