Another exhibition done and dusted, the Sunshine Model Railway Club by their reports had a reasonably good turn out over the weekend of the 6th & 7th of August, to myself it felt busy at times but not too crowded, with the punters easing off during the last hour or so on both days.
Plenty of natural light at Sunshine.
There were two main points of interest with the layout, trams as opposed to trains, and the use of wifi control with smartphones/tablets with JMRI and DCC.
The tram angle with the JMRI works as it allows tight head ways and independent operation with the ability to wander from one terminus to the other whilst in some form of control.
The other great feedback was how detailed the layout is and also how given its compact size offered plenty of operational scope.
The exhibition was another chance to catch up with a few familiar faces and put faces to names on people who follow this blog. There was plenty of variety of layouts on show, ranging from Z scale to G scale live steam covering Australian, British, European and U.S. prototypes, along with the usual traders.
On the Sunday, I was assisted by my oldest daughter which eased the load of having something on the move while chatting with the public.
As per usual, there were a few dramas, such as stalling, derailments and the odd bit of bang roading together with a complete shutdown of the JMRI when the eldest turned off the laptop, but these add character as well as a few more grey hairs.
The other thing that dragging out the layout does is it gives you a chance to view it from different angles and from a distance. The pack up was pretty swift, the exhibition closed at 4pm and the car was packed and the key in the ignition by 4:27 and was home by 4:45 after swinging by the bottle shop(off licence/liquor store).
From the depot end.
Pondering what to do next from under the wires.