Wondering why I haven’t got much modelling done recently, I decided to have a good tidy up of my books and models. I started in our lounge, and collected all the railway books that were lurking in various corners, to return to my bookcases in the railway room. I was shocked to see this pile that accumulated on the sofa. Perhaps half of them were old ones brought downstairs for reference or reading. The rest were purchases over the past 18 months – some new, some second hand, and a few special offers that couldn’t be resisted. I can totally blame covid and lockdowns for all this shopping!
There are definite themes here. Isle of Wight to the left. Southern steam in the middle. Southern electrics to the right. Plus some other odds and ends such as the Somerset and Dorset and the Metropolitan Railway.
I remember a quote that is actually quite accurate for reference books – “I have read all of some of them and some of all of them.” That’s true of my railway books (and for that matter my theological and ornithological ones!) There are some that I have read repeatedly and give me great pleasure. Others were bought for reference, and I have used them for a particular model or planning exercise.
I just hope that the rest of you aren’t this bad!!!