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

Quiet time?

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Historically our company is quiet before Christmas. That’s just the industry I’m in. People don’t want jobs to start when there is then an almost guaranteed 2 week gap in it so clients delay until after Christmas.

Unusually for us, this year has been total madness. There are a number of high profile projects, in which we are involved, which has kept us very busy and will continue to do so for some time to come. For the first time in a while, when a Canadian company came knocking, I had to ask if they wouldn’t mind deferring until after Christmas. This is all good news for company expansion – when your company has a mere Baker’s dozen, highs and lows are often excessive and change rapidly.

As usual, modelling has suffered. I’m still awaiting a window to fit the glazing in the railcar (see what I did there), post a video of it, and then send my entry in to the 009 Society.

I now have 2 locos awaiting transfers and plates to call them done (43xx oil fired, and the Bulldog).

Unfortunately the beginning of this week won’t see any action as I’ve got to go to Aberdare (6h on the train from York!!)

One somewhat major decision that has been made recently is that my office will change rooms. There was always the possibility of this given I currently occupy a large bedroom in the house and one day Mini Mes 1 and 2 will agree not to share a room and then I’d have to move. So the box room for me. Frankly, it’s better to do this move earlier rather than later as it affects the Penlowry baseboard shape (and the room is currently much nicer despite being smaller!)

Whereas I’ve not been able to snatch time for physical modelling, I have had time to do the virtual work so I cracked open AnyRail and worked out how to fit the Penlowry concept into the new space available, while also leaving room for a work desk, a modelling desk, a bookshelf of railway books, modelling stock and material, lots of railway pictures, and me!

Basically it will take all my ingenuity and design engineering as I think I will have to have some clever storage solutions to get the result I want.

The basic change is the layout goes from an L to a C. I don’t think the fiddle Yard will stay as is as I think I’m going to develop a cassette system to enable space saving.

The benefit is the scenic curve with the river bridges, and halt platform by the beach will get bigger, but the downside is the shed space will be smaller. (The shed is now an almost direct copy of Salisbury – a subshed of WES/82D – but with smaller building).

One of the other benefits is that the narrow gauge station can be much bigger which allows it to become quite familiar in shape / concept to those who visit the TLC of Wales. I’m pleased about this as it adds so much operating potential.

Now I’ve got this worked out, I can drop the footprint into the room planning software and work out how everything else will fit!

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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