I’ve cheated just a little bit. The picture is one that I took, but it’s from a couple of years ago. It’s train on the Watercress Line taken when we were doing an Events Station – Railways on the Air, from Ropley. I really enjoy these event stations.
Talking of stations, you’ll have seen the title. I’m in that phase again. I want to build a model railway layout. I’ve wanted to do one for years. I pretty much decided on somethings such as the gauge (it’ll be N-Gauge). N-Guage is reasonably small, so I could have a reasonably complex layout. But no, it won’t be complex, because I haven’t really got a clue what I’m doing. Well, that’s not strictly true. I am compiling a list of the materials and tools that I’ll need for the construction work. I’m thinking about things like what track, what Digital Command and Control System (DCC), and a basic loco. The track layout will be very simple – a couple pieces of straight, a couple of points.
My first baseboard will be small 1×0.5m, but more than enough to do my first layout. The experience of building the baseboard, mounting the track, cabling the layout and running the train are the initial basics. Get a grip of those, and I will know I can do something bigger. But, then there’s signalling. I like semaphore signals, I’d want to use them. What about scenery? I’m torn between rural, urban or industrial scenes. I had a thought about a container yard, with working cranes.
See, I do have grandiose plans – but that’s not good at the moment. No experience. Well, if I’m going to get that experience, I need to do something. I feel a project coming on.