It’s been 3 years since I purchased Norwood Road from Pete, and after 4 exhibitions and an appearance in BRM, I have been thinking about the future of the layout.
After much thought, I have decided that 2019 will be last year for the layout to be exhibited and that the only change to be made is to replace the point in the fiddle yard that lost its spring.
Whilst I would absolutely love to rebuild the fiddle yard, extend the layout and put a level crossing and station on it, I have come to realize that Norwood Road isn’t the layout I wanted really, this view was really enforced when I helped out the Hornby Magazine team with Twelve Trees Junction at the Basingstoke show last weekend. I want a bigger more complex layout!
This is coupled with the the fact that getting an operating crew together, including someone to drive the van (I don’t drive), is getting more and more difficult. The problem isn’t finding people who want to operate the layout, it is finding people who you want to spend a weekend with. So, if the real life of the layout is only another 12 months, then there’s not that much point in extending or changing the layout, particularly if I want something different.
So, with that in mind, I still have RMWeb Taunton Members Day in April and then Stevenage, DEMU Showcase and Manchester next year. After that, I’m not sure whether to sell the layout or scrap it, but I’ll make my mind up nearer the time.
I’m sad that this is my decision, but the fact that the logistics of taking the layout as it is is getting harder, and extending or changing the layout would put more of burden on my operating crew, the storage in Dads garage and my wallet means that I’d rather spend my effort on a new layout which I want and fits all my criteria.
However, I am going to try an ‘advertising’ campaign to increase the interest in the signalling and train describers through my blog and magazine articles, with any luck, so at least we can try to go out with a bang!