Needham Mkt Exhibition (ONE MRC)

This was a very sad day, on arrival at the show we were informed that after ten years this show was to be the last. Over the years I have exhibited or visited every show and have to say this was one of the most friendly and family orientated shows in East Anglia, it will be sadly missed.

During the course of the day my wife took some photos of the layouts nearest to us, here are the results.

Norfolk Coke and Tar (our layout)

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Levingly  – Barry Aldous

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Warren Hill – Terry and Bernard

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Bottrill Street Yard- Peter Rye

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A great day with great company – we will miss this Exhibition in our yearly calendar.

 

 

 

 

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Alex Bridge revisited

 

Having put four layouts up for sale about a month ago, and three of them selling almost straight away. I wondered why Alex Bridge had not sold, so I thought I would revisit the layout by means of a photo shoot. The  original articles on this blog of the layout were more focussed on the loco’s and not the layout itself.

I did have some offers, but they all fell short of my evaluation. I have revised my expectations downwards slightly as my move to O gauge continues apace. Email for further details.

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Morlock Heath at Bury St Edmunds Exhibition.

The following are photo’s taken by my wife at this years Bury St Edmunds Exhibition at their new venue at Beyton College. This was a much enlarged site and was approx double their previous Shows.

I would again like to thank Graham and Shaun for their support on the day, they certainly bore the brunt of the operating. They also brought along some stock which features in the below photo’s.

Thanks also to Marc and all the BSE members for a very memorable day. Thanks also to all the people that spoke to us about our projects.

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Now a few photo’s of some of Shauns Main Line Loco’s – although out of period they went down very well with the visitors.

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Morlock Heath at Bressingham MRE

 

 

Sunday 3rd September was the debut of Morlock at Bressingham Gardens Model Railway Day. Here we have a selection of Photo’s taken by my wife during the Exhibition. Thankfully the layout run extremely well all day and many good comments were received. Special thanks must go to Graham, Shaun and my son John, they did the lions share of the operating during the day. We discovered a couple of issues with some wagons and a clearance problem with the connecting rods on the Dapol 08’s, these will be corrected by the next Exhibition at Bury St Edmunds this coming Saturday .

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ASHWELL MOOR FUEL POINT – FINISHED

Well after a 3 month slog -Ashwell is finished, well just about. I still need to touch up here and there, but finished as a project.

Hopefully it will be collected by my son fairly soon and I can return to my own O gauge Station Layout project.

I think I achieved what he wanted, although there were a few twists and turns, mainly from a stabling point to a fuelling point. On reflection I think it was the right decision with much more interesting loco moves on the FP plus a few wagons.

I have tried to think of everything that would be on an early 90’s fuelling point but by this time most small FP’s were an endangered species. This was just before Health and Safety really kicked in, but some signage is being made by a friend, and will be added later.

By the way – the gentleman coming out of the toilet with a face mask is purely coincidental !!!!!!

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If there is anything that I have done on this layout that you would like me to elaborate on then please contact me and I will endeavour to help.

Ashwell Moor – Both Boards – weathering

I have now made a start on the weathering of Ashwell. The first job was to add the items that are permanent on the layout – these being Yard Lights and Buffer Stop Lights, plus a few bushes. Anything that is removable is added after weathering the layout as they are consumable and do not spend much time on the depot in real life.  These include people, pallets, drums, boxes and hoses etc. Weathering them in situ is a no-no in the main weathering. These items may well be weathered but to a far lesser degree and are done separately. I really hate to see figures weathered to the same degree as the layout – it looks unreal. While we are on the subject of realism, the Yard lights and Buffer lights are non working. Why do I need working lights? it is ‘blue sky’ and the middle of the day. I hate to see lights for lights sake – blazing lights on everything on the layout from every building and every railway item — all topped off with a beautiful cloudless blue sky!! If lighting is needed then a lighting rig is favoured – although I like to see the natural light at different venues. Of course you could model twilight!!!!!!

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Some more items are still to be added –  two cars, storage tank, chemical toilet, tool hut and four more people.