Once again I am sorry for
being so late with the latest news. The trouble is when we get
busy then it gets hard to find the time to update the website.
Answering emails can swallow up an evening and leave little time
for website work.
Alexandra Palace Show
National Garden Railway Show
After years of not doing big shows, this was a new one for us.
It was the first time the show was held at Peterborough Arena.
For us this was a great one day show with relatively low costs.
Ease of access meant we could drive up to the stand. It was nice
to have space and not feel hemmed in a little box.
|Right - Our stand. A new departure for us was to
utilise the small trailer as a stand and put up picture
boards in the centre. The lights are from Screwfix and
mounted on steel brackets I welded and bent in the
Below - The hall was pretty empty until they
opened the lobby doors to reveal a wall of people. Wide
isle meant that despite the numbers it was easy to get
Below right - The star attraction was Linda from the
Look out for this one day show next year. Well worth a
visit if only to see us.
Above. General shot with Linda
taking pride of place in the centre of the hall.
The easy access was good for all.
Here Linda is drawn on to the trailer by the arctic
tractor unit outside. This was about 25 minutes after the
show closed. We were on the road 35 minutes after the
Thomas Land - Drayton Manor Park
For Easter I went with my family
to stay in a friends house in Kidderminster. A day trip to
Birmingham on the train and on Easter Sunday a trip to Drayton
Manor Park. My kids are 3, 6 and 8 years old so they
couldn't/wouldn't go on the larger roller coaster.
As a member of Chingford club I am
on the rota for 5 or 6 Sunday afternoons. I missed my first one
(thanks new Ron for covering) but thoroughly enjoyed my second.
The last time we did this show was
2004. It is a long haul but being in such a wonderful location,
it is well worth the journey. It was amazing to hear how many
people were holidaying in the area and taking in a day at the
show. Surprising how many were going on to the North Yorkshire
Moors Railway's Gala Weekend. Big thanks to Jayne and Mike for
booking everything up including a great bed and breakfast.
|Station Road Steam suggested that as London worked
well we should do a similar stand. About a week before
Mike phones up to let me know there is a chance we could
get extra stand space as some traders had dropped out,
plan is then hatched to pick a few choice items for
display rather than fill it with piles of toot.
Below - I bought up the boards and lights we used at
Peterborough. This time the boards were covered in fabric
so the pictures could be attached with velcro. I liked
this and is something I hope to expand.
big thanks to Chingford Club for the loan of Captain
Howey and Ron Manning for the loan of the trailer. To due
to its weight I made a stand the height of Ron's trailer.
Being up in the air it was only fitting to have a set of
steps so you could get in it. Pictured above is Mike from
and Jayne from Station Road Steam decided to show off
with their latest aquisition. 10 1/4" gauge Saint -
ex Audley End. built in 2003 this engine would have cost
more then I paid for my house.
trailer and loaded car the morning after. Yes shows don't
just cost money, you usually lose days before and at
least one after. One of the reasons the Midland show is
out of the question.