On the weekend of 25th & 26th August 2012, we exhibited Farkham at the Railex – NE show in Blyth. The show had a good mix of trade and layouts including the excellent ‘Diesels in the Duchy’ and ‘Blackmill’. It was great to see Mick, Spike, Nobby and the team again and enjoy a few beers over the weekend.
Finally arriving on the layout for this show was the much talked about and eagerly anticipated (“we thought we would be dead before we saw these!”) Cawoods Containerised coal PFA wagons.
The model is a DC kits product based uppon the 1986 Standard Wagon built 2 axle conflat. The kits were not easy to construct and as you can imagine the transfers were even more difficult to apply, but with a combination of patience and sublte weathering, the 14 wagon train adds a new dimension to the layout and looks great. Its a rake that is not commonly seen on exhibition layouts.
Also making its debut at Blyth show was class 31,number 31283 in its distinctive rail blue with large numbers livery and is based upon the Hornby model which has been fully detailed, repainted and carefully weathered based upon reference photos. The loco was seen hauling the departmental train over the weekend, replacing a BR General liveried class 37, adding a little more vairety to the stock on display.
The new stock fitted in well on the layout and has give us food for thought on other stock that we want to add, although we have run out of fiddle yard space and are now having to take out other stock that ideally we would otherwise like to run.
Watch this space for the next new items which we hope to have on the layout when we attend the Huddersfield exhibition in October 2012.