Well, my name is Dave and I am building my second layout themed on the Caledonian Railway in the Edwardian era. The first was called Kelvinbank, and since I live 200 yards from the river kelvin which flows through the west end of Glasgow I think I shall stick to the name.
You may well ask, if he has built one already why is he building another? Simply put, the sky fell in. Not the real sky, but to the 4mm scale figures on the layout half a ton of victorian lime plaster falling from a 12 foot high ceiling probably felt like the sky. Luckily I realised that the skyfall was imminent and managed to get 75 % of the layout details and stock stripped out safely, but it was clear that Kelvinbank 1 was going to have to be scrapped. This happened in May last year, a decision was taken that the smaller back bedroom would become a bedroom and that the new Kelvinbank would occupy the larger front bedroom, ( and some of the kitchen, but more of that later)
So why blog about it ? I have posted stuff online before, particularly in the CRA forums, but that has tended to be specific shots of individual models as the topic arose. Several people suggested I should do a blog covering the more general aspects of modelling. I was a bit reluctant, there are many who build fantastic locos and stock, brilliant buildings, wonderful scenery whose work I am nowhere near emulating. But it was pointed out to me that everyone has to start somewhere and that another modeller adds to the sum total, thus promoting the hobby as a whole. Logically too if it encourages folk to have a shot at EM, pregrouping, preferably Caledonian modelling on the if he can do it so can I principle then all the better.
Enough of me blethering on, a couple of general pictures of the progress to date.