To the left can be seen a second-hand stall (almost exclusively OO), whilst the N gauge layout which normally shares the room with us is seen in its usual position on the right
Alan Smith and Keith provided rolling stock - a couple of Jinties for shunting, and a variety of locos to transfer wagons between layout and fiddle yard. The first day saw rather too much rolling stock in use - at times it was difficult to find a spare siding into which to shunt the latest arrivals.
Coupling and uncoupling wasn't as reliable as we would have wished - I think the two contributors of rolling stock used slightly different height standards, and operators often found it difficult to locate the uncouplers on the layout.
Comparison of slow-running of the two Jinties suggested the greater cost of CT decoder chip against Bachmann chip was justified.
The second DCC controller showed a frequent tendency to misbehave, but this usually seemed to be the after-effect of shorts on the layout, and it recovered eventually.
One unhappy young spectator hurled his dummy at the layout, scoring a direct hit to derail one of the Jinties from a distance of about six feet. Perhaps a future English cricketer?
The first tree made its appearance on the layout.
Particular attention has been paid to grouping figures in such so that it seems natural for them to stay in the same place for ages:
a couple staring into the jeweller's shop window
a policeman chatting to somebody,
and some window cleaners hard at work (though one does seem to be very slow emptying his bucket).
And a selection of vehicles loading and unloading...
We were all exhausted at the end of the two days, but pleased with a successful performance as very little time had been spent operating before the Exhibition, and we were all "learning on the job".