When I were 'lad - Introduction
They say nostalgia ain't what it used to be, and who am I to argue? Memories of times past, when life was simpler and days were longer, trousers were short and knees were grubby, pockets were for train spotting books and paper railway timetables; those memories can all have a significant influence over us when it comes to our modelling choices. I wrote in my previous post about the desire to recreate childhood memories. I'd like to take that thought in a d
Introduction - Part 2
One of my favourite layouts on RMweb is @ian's HO scale "Die Ercallbahn" in the German Railways Forum. Drawing on childhood memories of the Marklin 3-rail AC system, Ian has brought those memories to life once more, creating the kind of system layout I'm sure many of us dreamt about when growing up. I find it tells such an absorbing story that the first time I saw a video of the layout in operation, I was surprised when the doors of a small railcar didn't open on arr
Railway modelling is mainly a Spring and Summer hobby for me. Autumn and Winter bring busier times, and as much of my modelling takes place outside (benchwork, paint spraying and big sticky jobs), or inside with the window open for ventilation (gluing and painting), free winter evenings are often spent on research and reflection.
I enjoy exploring fresh ideas, dreaming up new projects and shopping around for bits and pieces. I've discovered I also enjoy writing ab