The Intro Page
For the visitors to this web page who don't know, Madison is the capital
city in Wisconsin, USA and my Hudson is not named after a stretch of water
in Canada or a river in the city of New York, but it is the name of
another city in Wisconsin. My railroad was named after two cities in
Wisconsin joined together by a railroad.
This loft layout was to be the
ultimate in layouts but the pressures of owning and operating one's own
Taxi business put the brakes on the project. Work on converting the
loft dragged on and on and stopped when I owned the taxi business. I
spent more time at the local model railway club than I should have done.
In 2001 my taxi business had a cash flow problem with the Foot & Mouth disease outbreak
to blame. Many businesses in Cumbria were hit very hard and taxis
were no exception. At one moment in time I nearly sold off all my
American outline model railway models, but thank goodness there were other
solutions such as throwing in the towel and retiring.
After a couple of years of forced
retirement, I started working again at
railway modelling, by boarding out my loft but events led me to turn off
my American Modelling at a sharp tangent. I met up with a friend I
hadn't seen for over ten or more years when he took up work in Lancashire.
With following the American modelling trends, I had been quite blind to
see what had been developing in the UK model railway scene when my friend
showed me how things had changed so much in just over a decade.
Models by Hornby were very reliable and to much finer detail. He
challenged me to have a go at a British Outline layout. He had been
working with EM gauge for several years and he said it was not as
difficult as it looked.
I took up the challenge and my
attempt at producing an EM gauge layout called Wyndham Row was the
outcome. I boxed up all my American outline stock and stored it on
the loft under the bench work that it was intended to run on. One
will be able to visit the section on Wyndham Row by clicking on the link
in the left hand menu after selecting "My Model Railways.
I am sorry there are no photos of trackwork laid down with ballasting
and scenery. Events were simply to overtake progress and in a
careful analysis of my future modelling trends I decided to abandon the
layout for a British outline one sometime in the future. The
layout to take my American H0 layout will be Mardale 2.
A NEW Hudson & Madison
Maybe sometime in the future I will build a small switching layout
that is similar to another, one of my friends operates and takes to
exhibitions. Time will tell for I have so many ideas and plans
but some will never materialise before I become too old to do
modelling. Seriously I don't think so. I think I may build a
small American layout but i feel a better affection to the Santa Fe I
first started with. Last year I bought a ATSF rebuild in the
guise of a CF7 road unit. These were rebuilds of the Santa Fe F7
for choosing to visit my web
Tom Jenkins 2014
Page last updated 28th April 2014