Tonbridge MRS exhibition is one of the highlights of February and this year I was invited to help the Croydon lads with Hemlock which is a representation of the Hemyock branch. The scale as you may of guessed is 3mm and Hemlock was originally 12mm gauge and modelled for reverse running where the station was entered from the dairy end instead of from the other direction as on the prototype. The stream running alongside was also made into a canal. However the decision was taken a few years ago now to change the track gauge to 14.2 and thus to accommodate this the running line was changed to come in from the proper direction, although the canal stayed.
Here are some photos of Hemlock
Sorry for the trees but I have a penchant for model trees and just had to feature these excellent examples made by Mike Davey of Croydon club.
Tonbridge club looked after us and dinner was Shepherds Pie and veg followed by Apple slice and cream. Later also came the cakes (of which I should of taken a few photos ala Phil Parker).
A very enjoyable day and thanks to the Croydon lads for inviting me along. Here are a few pics I took of some of the layouts there.
Valentines Day saw the good Mrs Driscoll and I travel to London Victoria to board the Valentines Day express headed by LNER B1 Mayflower to Brighton organised by Steam Dreams for a special screening of the Film Brief Encounter which is 70 years old.
After a sumptuous dinner in the Weatherspoons above W H Smith washed down by a pint of Wandle ale, we made our way to platform 7 to await our train. Standing by the entrance it was clear to see who our travelling companions were as they too were clutching their cream coloured tickets.
Soon the unmistakable sound of a diesel filled the station and our train had arrived with a class 47 in Stratford livery as tail end Charlie.
Being coach K we did not have far to go and found our seats in good time. Promptly at 6.09pm we pulled out of platform 7 to make our tortious way over to the Brighton side with County of Essex giving us a good push up the steep climb to Grosvenor bridge and onto the slow lines through Battersea Park and Clapham Junction, in fact all the way down to East Croydon. It was quite a spectacle to watch those on the platform open mouthed or suddenly reach for their mobile phone to take a picture.
Good progress was made through Purely where the train took the line to Redhill by which time Mrs Driscoll and I were sipping the Chardonnay. Slow progress through Redhill and then fits and starts of speed. Pass Gatwick leaving behind the inevitable steam trail and the lovely smell that goes with it.
Three Bridges was passed with the new depot in the dark on the right hand side, over Ouse Valley viaduct and then Hayward’s Heath. As it was dark it was difficult to tell when in a tunnel as unlike modern trains our ears didn’t pop.
There was a good turnout of people at Hassocks as we steamed through as You Tube will testify – always good to see both young and old alike.
No sooner had we gone through Clayton tunnel then we were at Preston Park slowing for Brighton. Arriving at Brighton seemed to take an age. There was defiantly no shortage of steam on Mayflower’s part as she was blowing off furiously through her safety valve which was quite ear piercing!
There was a veritable gaggle of people around Mayflower and the Steam Dreams Stewards had their work cut out herding us to board the coaches for the film.
I had the honour and privilege of being asked to help out at Croydon MRS exhibition at Warlingham school last weekend. A very enjoyable weekend and say it quietly but I was helping out on a 016.5 layout Bodgit & Much Pottering owned by that nice Mr. Cameron (no not the prime minister, but him of St.Reatham fame). The layout ran like a dream c/w sequence timetable so could not go far wrong really.
Here are some photos
I am sure you will agree some very nice modelling. It was amazing the number of people who commented on the trees which are made from real wood. Brian says he prefers real wood as it gives a more realistic affect.
So what layouts were there?
First off we have West Croydon which won best layout in show
Then a little further down the line we have Waddon by Wimbledon MRC
And N gauge on an ironing board
And then the big stuff – Eatonswell O gauge Great Eastern
This was its last show as the layout was up for sale, a bargain at £750(if only!) no stock or trestles.
There was also a lovely Cambrian layout the name of which escapes me (Mr. P?)
Finally some 3mm – Lyndhurst
And a bit of 009 by Ian Kirkwood
All in some good layouts and sorry to those I missed. But just to show for exhibition managers you do get to play sometimes
Yesterday was a long, tiring but interesting day. Spending the day with 2 other people for 16 hours you have to get on. We had a giggle and for a people watcher it is interesting to observe people. During the poll we had almost continous flow and one stage my fellow poll clerk got her cross stitch out and low behold people turned up, same happened with our burger arriving loads of people turned up. Thunderstorm boy that was a loud and heavy one but 2 I came to vote drenched!
However end of a long day clear up and got home at 11pm.