End of the Line for the Galesburg City Job?

Jim Wiggin Feb 22, 2019


End of the line? What to do with the Galesburg City Job

  1. Repair what is there, display at shows in the New England area

  2. Start new with improved track plan and new modules, display at shows in the New England area

  3. Time to move on, build the HO Free-Mo modules and enjoy HO

  1. W Neal

    W Neal TrainBoard Member

    Oh Jim. I'm afraid you have what might be termed the wrong end of the stick.

    I better set this up for the others first. Back when you left Illinois for New Hampshire, from your original email you appeared to need to make a clean break from things. I think that this lead me to believe that the City Job should be put on hold for a time. It seemed healthy to help you reestablish your life. In your own words you were in "a dark place".

    Taking this into account, I was left with what to do with a project that I too had invested a lot of time and money into. I recall several trips to central Illinois to help achieve our mutual goal. I was also left with a commitment to the Trainfest staff to have a layout at their show. My goal was simply this then. I had no intention of leaving you out. In fact, it felt very strange not having you there. I just figured you needed some time to find a new job, marry Angela, and establish both of your new lives in NH. If I recall correctly, we both agreed not to attend.

    To be honest, it was quite a last minute decision to even go to Milwaukee. I was lacking funds. It was the charity of others that not only gave me free lodging, but helped me staff my portion of the City Job. The award was quite an unforseen surprise. It was not presented until the final hour of the show. I was wishing you were there.

    I guess my attending was wrong without you. I had no idea you would take it so hard. I have damaged you and I apologize.

    If it helps, I have moved on to other layout projects. I think it best for both of us for now.

    Your friend,

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  2. Tony Burzio

    Tony Burzio TrainBoard Supporter

    Go outdoors and join a live steam club! Switching op meets are a hoot when each car weighs a couple hundred pounds!
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  3. Keith Ledbetter

    Keith Ledbetter TrainBoard Member

    Well I'm probably biased but I do in general believe our hobby is fairly honest and humble. I hope Bill and you find your peace and continue together for many years honestly. The hobby needs more layouts like that and they are very difficult to pull off "lone wolf".
  4. Kurt Moose

    Kurt Moose TrainBoard Member

    Famous quote from a movie, with a twist;

    "There's nothing like the smell of fresh plywood in the morning, smells like a new layout!!"

  5. Jim Wiggin

    Jim Wiggin Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Everyone, thanks for your feedback, I really do appreciate it. Since I have a passion for music why stop with the music quotes? What a long, strange trip it’s been! A lot of work went into the City Job, for Bill and I, a lot of time, sweat and money. I can’t speak for Bill, but my intention was never to become “Hobby Famous” with this layout. I’ve had a few articles published and made at least one cover so my intention with the layout was to simply have fun with a good friend at shows, which I believe for the most part was accomplished. Neither one of us thought the layout would garner as much attention as it did, mostly positive and yes, some negative.

    The two biggest threats to the layout, at least on my end anyway are 1. Distance, living in New Hampshire as opposed to Illinois. 2. My eyesight. Many of you senior members of Trainboard might remember when I would start threads on super detailing and painting N scale locomotives and rolling stock. Hard to believe I did that without any magnification! Those days are gone now.

    I still like traveling to shows, setting up and talking with people. My best new ideas have come from people I’ve talked to at shows. I’ll miss the breakfast meets with Bill before the show and the interaction with fellow railroaders.

    I learned a long time ago, never make a big decision without stepping back and thinking about the big picture. I’m still stepping back, all the input is a huge help. Once snowmobile season is over in NH, I may be ready to have a definitive answer to my question.
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  6. vince p

    vince p TrainBoard Member

    Whatever you decide it'll look great.
  7. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    I am very happy to read the message from Bill to Jim. I do hope it smooths the waters and both will be back to the friendship of old. To know a misunderstanding can wreck something so precious is so sad. To learn that all is well again is joy.
    MK likes this.
  8. mcjaco

    mcjaco TrainBoard Member

    I will say only this. Airing dirty laundry on the interwebs is never good. And there's always two sides to every story....the truth lies somewhere in the middle.

    I really don't like these threads. Model as you seem fit. It's a hobby.
    James Costello likes this.
  9. JMaurer1

    JMaurer1 TrainBoard Member

    So, whats the verdict?
  10. Jim Wiggin

    Jim Wiggin Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    After taking a look at the big picture, I think I know where to go from here, both short term and long term. For now, I'll be taking the Burlington end of the City Job to my local shows in the North East. I did have to retire the module that joined my end with Bill's modules. Seems the damage I did at last years Galesburg RR Days, combined with the move did some damage that will need to be addressed later or not at all. Fortunately my two modules allow me to have a satisfactory operating session yet are still easy to transport and set up at our many one day shows. That is for the short term and can be done easily while I find a place for Angela, myself and the dogs. The original reason for moving back to New Hampshire was to help take care of my mother who is suffering from dementia. This along with my new job with UAVs plus finding Angela a job and a suitable house will take up a lot of my time. Currently, Model Railroading is simply a nice distraction when time allows.

    Once I have settled into a house with my wife and dogs and the sense of a normal routine is back in our lives, I will move on to the next stage of my model railroading. I'm still content with point to point operations, so the plan is to build two Masterpiece Modules Free-Mo kits and design a small HO B&M layout depicting a small branch line somewhere in NH in the late 1960's to mid 1970's. NO GUILFORD! I've already started collecting motive power and rolling stock and have been doing research as time allows. Hopefully I will start this new venture in the hobby by next year.

    The current GCJ modules will be "soft retired" Left as operational as possible but in storage once the HO layout starts up. Will Bill and I ever set up together again? I think the interest is there but now distance is the biggest issue. The only shows that were possible were the Ohio N Scale show in Columbus (still a 12 hour drive for me) and the Altoona show in PA. I would like to do Galesburg again but that is a 20 plus hour drive so for now, I guess the RR Days in 2018, coincidentally, my 20th year there, was perhaps our "last performance on the rooftop".

    Time will tell...
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  11. vince p

    vince p TrainBoard Member

    Great to hear things are slowly moving forward for you wish you andcyour family allergen best.

    Andcthe furballs need cookies (treats)

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