As the last show in 2015 for Farkham, we visited the Grantham show which was held in mid September. As one of the team was away on holiday for this show, it was left to the dedicated few to man the layout and put on a decent display. Setting up was hard work for two of us, with steps to contend with and a limited set up time, concentrating our efforts and forging team spirit to make sure we hit the deadline of food and lager by 9.45pm. Operator help was provided by the famous 3mm modeller ‘Aggrieved of Oakham’ who kindly assisted us on both days. Additional assistance, and I mean assistance in the loosest sense of the word was also provided on Sunday afternoon by ‘ Disgusting of Market Harborough’ who happily took charge of the yard for an hours shunting session, note to team – stock is still in one piece! – thanks to both Victor and Dave for your help.
New to the stock table were two departmental wagons which will both accompany a tool van (still in production but ready for Nottingham 2016 – we are assured). We will post photos of all three when they are done. Other changes to the layout involved some alterations to the consists of the steel and departmental trains to make better use of certain stock and free up some more fiddle yard roads for newer / better stuff. A situation that has been an ongoing battle for us over the years since we finished the layout as we keep building more stock and have loads more stock than storage space
“If only I had a big one” I hear Alex cry!.
Whilst our attention has turned to our other individual projects, we are very much looking forward to attending the Nottingham Show with the layout in March 2016, back in the sports centre. Hope fully this will be a great show. It feels like going full circle as Nottingham 2005 was the first show that we took the layout to as a visiting layout.
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