Thanks for the welcome. I chose "watersmeet" as an id because it was the loco on the last up Atlantic Coast Express I travelled on (must have been in 1964) which rather shows my age. My original layout idea was for the Somerset and Dorset in the 1950s and I got together/made/renumbered etc. various stock for this. Then of course I started on the North Cornwall line in early sixties (see first comment) and I once lived near the ECML and I've been on various railtours and don't these new diesel models run very well - you know how it is! So the collection has rather spread geographically and historically I'm afraid.
A friend (now deceased) had a layout that ran to timetable, used 4 operators and he swapped stock and buildings to represent different regions for each session.
Now I've got the boards down in the loft and can run right round it, I'm finding a lot of basic layout building things that I need to know so a forum like this should be v. helpful. Already found out about live frog crossovers which was becoming a hassle, for example.
Cheers for now.