The last three weeks have been some of the most personally confronting of my life. So much has changed for me in such a short time and I would not have believed a few weeks ago that I would be contemplating selling my home and relinquishing my train room. The irony of where I’ve reached in the building of my layout literally makes me smile; I had planned to have the Queens Wharf basically rebuilt to stage where it could essentially be “plugged” into the new enlarged plan and be compatible with Morpeth and I had planned to finally do something about the woefully inadequate storage and arrangement of my papers, books and modelling materials. As of today I have essentially reached exactly the stage I had hoped to and now I have to essentially stop and adjust my plans.
A couple of people I’ve told about this change of plans have reacted in quite a dumbfounded way and this is not hard to understand. Haven’t I just had the train room lined and painted? Haven’t I just had a hole cut in the wall to let trains run through? Haven’t I just spent the last 6 months chopping up my layouts to get them to fit into he room? Well…yes! But no one ever said you could plan life. In having my train room lined and painted I had expected to have about 5 more years to work on the layout there but the sudden death of my mother has changed all that. It may take a couple of years but my partner and I have decided that over the next two years we’re going to build a new home together. This might not be such a big change if I had little expectation of a new train room but she’s been unreasonably generous in our initial discussions and I find myself facing the prospect of a bigger room with no stairs intruding into the space. So it’s not so much that I’ll be pulling the Morpeth Line down in the next two weeks, in fact that’s unlikely to happen for at least 12 months (anyway it’s built in sections that can be reassembled in the new space). However what my recent progress has taught me is that even if you think a modular layout will fit in a new room it still needs a nip and tuck to get the most from it. Quite suddenly, and very unexpectedly, I don’t feel I can continue working on the layout without half the effort being wasted if I have to rip it all up again in about 18 months time.
So have I decided to follow Trevor Marshall’s suggestion in his Port Rowan blog and take up macrame when his sewer pipe started leaking into his basement? 🙂 Well no, I’m not but equally I’m not exactly sure what hobby activity will fill the next two years when I’m not slaving and toiling getting the new house built. My immediate reaction was that I’d probably build a couple of locomotives and some rolling stock and this could certainly be one productive pathway. However if I do end up selling my home I will be living a slightly more gypsy like existence than I have over the last 5 years and I’ve learned from experience that undertaking one of the more complex tasks this hobby has to offer while living in unsettled circumstances is not necessarily a sensible plan.
So what to do? Well having been provided with the approximate dimensions of my new train room by the better half I’ve already nutted out a plan that will give me pretty much enough layout to keep me busy until my 120th birthday. As I plan to live till I’m 140 this should work out fine. As I won’t have anything to write about maybe I’ll just close the blog down for a couple of years. I have a feeling no one will notice. Well that is no one except a certain manufacturer who obviously scours my every post looking to see if I’ve mentioned his outstanding range of photo backdrops. You see when I said in a recent post that I had purchased my new backdrop from Wuiske Models what I should have mentioned is that these are a joint production between Wuiske Models and Haskell Co. Jump online and buy a few meters of these excellent products 🙂