Some of you may have noticed a donation button to the left of my blog. Don't worry, it isn't a mistake but it also was intended.
Although much of my work is freeware, building real life routes to the standard I want doesn't come cheap and the main cost behind developing a route, for me, is research material and research trips in particular.
For instance, during the building of Newcastle to York "Modern" I did 17 dedicated research trips in all which I have now calculated to a grand total of £414.70. This is without the costs I have incurred for the building of custom objects, reskins and extra scenarios to be built. Of course, the route being payware, I might have a chance of making these costs back.
On the other side of the coin (no pun intended), there is the Darlington to Saltburn route which has had 9 research trips so far. Fortunately, Northern Rail do a Tyne Tees Day Ranger for £17 which means I can travel as much along the route in one day, however, things change and I still have to go out now and again to update my research photos.
Now, I am not asking everyone to donate, nor am I asking for large amounts of money. It is entirely up to you, if you feel the desire to donate something to help me in my research, go for it, if not, I understand.