As many readers may know, we are presently having a lot of work done on the house (or doing it ourselves) and this has caused railway modelling to fall to the wayside for both practical and time reasons. Practical in that a lot of things have to be moved around and stored in places they wouldn't usually be found, and time wise... well someone has to do the painting and other work!
One thing I had hoped to gain through the various works underway was a proper 'railway room' of my own. My workbench has sat in the corner of the bedroom for several years and a separate work area and layout building space was planned. This would have been created by splitting the bedroom in two with a new (very short) corridor serving the new rooms:
|Railway room ('Study') to the right.|
|Shifting Sands extended (to fit 7' 6" x 6' 6" room) - lower sketch is later thinking.|
|White lines - existing edges and centre; blue line - existing backscene base; red lines - new baseboard edges.|
|What might have been - the deformation of Shifting Sands.|
The main reason the railway room won't be happening is slippage in the renovation budget. A couple of other jobs have come in over and above what I had predicted (hoped) they would and this has led to me to reconsider this project, despite some additional funding being available from the 'modelling fund'. However, plans are afoot to create a new, custom work area once redecoration is complete, and in the mean time I have made some progress elsewhere which improves life for the little folk. More next time....