Well folks we have returned from our fabulous 3 week adventure in the USA, we spent the entire time in CA visiting friends in Ramona, and touring the coast up to San Francisco and into the mountains at Mammoth Lakes. It was a awesome trip, with fantastic weather and great times catching up with our friends and seeing the USA and all she has to offer.
Whilst we where away I got a email from a MRH member from Australia, Rod Warren is a N Scale modeler and founding member of the MelbNTrack Model Railroad Club. Rod is also a published MR author (layout article on his Santa Fe Railway Southern Division) and like myself has his layout in a shed in his backyard, Rod's layout was one of the first that I looked at once I decided to build our layout in a shed.
So we chatted over a few emails and arranged for Rod and his friends John Fahey & Bill Black to visit once we got back from holiday. Last Thursday the guys visited our layout for a few hours and we got to chat about the beginnings of the JL&T, the current status and what the future holds. We also had a small operating session that allowed the guys to run a few of our Tsunami equipped sound locos around (albeit a small glitch that showed that in the past month I'd managed to program 3/4 of our fleet "on the main" and turned off all motor function) the layout and get a feel for it. It was great talking to modelers who have "been there and done just about it all" Rod's layout is fully completed, with signaling and running ops sessions.
For me this is huge as this is exactly the direction I want to take the JL&T so now I have the experts about an hour away that I'll hopefully be able to bounce ideas off, and ask for help as we progress with our build, and of course continue to grow an operating group to run on the JL&T. It will now also allow me to operate on a layout and learn all the finer points on how to operate during ops sessions. Again this is a perfect example of how MRH is bringing together modelers from all over the world!