Fin de semaine


Last show of the year done and Herstmonceux is packed away. The nice thing about taking the layout to shows is the different people I meet and get talking to. One gentleman I was chatting with used to help design kits and was telling me about this and the layout he has built. He also modelled the SR and was building a model of Rudgwick station. He asked for my contact details and on Wednesday morning I received a letter from him with pictures of his superb layout. He also included some information on a suitable replacement for my coal lorry in Hersmonceux’s yard.

(picture by Keith Harcourt)

Behind us at the show was Gouttieres, this is a French layout built by Keith, Mark and John of the Uckfield club based on the real station. Gouttieres is a tiny village in the Puy-De-Dome, a part of the region of Auvergne. The layout may be simple but it is really nicely modelled and its presentation it excellent. The Drasine (light auxiliary rail vehicle) pictured above is actually mine. I picked it up a few years ago in Paris and is normally used as a test loco when setting up at shows. On the Sunday it got to have a proper trip out on Gouttieres. Maybe one day I will get around to replacing the chassis on it and bring it a little more up to date. I may even build it a layout to run on!
There are some more pictures of Gouttieres here.


Out half dressed


Tarring Neville is back home after a very enjoyable weekend at the Uckfield show. Thank you to Adrian and the team at Uckfield MRC for putting on a excellent show and looking after me all weekend and thanks to all the people that read the blog and came to say hello. There were some lovely layouts like “High Stamley” and “Sub Wealden Gypsum Co.” but the simplicity of Maurice Hoppers superb S gauge “Tresparrett Wharf” really did it for me.
People were interested in Tarring Neville’s slightly quirky design, the lighting rig and the height it is set at. They were also intrigued that you will be able to view the layout all the way round.img-20161017-wa0001

Being there gave me a chance to test out how it will be to operate at shows and if there are any bits that need changing. Happily there is plenty of interest shunting the layout but final placement of buildings and other objects will have to be thought about carefully so that coupling and uncoupling is still able to be done. Like I discussed with a few people, it might make operating easier if I changed the 3 links for an automatic coupler but they never look as good and it would also mean changing all the stock for Herstmonceux too which is something I don’t want to do.


You might notice in the pictures (thanks Chris), apart from a few more building shells that another Terrier has appeared. This one was the Brighton works pet but it did get down to Newhaven from time to time so that’s the excuse for it turning up at Tarring Neville. I have managed to get a little work done to it already by cutting the sandboxes off the footplate, adding lamp irons and some extra pipework. It still needs a crew and I need to change the number to 337S or DS 337 for the era I model but finding transfers is a problem at the minute.


A finished Tarring Neville will be back out at the Uckfield show next year. Herstmonceux is off to Tolworth in a couple of weeks.

Uckfield Demo

Having posted last week about the excellent Uckfield show, I have been asked to stand in for a last minute drop out in the Demo area. I’m going to take along Tarring Neville as a “work in progress” in its rather raw state with a few buildings and some stock. Hopefully it will give people some idea of what i’m hoping to achieve.
20160918_112446 I will also have a few new items finish (fingers crossed) in time for the show which I’ll post more about after next weekend.

Uckfield 2016

Just a quick one to say that Uckfield MRC’s exhibition is only a few weeks away. Its one of the best shows in the South East and always has a good mix of layouts and traders.
More information can be found on the clubs website.
I normally try and make it along and was lucky enough to take Herstmonceux a couple of years ago.