Having retired at the end of last year I was thinking what can I do to fill my days. Discussed things with Deb, my partner and said I would like to build a model railway, the first one in about 50 years and lots have changed. A couple of months before retirement I started buying the monthly magazines and spent countless hours on the internet reading reviews following forums and online stores. I downloaded a copy of SCARM but found the free version only allowed the user to place 100 pieces of track and luckily just before Christmas there was an offer to upgrade to the full version at a50% discount. I've spent hours of fun designing layouts and finally came up with what I thought had a good operating potential. The start of the new year and building work alterations to the garage - up and over door removed, clad with Upvc cladding, then the entire inside insulation boards and plasterboard and finally emulsioned. The original roof taken off and replaced with industrial profile sheets and insulated with expanding fire retardant foam. The lights were replaced with 2no 5ft LED battens that I suspended from the roof timbers, cable trunking added and lots of power points as well. Luckily my neighbour who is an electrician by trade helped me with the power supply. This gave me a working space of approx 4.2mtrs x 2.2 mtrs. (13ft 10in x 7ft 3in in old money for those of us that can remember) It's a permanent layout with the rear and sides being 700mm wide, so easy to reach across and 800mm wide at the front as I can access from either side with a 600mm central walkway. The baseboards are on two levels with the rear approx 50mm higher than the front with a third level at the front higher again.