Monday, 20 April 2015

Rainford 009 society show 2015

This weekend I had the great pleasure in helping on Bob Barnards 4mm scale model of Barnstaple Town station at a 009 society exhibition in Rainford . Bobs full layout covers Pilton yard, Chelham , Woody Bay and Lynton and is an exemplary model of fine scale modelling . An article on the layout has been covered in Model Rail in the past. The form of the Layout for the Rainford show was a smaller portion of its full extent covering the needs of the exhibition whilst itself being manageable to operate by 2 people as well as manning the L&B society sales stand. We ( Bob , myself and Peter Ainley ) operated the layout from the front giving people the opportunity to chat as we operated which was itself a great way of meeting people and answering questions. Most of the day we ran Bobs stock which is an impressive line up of stock he has hand built over many years. One of the locomotives was built in 1968 and still going strong! We had chopper link couplings to operate and fully interlocking points and signals. It really was a joy to operate and , unlike some layouts I've operated over a full days show never became a chore.
So  I'll post some photos here , which show my own stock stretching their coupling rods over a few runs .
If you model the L&B then I recommend joining the L&B forum in Yahoo groups .

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