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The trials and tribulations of a large MRS exhibtion layout

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Hinton Parva on show at REC exhibition in Woking this weekend.

Hinton Parva is one of the layouts of the High Wycombe and District Model Railway Society, I shall be exhibiting with this layout and the rest of the team from the Society at the Railway Enthusiasts Club exhibition this weekend (10/11th September) at Woking.     The layout represents a very busy junction station on a Joint Midland/Eastern north-south line. The “Branch” purports to be a cross-country line bringing Southern and Western trains from the south-west. As well as the usual “mainlin

Graham_Muz

Graham_Muz

 

Last Practice Before Watford

Well, last night we had our last practice session for the operators before packing the layout up to take to the Watford Finescale exhibition on the weekend of the 20th of February. It gave us an opportunity to not just brush up the skills of the new and existing operators, but also to test all those maintenance issues we have attempt to resolve since our last trip to Wigan just before Christmas. It's amazing how quickly the time has gone by since the Wigan exhibition and how little we seem to ha

GWMark

GWMark

 

Hinton Parva - Wigan preparations underway

Now that Wycrail is over it is time to put right all those things we found to be a problem before the next outing to Wigan in just over two weeks time. We now have two more Wednesday evenings to do the testing and any fixes we need before it gets taken down again. We have already fixed a couple of wiring faults and I am now working on building some new optical sensors to replace the ones we have in the fiddle yards that interlock the signals controlling the exit from the scenic sections. We have

GWMark

GWMark

 

Hinton Parva - Preparation for Wycrail

This weekend sees the High Wycombe and District Model Railway Societies annual Wycrail exhibition Hinton Parva will be the Societies layout at the show this year (having 9 layouts they are only exhibited at our show in rotation) This Wednesday will see the dismantling of the layout at the clubrooms in preparation for the weekend.     We will have a special guest operator this weekend experiencing the whole process of exhibiting a large club layout (Hinton Parva is 32' x 10') in the form of

Graham_Muz

Graham_Muz

 

Hinton Parva - Post Farnham

Hinton Parva made an appearance at the Farnham and District MRS show last weekend with the new lighting rig making its debut.     A few teething issues mainly with the operators on Saturday morning were soon overcome and on the whole the weekend went well. We do however have a couple of small items to fix before its next outing at Wycrail on the 7th November.

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Graham_Muz

 

Upcoming exploits

Well the last practice run was held this evening before the layout gets dismantled next week in readiness for its appearance at the Fareham MRS exhibition in Aldershot on the 10/11th October. It then has to be re-erected at our clubroom for the High Wycombe and District MRS open day on the 24th October before being dismantled again so it can appear at the clubs Wycrail exhibition on Saturday 7th November.   At Wycrail Hinton Parva will have a special mystery guest operator.....more on that l

Graham_Muz

Graham_Muz

 

A brief introduction

Hinton Parva is the High Wycombe and District Model Railway Society's British 00 gauge layout.   The layout is large ??“ 32ft x 12ft, and maximum use is made of this size to provide a running spectacle for the viewers. The complete sequence takes some 50 minutes and involves about 90 mainline movements ??“ trains in, trains running through, trains starting or loco movements. This intensity and variety ensures no dull moments for the viewers (or the operators !!). However - please note that t

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Graham_Muz

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