This year we will have an area set aside for practical demonstrations & advice for both beginners and the more experienced. This will feature Bob Phelps & colleagues from Peco and members of the Buffers Bogies model railway group.
Bob is a very accomplished & experienced modeller. Prior to retirement he led the product design team at Peco and can still be found working part-time at Beer. The Buffers Bogies group will be using their "Colston Cross" layout to show what can be achieved by a group of complete novices and will be pleased to explain how they have achieved it.
So let us take a stroll round the environs of the picturesque village of Colston Cross, nestling in the gentle hills of Devonsetshire. The economy is largely rural with a small flock of well-scrubbed sheep grazing on the river bank.
The busy goods yard includes Laflins timber yard ...
fbb's contribution has been to make a pub, again previously blogged (here). Although not completely finished (railway models never are!), it is beginning to look a bit more like what it is supposed to be.
fbb has also contributed a small row of cottages based on the Dapol (formerly Airfix) kit.
More properties at Colston Cross ...
The layout is totally fictitious, although it does take its name from the location of Buffers shop; the purpose of the project was to bring together modellers of varying abilities; to encourage one another to develop new skills (fbb has learned to solder!) and provide a social forum for he exchange of ideas. The results are not at all bad.
Will there be any trains running at Colston Cross today? The team are hoping to have a few locomotives trundling up and down if the gang can sort out some wiring problems. Here Buffers puffers are hard at work with emergency electrical engineering repairs ...
One of Mrs fbbs chums refers to railway modelling as "playing with your train set." Mrs fbb is planning to buy a dolls pram and occupant for Christmas; but despite these slurs on fbb's miniature ferroequinological creativity, the old man is much enjoying the relaxation of his re-discovered hobby.
Relaxation? "Help! I've dropped a very small and essential part of a plastic kit on the floor and the cat has eaten it!"
Tomorrow we will look at some of the "real" layouts on show at Thorncombe today.