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 Posted: Sun Aug 17th, 2008 10:09 pm
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Nice addition to the thread, Matt.

The fiddle yard panel gives me an idea, so thanks for thinking of that type of shot.

Now to a hobbyhorse of mine   ...   operation of layouts at shows!!

I was speaking to Lawrence this evening on that very subject and we concluded that lack of activity was a common let down on many show layouts.

Prototypical or not, there's just no excuse for an extended time between movements at shows. Even using an actual timetable there's no excuse, have these guys never heard of a speeded up clock? If you pay between £4 and £8 for entry, you are entitled to see layouts working and that means without having to take sandwiches for the wait! I would recommend to all our members that if this happens to them they should (politely) ask what time the next train is due and when the intensive timetable will be operated.

Before you say "it's difficult to do this at a show", I'll remind you that I also exhibit show layouts and know the score. There's no excuse for bad organisation of running frequency.

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Lawrence wrote:
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.



Hi Lawrence, I know Methil very well.  I used to go fishing down the docks a lot when I was a teenager.  Those used to be huge docks at one point.  I had a grandad who worked at the Wellesley.  There are some fantastic harbours in Fife that are very modelable.  There are the fishing ports of the North east part and the indiustrial one such as Burntisland and Kirkcaldy in the south west.  If you had plenty of money and time Rosyth would make an awesome layout.

 

Thanks for showing more photos Matt.

 

Very good.  The school that the exhibition was held in is attended by my niece.  I bet she didn't go though.:lol:



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Thanks, Matt - I enjoyed those.


You get a good idea from all of these photos how much road traffic enlivens things. It's good to see so many new models coming onto the market - Jowetts and Anglias  etc

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More great photos - thanks Matt!

You hear all the time about people getting sick of waiting to see a train move and yet people keep doing it. There was a guy with a O gauge layout at Hayle show and he ran to an exact timetable on his branch terminus. This meant that only five trains ran all day! I asked him about this and he said it meant people really looked forward to seeing the movement as it was so rare. Not sure who all these people were, there was hardly a queue of people building up in anticipation of the moment a train moved...

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Yes, some people really don't get it.



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Good job boys, glad to see the photos and hear the stories. I've seen both Wansbeck Road and the big modern mainline layout in the railway press.
Looks like he's done some more work to Wansbeck since the article that I've seen.



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