Saturday, 4 June 2011

Model line-up

Well, there's the Model Railway Show over for another year. Although temperatures plunged today after the baking hot afternoon we enjoyed yesterday at least the rain held off. The event turned out to be a lot of fun, occupying the whole of the 'Darlington Platform' and two of the rooms in the central range of the building. Those of us on duty amongst the volunteers were kept busy all day in the buffet car and shop as the construction team kept up a cracking pace outside on the new platform work.

I always really enjoy a good 'local' model railway show, a real British institution. While large club layouts often dominate the big national exhibitions it is at the smaller shows that you often see some real ingenuity and imagination in the development and design of smaller portable layouts. There were some great trader's stalls there today too.

Kirkby Stephen East is ideal for putting on this kind of event because in is just such an interesting and friendly venue. It makes me wonder what other 'happenings' might work well in this setting. Talking to Mike this afternoon we were reflecting that by the time we run the third Model Railway Show next year we are likely to have steam trains operating on site and that should be a real crowd-puller.

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