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Couple more people shots from 2005. First up is Richard Dagger and a very smiley Chris Challis. Andy Cundick is deeply engrossed in his new purchase, I'm on the stage by the look of it.

 

Can anyone put names to the magnificent trio in the second picture.

 

Jerry

 

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.......and 2012.

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John Greenwood and Nick Smith have a natter whilst John Birkett-Smith looks after Wenford Bridge

 

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Kim Clifford, Edna Greenwood, Phil Copplestone and Caroline Birkett-Smith shoot the breeze.

 

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Young Simon certainly packed them in that year - I remember him measuring the hall going foot foot - oh the precision!!

 

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It's a great shame it's not happening this year but of course it's the right decision. To me it's by far the most enjoyable exhibition/gathering/social on the modelling calendar and I've enjoyed each one right back from the first held in the station building at Limpley Stoke in (I think) 1996.

So here are a few photos from my collection in no particular order......

 

Camrail in 2009 and whilst I can't include all the layouts present I make no apology for including 3 shots of John Birkett-Smith's wonderful Ashburton.  

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I've no notes but I believe this is Horselunges.

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Steve Cook's atmospheric diorama (is that Simon's Ruston?).1699352919_Camrail20094.JPG.18583b7466b11cf9c8a617b9d95b98cb.JPG

 

And the man himself...

 

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More to follow.....

 

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Some more from Camrail over the years.  John Greenwood's beautiful Wenford Bridge.

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2008 included Simon's Pompoules Siding 

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Weston on the WC&P

 

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Iain Rice's North Cornwall stock

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Gerry Beale's Maiden Newton appeared at Larkrail

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As did a Bristol Lodekka!

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The late John Spencer's signal box 

 

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Above are my layout "Chipping Compton" and the late Bob Barlow's incredible Welsh Quayside. 

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7 hours ago, 4109 said:

the first held in the station building at Limpley Stoke in (I think) 1996

I don't recall more than two events at the station and that in 1999 was definitely held on the towpath of the Somerset Coal Canal at the new visitor centre, so unless Simon missed out a year, the first CamRail would have been in 1997.

 

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is that Simon's Ruston?

I believe it is.

 

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4109 is quite right, the first Camrail was indeed in 1996. I missed out 1998 as I was just moving into the Coal Canal visitor centre, and the following year the show was at the visitor centre and using the scouts marquee(!) 2000 and 2001 were at Monkton Combe School, from 2002 we were at St Margarets Hall. The show only moved for 2013 as the hall was being refurbished and so was unavailable, which was when I had the brainwave that a show near the bookshop wouldn't need a bookstall, hence the move to Larkhall and the slight name change.

 

So many people in those brilliant photographs, not to mention lots of fantastic layouts and models of course.

 

I can't remember the three ladies, I think it was maybe  some sort of genteel bric a brac Mafioso that came with St Margarets Hall(!)

 

Jerry's second shot from 2012 features my Dad walking behind the seated group, which is kind of amusing.....

 

Thank you very much to all contributors, when I fire up the old computer I'll add some more pictures myself.

 

It's a kind of virtual lockdown Larkrail - Lockrail?

 

Gawd....

 

Simon

 

 

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13 hours ago, Not Jeremy said:

the first Camrail was indeed in 1996. I missed out 1998 as I was just moving into the Coal Canal visitor centre

Ah, I'd forgotten about that. The Mists of Time play tricks on the memory.

 

I do recall that the first CamRails were held on the same weekend as Brian Clarke's Small Engines Rally in his garden in Bath, does anyone else remember those excellent events?

 

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Well it should have been Larkrail today and about now (just gone 4.00) we would have been thinking about packing away all our toys before heading off to the pub and then firing up the BBQ. I'm missing playing trains at shows but I think I'm missing the social side even more. Here's a selection from previous years - we'll be back!

 

Jerry

 

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Some nice images there Gerry thank you.

 

Sorely missed by me too and as you quite rightly say, its also the social side. 

 

I've had to keep cancelling the reminders that were popping up on my iPhone throughout the past week !

 

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A date that has not gone unnoticed at Kernow Towers.

 

At least, though, I didn't have to get up at the crack of dawn, my sleep having been interrupted by some selfish, inconsiderate baastards, who let some fireworks off nearby at 0040 hrs last night.

 

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4 hours ago, melmoth said:

 

Sheep?

 

 

Unlikely.  

 

Holding matches with ones hooves is tricky to say the least and then there is the obvious risk of setting ones wool alight. 

 

Nope, not sheep.  

 

 

Rob. 

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On 04/05/2020 at 16:34, Not Jeremy said:

With great regret, Jerry and I have decided to put off the return of Larkrail until next year, when (hopefully) it will be safe to have a gathering. We will aim for the same weekend in July, in the same place.

 

 

 

Simon and Jerry

Hi Chaps,

 

Just checking (and hoping) based on the governments annoucement, is Larkrail 2021 a go-er please?

 

Ta

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1 hour ago, 37114 said:

Hi Chaps,

 

Just checking (and hoping) based on the governments annoucement, is Larkrail 2021 a go-er please?

 

Ta

 

Hi Rob, Simon and I have chatted about the possibility of having some sort of Larkrail this year including some exciting new innovations. We are desperately keen to do something but it's impossible to make a definite decision at the moment, we will have to wait and see how things pan out over the next couple of months but it's certainly not been ruled out so keep everything crossed .......:-)

 

jerry

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On 25/02/2021 at 18:35, queensquare said:

 

Hi Rob, Simon and I have chatted about the possibility of having some sort of Larkrail this year including some exciting new innovations. We are desperately keen to do something but it's impossible to make a definite decision at the moment, we will have to wait and see how things pan out over the next couple of months but it's certainly not been ruled out so keep everything crossed .......:-)

 

jerry

Hi Jerry/Simon,

 

Just wondering if the show is going to be on this year or if the intention is to postpone another year please? Ta

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On 03/06/2021 at 21:59, 37114 said:

Hi Jerry/Simon,

 

Just wondering if the show is going to be on this year or if the intention is to postpone another year please? Ta

 

Hi Rob,

 

it is with great sadness that  we have taken the decision to cancel this years show. With the date of full opening up remaining uncertain and time marching steadily on we have decided that it would all be too much of a rush to try and put something on this summer.

 

The good news though is that we will definitely be back next year, hopefully on our usual third weekend in July which in 2022  will be Saturday 16th. We are already discussing all sorts of exciting new ideas including two sites, jugglers, fire eaters, cake and all manner of wonderful attractions - including some trains! Some of these ideas may prove a little too ambitious and not come to fruition but this will definitely be a date worth putting in your diary.

 

cheers Jerry  

 

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26 minutes ago, queensquare said:

all sorts of exciting new ideas including two sites, jugglers, fire eaters

 

In that case do we need to bring any fire buckets and will water or sand be provide with the entry fee ? :o

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2 hours ago, bgman said:

 

In that case do we need to bring any fire buckets and will water or sand be provide with the entry fee ? :o

Would you like it to be provided with the entry fee?

 

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35 minutes ago, Captain Kernow said:

Would you like it to be provided with the entry fee?

 

 

Yes peas ! Or are they extra ?

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