Newport MRS in association with NAGNAG (the Newport and Gwent Neighbourhood Area Group of the Scalefour Society) held our third open day on Sunday 29th July 2018.
The open day gave an opportunity to chat with fellow modellers and share a few experiences. The layouts didn't as they would at a conventional exhibition giving visitors and club members alike a chance to swap tips and thoughts.
The Open Day started inauspiciously when we arrived in the morning to find that the fine summer had suddenly come to an end with the hall roof leaking allowing water to drop onto Little Mill. Thankfully the rain abated, no damage was done and the day proceeded well.
The primary objective of gathering modellers together to chat was handsomely achieved.
ABB was see in public for only the second time and performed well most of the day using a low intensity service. The temporary operating position was to avoid the drip landing in the blue bucket.
Andrew's O gauge layout also had its second outing and was very well received.
Mike Edmunds' American N gauge Roundhouse layout garnered a lot of interest .
The Open Day provided a rare opportunity to erect and test LMJ. Operation early in the day reflected this lack of attention but soon locos were operating on both Up and Down lines simultaneously. A variety of diesels were run, then some steam, and things improved as the day went on (see below). Nevertheless a lot or work remains to be done and various strategies are being proposed to enable us to move on.
Almost ten years ago we purchased a bottle of whisky from the even-then-closed Little Mill Distillery (Scotland's oldest) and resolved not to open it until we managed to perform a faultless prototypical (for October 1954) circumnavigation of LMJ. Happily such an event occurred during the day when Rob Foot's pannier tank and a rake of mineral wagons performed several circuits.
Here we see Mr Chairman enthusiastically going about the task of uncorking the bottle before tots were passed around to all present.