Other than those mentioned in the text above, the following have also been used:
|View from the south as both trains are ready to leave.
|One of the Porters handling the recent Mid Sussex Dairy delivery. Notice the Buckingham Palace milk churn that has fallen on his toe and caused him to do a jig.
|Most of the bits and pieces that I have imported for this diorama have been supplied by Mainly Trains, Dave Cleal; if you want superior service go there. Lately though I have been searching for even rarer items via eBay; this has proven to be a quick and easy way to ignore one's budget and use Visa as they would like it to be used.
|A general view from the southwest.
|Craven LBSCR lantern van parked in a siding awaiting later duties.
I could not have done any of this without the invaluable help and support of some key people; I am for ever grateful. If I have missed anyone I apologise sincerely. Those key people are:
|The Weald and Downland saw pit.
Despite all of the above, this model of Sheffield Park will never be finished. The layout was demolished, along with the house, in the summer of 2006. However, all the buildings were rescued and have been passed along to Andrew Cocker somewhere in London SE. He has promised space for them on an exhibition layout that could be ready as early as 2010.
But... when I embarked upon this new found hobby I had no idea just what I was getting myself into. I work on the layout only on weekends, so it has taken a lot longer to get to where I am now than I had anticipated; however, whenever I am working on the layout, whether it is modelling, researching, getting frustrated, or trying to find something in the many boxes I have acquired over time, everything else disappears from my mind. This kind of focus helps tremendously, especially when I am painting eyeballs or fixing some small bit to another small bit. This will be a hobby for the rest of my life.
Also, I have made some wonderful acquaintances and friends along the way and I have experienced generosity beyond words. So many people in this hobby have given freely of their time and sometimes material. I am amazed at the railway modelling fraternity; long may it flourish.
Roger Marler, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, February 2006.
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