Our caravan had an end bedroom with two beds in it, which was where Valerie and I slept.
There was a pull-down double bed in the living room, and then there was a small kitchen and a tiny toilet room. The living room had a very good heater which burned anthracite (like small granular coal) and kept us really snug and warm.
The end bedroom provided my Dad with an opportunity to build my first model railway as Christmas had provided an “O” gauge Hornby clockwork engine, and a few coaches, which ran right around the room on a shelf. My bed was underneath the station and signal box, while Valerie’s bed was underneath the tunnel and hill!
The railway shelving is just beneath the bottom of the windows which makes me wonder how I would have played with it because they (windows) were quite high! Of course, at only 5 years old, the whole world was quite high! You can also see some Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs characters stuck on the walls high above the railway.
The above photograph shows that access into our bedroom involved negotiating a railway bridge!
Trains, model, real (and later digital), were to become an integral part of my life up to and including the present day. Trains were to become my friends in pre-teen and early teen years, and offered a sense of belonging and stability throughout my late teens!