I've been pulling a few ideas together over the past week:
* At my rate of productivity, I can’t be too ambitious about what I can achieve in 2 years.
* I already have a half-complete layout.
* I have virtually no 2mm-scale stock to run on it.
* Unlike many railway modellers I don’t particularly enjoy shunting - I prefer watching the trains glide or trundle along.
My thoughts are converging on a simple idea. Why don’t I build a “front-end” for my existing layout. It would be a stretch of single-track line, perhaps 1.5m long with simple fiddle yards at each end.
I reckon this would be achievable, it would complement my existing layout, it would allow me plenty of time to build some rolling-stock kits and perhaps convert a couple of locos, and it wouldn't require any shunting.
Perhaps I could explore a more sophisticated method of track-building. I would certainly want to make a few trees (something I find very relaxing). It should be a spur to build those wagon kits lying in a box (and get a few more). And since there won't be any sharp curves, I'm hoping that I can use 3-link couplings.
My existing layout isn't portable, but this could give me the skills and confidence to do something more ambitious for future exhibitions.
In fact I can think of an immediate benefit of this approach. I'm stalling on my 08 loco kit at the moment, worrying about varnishing and transfers. Pushing ahead on this project means I can practice some techniques on a few wagons so I'll get it right when I feel ready to tackle the loco.
A few members have been discussing their plans recently and some interesting ideas are emerging. But I think this has the beauty of simplicity:
A couple of gentle reverse curves.
So if any member is being put off from entering by the plans of some members, please think on this: there's nothing in the rules about needing to be complex. And any first-timer who wants to "have a go" - at whatever level - will surely be welcomed and supported by our Association.