101 Not Out – EMGS and Scalefour

This event was billed as a celebration of the best in finescale modelling, the first joint event organised by the EM Gauge Society and the Scalefour Society.

Saturday 12th March started cold and dull in Ewell, but the rooms at Ruxley Church were full of light and sunshine. I think it would have taken a week to do justice to all the excellent demonstrators and exhibits. Sadly, there were just six hours.

I was like a child in a sweetshop, not knowing what to look at first. In the end, I didn’t spend very long at any one table as my modelling is still at the “get the loft finished” stage.

Instead, I assisted Richard Butler with the operation of his Westcliff layout. What a joy it is to play trains! The layout runs very smoothly, and I can assure anyone who saw minor derailments while I was operating, that the layout was faultless … all the ‘offs’ were entirely down to operator-error.

I took a few photographs (below) on my little travel-zoom (Panasonic TZ-35). These are my first shots at putting into practice the advice given by Phil Hall at a recent EMGS/Scalefour Area Group meeting in Southampton, where he gave a talk on model railway photography. I need to use my larger camera (which gives me more control), but I think these are a good start compared to previous attempts. They’re not all focused in the correct place, but I think the composition is getting better.

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