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.