Model Trains in the Valley 2019- The 10th Annual Open Day of the Liphook & District Model Railway Club

Sunday 27th October 2019

In its 55th year the L&DMRC put on another good Open Day event with 4 fine layouts in N HO and OO covering German and British subjects.

Unfortunately the complete change in the weather from the Saturday- very wet and dismal to Sunny and dry on the Sunday seem to have had an effect on potential visitors on this first Sunday of the half term

Those who didn’t attend missed an enjoyable day chatting about model trains, watching some fine layouts and having some great cake!

The participants including the Milland Valley Railway Modellers demonstrating some scenic work and tree making, had a great low key day, with lots of chat and a bit of modelling. Thanks to the L&DMRC for inviting us.

Visit to L&DMRC workday

Popped into see L&DMRC lads hard at work on Lavender Hill and Friedrichstrasse layouts for their forthcoming Open Day. Dark chocolate biscuits handed over!

Friedrichstrasse looking particularly fine. Hope they get a good crowd on Sunday 27th October

Distribution day for Railway Magazine Guide to Modelling

Made my monthly visit to Liss Village Hall to see the Liss Model Railway Group doing their thing and deliver mags. Always a friendly bunch and got an invite for MVRM to exhibit at one of their forthcoming open days.

Dropped into the MVMH, home of the L&DMRC but as us usual this is well before their starting time of 19.30, so left the copies on a chair. Smart new floor covering in the Committee Room!

Layout construction sessions

We had a successful trial ” layout construction” session in my garage on the 4th September 2019, although only 3 members were present. The area was rearranged so that the “East Hants Link” layout could be set up on trestles with working space all round.
It looks as though as currently arranged there will only be enough working space for a maximum of four members, but this might increase with a bit more tweaking of the room layout.

I will continue with track laying/scenic works over the next 2 weeks with the layout boards left in position.

The first post holiday session at Redford Village Hall on the 18th September will concentrate on work on buildings for the layout plus any personal projects- The layout boards will not be transported to any planned Redford meetings
At this session we hope to confirm the arrangements for another layout construction session on Wednesday 25th September.
Regular layout construction sessions will commence on Wednesday 9th October.
The 16th October meeting at Redford will again concentrate on buildings Additional layout construction sessions will be arranged up to the L&DMRC Open Day in the Milland Valley Memorial Hall on the 27th October

Local club layout in September issue of Railway Modeller magazine

Congratulations to our local colleagues at Liphook & District Model Railway Club,who meet every Friday evening in Milland Valley Memorial Hall on their layout “Titherleigh” being featured in the September issue of Railway Modeller which will have been received by subscribers today.. 
I believe this is a first for them in RM although they have had a number of articles on club and personal layouts in the sister publication Continental Modeller covering Japanese and Italian layouts

Railway Room tidy-up and re-arrangement gets underway

To enable the trial of the “additional meetings” of the Milland Valley Railway Modellers to be held in my railway room in September/October, it needs re-arranging and tidying. Work on this stated in earnest yesterday and will continue for a few days.

It is basically clearing enough area for East Hants Link to be worked on simultaneously by several people. In fact at the moment there is insufficient clear space for me to work on it alone!