I recently built a 4x8 HO layout for my kids, and "slaved" over the construction and detailing of a tunnel/mountain. As a precaution for any in-tunnel derailings, I built two little access windows into the back (unseen) face of the mountain. But ...
All my kids now want to do is watch the trains go through the tunnel via the little access windows on the back side. Forget about my roads. Forget about my trees. Forget about my buildings. The kids like the little access windows best. So ...
I'll soon be sending my kids over to YOUR house, where they'll be spending all day running back and forth between rooms, watching your trains poke through the little wall cutouts! Hours and hours of fun!!!
Thanks for the comments folks! Glad you enjoyed it.
cruiser : That is too funny about your tunnel. That's always the way with kids eh? My son does indeed run between rooms constantly to follow the trains. Although I have to admit I still do too!
I absolutely love running the passenger train at a crawl around the outer loop at night, it is so soothing to look at and listen to. When it runs at slow speed, it is gone from the room for a good 2 minutes before re-entering the room. The shadow play is great going into/out of the tunnels. This was so worth the time I put into it.
I think this rivals my previously most fun project: