Saturday I spent the day at the 2011 Brisbane Model Train Show. The layouts looked good, the crowd was excellent and bank account was not too damaged - well yet! I did get two people come up to me and say G'day who follow my Blog - well one was a follower and one a lurker. We ran into the usual people with the same smiling faces as always. Brendan from Gundagai Model Rail Layout fame entered another nice loco into the Modelling Competition. He picked up a few bargains as well - the bugger. I also saw Darren from Nimmitabel Extension many times during the day. I also had a good talk to Ron from Eureka and the fabulous guys from Auscision. It was a real shame that the Auscision show specials were all Victorians B's and a few EL's. I was tempted but could not buy one as they didn't run on the North Coast. I also purchased a few cradles and coils. I had to compare their cradles and coils against mine. I was amazed how close mine were in scale, as they worked off plans and I worked off guestimates.
I set up a netbook behind my display and was running the driver's view of my layout.
On the Friday while setting up my stand and helping the Club's HO layout come together, I caught up with Ian from Muswellbrook and Merriwa Railway who was working on the Coffs Harbour layout. I could not believe the number of members our Club had in attendance at setup. There had to be close to 15 or even more there.
Today I went back to the show, for a few hours, with my Son Kyle. He had his first look around at a large show, having attended quite a few small local shows previously. He was most interested in the Lego display and wanting to control a train on one of the couple of U-drive layouts. While there I ran into old Jim, Peter from the Tuesday Nighters. Peter was travelling in a pack from the Sunshine Coast. I also ran into a few past members of our Club whom I had not seen for a couple of years.
Tomorrow Splitter Swamp Creek Geoff (aka the Train Stealer - you thought I had stopped calling you that hey Geoff?) will pop over and I will take him to work on the Structure Building stand. I have a few wagons all scratch built from styrene on display as well as a number of details items, picnic tables, outhouses, table and chairs, screen doors to name a few. I expect to further damage the balance of the bank account tomorrow.
On a sad note, during the week on Thursday we received some sad news that one of Club's longer serving Members Richard McTaggart passed away that day, after a very long illness. His Funeral will be held next Friday and I hope to be able to attend.
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