I've been lurking for a little while, but thought I'd poke my head out. My name is Matthew and I've been a narrow-gauge fan ever since first riding the Ffestiniog at the age of five. I was encouraged to come out here after learning that i don't seem to be the only person in the world who never finishes a layout! (yeah, I know a layout is never really finished but I hope you know what I mean!)
I started playing with 009 about twenty years ago, then got interested in On30 about five years ago, and whilst at a model railway exhibition in Stafford, came across this amazing little railway in a small wooden crate, where a beautiful little diesel chugged back and forth hauling little produce wagons. Mistakenly, I initially thought this was an exaggerated On30 layout (
don't shoot me!) but loved the detail, and purchased a Pepper7 Gnat and some wagons, quite possibly from Mr Bennett himself (really hope you're feeling better!). It wasn't until I was looking at a page on micro-layouts that I realised I was dealing with an entirely different scale, and I was immediately hooked!
I live in Chesterton, near Stoke-on-Trent, and to my lasting amazement, about six years ago the Apedale Valley Light Railway magically sprang into existence less than a mile away from my home - the Moseley Railway Trust began work on a 24" gauge railway to house their large collection of industrial ng vehicles. What are the odds?!?
I'm a train driver in real life, plying the lines between Manchester and Cardiff for Arriva Trains Wales, and my one claim to fame was having an article published in Railway Modeller in the early nineties entitled "Parcel String Waterfalls".
I'm currently working sporadically on a 12"x18" micro layout called "Brayflox's Longstop", which may possibly be a familiar name if any of you (or your children) play Final Fantasy XIV. I love whimsy and hope (if a room becomes spare one day) to build a true "rabbit-warren" railway.
Looking forward to learning from you all!