I was reading one of my favourite, and all time classic, model railway books recently and stumbled across an interesting question.
John Armstrong was a an mechanical engineer, inventor, editor and pioneering model railroader. He wrote numerous articles and several books, several of which I’m lucky enough to have in my library.
One of my favourites is ‘The Wit, Whim, and best of all Wisdom of John Armstrong on Creative Layout Design‘. It influenced much of my railway building approach and if you can get hold of a copy I can’t recommend it enough.
Towards the beginning of the book John discusses locations for keeping a railway.
He cites a survey in the American Model RailRoader magazine at the time (I’m guessing in the mid to early 70s when the book was published) that found 51 per cent of reader layouts where in the basement of their houses.
This set me thinking.
Has this changed?
Judging from my inbox a lot of people now keep their layouts in a garage and surely more than the tiny 7 per cent in John’s time. But who knows? Do “denizen’s of the basement” as John calls them still make up the majority?
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It’ll be fascinating to see if things have changed and where most model railways live in 2017.
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