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 Posted: Sat Aug 16th, 2008 02:48 pm
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Well I took my old man along this morning to the St Andrews Show, always a small show but with a high standard.  In reality an hour and a half is more than enough to enjoy it at leisure.  Very few traders (5 or 6) and a focus on DEMU (whatever that is) this year.

As is the norm, I was totally disorganised, there was no programme and I forgot my pen and paper :roll:, but not my camera, so enjoy the photos, I think Perth Buddy is going tomorrow and no doubt he will furnish you with more detail.

A very nice TMD (Inow know what that means :lol:)






American N scale from the Perth MRC




Nice British OO, very large layout with not a lot happening, lots of green:???:



British 4mm based on the Harbours of Fife



Just out of shot :roll: there was a building that seemed very familiar to me, I mentioned this to one of the operators who informed me it was the harbourmasters office at Kirkcaldy.  I knew I knew it, I exclaimed, that was my Dads office when he was harbourmaster.  At this point the guy looked really excited and asked if he was with me, so I introduced the pair of them and left.  30 mins later this guy was still asking the old man questions and this culminated in him getting his picture taken (and all his details) and a request for the old man to give the club a couple of talks.  Really made the old boys day, at pushing 77 he really gets a lot of pleasure from going to the shows now, and this was the icing on the cake.

Couple of the other British OO layouts





One of the DEMU layouts, only about 3 feet long


Beautiful little British 2mm layout, stunning detail, poor pictures as I had to jostle for position at this one!




More N gauge, huge modern era layout


O Gauge Southern, this layout is over 50 years old and was bound for the skip, before being rescued, stunning hand laid track, with each shoe soldered to the track, and bicycle wheel spokes on pivots used to operate them from a bank of levers behind the signal box.



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Some great photos there as you say not a lpt of layouts but they all seem very good ones

A good show of 2mm ones the later picture with the BR steam loco looks really good.

I also like the 00 one with the steam loco pulling the ventlated vans.

Glad your dad enjoyed being a mini celebrity for the day

cheers Brian.W

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There may not have been a lot there Lawrence but they look like quality layouts. I'm sure I've seen the moden N gauge layout in one of the mags. :D

I really liked the look of Fife harbour but when you add the story about your Dad it makes it special. What a wonderful story and a great thrill for both him and the guys who have tried to replicate the area - truly magical and a pleasure to hear.

Thanks for this,:D

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Lawrence, thanks for taking the time to share that with us. I enjoyed hearing the story about your dad's positive experience at the show.



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Lawrence - great photos and what a day it must have been for both your Dad and the layout operators !! I love the dried out grass on the hill in Photo 8 - excellent scenic detailing there.



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Lawrence,
     I bet that made your dad's day.Brilliant! There's some cracking photos there too.The 2mm finescale layout is Wansbeck Road and its a pity you didn't get a closer look,as he has a working bus that goes up and down the road! I saw it in the flesh last year at Macclesfield and had a good old chin-wag with the owner,he's a top bloke.Its also appeared in BRM and Model railway Journal.
     For a small show,the layouts were all top drawer.Thanks for sharing the photos mate.

Cheers,John.B.

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Thanks for taking the time to post these Lawrence - great photos. Must have been a very enjoyable day for you both.

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"very large layout with not a lot happening, lots of green"

:lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol: Seriously though, thanks for taking time to post those Lawrence. A good little show, and about the right size for me. Wonderful for your father as well!

I love that O gauge model - thankfully saved.



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Yes thanks Lawrence for those - some first class modeling there.

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Good on you, Lawrence - these are well worth seeing.

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Thanks for taking those pictures Lawrencee.  Great to see some local, (from my perspective) layouts.

 

I recognise a couple from the 2006 St Andrews exhibition.  Loved the story about the harbourmasters office in Kirkcaldy.  Kirckaldy harbour would make a great basis for a layout.



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Glad you enjoyed them chaps, I think the old man was a bit bewidered with the attention he got and this chap firing questions at him, he carried himself the way only an English officer and gentleman can though (no, he didn't invade :D)

Tim, re the lots of green.  This was a huge layout and, apart from a massive fiddle track round the back, as far as I can remember what you see in the picture was the focus, the rest was fields!  Maybe just very prototypical and to scale:lol:

Neil, thought you might like that, as you know Fife was blessed with some fantastic harbour railways, my father was Harbourmaster at Kirkcaldy, Methil & Burntisland so I recall some of the goings on.  I also had an Aunt who lived in Buckhaven overlooking the old Wellesley pit that took coal down to Methil.

John B, yes it was a stunning little layout, just annoyed my photos didn't do it justice, maybe Matt will get better shots today.

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Looked a smashing little show Lawrence. Thanks for the photo's. :smile:

I'll just fill you in on some of the layouts:


Pictures 1 + 2
- This is the layout of an RMweb member. "Park Road TMD" Did you see the smashing little road-railer lorry? I see it parked up at the back of the layout near the portakabins.

