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Going Dutch – Two for the Price of One!

Portchullin’s next exhibition may not be the furthest it has travelled but it will definitely be a first for the layout and indeed myself – an exhibition on the continent.  In this case Modelspoor 2018 which takes place on the 23 – 25 February in the Euroteco Centre, Houten, near Utrecht in the Netherlands.

To the Anglo-Saxons amongst us, do not be put off by the website being written in Dutch.  Basically almost everyone in the Netherlands speaks good English (embarrassingly perfect English typically) and it is a really easy country to travel around, engage with people and see what they have to offer.  Although I have not been to Modelspoor before I have heard a lot about it – think Warley * 3 seems to be the gist of it (which may be a bit much in truth!).  However, it has a core of “finescale” from across Europe to which I was very flattered to be invited and I hear is worth seeing in any case.

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And of seeing Portchullin is a sufficient excuse to high-tail it over to Holland, coming in the van will also be Oly’s Six Quarters layout.  In contrast to the fresh air of the west of Scotland, Six Quarters has air laced with Cumbrian coal dust and grime!

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There are a number of other very good layouts there, including Jerry Clifford’s Highclere Colliery (under a new name I hear) and Gordon Gravett’s Arun Quay.  Se even if you don’t fancy Portchullin or Six Quarters much (shame on you), it is still worth a visit.

So if anyone that reads this blog (well, either of you!) is over in Holland in a couple of weeks time, do pop over and say hello!

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Portchullin at St Neot’s – 11/12 March

Portchullin’s next outing will be this forthcoming weekend at the St Neot’s show:

Come along and see some noisy diesels like this?  I rather hope to have a type 1 make an appearance over the weekend and any HR enthusiasts might wish to see a Barney put in an appearance (still in brass, don’t get too excited!)

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A Quiet Day at Portchullin…………

Although it may be that there is a train in the yard as the shunt signal is off…… I suspect it will be one of the class 24s?

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Portchullin is just back from a trip to the St Alban’s show and its next outing will be in Telford, for the Diesel & Electric Show on the 20-21 February.

With thanks to David Brandredth and Tim Venton for the cracking photo.  Now my fav of the layout!

Portchullin at the Great Central Railway this Weekend

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Portchullin’s next outing will be at the Great Central Railway‘s model event on Friday 20 June through to Sunday 22 June.

I have been looking over the stock and we should be up to around 7 trains, which is close to an all time record!  Might even break out one or two unusual ones, even if they do still need some detailing work on them.

Whilst we have seen these pictures before, they are worth showing again……….

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Trying to plan ahead a bit more than normal, I am just sorting out van bookings and the like for Portchullin’s next outing, which will be Warley  on the 23 & 24th November.

We will be running the 1970s both days and there will be a few tweaks to the layout (a full set of working signals for one – our last troublesome one is getting a firm talking to at the moment!).  Stop by and say hello if you are going.

We will also run the videos as usual.  I have just come across my fav one of these on Youtube.  This is The Line to Skye; which is firmly the inspiration of the layout.  This film was commissioned by Ross & Cromarty Council’s campaign to try and save the line in 1973/74.  It is firmly nostalgic and more than a little poetic in its content and style; which frankly makes it even better in my mind.

Anyway, as they say – you don’t just arrive at magic; you have to conjure it………………….enjoy!

My suggestion is to look at the youtube link soonish; I had to ask and get permission for the showing of this video and I sort of think that the poster on youtube might not have done……………………..

Brighton Road and Some Etch Masters

Less modelling has been achieved this week – due to a combination of work taking me a little more afield than normal and also because I was playing with someone else’s trainset.

In this case, the layout was Barry Luck’s (with assistance of the Mid-Sussex AG of the S4 Society) Brighton Road.  It was shown in the carriage repair shop at Horsted Keynes; so we were serenaded by the sound of the real thing (and the occasional burble of a Sulzer as they had a class 33 working too.

Some rather nice photos from Jonathan Hughes are here:

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and if you wish to see anymore; then go to here http://www.flickr.com/photos/nimbus20/sets/72157634415164752/

I was not totally idle otherwise, as I have had a bash at producing my own artwork for etching.  I think this (it is a bracket for a signal a little like the one here https://highlandmiscellany.com/2013/02/03/first-signal-for-glenmutchkin/) is capable of being etched.  I’ll be submitting it too Grange & Hodder soon to find out!

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Whilst I appreciate that there are many that are now quite experienced etch designers, even if this started as a means to forward their own builds, I am still taking first steps in this direction so I am pretty proud of the above.  Mind you, I might be counting chickens before…………….

Been Quiet – Sorry!

Whilst I have been quiet with regard to postings, I have been both modelling and doing other things.  I just have not really had the camera out much!

One of the “other things” I have been doing was exhibiting Portchullin at Wigan.  The layout threw its only real spanner at us on the first morning where we found that one of the Fulgerex’s had sent one of its electrical contacts into orbit (it has happened before) and thus would not operate.  A little bit of cussing and work below the board managed to get it to manually change to the loop and we thus did without the front siding all weekend.

I did not manage to get any pictures myself but “Black & Decker Boy” did take a rather good video:

This compliments the other really good video of the layout taken by “Highlandman” at Epsom a couple of years back:

Portchullin’s Next Outing

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My existing layout, Portchullin – as shown above in Andy York’s photo, has its next outing this Saturday (16th Feb) at Tonbridge. Details of the exhibition are here

After this, it will be a month’s rest and then we are out at the London Festival of Model Railways at Alexandra Palace. This is on the 23 and 24th of March and Details can be found here

After this, it will be Wigan in June an unconfirmed invite for Hartlepool in July and then Warley way off in November.

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