Unfortunately, one of the presents has enormous financial implications.
From the very beginning of my French model railway project, I have enjoyed buying things for it much more than making things for it. In fact, the first thing I did was to go to France and buy rolling stock. The second thing was to buy more of the stuff online.
I was determined to have local suburban services AND long haul passenger expresses. In particular, I liked the idea of running a Trans Europe Express out of my Gare du Nord. And indeed I purchased a TEE by the Austrian model maker, ROCO.
But now, as a result of leafing through "French Railways of Today" (1958), I realise what my layout most obviously needs is a model version of the Nord Express. After all, my station is based on the Gare du Nord
|The highly tempting photo of the Nord Express.|
But, no doubt it will cost an arm and a leg to get hold of.
Perhaps I should adopt the posture of those British football club managers who portentously announce, just before the transfer window opens, that supporters must realise the economic realities that face their club; only after money is raised by selling some members of the current squad, can any new blood be brought into the team.
Maybe the ROCO TEE should be sold. I never really liked it in the first place. It was the name I liked "Trans Europe Express".
Actually, when I look at these photos again, it seems quite attractive.
SPEND, SPEND, SPEND!
Last night's dinner:
Usual toppings of artichokes, green olives and anchovies. Washed down with coca-cola.
I've always loved Coke.