Well... another "Brain Explosion" has taken place here over the last few days. Ever since a layout was planned, i had struggled to decide on a location & an era for the proposed empire. The location issue was eventually resolved when i decided to just freelance & not concern myself too much with the question of modelling a true representation of a certain location & just concentrate on the elements that hold my fascination & attempt to blend them into a feasible layout that would test my skills & hold my operational interest for many years to come. The initial trackplans basically looked like bowls of spaghetti that just filled the available area with little thought to operations & any real prospect that i would ever be able to come close to a reasonable layout completion in my life time. While i have modified the trackplan many times the current more sensible plan is still a fluid thing & as i slowly progress i can see changes occurring just as they do on the prototype.
Era was another thing altogether. I am sure i am not alone in finding all NSWGR eras have some features that attract interest & to single out a 5 or 10 year period to model is severely limiting with all the goodies on the market nowadays. While i am tolerant of mixed era layouts.... The thought of an NR dragging a rake of S & K trucks around is just not for me... So what era???
I guess the transition period would have to be the most interesting for me. Certainly this does limit the use of diesel locomotives to 1st & early 2nd generation units....but if the truth be known i knew that i would gravitate to that period at some time or another... & so it was that during a stocktake of rollingstock & locos, i realised that i now had a substantial collection that spanned many eras & now was the time to thin out the fleet & consolidate to that era. This process will also have other benefits....but not limited to:
1) Hopefully discourage impulse buys ( Yeah i know...sounds like a croc!!!)
2) Free up funds to purchase within specified era
3) Include latter period steam... Now that they are arriving with sound etc...
4) Minimise what will have to be detailed & weathered
5) Allow better selection & placement of lineside items & buildings
6) More time for the layout??? Hopefully
7) Give my brain a rest...
So with the decision made i have wasted little time in grabbing the camera & ebaying the first lot of items that do not fit into my chosen era & thought i would dedicate a couple of piccies of some of the so far "retired" rollingstock.
|At the other end of the time scale is a KA Camden Tram Car....Sadly... long out of service by transtion time...|
Can someone tell me who produced these kits???
|4701 in candy is a no no.....I still have the DCC 4714 in candy ( the one supposedly with DCC & Sound )|
I will sort 4714 out & i guess it will go to the scrappers as well...