Cambridge Exhibition 2018

 

We attended Cambridge Exhibition with Norton Wood, its first outing on the Exhibition circuit. I made Norton Wood about two years ago, but never quite got around to taking it out. Because of this I decided to sell the layout to Graham who already had suitable 3rd rail Southern Region stock to run on the layout.

After some last-minute adjustments, both at home and before the show, everything was ready. I have to say that it ran superbly all day and we had lots of good comments.

I guess we went just hoping for a trouble-free day, but the day just got better as it went on. Around lunch time Graham had a visit from Alan, the Exhibition Manager and we were presented with the ‘Best in Show’ Trophy. I have to say this was very  unexpected as the quality of the other layouts attending was truly excellent. The Exhibition also had one of my layouts that I sold nearly five years ago, Hobbs Warren in O Gauge. Terry and Bernard have extended it slightly and added new features, thanks chaps for looking after her so well, she is a credit to us all.

I would like to thank Alan and his team for a lovely day, really well organised show and one I  would attend even if I was not Exhibiting, with luck we will be invited back next year with a different layout.  Also thanks to Colin French and Dave Tailby for the usual banter.

Below are some photo’s taken by my wife, it was a bit tricky for her as there was a bit of light bleed through the curtains.IMG_5110

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Lessons learned – Extend the fiddle yard by 9 inches to allow full length 4 car Units – We just fell short of automatic Spratt and Winkle couplings due to lack of time, this must be completed by the next Exhibition.

OO Scottish Loco’s 66-68 (pt3)

Here  is the third batch of Loco’s used on my Garage layout. This batch is 24’s and 25’s, some are allocated and some are visitors. Again all are fitted with a tension lock at one end and detailed at the other, this is except one Class 24 that has tension locks at both ends to allow for double heading with other ‘Blue Star’ compatible Loco’s. With these Loco’s I have tried to have as many different liveries as possible – however I did note at least another four varieties.

3 x 24’s and 4 x 25’s.

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OO Scottish Loco’s 66-68 (pt2)

Here are another batch of loco’s that were used on my Garage Layout. This time they are all Bachmann, some allocated, some visitors. They were again weathered using the airbrush and powders. Please note around the time of purchase Bachmann were over oiling/greasing the gears in there loco’s, and this hindered the weathering with powder a bit.

They are 2 x 20 – 2 x 40 – 1 x 45 and 1 x 47.

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OO Scottish Loco’s 66-68 (pt 1)

Here are the Heljan Loco’s that used to run on my Garage Layout. Since I have modelled more in O Gauge the use of this layout has diminished. I have to say that its future is in doubt, although an amendment is possible rather than scrapping – we will see. I subtly weathered these Loco’s about seven years ago, using both the airbrush and weathering powders.  This batch is 3 x 26 – 1 x 27 – 1 x 17, the Bachmann loco’s will follow on another post. All have been detailed one end and have tension lock at the other.

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