Wimborne vs the beast from the East!

So we found ourselves back at Queen Elizabeth’s School in Wimborne again.

After a chilly setup on Saturday, the layout once again went together without issue or fault.

The Beyer Garratt appeared once again, spending most of the first day happily trundling along with the coal train and on the second day it was allowed to rest a little while the other three sidings were put to use. We also encountered an issue with the valve gear jamming at one end of the Garrett so this had to be resolved.

Saturday night brought fresh falls of snow and after a slippery journey to the show, the decision was taken to close early as visitors had mostly decided not to venture outside. Before we packed down, I put all of the SR EMUs together to form a 14 coach rake, which looked quite impressive!

So we ended up finishing earlier than expected but still came away with more potential bookings, we were also kept fed & watered, another sign of a great exhibition!

Never done an exhibition in snow before.

Our next outing is at the end of April, time to service the locos ready for a four day outing at Abbey Hill.

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