We had an enjoyable day at the Milland Rural Fair on Sunday (17th June) with lots of interest from visitors. Although not a model railway show it gave the club good public exposure in our local community.
All the arrangements worked well. It took us only 30 mins. or so to erect and start running. The layout and stock performed nearly faultlessly with only minor derailments.Packing up was equally quick and there was none of the expected chaos in loading the cars.
We had a couple of minor incidents- one a parent proving that you can’t lift a child onto your back and hold a beaker of beer at the same time. Luckily it missed the layout proper, but went down the perspex and stained the beige curtain; nothing was said until we attempted to clean it up a few minutes later and there might have been an apology, but it definitely wasn’t fulsome and no help was offered to clean up! Another parent watched his child destruction testing one of the perspex screens without a word. Only a loud cracking sound stopped the test. Again not a word or any sign of concern.
Luckily these were the exception; most parents and children were very appreciative of the layout and the stock. As this was likely to be the first time many of the children had seen a model railway, lets hope we’ve sown a few seeds of interest for the future.
There was one inquiry about joining the club and one enquiry about the Building a Model Railway course we are running with Liphook U3A in 2013.
The crew that attended were Ben, David P, Bob, Matt and the writer, joined later in the day by Tony G and David G. Thanks to them all.
With our layout storage proposals still awaiting a response from MVMH trustees, at a recent club session it was decided to proceed on construction of some small layouts, the sections of which can all be easily carried in one car; are light to handle; are of a section size not exceeding 1200 x 600 and can be easily stored at the homes of members. Stock must be available from within the club membership.
Members were given some ideas for new layouts, which covered a range of scales, gauges,prototypes and areas of the world. Members were asked to come up with some schemes that small teams of 3 or 4 members could build by mid February 2013. They have until the end of June 2012 to come up with schemes, costs and programmes to put to the club. Members can be part of more than one team, so that expertise can be shared around. The club committee will decide which layout proposals the club will finance. Other layouts can be built without club backing, if members want to form a co-operative by sharing costs of construction, to build a layout. However agreement on what happens to the “assets” if the group should split up will need to be decided at the outset. Layouts constructed and owned by one member with occasional constructional help from other members is another possibility.
At least two layouts look to have interest and we will update on these and others as time passes.
The layouts will be exhibited at the club’s Open Day in October, in incomplete form, together with progress photos, background data and design development drawings.
David G, who played a large part in the design and construction of the club N gauge layout Coppleston Park, which was later converted to Yamanouchi Oshika, has returned to the club after a break of a couple of years.
David who now models in American N, returns as an Associate Member, as he unable to come along to the club regularly.
The total membership is now 14 which is the highest figure for a few years.