My shed situation reached something of a crisis point a month or two ago with too much stuff being crammed into too small a space. What with having to work in there as well, and with a few different layout projects vying for room, something had to give. There was also the small problem of the shed itself looking in danger of partial collapse thanks to lots of rotten cladding and a leaky roof!
In Spring, I’d knocked the two separate ‘rooms’ within the 12ftx8ft shed into one big space, having to construct a support for the roof in the process. This did improve matters with a bit more room to move around in, plus space for countless shelves to be erected here and there for paints and dioramas, etc. However, this improvement didn’t last long as the shed soon filled up with other junk (including a 12in:1ft scale semaphore signal arm and assorted bits of railway track!). As I wanted to re-clad and re-model the outside of the building, before insulating and cladding the inside too, that meant that there was no point building any proper storage until that work had been done. But when would I get round to it?
Hopefully, the lion’s share of the major work will be done before Autumn and the re-wiring and extra lighting can be finished later. What’s more important is that I’ll be able to give Maudetown Colliery a more permanent position along one side, shared with my wartime African layout. Along the other wall, in theory, will be Dent station. In a truncated form, unfortunately, but at least it’s a beginning...!
One side (nearly) done, 3 more to go!
Maude's been complaining that she can't get through her cat flap, although all those dioramas stood on end have proved popular as scratch posts, especially the turntable that is to feature in the next Model Rail. Just glad that I'd already photographed it!