There was much talk yesterday about exhibitions and exhibition layouts. This while deconstructing some trestles (too low) and recycling the hinges for the new set. What is it about exhibitions that we all find so fascinating - apart from the social side that is? In the great scheme of things it's a recent development. When I started in the 70s there was Central Halls and York, the others were 'club' shows, not much more than open days in church halls. Now it's big(ish) business and what could be described as a travelling circus; the same acts appearing week in, week out.
Why do we haul our train sets out for public inspection? More to the point, why do we build them specifically for this purpose alone. Be honest, how many exhibitors out there actually run these layouts at home other than pre-show tests? The speed of pack up, usually before the close would indicate that it's not a wholly enjoyable experience and there's no large profit margin. So why bother. Or is it purely ego?
To answer these questions is impossible, but it's making me consider things carefully.