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andyram

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  1. I know I posted yesterday, but I wanted to just follow up and congratulate @Les1952 on winning the best layout vote. I would also like to congratulate him, the new show manager and all of the team on an excellent show. As I have already alluded to, the show contained a good mix of layouts which I was able to view prior to the show opening each morning. From my stand I got a good view of arrivals and departures on the Boghampton layout and probably appreciated this model much more than I have ever done before. I also was able to see the constant procession of trains on Newton's Folley which was next to me. I was also opposite "Cumanavago" and it was a delight to see so many youngsters enjoying operating the model. Food was excellent and the trader's lunch a very nice bonus and also very enjoyable. The show was well organised and the safe Covid practices from one way systems, entry and exit points, ventilation and outdoor seating were all well thought out. I cannot fault it. After a very quiet Saturday I think there were a few worried faces amongst organisers (and traders). Sunday definitely picked up and I am so pleased it reached a break even figure. It deserved to. There was a lovely buzz in the room this afternoon. It is great to be back at a show again. From my point of view as trader, I was concerned after a very poor day of sales on Saturday. I had fairly low expectations for the weekend since this was the first one back. I am pleased to report that it was definitely a show of two halves, Sunday more than made up for Saturday. Congratulations to all. I look forward to April!
  2. Definitely a nice show with a good range of layouts. Bacon cobs were welcome and delicious. Definitely well looked after as a trader today. Looking forward to tomorrow.
  3. I think the warping shown in your photos is severe when compared to the others I have observed.
  4. I recently received a book on the IOW railways for my birthday. Front cover picture shows an unidentified 02 with running plate that definitely rises at the front, at least four further pictures show such distortion. I had to look closely to see the distortion on my shop display model of "Chale", although it is evident on the photo one of my earlier posts.
  5. I received my stocks today. As someone who is a fan of the IOW railways, I was very keen to see the new versions. A very nice looking model indeed. I think I may have to hang onto one of them! Still have stocks of all three versions www.a2bmodelrailways.co.uk
  6. That club viaduct is a masterpiece. I remember sat watching many trains cross over it during open days. It was my daughter’s favourite spot too.
  7. The back scene still exists. If you look carefully in my photo you can see it lying under the bench. The group have removed it so that the scene can be viewable from the other side. I know they plan to tidy up the front in time. The back scene may switch sides.
  8. I am happy to share another update on Kings Moreton. Since I last posted, the group have continued on the re-wiring and have managed to get the two circuits operational and are wiring the yards up for independent use. The layout will form the centre piece of the new museum called "The Loft" which is situated up the steps in the courtyard next to my shop. The group have been developing their collection with some of the former gallery shop units converted into individual displays. These include a display of old toys, a Hornby Triang layout complete with working Minic Motorway and a Hornby Track Mat layout which will run some of the Thomas models. No scenic work has been undertaken on Kings Moreton as yet but I can share a pic of one of the test workings The temporary sign is also in place. There are plans to open for preview days weekends from September to coincide with the Matlock Bath illuminations. I will share further updates as and when I can.
  9. It is great to see that the new owners of both Seven Mills and Bench Road are RMWeb members. I do hope that they will either update this thread or set up their own and share the link so we can see the ongoing progress of these excellent layouts.
  10. Looking forward to seeing this latest masterpiece develop.
  11. Sorry to see that both Seven Mills and Bench Road have departed, but pleased to read that they have gone to a new home. I sincerely hope that the new owner of Seven Mills will continue to update us all on progress. I will miss the video updates although I think I have a few to catch up on. Looking forward to seeing the next @Andrew P masterpiece developing.
