January - December 2020
We had three exhibitions lined up for 2020 for Pulborough and Plumpton, but all three have been cancelled because of Covid. However, the extra time at home has enabled me to build three new engines, an E4X, a Gladstone, and an I2.
I’ve also spent many hours making a series of videos of the layout for YouTube. My plan is to film the entire day’s timetable, but since each video takes around 40-50 hours to film and edit it might be a while before we finish.
I’ve tried to film the layout from a reasonably realistic viewpoint - somewhere near eye-level for a 4mm figure. This has shown up a lot of minor lumps and bumps in my trackwork which are not noticeable from a normal spectator’s viewpoint. As a result I’ve spent quite a lot of time improving trackwork.
A couple of years ago I removed all the AJ couplings from my stock and reverted to 3 link and screw-link couplings. I’ve now had the opportunity to review all my stock to check on all the couplings, to improve them and make them easier to couple.