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Arigna Town - next outing

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David Holman

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Arigna Town's second outing is coming up in a few week's time - at Uckfield Model Railway Exhibition in Sussex on weekend of 18/19 October. Come and say hello if you can make it. The new 'sliding & rotating' fiddle yard will get its first full test, allowing more stock & greater flexibility of its use. First time out too for 'Lark' my latest loco - a Tyrconnel kit of St Molaga the T&C 0-4-2T.

Sadly, doesn't look like my new rake of coal empties will be there as am still waiting for underframe castings. Likewise an SLNCR parcels van. Bodywork done and another serious full scale weathering job proceeding on all six vehicles, which am photographing as I go along, so you will see how they were built. Slight issue this morning though - was trying to create 'faded maroon' for the parcels van by adding light grey to BR maroon. Unfortunately has dried a decided plum colour. Words like bother and oh dear muttered...

Looks like next big project will be a total refurb of my workshop. Very fortunate in that the missus allowed me to convert our former integral garage, which is now centrally heated, properly lit, plenty of sockets etc. However, that was about 15 years ago, so now needs a serious make over. Am also going to sell on my BR 0 gauge layout, Eatonswell, to make more storage and display space in my 'den'. Hoping to start late October & will post progress as I go along.

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Uckfield went well, gaining runner up in the public vote for best layout. What makes the show so enjoyable is the warm welcome, excellent balance of traders and high standard of layouts. Add in a very knowledgeable audience & it makes for a fun weekend. Spoke to several people with first hand experience of Irish railways, including one who had rode the Sligo as a boy. Lots of people commented on how nice it was to see an Irish themed layout & several times found myself musing with folk about what other 7mm scale, broad gauge layouts there were. we could all name Castle Rackrent [a brief report in the new MRJ on its 40th birthday], but got stuck after that. surely there must be more?

The new loco, Lark, acquitted itself well & the only problem was when Fermanagh somehow had a lead to the motor break off, stopping it rather abruptly. Otherwise things ran nicely & the only derailments were operator error. Likewise the new fiddle yard. Slightly scary when turning it, as the track table has to be pulled right out to do this, but we soon became confident in its use.

Next outing not till Easter next year, at York, though have had over 20 enquiries now for other shows, mostly in the south of England.

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