Normandy Group O Gauge Layout

On the way down to Weymouth this morning popped into the Mid Hants at Alresford with the good Mrs D for breakfast.

Being their Spring Gala weekend they had a Model railway layout in the old goods shed.

The Normandy O gauge group are locally based and came along with their SR shed layout. Lovely modelling along with some lovely locos.

As you can see plenty Dapol RTR on Show with a plethora of Terriers!

Being upstairs also gave an opportunity to see the stuff stored out the back. Amongst the berthed coaches was the BR Standard 2-6-4t being restored.

Also hanging on the wall is the nameplate for Sir Fredrick Pile.

After our visit we adjourned to the West Country buffet on the station for an egg bap each – lovely!

A short unexpected visit but always a pleasure 😊

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Orpington MRC Show

Mr P and I visited the show in Pratt’s Bottom.

Nice to see a busy show. Nice layouts on display though too much N gauge for our liking and alas no 3mm. Even OO layouts were conspicuous by their absence.

However filling in a survey gave you a free cup of tea, always welcome!

Theobalds Yard 7mm scale

Ambleton Vale – N gauge

TV or two – N/HO

Llanwrst – 009

Upper & Lower Crofton – G Scale

Oakland’s – N gauge

After vacating the show, swift pint in the Bulls Head – pint of Landlord for me and Brains SA for Mr. P

Very enjoyable 😊

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Paint Stripper + Ruston – Steve’s 009 and 09 Adventure

Work has started on removing the brown paint from the Ruston. I don’t think I’ve ever used paint stripper, so I wasn’t sure what to buy. A trip to my local hardware store solved the problem. They had a choice of three different brands and I chose the one that was the smallest in size.…
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Beckenham Show 2018

Had the great honour of operating Trevor Nunns S gauge layout Trowland owning to Mr P being otherwise engaged. Lovely layout to operate. Surprising the number of people who thought it was either P4 or O and were quite surprised at it being S. Here are the photos

I did manage a quick flit round the rest of the show.

Arun Quay

The Wallers Haven Light Railway

The Wealden Cement Company (3mm)

Medway Quay


All in all a most enjoyable day.

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Uckfield show

Had an enjoyable weekend at Uckfield show. Got to meet Olly and Chris (thanks for the help Saturday) and went to the social Saturday night with a lovely dinner and food pint of Harvey’s.

The downside – the layout behaved like a pig, total points failure all weekend plus ripped the track up from the 3 road fiddle Yard and then to top it all the long siding point blade dropped. Then there were the niggles, uncoupling Stock lack of engines, still all down to experience and hopefully Beckenham this weekend will be better.

Thanks must go to Tony P for his help on Sunday but my overwhelming thanks must go to Mr P not only for transporting the layout and operating help but for his company.

Here are the photos

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Wealden Railway Group small layout show

Yesterday saw Mr. P and a good friend of ours Brian, venture in to deepest Sussex – Steyning in fact to visit the Wealden Railway group small layout show. A delightful drive down to Sussex saw us past through such delights as Cowfold, Partridge Green (Home of the Dark Star Brewery, more of which on a later blog) until we reached Steyning which once upon a time had a railway station on the Horsham to Shoreham by sea (the Adur Valley line) alas closed in March 1966.

Once in Steyning high st our miss sat nav said we should find School Lane and indeed we did only to find that the car park we wanted was the other side! Having navigated to the car park we found the Steyning Centre and paid our £3.50 day membership to enter a rather packed hall.  Before us in the hall were a variety of layouts in the popular scales (alas no 3mm) although we did spot a couple of 3mm Society members.  Our ticket enabled us a free cup of tea to wash down a slice of fruit cake to satisfy the inner man for 5 minutes.

Wandering round and viewing the many layouts was very enjoyable and the Wealden Group are a friendly lot. We stayed for the majority of the morning, a group of like minded souls doing something they enjoy. Here are the pictures

O 16.5

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Some World War 1

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Fawcett Street Yard

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Whitecross Street

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Cornwall China Clay

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All in all a very enjoyable show and thanks to Andrew Knights for organising it.

Now off to find the Dark Star!

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Not 3mm I know

Awhile back, November 2012 I brought one of the Ixion models Hudswell Clarke 060t mainly because I like and perhaps with looking at doing 7mm in the future when the old eyesight is not so good. I have not run it since I brought it so going to Chatham today present the opportunity to buy a piece of track to test it on.

So an evenings work saw me wire the handheld controller that I have been meaning to do for ages and then hey presto one engine and coal truck running up and down – great fun!



I also brought a scratchbuilt Y6 tram off Ebay sometime ago never tested – motor works but gear is out of mesh. Job for a rainy day me thinks.