On Saturday and Sunday August 1st and 2nd, the Trust was invited to the prestigious Waveney Valley Model Railway Club’s Show at the St Felix School, Reydon. As always at this show, we had a really good time, and were very well looked after. We would like to thank the WVMRC for the opportunity to meet so many interesting people. Naturally, as we are also railway enthusiasts in general, we disappeared, one by one, from our stand from time to time, to marvel at the variety and quality of the exhibits: the undoubted star was “Overlord”, a gigantic and incredibly-detailed layout portraying the build-up to D-day in 1944.
We all had our favourites – in my case, these were the theatrical presentation of the Great Train Robbery, and a very accurate model of Cromer station as it is now: Thurston (on the line between Cambridge and Ipswich) must be mentioned – in fact, all the layouts and demonstrations were first class. The Trust’s model engineer, Stewart Green, showed his Nn3* Heronry layout – children (and many adults) had great fun looking for the wildlife, which at this scale is not a great deal larger than the punctuation on this page. Several new members will probably join us as a result of the show – one lapsed member re-joined – and quite a few people wish to help us with our fast-growing volunteer efforts. We are always pleased, at these events, about the unanimous support that we receive for our restoration plans: yes, naturally, many are railway people anyway – but also many are ordinary families with only a passing interest in railways – and not a single person could imagine or understand why there is so much opposition to the railway in this area. The 2016 Show is already in planning – so put the first weekend in August into your diaries – it’s worth coming a
distance to see! *for those who don’t know (and it is a very unusual scale) – that’s N scale (1:148) on Z track (6.5mm gauge), to represent the SR’s three foot gauge