8 weeks ago my family and I did the long drive from Longreach for the last time and moved back to our family home in SE Queensland. Since then, Christmas and New Year have come and gone, our fourth daughter has had her first birthday and we have been to Melbourne and celebrated Amity's birthday. While this has been going on, I have found time to work in my train shed, building book cases to house my collection of reference books and magazine and prepare it for the home coming of my layout, which has been in storage suspended from my parents garage roof since 2008.
Well today was the day. Weather not the greatest (although wetter I think than 2011 it has been slower and more widespread and there hasn't been the flooding that there was this time last year) but we managed to jag it for the space, both at my parents house and here at home.
The layout has survived rather well. There are no signs of damage due to insect infestation and while a few telegraph poles need straightening and some signals need a bit of TLC, on the whole it is in pretty good shape. Mind you, I look and parts and shudder to think I thought they were pretty good! They probably were at the time (the layout celebrated it 12 birthday over the New Year period!) given my skill and abilities when I did it. Now I am not sure I would have done what I did had I known what I do.
Pictures tomorrow - even the ugly bits - once I finish bolting it together this evening.