It took 18 years to completely build my HO scale Alaska Railroad layout. Long story short, we sold our house and had to tear it all down in one evening. Unfortunately, I had to throw away the scenery, track, wiring, risers and cork road bed.
In November of 2016 my daughter Anne expressed a strong desire to have her son (my grandson) see my trains run at Christmas. I wasn't able to make it happen, but seeds were planted.
On October 14, 2017, thirty years after I initially started building my Alaska Railroad layout, my brother-in-law Ted and his son Rob kick started my second generation project. They weren't sure the old tables would go up the staircase so they decided to lift them up from the ground and over the balcony. After several hours of work they had reassembled the tables.