The Collection - The Disease

Dear Marjorie - My husband is 46 years old and spends most of his time playing with toy trains. He doesn't pay any attention to me these days.

Dear M - You have my deepest sympathy! Unfortunately, this condition is well known and is usually terminal. Very few people ever fully recover. However, you can turn this situation to your advantage! Trainaholics are so oblivious to their surroundings that you can bring as many men back to the house as you want - your man will never know!

Whatever you do though, don't get rid of your train fanatic - they are notoriously good at paying the bills! Blessings

When I first read this letter in a women's magazine I was shocked, devastated, mortified........

It took me a while to comprehend the truth in these words, but I am determined to 'clean up' my act.

No more trains!

The disease started .......... continue reading my incredibly boring history


Friday, December 11, 2009

Duchess of Montrose - No. 46232

Flu !! I mean … FLU !! I make the trip into the big city once a year and what do I get for my trouble? The flu bug. You wonder why I’m a sociophobe and choose to live in the backwaters of the backwaters of British Columbia? All those germ-ridden automatons doped on Tylenol and Nightnurse making daily excursions to air-conditioned offices to spread their dis-ease.

One advantage of being sociophobic is that I can say what I like and blame it on my ‘condition’.

……hurrummmmph…..back to the blog.

Did you miss me? Did you wonder if I had fallen off the edge of the Universe? No posts for so many months. I’ve been a touch busy and the summer months are mostly spent outside. However, as the clock strikes minus twenty Celcius, my blood congeals and brain activity slows sufficiently to be able to write more nonsense for this blog. So to welcome you back, I would receive no greater pleasure than to introduce you to none other than the Duchess of Montrose herslef (I rather like the word ‘herslef’, so it remains uncorrected).

Queen of the railroad, this Princess Coronation Class locomotive was designed by William Stanier and built by London Midland and Scottish Railway between 1937 and 1948. A total of thirty eight were built, but only 3 remain intact: The Duchess of Sutherland, Duchess of Hamilton and City of Birmingham.

If you so desire, you can read more details about this beautiful machine under the Duchess of Atholl post.

As for this Dublo model of the Duchess of Montrose, she is a real slinky baby. To study her lithe body snaking around the room with a long train of LMS coaches is a treat, matching even Kate Winlset at her callipygian best. Damage to her paintwork is minimal – just a few minor chips and she is in good running order. The Duchess was one of the most popular locomotives on the Dublo mainline in the late 1940’s and 50’s. It’s beautifully crafted and represents one of the favourite classes of locomotive running at the time.

If you head over to Wikipedia there is a story about one of the early record breaking attempts almost ending in disaster when insufficient braking time was allowed before hitting the Crewe changeovers. The Duchess remained on the rails, but the bumps caused more than a little consternation and broke a lot of crockery (that’s back in the days when tea was served in china cups!! Hahaha… now the tea is served cold so you don’t scald your hands through the thin plastic cup.

Anyway, here she is again, so please put your hands together and give her a welcome that will ignite the coals in her scuttle:

The Duchess of Montrose --------------------------------------