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An exhibition update, the farmer Giles viewpoint.


Kris

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"Weird it were, one day all was quiet, my view was normal and the next there was all these strange people looking at me, loads of trains were trundling through Avonwick and most stayed on the line, and some even didn't stall! laugh.gif

 

 

Well, the exhibition finished three hours ago and I've made it to my bed for the night. So what are my initial reflections? In general I was reasonably please with most aspects of the layout at the show.

 

The good

 

  • There were some great comments made about the layout, it seemed to go down particularly well with the other halves that had been taken to the show.
  • The toplight coaches ran very well.
  • Some of the wagons also behaved.
  • The layout stood up to being knocked by several members of the public.
  • Set up and takedown went well.
  • The control system worked well.
  • Julia's 57xx was seen running round the layout biggrin.gif
  • There were enquiries about a possible couple of other exhibitions.

 

The bad

 

  • There were several derailments on the main section of Avonwick.
  • The B set tried to become slip coaches on several occasions.
  • The 108 did not perform well.
  • There was an unexpected gradient that caused the manor to have problems.

The ugly.

 

  • The fiddle yard, in particular the points, two worked, one worked in one direction and one was a dead loss sad.gif . I feel that some major rebuilding needs to take place and quickly.

 

Some photos were taken but I sort those out later.

 

Apologies to anyone I didn't get to talk to who was there or to whom I didn't say enough, by the end of the day I was rather worn out. It had been a very very early start.

 

 

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Great to have finally met you Kris,and to have seen Avonwick in the flesh again - its' certainly grown a bit since the Expo last year ;) . The Manor did look rather nice, and my views on the 'blood & custard' livery have changed having seen your Toplights; OK its still not as good as a proper livery (Cream & Brown), but its a pretty good second... :P

 

Anyway, congratulations on putting on a great display, and my hat's off to you for running it all solo :drink_mini:

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There is nothing like an exhibition for finding the bugs in a layout. If you manage to keep something running for the public count that as a success. This blog will act as a note to yourself for the things that need attention. I would start with the fiddleyard. If the B set is parting you could permenantly couple it as you shouldn't need to sepparate it. a strengthening coach would be added to the end of the set in many cases.

Don

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Hi Kris :)

 

It was great to meet up again. I didnt realise you were on your own otherwise I would have offered to look after it while you take a break, I know what its like being at a show alone and travelling as much as you did couldnt have helped.

The layout has come on really well, the extra scenic bits are really nice. Im sorry to hear you are having a few issues with the trackwork though and trust me I know how you must feel about it but I am sure you will get them sorted. Has famer Giles got a hangover?

As Steve has said the Manor looks very impressive and based on what I saw today I am definately getting one ASAP!

 

Missy :)

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The fiddle yard is the number one job Don. With half term coming up so defiantly no work that should be easily doable. The B Set seemed to be suffering from a flexing coupling, a bit more bend should sort that out, but it will mean doing a little unsoldering first.

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Given the amount of time farmer Giles spent lying down today I think that he might be in for a huge hangover. laugh.gif

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Were any of the exhibition invites north of Bristol Kris as I'd like to see this for obvious reasons. ;)

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Were any of the exhibition invites north of Bristol Kris as I'd like to see this for obvious reasons. ;)

 

Nope. Sorry about that. Obviously though if I'm asked up that way I will consider it.

 

On another note, for the followers of farmer Giles. He awoke a little while ago and groaned considerably. He has now disappeared again. I fear that he may have the king of all cyder hangovers. laugh.gif

 

 

 

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I fear that he may have the king of all cyder hangovers. laugh.gif

 

I heard he was last seen shouting 'Geeerrr offf myyy land' to a jelly baby....:blink:

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That Manor is quite nice (a compliment from someone who believes that the Churchward era was best). The width of the driving wheels is not offensive and it could look pretty good with spoked tender wheels, some cylinders (instead of a flap of plastic) and a new pony truck. It was however very black tongue.gif

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That Manor is quite nice (a compliment from someone who believes that the Churchward era was best). The width of the driving wheels is not offensive and it could look pretty good with spoked tender wheels, some cylinders (instead of a flap of plastic) and a new pony truck. It was however very black tongue.gif

 

Black goes with everything I've been told. tongue.gif

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A quick update.

 

I have spent much of this morning looking at the fiddle yard to try to and

 

A) establish the cause of the problems.

B) resolve the problems.

C) look at the next steps forward.

 

I have establish the problem on one of the points and resolved this. I have also tested this with a variety of stock, and it seems to be working. The second point that was causing problems on both routes seems more serious (well as serious as model railway problems ever are). I have got one route working reasonably well but the other route is another matter. I shall be looking further at this later and may do a full blog update to say what I'm thinking of doing.

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