Spent a pleasant day today at the DEMU Showcase in Burton helping out on Jim Allwood's Welton Down along with fellow Midland Group member John Russell and lapsed member Richard Lake. Thanks to Jim for inviting us and the show organisers for putting on a good do.
I thought I'd take a few trains to play with but having precisely zero appropriate items to fit in with the 1990s Network South East theme, I just had to take along some inappropriate ones.
First up, I thought I'd hijack Jim's continuous run to really give some Warships their legs with a recreation of the late 1960s 14 coach double headed Cornish Riviera which for some unaccountable reason has been diverted onto ex LBSCR SECR lines.
Going the other way in time, I decided that I would use DEMU as a prompt to finally have another crack at turning my Virgin Voyager into a useful member of society by trying to tame its excessive speed and unwillingness to stay on the track. Surprisingly given the completely slapdash and rushed job that I did, it seems to have worked really well.
Finally, I took the Hall along to run on Jim's preserved branch line. Later in the day I couldn't resist the opportunity of a 14 coach train, so the Hall was tried on that. Naturally there was some wheelslip but surprisingly it managed to drag the train around two complete circuits.
A few other sights from the show...
An unusual sighting on Wibdenshaw.
A day out in Dudley (Blowers Green)
Wheal Mannidge (geddit?)