It was a lovely Sunday and the weather forecast was sunny until rain at 5pm. And how right the forecaster got it? By mid afternoon it started to get a bit dark and we thought it wise to pack up. On the journey home, the heavens opened and during the night, half the country was awash with floods.
The event itself was a bit disappointing as only four of us attended, three had brought oscillators, two had Mamods and one didn't know it was an event day at all. However we all made the best of it and had some fun.
We felt sorry for Eric who had to compete for the track with speeding Mamods and crawling Regners. But by using all the tracks we managed to avoid each other.
Elliot took the photos.
(Sunday 16th September 2023)
There were shiny Mamods...
... and dirty Mamods...
...and very dirty Mamods. Hang on, is it dirty or deliberately weathered? Either way it did a superb run of the bottom track.
There were Regners...
...and Regners. This one is Phil's Willi.
Elliot ran this Regner Lumberjack with a Chaloner in the background.
The Lumberjack ran really well and at quite a speed considering its gearing.
Phil's Regner looked great and ran wonderfully slowly.
No need for weathering as the Lumberjack spits oil and grease everywhere.
It's also very tricky to dismantle if you get a weakened cylinder retaining spring (Regner owners will know what I mean).
This lovely little Mamod ran really well considering that we hadn't used it for years.
Eric ran his Alco pulling a train of London and South Western liveried coaches. Salmon pink and Chocolate brown are brave colour choices.
Elliot attempted to run John's Mamod based Double Fairlie but a leaking gas tap cut short his run and his eyebrows.
John ran another modified Mamod version of a Small George England loco.
Eric ran his Harlech Castle to get a nice slow run.
John only managed half a lap because the Mamod lost almost all its power. Another loco heading for the workbench.
So John gave up and ran his little Merseysider.
Looks great though and hopefully an easy repair.
So as the clouds got darker, Elliot edited and enhanced his favourite picture of the day.
Meanwhile, John had got this unusual, black, 45mm, gas powered and much upgraded MSS Mamod loco running.
This was only the second time it had run and it went really well but...
... someone left the point open and ... CRASH.
And with that we called it a day.
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