Allan Goodwillie wrote:Hi Colin,
Tony's photo shows a lovely piece of track work, but the layout of the traps was different, interestingly the ones I have on Dubbieside were also part of a tandem point - We have heavy snow just now so it is difficult to get into the garage and take a photo - but I will try to over the next few days. Mention of Fish reminds me of a rather nice moment when I had the museum in Melrose and I was working away doing something to Dubbieside one day and had a tape on in the background when this lady came round with a friend. She spent some time watching trains going by and showed some interest in what I was working on. She asked me whether I liked the music I was playing - a Marillion tape, the answer was yes and it was then that she told me proudly that Fish was her son - which of course led to a longer conversation altogether. - A very nice lady she was too. I often could be found late at night working in the railway room which was on the platform level of the station. It could be quite eerie as there were no platform lights on late at night and playing Kate Bush at full volume or Pink Floyd (the station was well away from any other habitation in the town) just added to the atmosphere.
Your evocative description of nocturnal modelling at Melrose shares some similarities with my own working environment, which is in a backstreet workshop some way from our house in the village. It seems easier to concentrate on the minutiae of matters P4 at night, though not while listening to music!
All the best,