Well, prevarication over - wood has been cut and the first track is laid and wired up on the first 2 of 4 boards. The 'layout' is a shed scene in the late 50s/early 60s and is basically somewhere to get all my locos out. If anyone is looking for 54E let me tell you now you will not find it on any BR plans. The 54 group was based on Sunderland South Dock and many people thought that it was taken over by Gateshead in 1958 ... oh no it wasn't! 54E is one of that group and is based around Pensher (or Penshaw as some people spell it) of monument and Lambton Worm fame. It is 'situated' on the old main line/Leamside Line which, because of the electrification of the ECML rather than the WCML in the late 1950s, was a heavily used diversionary route. You havn't heard of the scheme? Funny that, alot of people seem not to have heard of it - don't know why. The basic layout (pun intended) is similar to West Hartlepool/Scarborough with a straight shed at one end and a roundhouse at the other - obviously neither modelled full scale - with a coal stage forming the backscene. The 2 photos below should give some idea. The bare area on one side will be the ramp & coaling stage. One of my fellow volunteers at Locomotion kindly routed out the pits which you might just be able to make out - it will look better when I cut back the sleepers. Now to start the planning for the roundhouse end, but I could not resist running a few locos in various stages of 'underess' with the typical Peter Townend 'east coast pose'. Hope you like it so far.