Monday, 12 September 2016

First showing

Chipping Compton had it's first public outing over the weekend at Swindon's STEAM museum as part of the steam festival.  A great exhibition as always with plenty to see.  As it's the 175th anniversary of the works there were several layouts in attendance portraying Brunel's broad gauge.
The weather on the Friday night and Saturday was terrible and the humidity levels caused a few problems for my layout and several others but whilst frustrating this is of course unavoidable.  I didn't help matters by making the silly mistake of covering the layout with a plastic dust sheet on the Friday night which no doubt created it's own micro-climate!  It certainly didn't spoil the weekend for me though and on Sunday (a nice dry sunny day) it ran really well.
Here is a short video of the AEC railcar entering the station after first seeing the home signal being lowered.  Sorry about the background noise. 

 

Not the best of photographs by any stretch of the imagination but here is the layout immediately after setting up.