Saturday 17 October 2020

Saturday Ramble

 Remember when I used to post almost daily? Things change and the ebb and flow of life affects this more than most things. There is however a general shift in the modelling direction. Hopwood has now, like Elvis, left the building. This is good on one level in that I don't have to dance around it all the time. There is now though a small hole in the mental aspect of all this. The short term is that I'll probably concentrate on small projects for the time being - mostly rolling stock. I took a decision that if and when exhibitions re-start, taking Oake out would be logical as it's about to hit the Dec/Jan/Feb RMs. There is also Dury's Gap sitting to my right for which I could build stock forever for, and there are plenty of kits in the cupboard that would suit. Even though it is nominally set late 1950s, there is nothing which really indicates this and it could just as easily drop back twenty years if needed. So to summarise: stock for two different small layouts in two different scales... easy.

What complicates this very slightly, and as I hinted a week ago, there is a teatime vacuum, in that now that I sit looking at toy-trains all day to earn money, the desire to continue that in the evening is less desirable. This has slowed things somewhat and the approach is naturally changed - what I would do just for the hell of it, now in part has to have a reason. I worked though this conundrum 40-odd years ago, I just need to do that again.


  1. I look forward to seeing Dury's Gap and/or Oake somewhere sometime...
    I've been working sporadically on a 009 layout which would probably go down nicely at a show if there were any...but even though I rarely take anything to shows even I am lacking motivation.
    Off to Amberley tomorrow as the Industrial Trains Day appears to be one of the few things happening...I know one or two others are as well so it may turn into a small gathering.

  2. Been there. Done that. Still not worked it out.

  3. I think it's a case of hobby/lifelong interest becoming work. But hobby doesn't pay and work does. I think it'll work out OK, to be honest. It's a period of transition, but everything settles and new patterns emerge. It's like life.

  4. BTW, where was that photograph taken, with two seemingly unconnected lines crossing the same road? This is intriguing.

    1. Allegedly the Rye Harbour branch, but I can't quite place it.

  5. As a hobby you have free reign to do what you like, as and when you want. The work aspect similar but very much not the same so keep the two separate. By the way, I like the picture of the "Airfix" level crossing gate, from my point of view a dangerous sort of picture!
    Andrew K