When I finally decided that I was moving towards prototype modeling I struggled with the concepts of place and time. After thinking about all of the areas that interested me, I settled on the eastside area. Under BNSF ownership the 7th Sub was the Woodinville Sub, and the 8th Sub was the Issaquah Sub. Knowing that I didn't want to model the BNSF, but rather the BN I was able to narrow down the time frame from 1970-1995. That's still a huge gap for a prototype modeler. I could either model the 1970's really bad, or the 1990's even worse. As I started doing research for a structure I found out that the Redmond depot was torn down in 1972. Having grown up in the Redmond area I never saw the depot, but the image of the depot stayed with me. So now I was down to 1970-1972.
My other main goal with this railroad is to eventually host operating sessions with fellow modelers on a regular basis; rain, snow, sleet, sun! The beauty of outdoor modeling is you don't have to model the weather it comes naturally.