“Hi Al, A carry on from last week with speakers and sounds to my class 37`s, and new speaker and sound added to my Deltic ..unfortunately it has come back with problems with the prop shaft so unable to run…
as you see Dave gets a lot of problems to sort out as well… all part of the fun with Model Railways.
Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.
Thanks for your great mail, and to your audience who make 85% of it happen!
I have had a model railway since I was 4 – first on the dining room table, then as we were banned, to the dining room floor, then a 6×4 ply sheet. I have to say the ubiquitous 6×4 is the worst possible size as when you are 6, you cannot reach the centre!
Then my parents moved around, so the rolling stock, layout, etc was sold as we moved with the Armed Services.
At University, a special offer on a narrow gauge set caught my eye, so I started to build again. I think I was the only student with a trainset!
Then more moving, marriage and moving conspired to see it sold.
My children and I built a large N-Gauge set in our loft – it was huge, but the loft was too hot in summer, and too cold in winter! A G-Scale garden railway was a better success. Again moves saw the set dismantled and sold.
Then since my wife decided to go on holiday with a bunch of ladies, what better time to start again, but with some firm outlines in place; it had to be modular, and the maximum width 1 Meter. Module 1 got built, then I suffered a heart attack at 62 – so to the disgust of my wife, and amusement of our friends, this built module sat in our lounge for a couple of years. A fire gutted our garage, and this was a perfect opportunity to turn it into a train room!
Instead of letting the set grow organically, I planned and sketched what I wanted to see. Its a mix of artistic creation, childhood memories, and manual skills I used to use as a surgeon!
Here are the sketches, and a couple of views of Module-1. As the layout comes together, I’ll write some more.
A huge thanks to Dave and Julian. Loved Julian’s sketches – a wonderful piece of planning that looked quite fun to do.
That’s all for today folks. Please keep ’em coming.
And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide if you want to get going on your layout.