I’m pleased to say that Sherton Abbas has returned unscathed from its outing to the Cardiff Model Railway show. Many thanks to chaps from the Cardiff EM gang who collected the layout in a van that they had hired and helped me install the layout at the show. Apart from the RMweb members day earlier in the year this was the layout’s first public showing. It was good to be able to set the layout up on the Friday evening, far less stressful than rushing about on the morning of the show! My friends Al and Rodger (Barry Ten and rouse2037) joined me on Saturday morning and did a sterling job of operating the layout while I chatted to the public. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I can either operate the layout or talk to people, but can’t do both!
My Dean Goods developed an irritating, intermittent electrical fault about three hours into the show which resulted in the loco being put on the naughty step for the rest of the weekend! Once the dust settles I'll summon the enthusiasm to take it apart and find whats causing the problem. I suspect that the wheels are touching the brake pull rods on occasion, so a bit of strategic insulation needs to be applied.
That apart the layout performed really well and received a lot of positive comments from visitors to the show. I think my favourite moment was handing the controller to a little chap who was watching the layout with his grandfather. I asked him to press button 2 for me and the look of pure joy on his face when the loco whistled was a delight! All in all it was a very enjoyable weekend socialising with friends, playing trains and eating bacon baps, what more can you ask!
It was with great excitement that on Saturday afternoon a rather distinguished visitor arrived at Sherton Abbas.
Unfortunately the locomotive isn't mine and at more than £2500.00 is unlikely to ever be so! Still it's a really beautiful locomotive that I can't help coveting and does look splendid alongside Sherton Abbas platform:-)
Quite what the residents of Sherton Abbas thought of the next locomotive's appearance is anyone's guess, but it certainly was a very unusual occurrence! A glimpse into the future perhaps, definitely a powerful looking brute, but where's its polished brass dome!
Until next time