Having just looked at my FaceBook page, after an absence of three years, I was surprised how much had changed. The latest (!) note there was about the then neew station at Bedford Falls on the MaP (Mertonford and Pine tree RR) now long gone. The building has been cut down and now serves as the station building for Ditchling Sands station on the O scale Hursley Light Railway.
A new edition of the WRG Newsletter had dropped onto the WRG member's pages, there is anticipation that there could be a pre Christmas issue some time in December. Outlining some loft changes?
Yesterday, Sunday 25th June 2023, was spent in the ancient downland church of St Botolph Annington. All was set up before the advertised opening time, and despite some difficulties most trains were running soon after. Attendance was good, the weather very warm but at least the inside of the old building was comfortable.
Lots of questions and conversation with many, quite a few new to the idea of railway modelling.
All round an afternoon well spent.
A great many thanks to all the WRG members who helped and assisted, as well as those of the St Botolph's Church CCT committee.
An overall view of my latest occupant in the loft. Hursley Next The Sea has at last had rails, wires, and power added to all of the chalk doodleing from the last couple of months
One of the Hursley Light's Terriers arrives in the goods/run round loop with the first freight train to Hursley. Meanwhile the line's latest acquisition, in the real and model sense, sits in tha bay with a train for Chapelfield. The throttle cable is not long enouggh for that yet, so it will have to wait for a charged phone and the Blue Tooth throttle!
Some pictures of the March 12 2023 Steyning Exhibition.
Builder and photograph credits shown. Thanks to all the exhibitors and behind the scenes team for a great show.
Layout by Alan Marlowe
Layout by Alan Monk
Layout Charlie Fox-Wilson
HO Stock Display Ian Simpson
Layout by Chris Ford, picture Andrew Knights
Above two layouts by Les Coleman
Layout and rolling stock by Syd Bunker
Layout by Tony Dean
It took almost a day of fan heater assistance. But eventually the second coat of varnish progressed past the Fly-paper stage. Not hard but at least dry and non-sticky to the touch. The next four coats will have to wait until we have some warm weather and nights!
A picture of the painted creek bed and the two island linked bridges across it. Still thinking about the name of the creek itself!
Final preparations for the show on Sunday March 12 2023
A final rearrangement of the two halls. Good news is that we have over sixteen layouts. The slightly less good news is that Wandleford Junction will not be at this event. As organiser and general dogsbody I would be far too over committed to transporting and erecting the layout as well as tending to other exhibition needs. For this I appologize to all the Railway Modeller readers hoping to see the layout.
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