No, I've not died or given up the hobby.
With a full-time job and two young children, my modelling comes in fits and starts ... with long gaps in between, which is fine.
I have been working on the layout and plan to post an update this weekend. In the meantime, I thought I'd share this cool idea I spotted on Thomas Klimoski's excellent Georgia Northeastern layout.
On his layout, there's a modern building with a roll-up door that allows freight cars to be delivered inside. The difference is, he's got a door you can roll up by twisting a knob disguised as a roofing vent.
Best of all: it uses gears from a Lego Techniques set to drive the door mechanism. Very clever. A Model Railroader how-to article waiting to be written.
Check it out:
Thomas's layout is my favourite kind to check out: a room-sided modern-era layout that features industrial switching.
Here's an embed of a video tour of his layout.
Enjoy this and be sure to check out the rest of his videos.