D823 has just backed the stock for an evening stopping service into the arrivals platform and is quietly warming the coaches against the chill of the night. The other platform has been pressed into service to provide a bit more space out of the elements to handle the additional pre-christmas parcels traffic. A motley assortment of vans await loading but the staff seem to have disappeared. Maybe they are trying to find out who has stolen the barrows.
Merry Christmas and a happy 2015 to all of our readers.
A few words about the photo... The inside of the overall roof is lit with LEDs in the ceiling. It's not a part of the layout that is usually seen by the public so interior detail is rather lacking. The parcels sacks were hastily moulded from DAS and painted with watercolour on the night before the photo shoot. St Ruth is not usually a DCC layout but D823 had a CT chip plugged in for the photo and an NCE PowerCab attached to the controller socket so that we could have the loco lights on. I tried variations of the photo with the headlights and the tail lamp. The tail lamp looked better because the headlamps and headcodes looked too bright. In theory the chip can dim the headlights but in practice it made no noticeable difference. Unsightly items like the red and black feed wires for the roof lighting have been surreptitiously edited away on the computer.