Believe in yourself…

“Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine.”.   Roy T. Bennett – The Light in the Heart.

I don’t think there was a day at any exhibition where I’ve been either demonstrating or exhibiting when I’ve not overheard the phrase “I could never do that”, or some variation of same. When possible, getting the person to sit down, showing them the appropriate tool that I use, giving them a scrap of material and talking them through the process and getting them to try for themselves, and allowing them to keep their attempt demonstrates how simple some of our techniques really are, and hopefully provides the initial encouragement to continue. How quickly it maybe possible to return to that kind of demonstrating when exhibitions restart is anyone’s guess, but I suspect as it’s the one facet of exhibiting that doesn’t easily coexist with social distancing, it’s going to be some time yet.

Until then, try to remember Roy T. Bennett’s words.

On Princes Street, work continues with the wiring. The relay boards for the signal servos have been installed onto the station throat board, together with their 12v supply and associated wiring. One point motor needed to be moved to a signals servo mounting. The wiring for the scissors crossing frogs has still to be connected back through the point motor switches.
On the more interesting side, in addition to the @180 carriage cleaning supports that were laminated, there were twelve larger supports. Obviously, the twelve were cleaned up first, and the rest are being worked on. I find that a maximum of 20 at a time is about my limit before I need a couple of hours doing something else. Like scribing plasticard, setting an achievable objective for each work session is more important than aiming to finish in as short a time as possible.


A while ago research ended my intention to use the “traditional” long manual lever for the carriage sidings points. Back in my teens, I used some GEM point levers for Farish points on an N gauge layout. It was something vaguely similar to these, but without the robustness functioning levers required. The Caledonian Railway Association indicated these were similar in design, so sufficient were purchased.


Small, fiddly, and benefiting on deciding the best assembly sequence before you start, they build into a very nice model, despite the cruel photography of my first attempt.



Take care and stay safe.

Author: Ian Norman

Modelling railways for nearly 50 years. Currently modelling part of a forgotten Edinburgh railway terminus in the late 1950s, early 60s.

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