…railway, actually. And it’s only a model one.
Anyways, about this time last year, I began working on a model railway. Why?
It’s all that James May’s fault. His “Toy Stories” series, especially the one about Hornby train sets, was a bit sort of inspiring. Years ago, my father in law (a model railway enthusiast) gave us some OO gauge (the standard Hornby gauge) track and rolling stock and, following the James May programme, I got a bit out and rediscovered the joy of sticking a model loco on some track, adding a controller and making it go. (Yes I know it’s a bit childish, but hey! it was surprisingly fun.
So, there was only one option: make my own.
The trouble is, OO gauge is actually quite big when you haven’t got tons of room. However, N gauge, which is very roughly half OO, would be just the right size. So, I got a starter track pack from Peco, a train (a class 91) and away we go!
Sort of. Because, this is going to be a proper model railway, not just a train set. So, first you have to build baseboards to fix the track onto. So I got some wood and MDF from Wickes and B&Q and started to build them. Trouble is, woodwork isn’t my strong point and while all the beginner’s books say “this shouldn’t be beyond anyone…” it is beyond me. The baseboards are not well made, not square and a bit tatty. Which apparently will make the running of the trains not so good… but it’s the best I could do.
Then, after leaving it for a few months, I actually did a bit more today and (fanfare please!) got some track laid… well, 2 points and a short straight. Hurrah! “Bodge Junction” (so called because pretty much everything will be a bodge job) is finally, properly underway.
Soon I’m going to have to start doing some wiring and (gulp!) soldering… here’s hoping!