---------------As with your other list, the concept is great, but you need to invest a heck of a lot more effort before you ask for comments. Once more, you've made a microscopic scratch in the surface of a very deep subject.
Entire books of several hundred pages have been written about model railroading; possible procedures and best practices. Many of what some call "best practices" aren't, they're personal preferences (nails vs adhesive, for one). And certainly, for this document to have any value, you would have to expand beyond N scale. You would need to develop or research more general guidelines. For example, several authors have tackled the subject of "minimum curve radius" (2.5x the longest equipment that will run on it) but what's the "best practice" 5x? Maybe, but few of us have that much space. Is it 3x? Maybe, if the individual user is ok with the somewhat toylike appearance of the cars. There are even a fair number of model railroaders who would not recommend conversion to metal wheels or Kadee couplers.
You're welcome! You will see that I have posted some "stuff" that I think may (or probably not) help anyone else. But, I post it just because. If nothing else it's there so I have a reference for later... I keep documentation of what I've done cause I will never remember what I did... but if I ever lose it, then it will be posted here---
THANKS for the encouragement!
a comprehensive list of what to cover is a starting point. And it is "Practices", there's no one best way to do any particular thing.I am working on a "Best Practices for model railroading" document. Any suggestions for additions or corrections?
- benchwork - shelf - l-girder - foam vs wood - cookie cutter - splines - dropdown - layout design - grades - mainline, branch and spur radii - track - mainline, branch spur code - roadbed thickness - hand laid construction - flex vs sectional - feeder connections - turnouts - size selection - advantages of commercial products - live vs isolated frogs - hand laid constructions variations - switch machine options - turnout throw linkage - wiring - centralize vs distributed - panel construction - computer control - power districts - DC, DCC, wireless, ... - DC control options - DCC control opions - DCC booster, circuit breaker - decoders options - scenery - structures
Beg pardon, Cap'n, but I think she must have at least some interest. At the lowest point, she'd want you to be happy, involved, creative, healthy mentally...would she not? Maybe she'd only want to have you handy....close-by.Nobody has mentioned signaling or tunnel interior design.
Don't forget insurance and how to coexist with a spouse who has no interest.