On the 29th December 2019 I added to the blog under the Title “All Change 12 Months on”. Originally “All Change” was the blog regarding the resurrection of my childhood model railway. Part 7 was published on 29th December 2019 1 year and a day after Part 6 which showed the changes from initial design up to the revised design started at end of 2018. Alas, the January blog was the last due to Susan’s cancer becoming more aggressive and my (then) partner was in and out of hospital for the rest of the year. Other blogs tell of our marriage on the 26th June 2019 and my wife’s sad passing on the 15th September 2019. During all this time the layout languished for the want of attention.
One of our last outings was to the Perth Model Rail Show on Sunday 30th June 2019 where with the finance director’s agreement I purchased a new Hornby model
engine – Ex NBR J36 “Maude” an engine that has memories for both of us. Susan saw it at Haymarket Shed and I along with a school friend saw it at St Margaret’s shed when in BR ownership. During our many chats Susan urged me to continue with the project and to stay with the Clydeside Model Rail Club we had joined. and not to mope. Well I did mope, and still do at times it was so bad I was on the verge of abandoning it all until Sid took me to the Falkirk Model Rail Show in November 2019. Well I walked around that show like a zombie – no interest in anything. Sid suggested we head for a cuppa and we did. During our tea break the conversation went to how I first got interested in model rail. A long story – too long to tell here, but a surprising statement came from me. It came about as I mentioned that I never did get a modern model of the engine that started me off on model railways, no, not the “City of Glasgow”. The first train set I bought with my own money was an express passenger set of three coaches hauled by a toy train ex LMS Princess class loco “Princess Elizabeth” I have it still up in the attic – a non runner on today’s modern scale layouts. It was black bakelite, cast iron wheels and sounded like a tank but it fired my interest in building my own railway. He suggested we go and look again at the traders stalls and see it there was on at the show. To cut a long story short a dealer/trader I trusted was at the zshow and when Sid asked if he had such a model – I could scarcely believe his reply of “Yes, I have one from the Peter Waterman Collection by Hornby” .
Sid promptly bought it and said that’s yer Christmas….. What a friend he turned out to be. He only went and got me out of my depressed state and once again thanks to his generosity 46201 Ex LMS Princess Elizabeth fired up my interest in continuing with an old hobby.
Other model locomotives have been added since and the layout is evolving.