My connection to the Fonda Johnstown & Gloversville Railroad began in 2008. Paul Charland released his recreation of the railroad from the 1950s, and I immediately became interested in its history, scenery, and operations. As time has gone on, I have learned much about the prototype and the region. In 2012, I visited the area for the first time to see the relics of this important shortline and came away feeling even more closely connected.
My goal for this blog is to document the creation of my dream layout: the entire line from Fonda to Broadalbin in the 1950s. Since I live in an apartment right now, my first layout will focus on Broadalbin. I will also post about building rolling stock, painting, and scenery design as it relates to the project.
Since I have never built a train layout on my own before, this will be a process of learning and discovery. I hope that this blog encourages people to try model railroading, help a fellow modeler out, and see what is involved for a novice to enter the world of model railroading.
Tomorrow, I will begin my first project: a Delaware Lackawanna & Western hopper.