Had a really good weekend at the Nailsea show running Wheal Elizabeth for the last time under my stewardship.
Ran a good selection of trains and spent most of this afternoon finishing off where it all started, with the more modern clay trains. Usually we don't get the time to run as much of them as we'd like, so it was really nice to make some time today.
Geof kindly make a selection of head boards for the various works shunters, Minion, Jamie and Treffry.
The last train was a single brake van hauled by the blue class 08 shunter on a trip working from St Blazey.
All in all I've done 35 shows and its been a very enjoyable experience. Wheal Elizabeth was built for the DEMU S4Soc challenge in 2008 and the concept was always a non determinate place and time, which would allow a selection of trains and periods. Extending the layout from its original terminus to through running almost certainly extended the shelf life, making it more interesting to operate and giving me the excuse to build some more stock. There are certainly things I'd do differently next time, the cassettes were the source of most of the derailments and I won't use them again in P4.
Thankfully I can't really recall any terrible shows. A couple of things broke, but we didn't have any major calamities along the way.
So thanks to Geof who's helped with virtually all the shows and one or two others along the way.
Anyway, here for the last time are a selection of photos from today.
I'm sure the new owner will break cover shortly.