I have returned to eBay. It seems like a good idea to keep a constant trickle going rather than wait until it’s time to panic again. Only a few minor things for the moment but closer to Christmas. the big stuff will start. Those 1/25 EMEK sales are a taster.
Well, I say minor, but…
It’s hard, now, to believe that I spent so long getting such tiny things so detailed. Especially since no bugger but me ever saw them. Water tank? Well, I’ll need rusty, swollen seams and flaky paint… But then I was never much interested in the ready-made scenery. I’d rather have no scenery at all. Even the trees I made myself – okay, they didn’t look anywhere near as good as the shop-bought ones, but they meant much more. There was a bit of me in every one. There was no soul in the readymades.
Sure, the Hornby ready-made buildings were really very good but when it came to time to sell, I found I didn’t care about them at all. I didn’t build them. I didn’t paint them. I just took them out of their boxes and plonked them into place. That’s not modelling, that’s collecting.
I’m now looking at those American engines I collected. They’re very nice but my plan is simple. A loop of N gauge around the outside of the attic, with one, maybe two passing loops and no other pointwork. Just so I can run some proper long trains. A rake of coaches, at least ten. Most of those HAA hoppers, I might sell some. A mixed goods. A few of the engines I can’t bear to part with. All the rest goes. Few of the American ones figure in this plan, other than the utterly black one that looks like it should be driven by a Bond villain.
Inside that, OO gauge with proper complexity and shunting and if I can do it, a loop running inside the N gauge loop all the way around. I can still work in OO scale, I am not yet old enough to have to move to O scale (but I am keeping some of those G scale model trucks because one day…)
Eight more years until my previous-work pension kicks in with a lump sum to start off. The State pension, forget it, they are moving it away faster than I can age but that work pension is all planned out. The lump sum is for 1) clear debts, 2) buy whisky, 3) buy railway stuff.
I have no debts beyond the mortgage, no loans or credit, so parts 2 and 3 will kick in quickly. Okay, I’m permanently skint, but I owe nowt.
There is a solar-powered train here, which does work but is lacking in sunshine. There is another that doesn’t work yet but it is fighting Leg-iron bloody-mindedness and will lose.
It’s surprisingly relaxing to send a coal train off at scale speed and then be surprised, five minutes later, when it rolls back into town. It is not at all relaxing to have to put the swine back on the rails when there are 27 of them.
So, with no risky derailment options, N gauge will work but it’s also relaxing to shunt a mixed goods together.
These days I have to do that in a bigger scale.