Today I am going to take you on a retrospective adventure to the Swindon Railway Festival, which I visited on the 11th September at Swindon’s STEAM – Museum of The Great Western Railway.
I had just returned from a trip to somewhere or other (as I often do) and I was not sure I had the energy to go to the event, but in the end I’m really glad I made the effort.
With Swindon’s ongoing celebrations as part of Swindon 175 there was a strong emphasis on GWR heritage across the full breadth of the GWRs history, including South Wales coal lines, Cornish branch lines and, of course, the surrounds of Swindon itself.
Stand out layouts at the show included Porth St John; a beautiful depiction of Cornwall in the 1930s. I loved the representation of the mudflats beneath the elaborate blue bridge and the fishing nets.
Photo by Sumita Majumdar
Ynysbwl Fach was also fun to watch and a rarely modelled example of a private coal yard. I think it is maybe the first exhibition layout I have seen that is based on a South Wales colliery. I was even treated to a pronunciation demonstration of the layout’s name (I was close with my first attempt, but didn’t quite get it).
This is my first blog entry in quite some time (apart from a few reposts from some other websites I manage). I’ve had a few queries about progress on some of my projects and a few questions about the lengthy silence from me.
It is safe to say that 2015-2016 was a difficult period for me and life took somewhat of an unexpected turn and put model making firmly on the backburner for a while.
What was the last thing I did on the model blog?
– Tom scans back through his own blog (a useful memory deposit, don’t ya’ know) –
Apologies for the delay, but you haven’t missed anything, apart from Brewery Pit’s attendance at Modrail 2016 which was covered in this article for Swindon Model Railway Club. I have some video I will upload soon. Oh, and another show, that I will report on later.
I also have an interesting new project I am working on for Swindon Model Railway Club, so keep your eyes peeled for that!
You’ll hear from me again soon (hopefully it won’t take over 12 months this time).