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Railways & other things

Long and winding road – beginnings



A while back, I posted some photos of some of my old kit and scratch built models.  Those posts didn’t include the path that I took to get from there to here.  I was thinking about this in the context of where to go next in the hobby, so it’s good to put it all down.

Like many of my generation, my interest in models started on the floor with Hornby clockwork ‘O’ gauge.  I remember a green 0-4-0 passenger engine and tender and two 4-wheeled carmine and cream BR coaches and a circle of track got me going.  My father understood real railways so a black 0-4-0 tank engine, and some goods stock followed, with some points and extra track.

I quickly developed an early appreciated the benefits of the ‘shelf layout’.  If I laid out a circular layout, I had to put it away at tea time.  If I…

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