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Following the move to our new home, in the Scottish Highlands, August 2002, we spent some time getting organised, and deciding what would go where. A spare room on the upper floor was to be the dedicated railway room, and so it remained for the next year, comfortably housing the layout built for the Victoria Week public exhibition in 2003.
We started some serious decorating during 2004, and decided to do a little reorganisation, which resulted in the relocation of the railway room to the ground floor of the house. The room is 11 feet by 13, and faces roughly north east, which means it receives plenty of sunshine early in the morning, but is the darkest room in the house for the rest of the day. Not a problem for a hobby room. The Victoria Week layout was dismantled, the trains put in boxes, and plans for an entirely new layout were thought about.
The main requirements were :
Loops of low profile 027 track to run early Marx locos, with the huge drive cogs
Larger radius loops of full sized O gauge three rail track
A loop of two rail track, to run both clockwork (mechanical) locos, and Kusan electric locos
There were thoughts concerning S gauge track, and even OO/HO, perhaps half way up, and the top of a mountain, but that was deemed too ambitious.
The majority of my stock and accessories are of US origin, so an American layout it is to be. Marx and Lionel, together with other, smaller, manufacturers, such as Hafner, Colber and Unique Arts, as well as British and European stock on occasions.
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