So, here’s the situation I am in: after about 25 years of being away from the hobby, I am finally setting up my LGB layout again, with plans on expanding it to eventually cover an 8 x 8 foot space in a spare bedroom. When I initially received the layout for my 8-year old birthday, the theme of a layout was…well, a bit mixed. The layout was essentially one of the European starter sets (Stainz loco, gondola, and Chiquita Banana boxcar) expanded into an oval with a couple of sidings.
So anyhow, being a kid at the time, the layout kind of expanded with whatever suited my fancy. The original layout, as set up by my father, included the Pola Swiss chalet house, Silverton station, detached car garage, and a European-style railroad crossing. As time went by, the Pola American water tower and the Pola (German) railway shanty were added, along with a handful of German railway signs. One of the last pieces of scenery added to the layout was a German semaphore signal.
The rolling stock stayed fairly consistent - everything, minus a caboose, was/is European, so at least that didn’t become all mixed up.
So, the conundrum I am in is, where do I go with all of this in trying to figure out a theme? I have this nice lot of European railcars and scenery to go along with it, but then I have the American train station and water tower that I am trying to figure what to do with. I’d rather not pack away the American stuff and replace it with all-European items, because the layout as a whole does have a lot of sentimental value to me (my father did put a lot of effort into setting it all up in its original form). At the same time, I don’t want a layout that doesn’t look geographically consistent. I just want something that looks good and that I can be proud of.
So, what should I do?