Well having fathomed out (I think) how to work with the new forum, I thought I would post an update on Pallet Lane.
The last forum dying coincided with the layout venturing back "home" to the west country. First visit was the studios of Pecorama for photographing for an article in Railway Modeller which is expected to appear print early next year. Steve Flint and the RM team were more than welcoming and I can't wait to see the finished results.
The following day was the Taunton show, which marked the biggest show yet for Pallet Lane. I get a feel for how things during the weekend are going to go early on when setting up, and when I found one of the hinge pins missing on one of the legs, the omens weren't good. The layout behaved itself reasonably well over the weekend and was 100% reliable to the public side despite some fraught going on behind the scenes to fix the legs, running repairs to loco and wagon couplings. Other heart stoppers were a young child falling over onto one of the legs which nearly gave way, and dropping the control panel while carrying too much during close down. I had never put any thought about "What if this doesn't work?" scenarios but the show was a valuable wake up call, and all is ok now. Big thanks to my Dad for help on the Sunday and to my mate Tony Marsden (aka Bod) on the Saturday so I could have a break!
As I mentioned after Cirencester I was mulling over having a slim down of the loco fleet, and this was affirmed at Taunton when some locos were used only 3 or 4 times over the weekend. 2 of the locos have left the fold since Taunton, firstly 31270 (which was the only non Bachmann loco in the fleet) and 46045. Other than basic weathering and 3 link couplings they were otherwise untouched/modified and therefore were top of the list to move on. Other stock likely to move on are the Airfix Presflos, after seeing the Bachmann ones at Taunton. Prior to then I hadn't intended to replace them but the Bachmann ones are far superior to my detailed Airfix ones.
Anyway enough of my ramblings, hopefully there are some pics attached from Pecorama and Taunton!
Edited by 37114, 17 September 2015 - 15:49 .