You have to start somewhere!

So, I have decided to start a blog.  Why?

From an early age I caught the train bug.  I was born into a family of trainspotters and my parents bought me my first 00 gauge model train set when I was a young ‘un.  Although very basic with just a tank engine, a small number of wagons, some track and a controller, I still loved setting it up and playing with it.  I have been interested in trains ever since.

My Dad and I visited many preserved railways in the UK but, because I was only born in the 70’s, I missed the steam engines in their heyday.  For one of my first real jobs I used to commute to and from Leeds on both the East and West Coast mainlines, so I have had my fair share of experience of diesel and electric trains.  But, there is nothing like a good steam engine.

I decided from early on that at some point in my life I would have my own model rail layout to run my own steam (and possibly early diesel) trains and have never been fortunate enough to have the space until now.  A large shed at the end of the garden allowed me to construct a 12 foot by 8 foot base board about a couple of years or so ago.  My thinking being, firstly get some decent foundations built, then start the fun part – the planning process of incorporating my “must have features”.

So, I built three frames.  Here’s one (of three)…

2015-01-23 01Put on the tops and add the legs.  Again, one of three…

2015-01-23 02I then planned and started building.

I have partly laid track.  I have also added some must have scenary for which I will be putting up some photos in the coming weeks to give you an idea of where I am now at.  I think I know where I am going but am currently at a bit of an impass in that I have perhaps done a little too much research.  Too many ideas, but not necessarily the time, experience or money to be able to do it all.  Hence, the reason for starting this blog.  I wanted to share my thoughts and experience as my layout evolves.  I am eager to receive feedback and discuss ideas with fellow enthusiasts.  I have a fair few ideas so am aiming to post at least once or twice a week.

Here’s hoping.

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