  12. I am away from RMWeb for a few weeks and you are selling up!!!! Shocked! On a brighter note - look what is now adorning my shop shelves:
  13. How time flies. It will very soon be three years since we opened our doors for the first time. Everyone who orders up to our third anniversary (on the 6th August) will be entered into the free birthday prize draw for the chance to win a £100 voucher and other prizes. Several new Bachmann products arriving soon including Bachmann Class 46’s and 150’s. www.a2bmodelrailways.co.uk
  14. Great to see you again. I look forward to seeing the figures featuring in future pictures.
  15. A small update on Kings Morton and the rest of the project. I popped up to the club room during a quiet and wet Bank Holiday. All three committee members were present and their wiring expert was busy on the rewrire of the layout. He praised Andy’s work stating how easy it was to renovate the electrics for analogue control. They hope to have both circuits working by the end of the week. No further scenic work has been undertaken on the layout. This has been due to work on other areas of the building. Beyond the main room, the building has several small shop units from the old galleries. These are being restored as different themed displays. One will be a mock up of an old fashioned toy shop, whilst another will include a display of Hornby memorabilia. The group have rescued another layout, based on the TrackMat. This is now in place and will be wired for a push button operation. Some of the group were busy sorting this room out today and I have been only too happy to donate some former shop display items to the project. At some point, with their permission, I will try and share some more photos.
  16. This is an excellent layout. A real masterpiece. I love the bridge. Glad I managed to catch up on it.
  17. Thanks Polly At the moment I have a clear idea about what I need to do to progress the next stages of the layout. I want to complete the rear of the platform by building up the section with plaster bandage before applying some static grass and trees etc. I then aim to ballast the track and complete the tunnel mouth. Some of the finer details can definitely wait as you say. Overall I am happy with the look of the layout and will be using it for more photos in future as well as enjoying operating it when I can. The first week back in the shop has been the busiest ever which is why I have not had much chance to work on the layout or even frequent RMWeb. Whilst August 6th is a target date, I will not lose any sleep if it is not done by then. I agree, it is important to enjoy it. Andy
  18. Unfortunately the self imposed deadline passed a week ago with the layout some distance from completion. The preparation for the reopening of the shop took over much of my time over the last couple of weeks. I will return to working on the layout soon and my next target is to try and complete by August 6th which is the shop's third anniversary. Perhaps I can display it in the shop on that date. Tommore Bay has seen some visitors today with the station used as a backdrop for photographing some items from a recently purchased collection. The largest visitor was Coronation Class 46256 "Sir William A Stanier". Here it pauses in the platform after a test run. The Coronation was soon followed by Parallel boilered Scot 46165 "The Ranger", seen here entering the platform. Another light engine passing through was Patriot class 45543 "Home Guard" Jubilee class 45611 "Hong Kong" pauses in the platform for checks after the crew were concerned by a clanking sound when running in reverse.
  19. Back at the shop today and I managed to catch up with Pete again. Further work has been undertaken with some replacement track laid and wiring completed. A train can now travel around one of the circuits. Providing government restrictions ease as planned, the group can start to allow visitors into the building in the middle of next month. They are working to get Kings Moreton presentable in time. They are also looking to display other working layouts too but none of their other projects are close to being completed. They may be on the look out for loans or other layouts for sale.
  20. Yesterday, whilst visiting the my shop to complete preparations for today's reopening, I caught up with Pete and had a chance to view the progress on Kings Moreton. The support system has been completed and the layout is now back up on legs at a working height. The regular members of the group have decided to rewire for analogue control because most of them have mainly analogue collections. Rewiring has started and train can now run from the remains of Kings Moreton station along the main scenic section, over the canal bridge and to the smaller station (Dore End?) Here are a couple of pictures of the work in progress state of the layout at present.
  21. A2B Model Railways, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire will reopen on Monday 12th April 11am - 5pm. The shop will also open Tuesday 13th, Thursday 15th and Friday 16th (11am - 5pm) and Saturday 17th from 10.30am, but closing at 2pm as a mark of respect in light of the funeral
  22. Following yesterday’s government announcement, I am pleased to announce that A2B Model Railways will reopen its doors next week. We will reopen Monday 12th April from 11am - 5pm. We will then open on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (11am - 5pm) and then Saturday (10.30am - 5.00pm) All orders placed before midnight on 12th April will qualify for our prize draw for the chance to win a £100 voucher.
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