Following a cancelation, the Bradford Club asked if Ben could take Amalgamated Wagon to Bradford (Its actually at Cleckheaton, so thats one small mercy) next weekend – he’s agreed so off we go.
Many moons ago – when Moby Dick was still a tadpole in actual fact – some club members who professed to model in a scale they could see, built Amalgamated Wagon. This was a small 7mm shunting plank based on a fictitious wagon works and saw a few shows in the North West. Then interest waned after we lost our club rooms, and for a good few years the layout languished in a barn in Sowerby.
Earlier this year club member Ben Lord rescued it and took it home with a view to making it exhibitable again. He’s making a few alterations, and has already titivated the layout and is thinking of extending it to some exchange sidings. Whilst it’s probably going to offend some of a religious disposition to call this the second coming, we do think it is. But we do know that he’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy………………
Next years show will be on 8 / 9 April 2017, at the Coach House, Littleborough. We will be working hard to bring a selection of good quality layouts to the show once again. Price to be held to £3 for the 4th year running.
Well that’s the show done and dusted for another year, and a very successful one for the club it was too. Attendance was up by a full 30% of last year and whilst the hall was busy it was not too crowded. Some really great comments too about the show and the standard of the exhibits on view. It just goes to show that the biggest is not always the best, and our back to basics approach to the exhibition is working well. Heres a few images of the show just before it opened, taken by Chris Nevard who is one of our country members. More information on next years show will appear over the next few weeks – as well as regular updates about club members projects.
And lastly just to show it’s not all about toy trains, here’s a shot of the club relaxing after close of play on Saturday
The wiring on North Ballachulish was completed tonight barring a few tidying up jobs – a bit of a close run thing. but hopefully our working demonstration will be up and running this weekend. So if you are building a layout or just want to know a bit more about wiring up or soldering come and ask the guys manning North Ballachulish. We may even get the DCC up and running as well. (The layout is wired so it can work both off analogue and digital control)