Puttering

After a flurry of activity on my website, I’ve been quiet for a bit. That’s the nature of the times, I guess. Mostly, I’ve been waiting for things to happen.

For example, it took a couple of months to receive an order for some furniture and cabinetry – but now that the order has arrived, I’ve been puttering about, putting it together and setting it in position.


A bar table puts my paint booth at an ideal height. I’ll get the venting sorted out when the warmer weather returns. I have a plan for that.

The booth will be in the larger of my two workshops – the rough space. Next to it, I have a nicer space for model building.

I am repurposing a room originally designed as a dark room. As part of the conversion, I’ve been installing a 10-foot long shelf above a built-in desk. I’m going to build my DCC programming and test tracks on this.

The shelf is quite high so it doesn’t interfere with model building on the desk below. I will have to stand to monitor a locomotive when I’m testing/programming – but I usually do anyway. I placed a few of my O scale pieces on the shelf to see how it would look when in use and I have to say, I’m pretty impressed by 1:48 equipment at shoulder height…


I have been doing a bit of DCC programming in the new house, by using lengths of flex track laid on top of the bar located in one corner of the future layout space. I’m looking forward to having a full 10 feet of track for doing this work: a single piece of flex isn’t really enough.

Meantime, I’ve been setting up the bar for its intended purpose. I’ve added a few bar stools, and mounted some display cabinets on the wall behind the bar to hold my large and growing collection of wargaming miniatures…

When this whole pandemic thing is behind us, I look forward to entertaining friends in this space after an operating session. Maybe we’ll even play a game or two…

Published by Trevor

Lifelong model railway enthusiast and retired amateur shepherd who trained a border collie to work sheep. Professional writer and editor, with some podcasting and Internet TV presenting work thrown in for good measure.

6 thoughts on “Puttering

  1. I was just thinking how cool it’s going to be to watch those O scale models set at that height. Granted just for testing but still wow! I can imagine a lot of contented studying of O scale models on roll by inspection.

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