I am an enthusiastic modeler and particularly enjoy handlaying track and scenery. I'm no photographer, though, so I'm a little short on phtography.
The Annapolis Junction RR
Sorry to say, the Annapolis Junction is no more, victim of a relocation. The HO Chessie-era pike was based on a portion of the B&O Washington-to-Baltimore mainline, the small yard at Jessup, MD, and adjacent industrial areas.
Scenery for one industrial park area was nearing completion and some scenes can be viewed in this gallery. I had a lot of fun handlaying the track, playing with micro-LEDs, and printing 3D parts for the components I could not buy. The track plan is in the gallery.
I learned a lot, did a lot of things I would do differently next time, and don't regret a single minute I spent building that short-lived railroad. But...
The Ma & Pa
As chance would have it, we moved into a new basement in August 2016 – right, with a house above it – that sits less than half a mile from the abandoned right of way of the Maryland & Pennsylvania (Ma & Pa) RR.
Like the Ma & Pa, the house is 1901 vintage, and somehow it just seemed right to model that Baltimore-based institution. The Ma & Pa was famous for its modelgenic sharp curves, steep grades, compact equipment, short trains, quirky structures, and perpetually genteel poverty. There's a lot of prototype information available, which I am devouring as I begin planning for the space at left.
It's a big change. I will have to buy a lot of new trains and supplies. It's tough, but somebody's got to do it.