Picture 9 - The layout of the Blackburn MRC: "Blackmill" (Boasting what would appear to be a Cardiff - Rhymney set in the platform!! :???::???: (Thats Top 'n' Tail Cl. 37's and 4 Arriva coaches))

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Another layout from the RMweb forums: "Heavy Traffic"

Pictures 11 + 12 - I recall this in a model railway publication a few years back but I can't remember the name. Not sure if I still have the issue featuring it but I'll have a look for you unless Perth Buddy can get there first. (Just noticed John B beat me too it. :razz::lol:)

Picture 13 - "Law Junction". This was a Layout of the Month in Railway Modeller no more than 2 months ago.


Hope that helps a little. ;-):smile:

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Lawrence some cracking pics there, thanks for taking the time to do them and post them on here. Nice to hear your dads story, bet it brought so many happy memories back for him and of course you.

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Just caught up with this thread, Lawrence and enjoyed the photos and descriptions.

The talk your father had with the guys on the harbour layout must have made his day!! Hope he enjoys going to their club. I've assumed, from things you've said before, that he's a railway modeller too, or am I wrong.

Whatever, thanks for the time and effort involved in putting these photos onto the forum.

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I went along to teh St Andrews MRC Show today ......

A small number of layouts but the quality was excellent I particularly liked Blackmill as the level of modeling was up there with the best and some of the scenery modelling in the other layouts was very, very good. Only 5 traders and they didn't seem to be doing much business. I did overhear two of the committee members stating that numbers were down on last year

The show was quiet which meant you could look at the layout without being jostled, stood on and generally messed about but I have to say I was a trifle disappointed that the bigger layouts ... Law Junction, Crawford Bridge, Hewisbridge didn't have a lot of activity and you could be watching for over 5 minutes before a train appeared ran through the layout and then .... nothing. It is not as they were small alyouts with Crawford Bridge having a considerable number of tracks and their fiddle yard was absolutely groaning wit engines and rolling stock. There were a number of young kids there and were constantly asking their Dad "when are the trains coming". I appreciate that it is not prototypical for heaps of trains to be trundling through but you would think that as all the attendees are not necessarily train buffs (me being one of them) they could bend the rules somewhat.

Anyway enough of my grumping some photos .....

Hewisbridge ..... very quiet layout but thought the scenery and scenario was excellent. Also inteeresting to see that a lady was beign taught how to manage the layout and runs some trains

















Law Junction .... this is a big N gauge layout and as has been mebtioned before was paraded in Model Rail recently whose photos did it better justice than mine. Although plenty of scenery work there was little traffic and I only saw one train runnign through the layout over a ten minute period athough there were two operators.









Bramblewell .... This is the layout that Lawrence described in his earlier post. Fabulous work considering it is all scratch built.







Fife Port .... Surpised that operation was undertaken fromthe front i.e. the operators were between you and the layout which, when trying to get some photos or to see it in operation is a trifle disconcerting









Burlington  ...... Super N gauge American layout (apparently couldn't get Lawrence away fron it) which was very busy with 2 or 3 trains running at all times.









Blackmill .... This was my favourite and spent sometime watching it. Always something happening and good to see that a young lad (12/13) being allowed , under supervision, to run one of the fiddle yards. All the trains had sound even when sitting in the yards, all had lights, fully working signals and the level of detail in teh modelling was outstanding. Got talking to one of the guys and he said that they were very lucky in that two of their members were electronic experts and that there was nothing they couldn't do (even some of the manufacturer's contact then for advice). Their level of expertise even runs to fitting brake lights on the cars which run on their roadway tracks so that when you slowed down the car as it approached a junction or downhill they come on.



















I also asked fro photos of their control panels as I thought they might be of interest to the experts on this forum

This was the control panel for one of the fiddle yard and was no more than 8" by 6" on an elevated stand fixed above the tracks



This is the main control panel



I hope the photos give you some idea and I wonder if SWMBO, the local planning officer would allow one of thess in the garden



Hope you enjoy

Happy Modelling

Matt

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Vey good Matt & I like the panels.

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Told you he would be more organized than me :roll:, good piccies Matt, and some great inspiration too, especially on scrapping prototypical timetables.  You just can't wait 30 mins between trains at a show:evil: ridiculous.  Having said that, Saturday was better, loads running :razz:

I'd also like to vote this as the best T-shirt in the world, ever :lol::lol::lol:

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Thanks for all the photos and the panel shots. Not something we see often when looking at pictures from exhibitions.



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Seconded on the shirt Lawrence!! :lol::lol:

There's that blooming Cardiff - Rhymney stock again in Matt's shot!! :???::???: Confused.com..:cool::roll::lol::lol: I do like Blackmill and the fact that even the small things like the car brake lights makes it that more realistic. Yet to see it in the flesh, but hopefully one day soon.

Thanks for the shot's Matt. Glad both you and Lawrence had a good day. :smile:

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