Review, ideas, future…

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 10 January 2023

Hello folks,

after a long break, I slowly return back to the hobby.

The last year didn’t went well. Huge workload and unexpected incidents made it quite challenging and finally, I couldn’t withstand. The rare hobby time was used for project process but they also came to a full stop around mid year. So I ended up in eraly stadium of burnout and depressions. Thanks to gut therapies, I slowly return to the old self I was before…

… but this should not be the goal actually. Beside others in life, I also will rearrange my hobby to not end in the same spiral again as before. I operated eight different railroads on four gauges/scales, which can be a rabbit hole sooner or later. I asked myself, which railroads give me the most joy, fun and feedback.

The answer was very clear: all trains on 45mm and 5″ gauge. It’s very enjoyable to build models in these scals and operating them, especially the live steam trains, is so much fun. That’s the reason why I decided to quit H0n30, and to focus on the larger scales only. Meanwhile, many rolling stock got sold and some of the layouts as well. But not all…

My famous modular H0n30 layout “Waldbahn Eusserthal” will stay in my collection along with a reduced fleet of rolling stock. Beside three little steam locos and some cars, I also keep the Shays and livesteam loco.

But what next? First of all, my therapy isn’t finished yet. Since the hobby is a good place for me to relax (as long as I don’t have too much topics/scales/projects) I will tackle some smaller projects in the near future. Later on, I have some bigger projects in mind.

All this will also effect my blog. I used to post once a week in the past, which also was a lot of stress and organizing for me. In future, I like to post single progress or project updates or a monthly review. All of them as by mood and time. I like to remember for the subscribe option, to get informed when new entries are posted.

That’s it for now. In the next updats, I like to show the progress and final steps on my steam donkey build.

Kind regards,



  • Frédéric says:

    Lieber Gerd,

    schön, wieder von Dir zu hören. Vielen Dank, dass Du den Mut und die Kraft findest, Dich zu Deiner Erkrankung zu äußern. Ich glaube Du hast den richtigen Gedanken, wenn Du Dich auf die Dinge fokussierst, die Dir Freude machen und Dich von Dingen trennst, die Druck verursachen. Gerade auch das regelmäßige Schreiben im Blog ist so eine Sache: Wenn das Hobby zur Pflicht wird, läuft etwas schief. Ich habe aus demselben Grund aufgehört, regelmäßig posten zu wollen.

    Alles Gute und sei Dir sicher – wenn Du was postest, hast Du eine Menge begeisterter Leser, egal wie selten oder oft.

    Beste Grüße,


  • Stefan says:

    Alles Gute und viel Ruhe und Kraft wünsche ich Dir!

  • Martial says:

    Bonjour Gerd,

    je découvre votre site et votre réseau HOe m’inspire beaucoup. Je vous remercie de partager vos astuces et vous souhaite un bon rétablissement.

    Si je peux vous partager une astuce pour votre amélioration, la méditation est un outil précieux. C’est la Locomotive de l’esprit.

    Bien à vous, de France,

  • Matthias says:

    Hallo Gerd,
    Schön das Du wieder auf der Waldbahnschmiede schreibst, mich hatte es 2015 niedergestreckt mit einem Burnout, ich weiß was Du durchmachen,war lange in Behandlung, beieiner Reha usw.
    Ich drücke die Daumen das Du wider zu neuer Stärke findest, aber immer mit der Ruhe und nichts über den Zaun brechen.

  • Dr John says:

    Hi Gerd,
    Great to see you are making life more simple and easy. This is more sustainable long-term :-)

  • Jozef Milko says:

    Hi Gerd, we are glad we can read new posts on your blog again and we are looking forward to your new projects. So have fun with those…We will watch them closely :-)
    Best regards

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