I will get some more done today. It seems that my decision to spend one day at a time on each of my projects has fallen at the first fence as I would really like to get this little gem finished!
Whilst clearing out the drawer on my side of the bed (what a treasure trove - two diaries from the 1970s and an old wallet, plus a photo of my whole school from the class of 1960!) I found this:
This is a Lionel Trains themed watch. Back in the 1990s I was involved in the design and selling of bank trading room software. As part of this, I had cause to visit US Bank in Minneapolis. (For those of you that don't know, I live in the UK so this was a great treat). I remember coming out of a bar at 10.30 on the first night there and remarking to my colleague, Steve Anderson, that it was rather cold. I was wearing just a thin jacket at the time. On being told that it was 0 degrees, I thought little of it until I realised that I was thinking centigrade whilst he was thinking fahrenheit! I have to say that I fairly ran back to the hotel. Anyway, on both occasions I dealt directly with the bank's Treasury Manager - a guy called Lars Lidberg. Is it true that all Minnesota residents are Scandinavian by heritage? He was a really nice guy. I mentioned to him that I had been to the Mall of America and that there had been a great model railroad shop in the Mall. About a month after my second visit, a parcel came to me in London. In it was this watch from Lars. What a nice treat and what a nice guy to do this to what was essentially a salesman. I have to add that I used to be a trader myself and in fact had dealt with his bank many times in the past so we did have a lot in common and much to talk about. Here is the watch itself.
As you can see, when going, the train runs around the dial. Wonderful!