Our second ‘PlayDay’ of the year went as well as the first one in January. So some statistics first, then some pictures and videos, and some more in a second post. 9 members and two friends attended and we had a very relaxed afternoon running trains followed by the usual curry. The morning in Redhill had dawned cloudless, and like Saturday looked like it was going to be a lovely spring day. I was beginning to feel guilty that I was going to play trains and not go for a healthy walk with my better half. However by 2pm, it had clouded over and there was some drizzle in the air – for once this was entirely welcome.
So we got a quickly got a larger than usual circuit up an running, with some extra modules. Dave brought along his dual gauge quarry, Derek ‘Eightfoot’ and his junction board and Allan the speedo board. Adding two dashboards, we ended up with a 17′ x 9′ circuit – good for letting trains stretch their legs a little.
The slowest thing recorded by the speedometer board was Miles’ hand…..
First the club record. Paul’s Japanese goods train got up to 112 vehicles, including a mid-train helper. The larger circuit made it easier to keep things on the track and not pulled off across the corners. Everyone talked about the phenomenal pulling power of the Kato Japanese locos. However, we replaced the head loco with a Farish ‘O8’ 0-6-0 shunter, and it still moved the lot….
The fiddle yard wasn’t as full as it could have been, but there were some interesting trains on show. I finally (after 5 years) gave my Hymek a run…..
Ian and Alex’s Allan’s Deltic (credit where credit’s due) looks good on the main line and passing through Dave’s quarry (despite the 1:1 scale glasses).
More next time!