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Hi, I'm a professional field archaeologist and new to railway modelling, having just turned 60 (don't look it, don't feel it, but thanks for the bus pass!), although not to modelling as a hobby. I was heavily into military modelling from the early 70s to rthe mid 90s when my close up vision started to go and I sort of ground to a halt. I still have all my made models and a large stockpile of unbuilt, both figures and AFVs, and I fully intend to get back into it, probably when I retire, if not sooner. I'm now getting into railway modelling, having always been into railways, largely because I have an 8 year old son who's been well brainwashed by me (and Wilbert Awdry). He's had an eclectic collection of (mainly) Hornby trains for a while now and wants a board layout. He's keen on the trackmat plan but has extra track as well, so I plan to build him a 6'x4" board with a double track oval etc, to use the track he's acquired. This will go in the loft and there's enough space for a line to run off the oval to a terminus. This will be my "project", although trains will run from one to the other. Time is a problem and I have to get the big board under way before I can start on my bit. However I've started collecting stock and track for it. I'm looking at a fictional South Dorset harbour town with GWR and SR services, a sort of cross between Swanage and Weymouth, in the period late 30s to about 1952. Operating sessions, when I get that far, will be set in circa 1938, 1943-44, or the very early BR period, with vehicles and other movable details to match. The WW2 era will probably predominate, given my other interest. That gave me a lot of experience of weathering models and using photos and observation of the prototype to achieve it. I've already weathered some of our wagons with good results, and the long term aim is that all the locos and stock on "my" bit will be weathered. At the moment I'm still researching and finishing off draught proofing the previous owner's loft conversion, which was done by Roy Rogers and his mates. I seem to have rambled on a bit, so that's it for now.
Pete
 
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