Introduction (January 2013)
Like many people my hobbies have ended up on a website - which sometimes almost
becomes another hobby in itself.
Currently most of the site is model trains. One section has LargeScale (G or #1) from a
period around the turn of the century. The pictures in the Largescale section were taken with a snapshot
camera before I had any visions of a website or a digital camera and the results are not good. My LS period
ended in 2002 when I moved back to HO.
At the time of restarting in HO I acquired a basic digital camera but with
a macro facility which gave better results and over the years the cameras have improved even more.
At the end of 2004 I took up motorbiking as a pastime, and for a time my bikes featured on
this website, but I had to give that up and the bike section was removed in early 2009.
Later in 2009 I became self-employed in a 24/7/52 pet-care business at which point all hobbies
got put on ice and the website was basically frozen for a couple of years.
Towards the end of 2011 I gave that business up and with more time on my hands I tried to get
involved in trains again, initially by visiting some shows. However my layout was at the stage that I always
seem to stall at - the scenery - so I eventually had to accept that I'm never going to finish a layout. Hence in
July 2012 I gave up model trains and moved to model boats. I still have a great interest in trains and will maintain this till I die I'm
sure, but I feel modelling layouts is not for me any more. Hence the section on Model Railroading will not be
added to any further. I do intend to continue to visit model rail shows for my own pleasure but as there has been
no specific interest shown in the Model Train Shows section here I will no longer be adding to that.
Having moved to model boats a new section was been started to record some of my activities
in this direction. However, having visited a model boat show I have decided I will not be doing anything akin to my
series on train shows at present as they are quite different animals.
When I started the website I tried to be conscious of download sizes for 'dial-up' users and
that became my standard. Even with broadband it can take some seconds to download and display the large pictures that
modern, digital cameras throw out willy-nilly, so small clickable thumbnails are provided on the index pages with
larger pictures, though still not the full camera size, on the details pages along with the description.
The site is non-profit and is built for my amusement and hopefully the entertainment
and/or education of any visitors. There should be no ads - I pay for the hosting on 1and1 servers -
no hit counters and no active content, so you should have fast loading and no surprises.
All content is copyright Mike Sheridan, 2002-2013
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