For me it hasn't been a good year which I won't bore you with, suffice to say this New Year can't be any worse.
So - new year resolutions-
1) I hope to continue the blog on a much more regular basis although with some 40,000 odd hits this last 12 months would seem that I am doing something right!
2) The flat packs that I have described deserve to be built, I have most of the components for them so there is really no excuse- just the need to find some time.
3) I really need to sort out my assortment of cuttings and drawings accumulated from the modelling press over the last few years, this means separating the Western from the Southern as will become clear later.
4) The Dorset Group needs more input and there are many visits that have been promised but I haven't arranged a coherent agenda for this year- although the dates and hall are all booked.
5) The couplings on all the stock taken to exhibitions needs checking before the show, something which is very time consuming and I have been a bit lazy about- sorry Nigel and Colin!
Talking about couplings reminds me that I need to perfect a new idea which will mean that uncoupling can take place anywhere on the layout without need for wires or ramps which make adjustment neccessary.
6) Finally- you must wonder what the photos are? Well this is the embryonic East Boldre in 3mm. You may remember me banging on about a previous layout of the same name but in 4mm. I have two four foot boards which are to have 3mm Society track together with some turnouts which have been made by Hugh. I have spent a bit of time threading rail onto the sleepers as can be seen in the photos.
This is a new departure for me and hopefully will improve the look of trackwork on this new layout. Hence the reason for sorting the mags- I need drawings of the Southern , station building, signal box, goods shed et al to portray a part of the New Forest which is dear to me.
I remember the comment about the previous layout of the same name- a lady took some time viewing and then said she knew there was never a station at East Boldre, where she lived, but the trees and landscape were perfect- hopefully I can do this again but in the Premier Scale!