A heavy Class 25/3.
Large scale visitor
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.
The Wallers Haven Light Railway
The Wealden Cement Company (3mm)
All in all a most enjoyable day.
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
Tonbridge MRS exhibition is one of the highlights of February and this year I was invited to help the Croydon lads with Hemlock which is a representation of the Hemyock branch. The scale as you may of guessed is 3mm and Hemlock was originally 12mm gauge and modelled for reverse running where the station was entered from the dairy end instead of from the other direction as on the prototype. The stream running alongside was also made into a canal. However the decision was taken a few years ago now to change the track gauge to 14.2 and thus to accommodate this the running line was changed to come in from the proper direction, although the canal stayed.
Here are some photos of Hemlock
Sorry for the trees but I have a penchant for model trees and just had to feature these excellent examples made by Mike Davey of Croydon club.
Tonbridge club looked after us and dinner was Shepherds Pie and veg followed by Apple slice and cream. Later also came the cakes (of which I should of taken a few photos ala Phil Parker).
A very enjoyable day and thanks to the Croydon lads for inviting me along. Here are a few pics I took of some of the layouts there.
I had the honour and privilege of being asked to help out at Croydon MRS exhibition at Warlingham school last weekend. A very enjoyable weekend and say it quietly but I was helping out on a 016.5 layout Bodgit & Much Pottering owned by that nice Mr. Cameron (no not the prime minister, but him of St.Reatham fame). The layout ran like a dream c/w sequence timetable so could not go far wrong really.
Here are some photos
I am sure you will agree some very nice modelling. It was amazing the number of people who commented on the trees which are made from real wood. Brian says he prefers real wood as it gives a more realistic affect.
So what layouts were there?
First off we have West Croydon which won best layout in show
Then a little further down the line we have Waddon by Wimbledon MRC
And N gauge on an ironing board
And then the big stuff – Eatonswell O gauge Great Eastern
This was its last show as the layout was up for sale, a bargain at £750(if only!) no stock or trestles.
There was also a lovely Cambrian layout the name of which escapes me (Mr. P?)
Finally some 3mm – Lyndhurst
And a bit of 009 by Ian Kirkwood
All in some good layouts and sorry to those I missed. But just to show for exhibition managers you do get to play sometimes
Well done Mr.P
Wednesday is usually my day off work so took the opportunity to do some more (or so I thought) to Martins Road.
On taking the boards apart, I found that the platform road track had misaligned so had to take it up and relay it which took most of the morning as I had to cut new rail and thread sleepers.
However I managed to do it and so back to where I was a couple of weeks ago!
Nevemind, the postman brought some cheer in the form of the Colonel Stephens society mag – always a good read, even more so when I saw that Tower Models are taking orders for the Dapol O gauge Terrier expected at the end of September for £169 post free.
Definitely decided to collect some O gauge for a rainy day.
New models from Dapol
Also announced in O is an SR Pillbox brake van – maybe tempted!