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Anne Diamond | 14:55 UK time, Thursday, 31 January 2013

Anne's train set, with train on track and home made model village

As you know, I'm avidly house-hunting to be nearer London and Berkshire. And my lovely little model railway (see how it's coming on? Two stations, a halt, a village pub, a school, a vicarage and a rather large church) is now dictating what sort of place I can consider.

Now I can only look at properties with an extra living room, playroom or (heated) conservatory because I need space for my layout - and I have learned over the past few months that I don't like to be stuck out in the cold, in an empty garage, or draughty attic. I am a warm-weather railway modeller. I need to sit on my bar stool (that's the right height for modelling) in homely comfort, with central heating, plasma TV and internet connectability.

I saw a house the other day with an 'orangery' which I thought sounded just right - but it turned out to be a cold conservatory!

My model railway has totally changed my idea of the ultimate des res.

A real challenge for local estate agents!


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    From time to time I hear you comment about your model railway.

    As Chairman of Pendon Museum, which is at Long Wittenham near Abingdon may I extend an invitation to visit the museum and see what are arguably the best model railways in the country.

    Our main exhibit is based upon the Vale of White Horse in Berkshire and therefore in Radio Berkshire's coverage area.

    Pendon Museum, which is manned entirely by volunteers, is open every Saturday and Sunday afternoon (except in December) and on Wednesdays in school holidays also open in bank holidays.

    If you care to visit, contact me first and I will arrange for you to have a guided tour and stop our zealous staff charging you for entrance.

    Chris Massey, Chairman of Pendon Museum Trust (01865 408143)


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