Kyle @ Billericay...and next steps...
An update from the Billericay show yesterday. A nice small friendly show set in 3 buildings joined by a garden...the Mayor arrived for a scheduled 30 minute visit...and ended up staying 2 hours! His driver was well impressed by the sounds from the 37’s just as he remembered them.
Overall, the layout behaved although some stock has been withdrawn to have a look at on the workbench - my once reliable 37/4 seems to suffer from cut out of the lights and sound regularly - might remove the body and see how it runs without it. The corridor connections from the previous post were actually removed just before as they need thinning down - together with the knuckle couplings it seems to derail them so that’s another one to look at.
The big decision of the day is that I have decided to replace both the turnouts...or rather elements of them, especially the common crossings. This will be an interesting manoeuvre for the soldering iron due to the fascia...I may have to remove it and remake this if it proves cumbersome. The turnout in the station has had for sometime an intermittent electrical fault and the occasional derailment so I have decided this needs to be sorted for the two day show in Stafford February 2019. After all, the track dates back to its original box file incarnation which was for 2010.
Two other outcomes from the day were Stoke City getting relegated (lifelong supporter) and my youngest son deciding that this would probably be the last show he attended with me as he is now not enjoying it as much as he used to. He is nearly 15 now so I was assuming he would follow the same path as his brother did around this age. Shame though, as he has been a reliable operator, great helper in setting up/dismantling and also good company
Back to the show, I had some very nice comments and received three verbal invites, two already sent by email. The seethrough black cloth also gave way to the original black drape I bought for my CJM layout...thankfully and hopefully now the attention is refocused on the layout not the supporting structure
A few pics of KoL from the show...I have posted some other pics of the day on the exhibition thread here if of interest:
Overall a good day out and expect to see the next update on turnout replacements...
As always, comments welcome