Just to update things a little, Shifting Sands has survived it's first exhibition with only a broken point operating rod to contend with. As described in the thread on transport of portable layouts, the exhibition set-up looked like this:
Picking up on another recent thread, I 'created' a fictional history for the Somerthorpe Miniature Railway, which was displayed on the front of the layout during the show....
"The popular Lincolnshire seaside town of Somerthorpe lies somewhere between Cleethorpes and Mablethorpe. The south end of the resort is home to the town’s leisure activities, caravan parks and also the 15 inch gauge Somerthorpe Miniature Railway.
The SMR starts close to the hustle and bustle of the amusement arcades, gift shops and cafes at ‘Promenade ‘ station. From here the line runs south past the boating lake, paddling pool and crazy golf course. After the mid-way stop at ‘Beach Halt’ there is a passing loop and the line then swings inland past the Funland amusement park, to terminate by the sand dunes at an area known locally as ‘Shifting Sands’.
The railway was built in the post war period when holidays were still taken at the British seaside. Although the line was originally operated by steam locomotives the then owner modernised the line in the late 1960s with internal combustion power. The advent of cheap package holidays abroad was starting to affect the local tourism economy and the SMR passed into the control of the local council in the mid 1970s. The council operated the line uneventfully until the early 1990s, by which time the railway was in a run-down state, with only a limited amount of rolling stock in use.
Change came in the mid 1990s when a group of local enthusiasts took over the line, adding more rolling stock and locomotives. It even proved possible to return steam motive power to the line, with one of the original locomotives rescued from a garage further down the coast and the loan of a steam tram locomotive. The group have many plans for the future to develop further additions for the Somerthorpe Miniature Railway."
We were lucky to have a visting loco for the weekend, 'Robin Hood' is a Bo-Bo diesel I built some time ago and later sold on. It's new owner was keen for it to stretch it's legs so it made a flying visit:
I tried to take some photos during the show but most did not turn out to well. I did however get a chance to photograph the most awkward corner of the layout:
Closer inspection of the sign for Funland shows that two Gnatterbox members have set up in business here:
There will be further developments in due course, watch this thread!!