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I always think that things do go in phases and sometimes a change is as good as a rest.

When we moved to the Midlands from Scotland in 1985 I discovered that the loft of our house there would be ideal for a model railway and over the next few years I created a 26'x8' OO layout based on Scotland in the 1950-60 period but I also ran 1980s stock as well.

Due to work commitments (I ran my own publishing business producing specialist books, mainly Agricultural Machinery History) and part-time Ministry in the C of E, the layout was never finished and after a time I spent very little of my spare energies on it. I moved more into road transport for book titles too.

When we decided to return to Scotland in 2004 I dismantled the layout and salvaged the track. I had kept the best of the locos and rolling stock and sold the rest. I had not thought about a layout in our present abode, and I continued to publish books, mainly on buses and trams now.

An opportunity arose to work for Stagecoach in 2004 and I have now become very involved in running their vintage bus fleet in east Scotland. My interest in buses from a historical viewpoint has taken a knock as they are now my work, and I have returned to railways as a hobby, the result being a new layout in my present loft and much more reading on the subject.

I think the important thing is - do what you enjoy - life's too short for anything else.
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