Sunday 8 April 2018

Narrow Gauge South

Wow! What a day. First I didn't really get a chance to give anything in the show much more than a cursory glance as it was difficult to move more than 20 feet without being engaged in conversation with either old mates, or people who wanted to chat about 009 Society stuff. Plus I had a layout to run. How it ran I have no idea as soon as I stood behind it another conversation began. I don't think I ran more than two trains from 10-5. Nigel Hill as ever did sterling work in covering me through all this and while I was off doing 009 Society AGM things; which is still a little bit of a new experience for me. People who have proper jobs are probably used to the slightly time-wasting political push and shove - it still feels very odd foreign thing.
I took no photos except the above of Harry Dawe's semi-scratch saddle tank on a Minitrains chassis. Harry is a bright-eyed, GCSE taking cash- strapped teenager and turns out this sort of thing on next to no budget. Better than I could do now after 40 years.
It was also great to get several people come up and say that they were readers of the blog. Thanks for making it worth writing.


  1. Thank you! Nice to have a chat, was nice to see Morton Stanley in the flesh too.

  2. Did you find a happy buyer for Morton Stanley, Chris?

    1. Nah. I think the 7mm NG is a specific market and I'm playing just outside the mainstream with this. It will be broken in the next 24-48 hours. I have plans...

  3. I’m sure things like the station building and stock will find buyers as anyone could integrate them/ build layout around them. Hint hint. Though I really shouldn’t.