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  1. It's worth remembering that for many of the small/medium club shows the vast majority of visitors are local and will only ever see layouts at their local show. Unfortunately for the enthusiasts (such as members of RMweb) repetition does set in. For example, the Hull MRS layout Barrowfleet is still going to shows after 50+ invites over 19 years and is capable of delighting new audiences who have never seen it before, although regular punters have seen it many times and only give the layout a passing glance. The whole subject is an ongoing problem for exhibition managers balancing the best layouts at their show for both enthusiasts and local casual visitors. Mal
  2. I sometimes think of myself as semi-professional exhibitor usually managing 20+ weekends per year With that level of commitment I very rarely go to exhibitions as a paying punter. A personal record for exhibiting with various Hull MRS layouts was 12 weekends without a break Can anyone beat that? Mal
  3. As a long time exhibitor at many different Shows (20+ per year over the last 30 years) it seems to me that the OP is just trying to stir the rumour mill, with an ultimate intention unknown. Personally I have come across only one purely commercial show, which had no connection whatsoever with the model railway hobby, the intent of the organisers to make money out the good will of the exhibitors. I might add that the particular event was very short lived (2/3 years) and is long since defunct because the exhibitors realised how they were being duped. Mal
  4. Well that's the layout all packed - to be honest it only takes about 5 minutes. All ready for an assault into the south by wild northerners from deepest Yorkshire Sorry Dave - a "senior" moment Mal
  5. Sorry Mike, should have looked more closely at the layout list. Presume you know where all the best pubs are located?? Mal
  6. There will be a small contingent from Hull (you cannot escape us anywhere ) with Moorton Bottom Yard by Paul Windle and myself as second operator. Looking forward to what appears to be a good show. Not looking forward to battling round the M25 Mal
  7. Well, we got the layouts thrown down the club room stairs last night, ready to go. Lets hope they all work when we get them put back together again after a 2 mile journey through Hull's potholes Mal
  8. As already mentioned above the Hull mob will be there with "Barrowfleet". We have have had to resurrect the layout from the darkest corners of the club rooms, ejecting the odd wasp from a comfortable home and repairing one of the fiddle yards. Otherwise it is in remarkably good condition after 2+ years of storage. Looking forward to the event as a whole which is sure to be something a bit special. Mal
  9. Thanks for the vote of confidence Martin. Now if I can just get the rest of the "pilots" to behave Mal
  10. Time to bump this. A mob from Hull will be setting off this afternoon with Gox Hill Quarries Mal
  11. Slowly recuperating after 5 days in York, plus some frantic efforts in the preceding few weeks :icon_what: Taking on the role of Treasurer and (temporary) Show Manager is NOT recommended for a Show the size of York. Definitely feeling a bit of pressure at times, but thanks to the rest of the organising team for taking a great deal of the load, we all ended up getting it mostly right - I hope :icon_question: Many thanks also, to all the exhibitors, traders and demonstrators for your patience and help with the (inevitable) last minute problems. Then there was the evening socialising which I had to take part in :icon_biggrin: Signing off as Temporary Show Manager :icon_wave: See you all next year I hope, possibly with a different title - no comments please :icon_mutter: Mal
  12. Only ONE tea? I get through about a gallon of coffee per day - all that stress you know, from you lot :icon_grumpy: :icon_frustrated: :icon_mutter: Mal
  13. We'11 be flying the "Stealth Bomber" into the West Hall next weekend. The advantage for layouts with suitable lighting is that it is fairly dark in there and a lot cooler if the sun comes out, when the main hall can get uncomfortably hot in the afternoon. Note the destruction of fiddle yard tracks due to expansion in previous years! Mal
  14. Never mind the banter, I expect some good operation, or you will all be sent to the Headmaster's office :icon_thumbsdown2: :icon_mutter: Mal
  15. Even for the upper floors there are plenty of lifts at York if you can manage to snag one off the "whinging" traders :icon_grumpy: Mal
  16. New Hey is on the ground floor, not far from the "main staircase". A good place for a RMweb meet up. Mal
  17. I used "3-in-1 oil in my Tri-ang locos back in the 60's. Clouds of thick black smoke - great But not to be recommended - deposits of oily residue everywhere :icon_eek: Mal
  18. York Model Railway Show Easter Saturday, Sunday and Monday - 3rd, 4th and 5th April 10am to 5pm each day. Another selection of the finest in Railway Modelling, Trade Stands, and Demonstrations. For full details visit the website York Show N.B. Mike Cook, the Show Manager had a minor accident recently and is still in hospital. If you have tried to contact Mike in the last 3 to 4 weeks you will not have had a reply. For the moment please direct ALL communications to myself Deputy Show Manager Thanks Mal
  19. We have used servos to operate the signals on Crumley and Little Wickhill using control board kits from MERG (Model Electronics Railway Group). You need to be a member to purchase their items. The operation is quite successful but we have had some problems with interference - signals thrashing wildly from unsuppressed locos (all too common in 009) traversing points. Hopefully now solved - will find out under exhibition conditions this weekend at St. Albans. Mal
  20. "For those who attended last year the heating issues have hopefully been addressed." Think I'll bring my full Arctic survival gear - just in case :icon_mutter: :icon_mutter: Mal
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