Saturday, February 10, 2007

Attention to detail

Warley Clubrooms
Originally uploaded by Phil_Parker.
A few weeks ago my father and I were flattered to be invited by Warley Model Railway Club, to judge the modelling competitions at it’s modelling symposium. This is a large event that takes place at the clubs premises every year. The layouts are running and demonstrators show and explain different aspects of the hobby.

I’ve never been to one of these before so was looking forward to it when we took the train to Sandwell & Dudley station and then trekked across the frozen (OK, slushy) wastes of northern Birmingham. On arriving at the venue I was surprised by a couple of things. The first was the size of the place.

The send was that the symposium takes place tomorrow.

When the invite arrived I had looked at the date and decided it was on Saturday after what was obviously not enough time with the calendar. This Saturday to be precise, or not.

The trouble is that the only way we could get to the venue from my home on Sunday is by car – the first train doesn’t even get us to the centre of Brum until lunchtime. And as regular readers of this blog will know, my car is not working very well at the moment thanks to a lack of engine and a bit of missing bodywork.

Looking on the bright side, we did have a nice day out and the Warley members who were setting up did make us feel very welcome.

Thanks for this lads, and sorry about the judging.

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