SWOONS Members Open Day, Ilton, 11 January 2014
Mar 31, 2014Public
Photo: 001 The cosy atmosphere in the village hall at Ilton. Lots of familiar narrow gauge modelling faces enjoying a friendly and informal day out in Somerset, some of whom have travelled considerable distances to be there .
Photo: 002 The stars of the catering department – Matthew and Maria Cicquel, who have provided a mouth watering selection of cakes, hot ‘oggies and other delights at this little event for a couple of years now .
Photo: 003 The 009 Society full sales stand on its first outing of the year attracted a good number of enthusiasts, eager to spend their Christmas money before the January bills came in .
Photo: 004 SWOONS member Stan Agar has been showing his developing layout for a number of these annual events now, (most recently listed last year as “Work In Progress Mark 5” ) and this year it has progressed to a substantially complete condition and even has gained a name “Dragon’s Lair” .
Photo: 005 Dragon’s Lair is basically a continuous run with a terminus station and goods facilities inside the oval. Good for the “keep something moving” ethos required of an exhibition layout and also for playing trains, sorry, stock testing, at home .
Photo: 006 An interesting train formed from a set of lined black liveried Glyn Valley coaches hauled by a nicely made Peco James 0-4-0ST arrives at the terminus station .
Photo: 007 End-on view of the station, still some scenic work to be done, but definitely developing with each year that we see this layout !
Photo: 008 Large Quarry Hunslet 0-4-0ST Nellie on shed at Dragon’s Lair .
Photo: 009 A view across the goods yard with a Beyer Peacock tram loco shunting and an AA patrolman attending to a broken down Triumph Herald – quite a common event from my own personal memories of owning one of these cars in the 1970’s .
Photo: 010 The attractive little village post office at Dragon’s Lair, proprietor, a certain I Havitt .
Photo: 011 I’m not sure if this cavalcade of Oxford Diecast and Pocketbond Classix cars is the station carpark or a classic car rally but it has certainly given me some ideas about displaying some of my own large collection of 1:76 vehicles in a narrow gauge railway preservation era theme…………..
Photo: 012 0-6-0T No.1 Lina passes on the continuous run with a short passenger train .
Photo: 013 Tom Husband with Phil Farr Cox (in the spotted shirt) with Tom’s under-construction Oakhill Quarry .
Photo: 014 I’m not sure what this building is at Oakhill Quarry, but I think I am fairly safe in calling it the stone screening plant .
Photo: 015 An overall view of Tom Husband’s Oakhill Quarry. The economy grade pasting tables provide their own switchback gradients and I think a future part of Tom’s learning curve may be to add some reinforcing 2 x 1 beams under the table edge battens !
Photo: 016 A rather rugged and workmanlike industrial diesel loco that Tom Husband has scratchbuilt onto the popular Bachmann “brick” chassis. The skip is an N scale Minitrix one unless I am mistaken. They are somewhat larger than the Roco/Minitrains type but have the advantage that they are heavier and therefore more stable .
Photo: 017 John Bruce was present with his developing Wherewithial Quay, a tiny layout, but a very good exercise in top quality scenic and structure modelling in 4mm scale .
Photo: 018 A Beyer Peacock tram loco negotiates “the point” on John Bruce’s Wherewithial Quay. Recent development to this attractive and evolving scene has been to the buildings in the top right corner .
Photo: 019 Nicholas Wheatley represented the M5/M50 NG Modellers and on this occasion he gave his well known Journey’s End cemetery layout a rest and brought his busy and full of detail Old Time Brickworks .
Photo: 020 An overhead plan view of Nicholas Wheatley’s Old Time Brickworks .
Photo: 021 Most of the motive power at the Old Time Brickworks is in the hands of a fleet of Minitrains Plymouth diesel locomotives .
Photo: 022 The Minitrains flat wagons with end boards are ideal vehicles to carry the bricks on .
Photo: 023 A variety of road vehicles courtesy of Corgi, Cararama, Base Models and Pocketbond Classix at Nicholas Wheatley’s Old Time Brickworks .
Photo: 024 Nothing actually moving here, but very much a sense of busy activity throughout the scene .