Sunday, 21 August 2011

Day Return to Pickering

So what do you do when you've spent a week away from home discussing railways and learning about railways and the rule book? Well, perhaps a trip to Pickering isn't the most obvious thing to do!

Then again, I'm not one who likes to conform!

The whole of the Wells family (not that there are many of us) popped up to Pickering for the day - though we went up via Scarborough to pick up some cutrains, but that's another story and travelling from that way you get to see a few remains of the Forge Valley line.

Pickering's exhibtion in August each year is organised by the Scarborough Model Railway Society and is a great little show and must be one of the loveliest little venues of any show I regularly attend. The Memorial Hall in the town was refurbished a few years back and was done to a very high standard. It's far from the cold, draughty 'little' venues which many shows have suffered!

For a small show, it's good to see a decent standard of exhibit too. Thomas, who's now 19 months old, loved watching the 'North of England Line', a lovely N gauge layout with plentyof action - enough to keep a little boy happy but not enough for the enthusiast to think it just looks silly! The stock is noteworthy too, as a real effort has been made to portray LNER stock, something which still seems a novelty in N for someone who doesn't model in that standard.

Hospital Gates is a layout which is well worth seeking out - it's O but by a group for four mil' modellers and their emphasis on the scenic, something which occasionally seems like an after thought on layouts, especially small ones, in the senior scale. I strongly suspect the size and mass of rol;ling stock is the real draw for many to O guage, and I can't disagree with this, but when this is exploited alongside high quality scenic work the results can be superb!

Felton Lane Goods is a favourtie of mine - small but it never looks cramped. The one photo at the top of this write up, but follow this link to see more. Thomas even gave its builder a round of applause when he was shunting!

Alongside the high quality layouts (and I haven't mentioned them all by any means and we avoided the 'look how many trains we have' shed layout) were some interesting DCC based demonstrations - not sure the computer control methods shown are for me, but nevetheless, well presented.

We headed back into Pickering and to the station before having drink in the fresh air outside the Beckside gift Shop and Cafe watching the world go - a great weekend back home, just a shame I'm heading back down south for another week today.

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