Monday, September 12, 2016


Sometime in late August, this blog hit 200,000 page views. When I first posted back in late November of 2011, I had no idea how any of this would evolve or whether anyone would be interested in reading about some fictitious creation that I had developed. My hope was that, through the blog, I could offer some inspiration as repayment for all of the inspiration I've received over the years from the work of so many others.

Looking back over the last five years, I'm somewhat surprised in the amount of interest in the blog. But it has been fun and a great way to share some of the things I've learned in the hobby. 

I've had more fun and accomplished more in the past five years than in the prior twenty years in the hobby combined. And that's been primarily due to the great friendships that have developed over that period of time. I really never understood how neat it could be to share my passion for the hobby and railroads with others who felt the same. So to all of you who have either put up with my antics or enjoyed the postings on this blog, or both, I say thanks. It's been a great five years and I hope the next five are just as memorable.

I'll close with a shot of the Elkwater Branch Roustabout heading back to North Pierce.


  1. Congrats Tom - looking forward to seeing what future posts you have in store.

  2. Thanks Tom, I have really enjoyed following along with your continued layout progress. The pictures are really enjoyable to view and I love how you in a way are continuing the theme of some of my favorites when I got started in the hobby (the V&O, AM, etc.).

  3. Greg and Mike- thanks for the kind words. It's fun been so far!

  4. Hay Tom, a tip of the hat is in order! A great layout and informative project wright ups, what's not to like!?

    Best, Scott

  5. Congrats on your milestone! I visit your blog frequently and it and your videos are an endless source of inspiration to me. Thanks!

  6. Tom- great to hit the 200,000 mark! I believe I'm the 100th 'Follower'...certainly pleased to have found your Blog on the CWE...really enjoying reading your story- all the best and many thanks. Regards. KEV.