Originally Posted by Randy Stone
While there are a lot of us who would love to have a railroad like this, most of us would build it some where else if we had the money or backing to spend this kind of money. So that really hurts the ability for the seller to find a buyer. You can't just buy the property, move the railroad to where you want it and sell the property. I don't ever see this property getting sold until a group of investors is the oregon area buy the property with the idea of somehow making money off it.
I don't know if you are aware of Tom Miller's background in having huge properties with a large 7-1/2 inch gauge layout
. This property is either his second or third in Oregon over the past thirty years or so.. He retired very early in his life and truly enjoys his hobbies. His Big Boy has been sold, along with a couple of 2-1/2 inch scale K36's and numerous other 1/8th scale locomotives and most of his rolling stock. Just the sale of THESE items would take most of us to win a very large lottery. The property and home is just incidental here. AND this isn't his ONLY home
. This is not a "have-to-sell" property. I have emailed him a few times in the past few years and he told me he was looking for a "steward" for his place and one who loves the hobby as much as he does
. This quote of yours: "You can't just buy the property, move the railroad to where you want it and sell the property". This is EXACTLY what he did with his previous railroad properties! Train Mountain is a prime example of a large railroad in 7-1/2 inch gauge where the owners had a dream and the tremendous amount of funds to actually do this and its still growing and expanding. Last count was over 50 ACTUAL miles of track!
Right now, I'm building a very small 7-1/2 inch gauge layout around my home here in Burbank. I am purchasing all my rail and ties from a company in Washington state. This company is a distributor of the Accutie System and they also design, build and finish railroads like this throughout the West Coast from Mexico to Canada. He has built railroads larger than Tom's for quite a few Microsoft executives. Folks in this "realm" are truly in another category of railroad people.