Thursday, 14 December 2017

I’m never studying again

I'm sure many of us have uttered this phrase. This is the third time I've said it, but this time - this time - once uni is out of the way in March, 2018 will be free for modelling. At least that's the plan!

I've said earlier in these pages that I think Rozelle Street has run it's course for me for now, and so aside from actually finishing the wagons I said I'd weather this year, I'd like to have a go at another small layout, hopefully one with a continuous run or at least the ability to take on a continuous run in future. For now, it still provides me with a layout that fits with a lifestyle where I can comfortably fit 30 minutes or so to run trains when I have spare time. It's also a great photo backdrop for the few models that do make it off the workbench!

Thanks for your comments on this blog throughout the year. I've appreciated the feedback, particularly at the Malkara exhibition. I hope the methods and ideas have helped and inspired!

Aside from another layout, the electric loco fleet is set to grow in 2018 when the Auscision 85 class arrives, and the sound-equipped Auscision 48 and SDS 81 class are both due before the middle of the year too. Clearly, I need a bigger layout. I'm also putting it in black and smudge right now that next year is the year I finish the supplementary interurban MUB set I've been steadily accumulating parts for for the last three years. 

For now, notch back and coast past the home signal for Christmas.



  1. Well done Ben on building a great little layout and blog! I've identified myself with your blog perhaps more than any other because of the time and space constraints we both seem to share. Having a small layout that can easily be taken to an exhibition is a great advantage over not having one at all. And there are a few of us small layout guys that have broken the mindset of thinking that all trains need to run in circles. From that perspective, Rozelle Street will always be one of my favourite little layouts regardless of what comes next. Keeping a small layout interesting and fresh is a challenge, and runs the risk of overcrowding from just adding this or that. I think its safe to say that you got it right with Rozelle Street. Please keep us all posted with your future plans, and all the best with finishing University.

    1. Thanks Phil! I agree - the biggest challenge I find after dealing with minimal space is keeping the shunting jobs in that space entertaining, but also keeping the layout scenery interesting without being overcrowded. I often look at the boxes of partially used scenery gear and remind myself that less is more!
      And likewise, I've been avidly following your blog for the same reason. For a hobby that I'm sure features many modellers constrained by space, it's nice to see another person writing about it!

  2. Wow, one layout squared away, another on the horizon. Rozelle street has done its job. Cant wait to see the first concepts for the new layout. Onya!

    1. Thanks Scott! While I draw and plan and re-draw over the next few months, I'm enjoying following your progress on Murray Bridge and the other layout plans you're toying with. Thanks for sharing the wheat wagon weathering video too - it's always good to see how others produce those effects. Cheers!