Saturday, 17 July 2010
Models on the Moors
We headed for Goathland today with my mum and dad partly to see the Whitby & District Model Railway Club's exhibition at Goathland village hall. It's a rather nice little show with a lovely laid back atmosphere!
The first layout which caught our eye was Greyscroft Mine a rather nice EM guage layout based on a Cleveland Ironstone theme - right in the heart of North Eastern terrioty with some rather nice rolling stock in evidence too.
Shiftem Sidings had an interesting DCC display alongside which is something which I think could easily benefit a larger a show too. DCC still seems to be an area which is a mystery to a great many modellers. Though their display did have things which annoy me, bright light on 'older' locos!
Finally we rather liked Felton Lane Goods - a North Eastern based branch line terminus. It's a hard thing to do convincingly as there were very few minor NER termini so there's very little to work from, but this one seemed to work rather well. My dad felt it had quite a spacious feel even though in reality the boards weren't particularly deep. All done with a nice degree of subtly.
We enjoyed lunch at Goathland station, inside the old goods shed in the Warehouse Cafe which is a brilliant way to use railway buildings which otherwise wouldn't be of much use to a purely passenger railway. The day was finished off by calling into to Pickering for a drink and a chance to raid the secondhand railway magazines on the station!