Friday, August 31, 2018

Having the task to know what to do with this layout has hung heavy on me. Money never came into it. What had been spent on the layout meant nothing because it gave Darren something to wake up for everyday. As the horrible disease destroyed his body, His mind was still as sharp as ever.

I wanted the layout to continue to mean something to someone. I wanted whoever had it, that they would know what it meant to Darren and they would also cherish it.

There really was only one person to gift this layout to. He is a mini Darren. His love for trains reminded Darren of when he was his age. He was the only person Darren trusted to be in the layout room without Darren also being there. They talk over the internet about all things trains. whenever his dad was coming to visit he would be there as well, politely asking if he could go into the layout room.  Daren would speak so highly of this wonderful young man.

When I asked his Dad if I could give the layout to Dillon, I am so grateful that he said yes.

Darren's dream will continue to be cherished. I could not ask for a better home for it.

Thank you Dillon, I know Darren would be so honored that you as the next generation Train enthusiast have his dream to help you grow.

RIP my beautiful Husband , you left us all way to soon.


South Coast Rail said...

You have painted a great picture of young Dillon and he seems a real worthy recipient. It sounds like Darren's dream will be able to live on.
The blog may continue on after all.

Phil White said...

I agree with Bob, the perfect way for Darren's dream to continue and inspire a young enthusiast.

Take care of yourself.


Ray P said...

A lovely ongoing project for a young boy to remember Darren by.

Our thoughts are with you at this time and will be in the future.


FPH 603 said...

Hi all!

Just thought I'd let everyone know that there is a new blog for this layout! Though only part of the layout is being used, I still aim to rebuild the layout so it can be operational once more, no matter how much of it is still being used.

See for more!


Sarah said...

Dylan , it really warms my heart that you have included the original name of Darren’s dream in your blog. No one could reuse all of the layout that Darren had as it was huge and special purpose. Darren would be so very proud , knowing his layout is living on . Thankyou you so very much. I look forward to reading your updates. Sarah

Secretary - AMRA WA said...

Dylan, Although we don't know you we in WA are impressed by your commitment to the Railway Modelling. We would love to hear from time to time and hear how you are going and if you can supply us with pictures that would be great.
We at AMRA WA have a few young people who come along and are railway enthusiasts. We cater for all modelling from SN 3.5 (West Australian) and British and American layouts. If you ever get the chance to visit WA please feel free to come and visit us at our clubrooms you will be made most welcome. Our address is 24 Moojebing St., Bayswater.
Lynn Nicholls

Sarah said...

Hello, Dillion and his dad are working hard to keep Darren’s memory going. Dillion’s dad was a true friend of Darren’s. I know that loosing Darren has hurt him as much as the rest of us. It means so much to Cassie and I that Darren will never be forgotten. In a large way Dillion is keeping Darren’s memory going. Maybe one day he will tell his children about a very nice man that he met many years before.
Sadly I now need to find homes for Darren’s trains. To have such a lovely collection sitting in drawers is a pure waste and anyone who knew Darren, he was never into waste.
Please note the era Darren was focussed on. This means his Trains are HO Australian. He has trains from Eureka, AUSTRAINS and TrainOrama, plus others.
If anyone would like to know more about what his collection included. Please email me at , yes this is Dazza’s email. I have disconnected his phone and filled out endless documents But I am not ready to disconnect his email just yet. Little steps.