Stafford show dawned bright and clear. No snow on the ground this year. Arriving on the first vintage bus from the station, I munched a sausage sandwich before opening in preference to standing around in the queue.
I had a shopping list to fulfil so after a very successful trip tot he second-hand stall (more of that in the future) I did my best to stock up for future work projects. There was no problem there, the trade is excellent.
Shopping finished, I'd taken in a few layouts but after lunch decided to wander over to the engineering society railway in the corner of the site for a bit of fresh air.
The smell of a working 7 1/4 steam loco is wonderful, but the sight of a 16mm scale, scratchbuilt French military loco and train even better. I had a chat to the builder and am hoping to get something on his work for future issues of Garden Rail.
Back in with the small stuff, I pointed the camera through the crowds to snap a few layouts. I'm pleased to say that the place was busy even at 3:30 when I left.