This is the Bell Tower of Trinity Church in Gosport. Trinity Church has an organ that was played by Handel, in 1747, the church bought the organ for £300, as best as I can make it that’s not far short of £50,000 in todays money. This brief snippet is totally unrelated to the rest of today’s post.
You will know, as a regular reader of this blog that I have a bit of a thing about having a model railway. I am going to start very small, learning how to do things, and will hopefully get the skills to do what I want. I have all sorts of ideas as to how I want to do things. I’d love a mechanical signalling layout, I really do like the old semaphore signals, I think mechanical linkages from the switch to the signal would probably be too much, but I would definitely like to have a panel with the layout printed on to it with the signals and points represented by switches or buttons. Since I was a kid, I wanted a panel with switches and buttons – at the time, I really didn’t care if the buttons or switches actually did anything, but that was what I wanted. Now however I see a way of having that, and it being useful.
My first layout, as I’ve said is going to be very basic, a proof of concept, but I have greater ambitions. In 2016, I laid out in one of my journals an L shaped layout, where at one end I would have a functioning port, with ships at berth, container cranes that would be able to pick up containers of the ship and drop them on the train. The train would start off and the middle part of the layout would be a country scene and at the other end would be an industrial/urban scene.
Now, here’s the other reason why I want to do this, and this is the secret; not an earth shattering one, but I don’t think I have ever talked about this; I want to photograph it. I’ve been practicing;
Now, I do have a problem; I want to work in N-Gauge. Do you know how small the figures are for N-Gauge? They are SMALL;
Now, they are going to be way to small to be practically useful, and devilishly awkward to focus in. Now, I did buy some figures that were for a much bigger gauge, this one gives you a comparison;
I must admit, that I felt a bit embarrassed about admitting this, but a recent search on google brought up a whole bunch of other people who are heavily involved in this, have a look at these as an example;
Now, I’m not doing this (I don’t think), but I have this thought of telling stories using the railway figures. Once again, I can’t explain why, it’s just one of those things I want to do.
I no longer have a secret!