Downtime and the Past
Most of the house is now boxed up with an impending move in a week or so's time. I just hope that the layout makes the move unscathed; it is all packed down into it's carrying cradles, but there is the matter of a week in storage between leaving house #1 and arriving at house #2. Fingers crossed.
Meanwhile, seeing Russ' blog (now thread) about his first steps into 2mm reminded me of mine, some 26 years ago. Whilst evacuating the loft I came across the album of my very first 2mm layout. Built mainly between myself and Bill Rankin, the layout was...
In the days before Easitrac and drop in wheels, we managed to get a small layout up and running. A real learning curve for all of us. Bill went on to build two substantial 2mm layouts which were widely exhibited before he defected to 7mm. Before the arrival of the rugrats, I managed to get my own layout, Masham completed and also into exhibitions.
Anyway, here we are at an exhibition in Doncaster, 1987 I think (!). Don't I look young? Also present are the late Peter Wright who contributed to the layout and occasional operator Trevor Spink:
Using the marvels of current technology, I've scanned and knitted a couple of photos together giving an almost complete view of the layout:
Things should revert to near normality by mid-December. I then need to push on with Brafferton; deadlines loom!