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  1. Dr Brown found his DeLorean would not accept 2020 for some reason, so he had to go back to the 1950’s and ended up in Todmorden.
  2. A good day, layout behaving, but noticeably quieter than previous years. And then I had a diesel infestation
  3. All set up ready at TINGS next to the 2mm Roadshow:
  4. Car all loaded up ready to go tomorrow for setting up (actually I did not unload it after last weekend's dry run at the Basingstoke MRS Open Day). See you all there over the weekend
  5. Is there not a growing interest in railways in the people of Altonia that could be channelled into forming a group that could dedicate themselves to preserving this precious artifact of their nation's industrial hertitage? It is obviously far too early to contemplate preserving a closed line (are there any closed lines in Altonia yet?) but I am sure an arrangement could be made with the AFK to run special trips once this fine locomotive has been restored to its former glory.
  6. Two things came to mind. 1. Brian Harraps backscene apron he wears when behind his layout. 2. A 'coffee table' layout I saw at a show with the operators sitting in arm chairs and banners behind them of a full size photo of their living room, fireplace, bookshelves and all
  7. Today was an 'Open Day' for Basingstoke MRS at the clubrooms and the adjacent Scout HQ hall. Several club layouts on show, and an excellent opportunity to try out Freshwater before TINGS next weekend. It has been a long, long time since it went anywhere. First problem was remembering how it all fitted in my car. I was expecting trouble from track that had not been cleaned for 18 months, and all the new rolling stock with untried couplings and back-to-back. However, the layout ran very well. Still more track cleaning needed, and one of the Terriers has picked up some grit in the gears, but hopefully things are looking good for next weekend. A little taster of something new to see on the layout:
  8. I have used some of their laser cut vegetation on Freshwater which looks really good. Hopefully the buildings will turn out good too.
  9. We have some from CR Signals for a club layout which look quite good. By default, he wires them as common cathode, but will do them as common anode on request (which makes them more suitable to use with elecrtonic modules with open-collector outputs). Keep hitting the 'Load More' button to get past the dummy signals. However a lot are showing 'out of stock', so he might be just making to order.
  10. I don't think the aerodynamics would induce too much lift at speed
  11. I was fascinated to find out that white lettering on wagons was often applied using a chalky type of paint, so that when it rained, the dirty top layer would be washed away leaving clean white letters on show again. I don't know how many layers were possible, or how often they needed repainting though.
  12. You should check out Merg. Lots of ideas being discussed for Arduino projects, and kits and bits for operating all sorts of point motors.
  13. Not exactly an exhibition, but I went to Amberley Chalk Pits Museum for their railway weekend in July 2021 and they had a large american narrow gauge layout in a barn and several layouts from the West Sussex 'N' Gauge Model Railway Club in the railway museum. No photos I'm afraid, but a video of the monorail in operation:
  14. So its back to traders waving their card readers in the air in the carpark trying to get a signal.
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