An Easter Epiphany.

Having spent a long time thinking about what I’m doing in terms of a new layout over Easter I’ve reached a stalemate. 

Furthermore, having wasted a lot of time doing so, I’ve decided that’s it. Therefore I’ve packed everything up and put it up in the loft. My Model Rail subscription has expired and I’m not renewing either. 

So, for now, that’s it. No more modelling. I’ll be an ‘armchair modeller,’ but I’m fed up of starting, stopping and as a consequence, losing a lot of time.

Life is too short. 


(Old) new ideas

Despite the allowance of a lot of space for modelling I’ve found that I’m not fussed on using it all. Today I had a tidy up of the modelling box and left myself with just the following three items of stock out. 

I’d like another Oxford 7 plank wagon and a brake van, the acquisition of both – coupled with the arrival of my previously ordered Peckett – should see me through in terms of stock. 

Normally, once I’ve had an idea, I migrate back to looking at Juniper Hill. Therefore I’ve decided to head down that route, but turning the kick back into a run round loop rather like the left hand side of the second design above. The layout will be based around the end of a set of exchange sidings for a limestone line. 

I’ve recently ordered and received a Wills Goods Store. This will see service as the view block as the lines leave the layout. 

Happy endings and new beginnings

Long ago – and I mean a long time ago – I blogged about buying a jigsaw. With moving house and everything I had dismantled my progress and boxed it up. Last week I dug it out, re-made what I’d started and this morning, finished it off. I love how it’s Arley Station on the SVR but I’m sad it’s finished; I’ve found the whole jigsaw thing very theraputic. 

So that’s the endings, what about the beginnings? Well, when I blog (or do any work in the office, actually) I am usually propped up on my knees in front of the desk. Being not as young as I once was this is no good for my knees. 

Therefore I’ve dug an old chair out of the garage, and plan to sand it down and up-cycle. Sanding down has already begun and I’ve also bought a pastel shade of duck egg to paint it with. A low-cost project but one both myself and my knees are looking forward to!



Yesterday I made a trip to well-known Swedish flat-pack furniture emporium. One of my (many) missions this Easter holidays is to tidy up our office space (ok, it’s a spare room!) so with that in mind I purchased one of the excellent Kallax storage units – other makes are available.

Whilst SWMBO was at work I put it up; a super kit that goes together well and takes little time. At this point all was well with the world.

Then Amy arrived home. She headed through to check out my handiwork and then, to my surprise, uttered the following; ‘Lots of space for your trains there!’

Having picked myself up from the floor I looked at the domestic authority and asked if she was ok with that space (147cm long by 48 wide) being used for such a thing. ‘Yes,’ came the, admittedly slightly weary, reply.

Therefore today I headed up to the loft and dug out my B17 ‘Everton.’ It’s just placed on the top for now. Plenty of space to work with!


It’s half term. Finally. 

A chance to catch up on work. A chance to catch up with friends and family. 

A chance to catch up on sleep. 

Why then am I making a brew at 5.35 this morning having been sat wide awake for an hour?