All I can say is thank the lord for Satnavs! without my Tom Tom I would have never have found the place, Redditch town centre is like a maze to me, I thought Telford was bad but this place is something else.
It was also a good job that I use our car to transport the layout because one bridge I had to pass under only has a 8ft clearance! You can actually see the skid marks on the underside of the bridge where people have only just made it!
Anyway as usual I digress, so back to the exhibition.
The Redditch club are a friendly bunch of chaps and the exhibition itself was quite good having some layouts that I had not seen before. Abbey Road, a London UG layout won the prize for best in show and deservedly so. it is a super layout and also for anyone living outside of London an unusual subject for a layout.
Pen Y Bont on the whole ran quite well, there was a slight problem with one of the points on the cross over not changing over but that was soon sorted. ( The point motor actuating pin had caught on some wiring).
The biggest problem we had was with some of the punters!
We only saw one of the "Great unwashed/rucksack" brigade and I had come prepared for this...
I just knew that some of the cheap deodorant that you always seem to get from the scrooge type relatives for Christmas would come in handy some time!
Unfortunately I can not say the same for the Pedants that seemed to be out in force over this weekend!
The first one to be encountered was the same guy who criticised my well wagon at Midland Railex.
We made a point of shunting that particular wagon right under his nose, he couldn't miss it!
Mid afternoon on the Sunday we are now faced by the "persistent pedant!"
I had just this past week built up a couple of Dapol Stanier non corridor coaches. Because I needed them for this show I just built them to Dapol's instruction apart from metal wheels.
Enter the "Pesistent Pedant"
"Of course the roof is all wrong" pause, " the bogies have the wrong steps" "The battery boxes are wrong"
"The windows in the brake end are wrong" All this over the period of about 45mins!
Maybe these are valid points but I can improve these things as I go along.
So, after all that I am now adding some of this to my exhibition packing list!