Zen and the art of railway maintenance

Perhaps surprisingly, the membership invoked a mutual security blanket, with each jealously guarding their own concept, ready for a triumphant revealing of their handiwork on the day of the exhibition. Or possibly just before, as a trial run at a neutral venue would seem a wise precaution. Not so this competitor, who is so confident of success that he is not afraid of sharing it with the masses right from the beginning. Or perhaps he has caught a glimpse of the prize, and is quite content not to trouble the judges to any significant extent.

The idea of a Japanese Zen garden came about from a combination of two factors, my affinity for garden railways and a realisation that the main constituents were gravel and rocks, which could be readily represented with one of the finer grades of model ballast, and odd bits of pebble.