Adios minor…

A considerable amount of time has elapsed since my last post and with good reason. Another downward swing in September last year and then again at the beginning of this year has left this blog well adrift.

So I shall make this brief. Padgate Works now has a new home on Facebook – just search for “Padgate Works.” This has been done simply to make it easier for myself, my memory and concentration copes better with Facebook as opposed to WordPress.

I may post the odd thing in future but that is not certain – see you over there.

Thanks to all who have bothered reading my rantings and drooling, especially during the dark times…








The final cut?

A brief post…

The torture is nearly over. No drama, no rants, no more pain, it is time to move on and gracefully accept the follies of fate and circumstances. Principles are one thing but my health must come first. Too long has been spent on the edge of the void, I have to accept that I cannot do this anymore. Yes, my health will always be a worry – that is the nature of being afflicted with bipolar disorder. However, there is a time say enough and accept that sometimes, you cannot win…

As for the “Works?” A summer break has been in force and the new season is about to open. I hope to get some images sorted soon so stay tuned.

I’ll be back!

Be seeing you.

P.S. Thanks to those who have been so supportive…

Waking to Life… Again?

So here I am suspended in limbo, unable to move forwards or in any direction frankly. I will not go in to details, other than to say I am still “under major repairs.” My health/work situation has blighted so much of the the last few years that to give up would easy; in my case however, no chance. Wibbling is allowed, quitting is not!

Now to the modelling. Yes, I am back at the work bench sporadically when my mood and health permits. Having adopted the attitude of dealing with known quantities, yet more BR 12 ton standard vans are being worked up, gilded, fettled or even painted. Yes this has been a long running project however, the Beastie devours stock and by the time this batch is finished I will have covered just about every variation on the “standard van” theme – wibble!

The other project that I have got to grips with is that of a rake of Engineers stock which is actually doing something. The rake has various Med-fits loaded with spoil and detritus, whilst the rest will have used bits and bobs reflecting the job which has generated the spoil. Since Mostyn will not be out again for some months, I can just enjoy what I can do when I am able. It is not a perfect working scenario but it is better than the darkness of a few weeks back.

I should also mention that I have also played with a few bits for my own pet projects. I hope to get some images of these and the other projects up soon so stay tuned.

Be seeing you,

Comfortably Numb – again

So spring is sprung and once more, its the time for asking what the hell is going on! I cannae say too much as once more, my health is being given a damned good thrashing by….. Let’s just say the usual suspects. And I’d love to not be a walking Roger Waters lyric but hey, I cannae help it. To use another auld song title, “From despair to where???”

As for the “Works?” It has not been too good of late. Projects have ground to a halt and any activity has been nigh on impossible. The one development is that the work-room for the use of is nearing the finish line. I hope this will provide some momentum to things in the near future mind.

Save to say that I will have to content myself with getting my head around the theoretical workings of Spratt & Winkle couplings for the moment. That and enjoying the new book on the signaling of the Caledonian Railway by Jim Summers – an excellent and highly recomended tome by the way.

Be seeing you.