Small & Delightful Railway Group Open Day, Compton Dundon, 27 September 2014
Oct 7, 2014Public
Photo: 001 A view from the 009 Society sales stand on the stage, over the 7mm NGA publicity and modelling goods into the main hall .
Photo: 002 Brian Ellsmore, John Thorne and (out of shot) Steve Lawrence ran the 009 Sales stand whilst Sales Officer Brian Guilmant had a well deserved weekend off .
Photo: 003 7mm NGA Chairman Neil Smith receives homage from SWOONS Group member William Loyd at the Association publications and modelling goods stand .
Photo: 004 Stars of the show! The Glastonbury Lions ladies put on a fantastic display of superb home-baked cakes that were rapidly disappearing by the time I managed to get to the front of the queue! .
Photo: 005 Howard Martin is a stalwart member of the Small & Delightful Group as well as running his own Avalon Lines 7mm scale resin rolling stock kits business. Here is the familiar sight of the demonstration layout on his stand .
Photo: 006 Another view of Howard Martin’s attractive 016.5 demo layout with a rare shot of the Avalon Lines railcar in focus – it is normally travelling so fast that I completely fail to get an unblurred shot! .
Photo: 007 Crackington Quay is a very attractive little west country 016.5 layout originally built by Roy Parkes, but acquired by Howard Martin when Roy retired the layout from the exhibition circuit several years ago. I very much enjoyed the opportunity to see the splendid scenic modelling on this layout again .
Photo: 008 Crackington Quay, a small west country port scene modelled in 016.5 .
Photo: 009 An atmospheric waterfront scene at Crackington Quay, 7mm scale scenic modelling at its best .
Photo: 010 The fishing vessel moored at Crackington Quay is particularly attractive in my own opinion .
Photo: 011 A pseudo-Hunslet style 7mm scale pugbashed loco arrives at Crackington Quay with its train of Peco Glyn Valley style 4 wheel coaches. I have to comment that I would like to see a taller chimney on the loco but that is just my opinion and overall the scene is wonderfully atmospheric .
Photo: 012 The largest models of the day were these fantastic wallet-busting models in G Scale displayed by Roger Trim .
Photo: 013 One of Roger Trim’s very impressive G scale Swiss electric locos .
Photo: 014 The superb G scale Crocodile locomotive passing over the crossing at Roger Trim’s very appropriately named layout: Crododile Crossing! .
Photo: 015 S&D Group member Alan Eadle is a regular exhibitor at Group open days with his 16mm scale industrial layout: Ryan’s Mill .
Photo: 016 Real Smoke effects are very real indeed in 16mm scale – except this isn’t smoke at all, it is steam. Alan Eadle has used some electrical trickery with a sealed water unit powered by an electric kettle element to produce this very realistic prolifically “smoking” chimney at Ryan’s Mill .
Photo: 017 Spotted at Ryan’s Mill, I’m not sure if this attractive industrial loco is a Simplex, so I won’t take a guess in case I am way out in my assumption! Very nice model anyway .
Photo: 018 This one is much easier to identify as a Lister (I think!). These tiny industrial IC locos suit 16mm scale very well indeed .
Photo: 019 Ruston & Hornsby Rebeca is almost a signature locomotive on Alan Eadle’s Ryan’s Mill as looking through my archives, I notice that it has appeared in every set of photos I have taken of this attractive 16mm layout since I first saw it in 2006 .
Photo: 020 Another regular exhibitor and also a S&D Group member is John Perrett with his 009 Benter Railway, a Mendips coal mine scene served by a cable incline .
Photo: 021 The pithead at John Perrett’s Benter Railway .
Photo: 022 The low level mines loco marshals a train of empty tubs as they are winched down the incline one by one .
Photo: 023 A closer view of John Perrett’s lower level loco on the Benter Railway. An educated guess from me is that it is built from a Grafar J94 saddle tank body onto an Ibertren 0-4-0 chassis – unless anyone can tell me I’m wrong? .
Photo: 024 The upper level of the incline at the Benter Railway is looked after by John Perrett’s 0-6-0 which can relatively easily trace its origins back to an old Grafar GP tank loco .