Chronicling the development of my Cambrian and Narrow Gauge 4mm scale model railway


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I decided I’d go upmarket in my scribbles. Following demolishing a brick gatepost (deliberately), filling the resulting hole with concrete, and discovering the reason why a radiator in the house leaked was because it gave the appearance of NEVER having had any PTFE or other plumbing compound on the threads, and then rectifying the matter, I was able to spend a few minutes doing a scribble on my tablet. 

When I bought my tablet I made sure I got one that could run AnyRail. This may seem a daft reason on which to base the buying of technology but it was one way to sort the wheat from the chaff. 

If you’ve never tried AnyRail I’d recommend you have a go. Even the trial version, which I’m currently running until my pockets get shallower or my arms longer, will allow you to put 50 items on your chosen layout which is plenty for a tail chaser for a small boy. It’s very easy to use and the results are satisfying. It has layers a la CAD programmes and you can put gradients in if you so wish along with all your electrical jiggery-pokery. It also has “user libraries” where enthusiastic members of the public have added libraries of objects, such as all those Metcalfe card kits. 

I intend to use it to design the Magnus opus, Penlowry. In the mean time, this is all good practice and JGF. 


Author: Chris H

Having now officially reached middle age, I am a rolling stock engineer and have worked in many different locations including a 7 year spell in Sydney, Australia, where I arrived with a suitcase and left with a wife and a son. I am now based back in my home county of Yorkshire where I juggle full time work, being a Dad to two rascally mini-mes, and trying to fit in railway modelling, assisting the GWR 1014 County of Glamorgan project, and visits to the top left hand corner of Wales and Beamish. In addition to my heavily railway themed life, I am interested in rugby, cricket, reading crime novels, falconry, and medieval re-enactments.

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