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When i left school back then i was lucky enough to enroll on an engineering apprenticeship. I think this lead me in good stead. I was always one of those children that pulled things apart but actually put them back together again. My first engine given to me at the age of Seven, a Triang Princess Elizabeth. The rest as they say is History. Later in life i got back in to Model Railways and started building Pine Road. This could lead anywhere so i hope you enjoy my Blog.

Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Strange goings on

Its been a strange week, think i might go back to work for a rest.
Three bags of rubbish cleared from the spare room ( i know i will regret this at some point) i have probably thrown away something that i shouldn't have. We have, repainted the spare room. Made two display, wall mounted cases, sorted the loft, painted the skirting boards in the lounge ready for a new carpet. Basically been humping furniture around the place.
As yesterday's post revealled, i no longer have a usable 'home' layout. I expect that at the moment, a lot of us are wondering what the future holds regarding exhibitions etc. 
We now of course have Youtube, Zoom, whatsapp, Blogger and good old skype to share our modelling skills with each other, not forgetting of course the still popular magazines that are still out there. Will it ever be the same? Lets not forget that most exhibitions are held in school halls, will they still allow us to use them? A lot of questions at the momment.
We had a few hours out playing with Parkstone Goods, strange goings on there as well
If anyone is in the same situation as me and is in the process of planning a new layout, what is one to do?
Lets think about this, it takes a lot of effort to move everthing to an exhibition. It starts a few days before an event and probably a few days after putting things away again, making sure everything works, gathering stock, tools, what to take etc.
Building a new layout? Yes i am but no time scales, no cameo compititions, no deadlines or "can you have it ready for November"!!!
It will be operated from the front, i like the idea, more interaction from the viewing public (should that still be the case) also better for home use. Its going to be a few years before i have a layout suitable for an exhibition.
A time to reflect, after all its a hobby and was beginning to wonder if it was becoming an obsession. Leaving that aside, its something that i enjoy doing and will continue to do so but perhaps at a more steady pace ( one engine re-chassied and motored in a week, three kit built engines in the last four months) is going some.
I have met many people and some have become very good friends, encourged me along the way for wich i will always be gratefull.
Hopefully we will see and meet up again very soon.

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