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  1. We are all going to have to create new bubbles then :-). Fortunately, my 3 layouts are set up by Sue and I. I hope that new rules are not suggesting my wife and I stay 2 metres apart! Of course, everything will depend on the progression and efficacy of the vaccines, significantly reducing and then planing infections. If that is maintained and generates public confidence, the earliest possibilities must surely be late this year.
  2. Was expecting this discussion to happen following Boris' Lockdown Release Roadmap. I see that stage 3 is interesting? Stage three - No earlier than 17 May, includes: Indoor entertainment such as museums, theatres, cinemas and children's play areas can open Performances and large events will be subject to limits though. For indoor events they can be at half capacity or 1,000 people, and outdoors they can be at half capacity or 4,000 people - whichever is lower. For large venues (at least 40,000 capacity) up to 10,000 will be allowed to attend Hotels,
  3. Finally, more locally, on the western edge of the Pennines, some dear freinds who have been forced to smile (only joking), whilst enjoying a really interesting presentation of wagon movements at an ICI works. No prizes for identifying the characters! Dave
  4. I am on a roll, I don't think there is any need to name this excellent show! I am sure that many will readily recognise this Friday afternoon setup scene at a 'northerly' location in Summer, 2018? Dave
  5. Here's a picture of a relatively new exhibition by Sheffield Neepsend MRC, showing part of the gathering at their 2nd show at a former swimming baths - in 2019. I was on the 'spectator' balcony, just checking that my other half, lower right, was not having a problem with a two-engined Alco RS-1 that we were testing at the time. Lovely show, very freindly atmosphere, and well worth a visit when it next appears. Dave
  6. Hi Alisdair, we have crossed paths a few times. I recall you were "back-to-back" with us at Liverpool in June 2019, in the Church (Clayton End Signalman)! Also, I thought we were indeed operating at the last exhibition (or one of) last year. Very unusual but enjoyable weekend. I agree, we have learned a lot since then. Forgive my criticism - it was reserved for just some of the recent publicised transgressors :-). Even so, I can understand the frustrations we are all feeling. It will be very interesting to see which show will be the first to launch in the future. D
  7. There has been plenty of wide-ranging knowledge and guidance disseminated. Unfortunately, the proverb "you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink" has been often demonstrated. No matter, returning to the theme of the thread, the joy of exhibitions will be a joyous moment for many and, hopefully, will produce many new presentations for us all to enjoy. Dave
  8. That was our last show of 2020. Managed to also exhibit/visit at Pontefract and Rainhill, Stafford and SECC, which now makes it all so painfull to be 'locked away' from the beautiful hobby. The weekend we were at Macclesfield, we set up on the Friday, unsure if it would last until the Sunday. There were various news bulletins being relayed around the hall, about ‘elderly’ types being confined to barracks on the Monday 16th. We were in the Premier Inn and the only guests were exhibitors/traders for the show. When 4:30pm breakdown arrived, everyone packed up quickly and we drove
  9. First of Les' photo looks like Macclesfield, would suggest 2nd photo is indeed Museum of Transport.
  10. Ever so slightly off the exhibition beaten track, who out there would hazard a guess and name (a) the location and (b) identify any of the usual 'suspects' having a serious session, playing trains? I know 1 of them. Dave
  11. OK, to maintain the retrospective nature of the thread and to re-kindle lost moments of contentment - who would like to guess where this pre-show opening scene may have taken place? Dave
  12. Dear oh dear. A modest aside on a post that was initially related to the issue adding cab personnel in locos. My transgression being motivated by a natural reaction to recognise a quality model loco. My deepest and humblest apologies if it offended you and caused you to have to post a somewhat churlish remark.
  13. Ah yes, and typified very nicely in the presence of the lovely Adtranz FS Brennerlok model - a Roco I assume? I had two of them until recently: excellent multi-current roof detail and super smooth operation. Now I wish I had kept them .
  14. That's what makes Freight in America so fascinating. One of my greatest regrets, is in not having an interest in US railroads in June 2002. At the time we stayed overnight in the Hitching Post Inn in Cheyenne, on our way towards Yellowstone. Right outside our room, opposite our parked car, were the tracks to a UP marshalling yard. I could kick myself!
  15. Same with me - the gear tower clip came away far too easily first removing the body - your “no reassuring click” was instantly apparent when I replaced mine. Wonder just how often others have found this?
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