Welcome to my railway project website


Hi, my name is Shaun. There would be little point in calling this site Shaun's Model Railway Project if it wasn't, after all! I have had an interest in model railways - or railroads for our friends across the pond! - for nearly 30 years now.

I started out in the usual way in this hobby. I was given a Hornby 'OO' gauge train set for Christmas when I was 11 as a joint present with my brother. Over the next few years this was expanded until we had a 2 track layout with several sidings with a class 37 and a class 25 diesel plus some Mk 1 carriages in blue/grey and some wagons. This was then put onto a basic baseboard with a bit of scenery and a 2 platform station.

There was always something missing though. We couldn't get scale length trains onto our layout without it looking silly, so the layout was then ripped up and the track sold. We kept the locos, carriages and wagons and I still have those today, more than 20 years later. A decision had to be made, though, and I decided that, to be able to run scale length trains and still be able to fit any future layout into the space I was likely to have available to me, that 'N' gauge seemed to be the best way forward and that's the direction I took.

Over the years I've bought a number of Graham Farish, Minitrix and, now, Dapol locos and rolling stock as well as a few kits and now have around 20 locos plus associated rolling stock. I've also got several buildings, none of which have ever been finished though I did get close a couple of times. Plus I've managed to pick up all the usual scenic extras.

Since moving into 'N' gauge I've built 3 'layouts', each better than the last, but they've had their problems - I'll detail these more in the Hobby History section of this site - and they've never been what you would call 'proper' layouts. None of them have ever had any scenery for one thing. Recently, though, I've got involved with a group of like-minded individuals, some of whom have layouts that are good enough to exhibit and it's got me inspired.

I want a proper layout and I intend to build one.

There's just one problem, and it's a big one. I have no practical ability at all. Honestly. My previous layouts haven't fallen apart but that's the only good thing I could say about them. Well, maybe I exaggerate, but not by much and it's going to be a bit of a problem if I want to build the layout I've always wanted.

So, what to do? I could pay for someone who has the capability to build it for me but where would the sense of achievement be in following that course? No, I want to build it myself and that's that.

Now, a normal person in my position with my capabilities would hide their construction attempts away from prying eyes until, hopefully, a successful, working layout was achieved. If, once the project was completed, a successful layout wasn't achieved then no-one would get to know about it.

But I've chosen a different approach and that's the reason for this site.

I intend to record every disaster and every triumph (should there be any), every cock-up and every success from start to hopeful finish. I'm going to take photographs of the project at every stage.

And put it online for all the world to see.

And that's not all.

I've broken my proposed project into sections with a separate page for each and they're listed in the menu to the left of the page.

Now, let the journey begin..................


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Page last updated: 9th June 2007

Last site update: 30th Sept 2008

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