Brilliant Beccles

The Norfolk and Suffolk Narrow Gauge Modellers 1st Anniversary Open Day was a great event. It was a glorious sunny day in Beccles and there were several layouts that caught my eye.

Firstly, the superbly detailed Whitsend Tramway by Graham and Caroline Watling.

Whitsend Tramway 1 Graham and Caroline Watling

There are so many lovely scenes on this layout it’s difficult to photograph them all, but I managed to get this shot of the harbour.

 Whitsend Tramway 2 Graham and Caroline Watling

Reeds Beck Waterworks by Chris Seago is a very elegant layout with a clean and uncluttered style that I liked a lot. I’m not sure my photo quite does justice to the Victoria waterworks but hopefully it will give you a feel for the layout. It is excellent operationally too – there were lot’s of very smooth shunting manoeuvres!

Reeds Beck Waterworks Chris Seago

The N&SNGM group ran a competition to build a layout in 2 square feet. It is very difficult to do and there were some great miniature layouts. My favourite was Ashfield Green. I realised afterwards that it was also made by Chris Seago. I guess I just like his style of modelling.

Ashfield Green Chris Seago

The 009 Society Sales Stand was there and I was unable to resist buying some wagons and models (but more of that later).

Richard Doe and the N&SNGM team did an excellent job of organising the event, the Great Yarmouth Brass Band provided refreshments (including delicious home made cakes), and there were lots of visitors. I hope they do the whole thing again next year!

Afterwards I walked through Beccles and found a lovely secondhand bookshop with a well stocked railway section. I brought a copy of Layouts for Limited Spaces by Nigel Adams. I’ve realised that if I build another layout I need to spend more time designing and thinking thinks through before I start building….

A short hop down the road took me to Lowestoft and Parrs model railway shop at 252 London Road South. I’ve never visited before but I will definitely visit again. It is well stocked with a great selection of models and modelling materials and the owner is very knowledgeable and helpful. I stocked up on some Wills Dressed Stone Walling, some varnish and enough flesh coloured paint to last me years and years.

A Good Days Shopping

 All in all, a great day out.

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