Our aim was to introduce children and grown-ups associated with the school, to the hobby we enjoy. This was made possible with help from Rebecca (chair of the PTA) and Paul her husband.
‘London Rd’ and Dieter’s layout were paired together to let children operate a train on a layout without breaking anything!
To demonstrate what can be done in a small space, Tony Collins’ 0 gauge layout, ‘Goonhilly’ was there. This was popular with the children who stood on a set of steps provided to get a good view of the action and operate the sound effects.
Barry Donaldson’s layout is made in the style of an Inglenook shunting puzzle which has gained popularity in homes which have limited space. Please read August issue of Model Rail.
We included two layouts which are work in progress. Andrew was working on ‘High Offley’. This is 00 gauge, constructed so as to fit in the back of an average size car. Tony was sat nearby soldering iron in hand making the control panel for this project.
‘Wood End’ made an appearance that day. This is a large layout to provide similar features to ‘New Barton’, a circular track with plenty of storage sidings and is wired for DCC. Kevin and colleagues were operating this locos with sound.
‘New Barton’ was given an airing, it never fails to attract attention. John was there to answer questions like ‘How do you make a period cottage with a thatched roof?’.
This event was a team effort all helping to set up the layouts and dismantling them at the end of the day.
Our thanks again to Rebecca for giving us access to the school and to Paul for the use of his vans. We are so pleased that they have joined our club!