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kyle 2015 - exhibition post mortem and way forward...

Posted by bcnPete , 24 October 2015 · 1,134 views

Good afternoon,

A quick update on last weekend and decisions going forward.

Really enjoyed to exhibit at the Uckfield show last week, the first two day show for KoL...must admit I was knackered at work on Monday - might be better to take the Monday off in future rather than the Friday.

Overall it didn't perform too badly and it received some nice comments from peopleseemingly fascinated by the fiddle yard and back scene...and the compactness. Saturday it performed better than the Sunday and only one point in the show on Sunday morning where the turnout at the end of the layout stopped running, I had to flip the scenic section of the layout on its side :o One of the drawbacks of the layout being built for box files was that all the wiring is trapped between the layout and support structure - in the end we think it might have been some fibreglass fibres trapped between the turnout blades :) Thanks to Nigel A and fellow operator Andy H for helping in sorting that one due to my lack of electrical prowess!

Good to see Nigel and his rolling stock and as he suggested, the first kettle on Kyle - shame it didn't seem to see eye to eye with my Pictroller...which my Farish and Dapol blue boxes run nicely with. Good to also seem some fellow RMWebbers at the show too. Still one or two issues with DG's to resolve but I need to make a new jig and set them all to this - hope that irons that one out.

Also received 2 potential invites to shows whilst there so just waiting formal follow up of these. Someone arrived on Sunday morning to tell me he had seen the layout on the Uckfield news website so nice bit of coverage there.

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I had previously decided that next year I would concentrate on rebuilding my CJM layout however after this weekend I was left with mixed feelings. At 4.4metres long it will be a bit of a beast and we don't really have space to accommodate that at present plus there were a lot of nice comments from the show about the size of the layout and the atmosphere that had been incorporated into a small space. Together with the support structure, legs, rolling stock and workbench it all takes quite a bit of space in our VW (clean diesel) Touran ;)

So with this in mind, I have decided to resurrect my previous idea to build an extract of Thurso, which will use the existing fiddle yard (slightly modified) and will keep within the constraints of Kyle so be 132mm wide. The length may be longer pending mapping out of the track plan. This will use very similar stock to Kyle, namely class 26's and 37's and some freight.

Am quite excited about this and the idea is to try and improve upon my track building skills as well as make the break to DCC...a sound fitted class 37 will add an extra dimension, something that perhaps is lacking from Kyle.

I have started sketching so expect a new blog, some sketches and mock ups to appear soon. Whilst I would still love to redo CJM, I think the compactness and time available to me at present makes this a more realistic proposal. Whilst a separate line to Kyle it could even be added to form a double ended layout giving a '2 for 1' option for shows, which was what my original sketch of a few years back had hinted at.

Here's a few pictures from the show including some interlopers ;)

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In other news, Kyle will feature in Model Rail next month on sale 19 November 2015 and I must say Chris Nevard has taken some fab pictures...

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Comments welcome as usual,

Pete
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nick_bastable
Oct 24 2015 17:22

good to see you going forward  only that colour blindness to cure now

Looking good, I'll have to pick up a copy of MR when its out, might give me some help with my Kyle!

I liked the original 'Kyle in a box' plans & it's great to see the evolution into the current form. I hope I'll get the opportunity to see it in the flesh. In the meantime, that's guaranteed a sale of the next MR & I look forward to following the Thurso thread. Cheers!

good to see you going forward  only that colour blindness to cure now


Thanks Nick...we'll never agree on this blue trumps over green debate :jester:

Looking good, I'll have to pick up a copy of MR when its out, might give me some help with my Kyle!

Many thanks D6775 - good luck with your build...I shall be following it...

I liked the original 'Kyle in a box' plans & it's great to see the evolution into the current form. I hope I'll get the opportunity to see it in the flesh. In the meantime, that's guaranteed a sale of the next MR & I look forward to following the Thurso thread. Cheers!

Many thanks Dave - Having finally finished something (rolling stock excepted) I hope it will be around for a while to exhibit - Hoping to get the Thurso blog started next week...
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cornish trains jez
Oct 25 2015 08:04
Hi Pete,
Look forward to picking up a copy of Model Rail and can't wait to follow Thurso taking shape!

Best regards,

Jeremy

Hi Pete,
Look forward to picking up a copy of Model Rail and can't wait to follow Thurso taking shape!


Hi Jeremy - Many thanks - Shame you couldn't come last week - hope the little fellow is on the mend - BTW, Euston is taking shape nicely - fab track :good:
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cornish trains jez
Oct 25 2015 13:13

Hi Jeremy - Many thanks - Shame you couldn't come last week - hope the little fellow is on the mend - BTW, Euston is taking shape nicely - fab track :good:


Hi Pete,

He's fine now thanks. Think I've come down with it now though!!

Best regards,

Jeremy

Looking good Pete.  :D

 

Pleased the show went well and it gave you a chance to reconsider future options.  Shame about the decision on CJM but can understand the rationale behind it.  ;)

 

Just hope it can be kept on the back burner. 

 

Cheers,

 

Mark


He's fine now thanks. Think I've come down with it now though!


Yep...the flip side of kids is that there always seems to be some sort of illness going around the Nursery schools... :o

Looking good Pete.  :D
 
Pleased the show went well and it gave you a chance to reconsider future options.  Shame about the decision on CJM but can understand the rationale behind it.  ;)
 
Just hope it can be kept on the back burner. 

Thanks Mark,

Yep don't worry I still want to build it as I still think it could make for an interesting exhibition layout...however space, time and money are not plentiful at present so am just trying to manage my own expectations :)

Like James Bond...CJM will return...

Hi Pete, nice to hear it went well at the show. That first photo really shows how compact it all is, and yet as people commented: so full of atmosphere. Sounds like a good decision to do another compact one - the world is so much easier to take on when we carve it into small sections. 

 

Congratulations on the MR appearance, I like the whole "coast issue" idea.

Hi Pete, nice to hear it went well at the show. That first photo really shows how compact it all is, and yet as people commented: so full of atmosphere. Sounds like a good decision to do another compact one - the world is so much easier to take on when we carve it into small sections. 
 
Congratulations on the MR appearance, I like the whole "coast issue" idea.


Many thanks Mikkel - coming from the Master of layouts executed so well in bite size chunks, that's much appreciated - I can see why you do that now.

Thanks also re MR - I have tried to write the supporting text to concentrate on the key points of the layout over its 6 year life span...

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