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Ennitoun (was All Change) – Update 27th February 2020

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

 

NBR J36 Maude 673

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.


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Adventures with Susan – A Walk In The Park October 2005

As 2005 wound it way to 2006 our friendship was deepening.  Having discovered digital photography I always took a small camera into work with me.  On days that I walk to work I would stop and take photos of Sunrise, how the light changed the shape of trees and images which pleased me.  At this time I was using a simple point and shoot Nikon E7900 a 7 mega pixel camera that fitted into my pocket. In fact that little camera was responsible in re-awakening my interest in photography.  Looking back to 2005 images I rediscovered a set taken on the Wednesday 5th October 2005 during a lunchtime stroll along the river Almond (Now Almondale Park.   Looking at the images I realised that the landscape then was a lot different as were the amenities.  Under the  Livingston Development Corporation (LDC) the town was developed in stages.  The riverside was retained as natural as possible with an open air bandstand/Antitheater, Pitch & Putt course (Now the site of the Civic Centre). Walkways, seats placed alongside the river. In 2005 a lot of the sites were dilapidated and in need of restoration/replacement.

However, the walk along the river was a pleasant walk on a nice with plenty to see if one looked carefully.  I found to my pleasure that Susan like to listen to the birdsongs, and nature watch  We were slowly finding out that we did have a lot in common as well has having different interests from each other.

Being Autumn the foliage was autumnal in colour, gold, bronze and the birds were singing or even trilling their songs. Squirrels were dashing up and down trunks, scampering along branches looking for nuts etc to take to their store for the oncoming winter.  I found on these walks that Susan loved nature in all its forms,  she was perfectly happy to sit and just listen to the sounds that surrounded us.

During good weather days we would take many walks along side the river Almond and the many country parks surrounding Livingston over the 14 years we were together.  Our last trip was on the 14th June 2019 when we went to look at the changes made to the old weir at the road bridge on the B7015 Calder Road.  They had made changes to reduce the force of the water flow from the weir and creat salmon ladders and pools to allow salmon to get up river.  We had seen the Almond change from a dirty, frothy, contaminated river to a cleaner river that salmon had returned to.  That was just the latest change we had witnessed over the 14 years.

Link to the album of our walk on 5th October 2005