Summers seventeen, and winters too, had passed since the day I first realised that, as an adult, my boyhood enthusiasm for model railways had returned. That is a long time to spend in the Modeller's Armchair, and so, last Spring, I finally forced myself to make a start. Life had other plans for me, however, and it is only now that I can make a start in earnest.
So, what is this layout? Well, it is really just an idea and a few model buildings at present, but the intention is to model a small independent line, set during the early Edwardian period and located in West Norfolk. The model, which will be to OO Gauge, is of the terminus of one of the branches of the West Norfolk Railway, so will take the familiar BLT to fiddle-yard format. It is unlikely to prove one of those cleverly compact layouts, whose ingenuity demonstrates a true grasp of the subtleties of the craft of railway modelling. Indeed, I seem likely to waste a good 50% of the layout's area setting the scene and trying to convince you that you really are in a Norfolk village at the dawn of the Twentieth Century. However, it's really all about the scene I see in my minds eye and I have a particular picture that I want to create.
There is no baseboard. There is a track plan in only the most general sense, in that it has not yet been committed to graph paper, or Templot or, even, the reverse of a convenient envelope. There is no track purchased as yet. No stock is ready.
The ruling constraint at present is that everything - buildings, scenery, locomotives and rolling stock - must be produced from what I have available and can easily and inexpensively fabricate. Now, after 17 years of day dreaming about model railways, I have accumulated all sorts of bits and bobs, so this should not be as difficult as it may sound. Hopefully before too long there will be the budget for track and any other essential items. I expect the layout will be DC, and that my childhood Duette will come out of retirement to serve until something more state of the art can be justified.
EDIT: the Line now has its very own insignia, courtesy of Mr Phil Sutters of this parish/
So, without further preamble, welcome to
Edited by Edwardian, 09 May 2017 - 11:17 .