Last August, the good folks from TSG Media, John Abatecola and his wife Cydney, visited my layout and shot a few hours of video, along with narration from me, and of course activities on the layout. This is part of their “Layout Tours” series, so it was my job to decide how I wanted to present the layout. I decided to treat it like an overview of an operating session, explaining some of the things I like to accomplish in a session.
I included a few words about how cars are moved in a session, and showed some trains, particularly, of course, the branchline local that does the work at Ballard and Santa Rosalia. I also tried to convey the complexity of the job at Shumala, with a mainline junction present. But most important to me was that I was given the chance to explain why my layout is the way it is, and what my goals were in building it.
I provide below a link to the YouTube version of this video. It has a couple of short ads scattered through it, which you can skip after a few seconds if you want (there is a “skip ad” button at lower right of the screen). I enjoyed watching it, and was particularly impressed to see the editing skill to boil down at least three hours of video into what you see (in a few segments, the switching was speeded up so you don’t watch the slow, repetitious bits).
It was fun to plan how I wanted to show off different aspects of the layout, how best to explain my goals, and how I went about creating an operating scheme for the layout. And it was also fun to work with John and Cydney to create all the video that was recorded. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I did.