I realized over Christmas that it’s coming on two years since I decided the best course of action for number 10 was to park it until I have the skills to repair it. As that is my only locomotive, no wheels have turned on Pembroke since then, which is a sad state of affairs for any layout.
At that time, I was ready to begin building a new locomotive, and indeed, I started getting organized in June 2016. Well, one thing led to another , and there were a few interruptions and preparations, and before I knew it, not only 2016, but 2017 had slipped through my hands!
This cannot continue! While I still feel young, if I want to see Pembroke finished, I need to get cracking. So this is the year I knuckle down and build this locomotive. Oh, except April, which I will probably take off so I can finish the flat cars for the Railway Modellers’ Meet, and November is usually spent on Christmas gifts. And we’ll probably take a longish vacation in the summer…
Okay, perhaps it won’t be finished by the end of the year.
I have to remind myself that it’s the journey and not the destination. Sure, I appreciate all the skills I’ve accumulated over the years of working on Pembroke – from cabinet-making to machining. But some days I just want to be able to run a train!