Visited the WA Model Rail show on Saturday which reinvigorated my enthusiasm to get moving. There were some really neat layouts on show and a number of vendors flogging their goods. Nice to be able to buy things all in one place instead of traipsing around the countryside for a piece here and a piece there.
Finally laid out the Langwith Junction yards. Hopefully there is enough space to house a variety of rolling stock, although in the long term I can see Lincoln terminus as having another significant place to house both wagon and passenger cars. I am still thinking about whether I should drop in a reverse section or maybe a turntable.
The time-versus-money equation is a tough one, Trevis. I think if you valued your time at $50-$75 hour, you'd very quickly tot up a big bill on some structures... and at the end of the day, each hour you spend on Task A is an hour less you have for Task B. So look at it as an investment in getting your layout to a place you are happy with just that little bit quicker.
How long since you last visited the Claremont Exhibition? I was out of town this weekend, so didn't go - I usually restrict myself to every three-four years, as the repetition can get a bit much. Having said that, the last tiem I went - 3 years ago now, I think - there was a nice Southern Region UK model, and a very well stocked Eastern States bookseller.
Yes, I have made my peace with it. And if that scouse shop ever gets its website back up I shall be able to pick up a number of the other colliery bits at big mark downs. If only it would stay up long enough to place the order. Something has hit the fan big time over there. Maybe its having a jubilee downer.
As for the exhibit, much of a muchness really. It is always nice to see a few big layouts out and about. Bit sad that Stanbridges didn't have any specials on, looked just like sticker price to me. Plus they only had about five N scale anything on show. In fact N scale is still very poorly represented all round. I ended up going to Maylands to pick the pit head lifts. The American layout was very well done. Can't remember which group it was. Also the Southerner's were certainly there with Alston town.
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