Saturday, November 14, 2015

Saturday Morning

(I'm trying to get back into this blogging business.)

A sunny day here at La Casa Dandruff, and I've already turned the compost (and that's not a euphemism for anything). I've had an email from Shapeways to say that my order has been printed and shipped, so in a couple of weeks I'll start learning about how to use acrylic body shells, and if its worth it.

Following on from the West coast binge that is occurring here at the moment, I've been pondering about how to turn the area into a layout. While there are some bits (the branch lines) that would be relatively easy to model, fitting the bits into a larger system is a bit problematic. Its had me pondering (again) the merits of creating imaginary routes and stations on the west coast. Its one of those things where its something I would like to do, but my inner historian keeps yelling at me (historians love an argument, and unlike inner finescalers they can hold their drink). I know its reasonably common in the states (simply because its so large), but in little old NZ where if it was sensible (or not) someone built a railway, so all the easy bits are taken. There's possibilities (a second route across the southern alps) but once you have a route it doesn't seem to make sense to duplicate something.


Anonymous said...

A couple of missing lines in NZ are the Nelson-Blenheim line (construction started in 1963 and stopped within 12 month as a consequence of a change of government) and the Napier-Taupo line (which was never built despite a longstanding and current modern need for it).

Motorised Dandruff said...

Interestingly I've just come across a reference to a line from Nelson through the Rai Valley to Blenheim promoted in 1886. The Whangamoas might have been a bit of a challenge for a modern railway, but from rai valley through to renwick its fairly easy country