Impromptu Playmobil/Garden railway example layout at Nailsea MRC Show.

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Went to Nailsea and District model railway society show on the Saturday 6th of April as a helper for a friend who was exhibiting their freelance built oo models. We noticed there was an empty display space, and talking to the organisers learned it was a no-show due to unfortunate circumstances so offered to set up a simple playmobil garden railway based exhibit on the Sunday. Went down a treat with the kids. Even though it was a bit improvised and what have you it went down well, everyone we spoke to saw the fun in it and I received some nice comments on the 2-4-0 bash loco. It was also a good run-time test on the Li-Po batteries, which revealed the 2200MHA one in the 2-4-0 will run for more or less 6 hours straight on one charge. So that's fantastic. A good weekend was had, sorry for posting it all so late!
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Also featured in this video here at 13:30 (not my video I will add), but I'll let you skip through because I don't want the rest of the video 'overlooked' as the quality of the layouts on display was fantastic. The G1 setup was lovely!

 
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A great show of initiative there and a neat layout at short notice with a good "wriggle factor" which the general punters like.
 
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A great show of initiative there and a neat layout at short notice with a good "wriggle factor" which the general punters like.
Yea, we wanted it to weave about a bit to garner interest. We could also reverse the loco direction and then stop and run round, or get another loco on track. At the busy times I pinched my friend's Sunday assistant and we ran 2 trains at once, stopping at the 'station' to allow the other train to clear the loop at the end. Worked really well and he also enjoyed helping run the trains. But then who wouldn't :)
 
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I can read the "why playmobil?" paper, but what did the other papers say?
 
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I can read the "why playmobil?" paper, but what did the other papers say?
I’ll dig them out provided they made it home, they were all quite brief so people didn’t get put off reading essays but there was one detailing the modifications to the locos, why some rolling stock was painted and some wasn’t and one for explaining SHLR, the fictional staple hill light railway. Once I’m a bit further down the line (ha!) i’d Like to document everything on a blog or site, we are still working on back story for some bits, some of it is already there so to speak. :)
 
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This sort of thing, I reckon, encourages more people into the hobby, because it is simple, I can do that, and cheap(ish). Think about it.
If I were a newby, and this display was 'all bells and whistles', and you 'must have DCC'cause everyone uses it', it'll cost so many thousand dollars, and so and so is rubbish etc. etc.,
then I'd be walking away.

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An experienced, well respected modeller in the smaller scales, stopped off here for a chat, and a chat, then another chat..... next month he's around to my place, with train in hand.
It works.
 
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This sort of thing, I reckon, encourages more people into the hobby, because it is simple, I can do that, and cheap(ish). Think about it.
If I were a newby, and this display was 'all bells and whistles', and you 'must have DCC'cause everone uses it', it'll cost so many thousand dollars, and so and so is rubbish etc. etc.,
then I'd be walking away.

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An experienced, well respected modeller in the smaller scales, stopped off here for a chat, and a chat, then another chat..... next month he's around to my place, with train in hand.
It works.
Totally agree with you. I’ve tried to do everything as cheaply as using playmobil on LGB track will allow, including my control system using cheap RC car and plane parts and I was more than happy to explain how you can do this as cheaply or as extravagantly as budget allows. :) it’s a great thing to do if you’ve got younger kids interested in the hobby too as it’s something that easily grows with them. You can start with hardy playmobil or toy train stuff and built it into whatever you want from there. :)
 
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For casual punters lots of movement is the thing, even if it just goes round a small circuit. Highly detailed shunting layouts don't seem to grab the same sort of attention, no matter how well detailed and attractive they are.
 
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Went to Nailsea and District model railway society show on the Saturday 6th of April as a helper for a friend who was exhibiting their freelance built oo models. We noticed there was an empty display space, and talking to the organisers learned it was a no-show due to unfortunate circumstances so offered to set up a simple playmobil garden railway based exhibit on the Sunday. Went down a treat with the kids. Even though it was a bit improvised and what have you it went down well, everyone we spoke to saw the fun in it and I received some nice comments on the 2-4-0 bash loco. It was also a good run-time test on the Li-Po batteries, which revealed the 2200MHA one in the 2-4-0 will run for more or less 6 hours straight on one charge. So that's fantastic. A good weekend was had, sorry for posting it all so late!
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Also featured in this video here at 13:30 (not my video I will add), but I'll let you skip through because I don't want the rest of the video 'overlooked' as the quality of the layouts on display was fantastic. The G1 setup was lovely!

Well done you, looks like just what the Doctor ordered.
 
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Living just down the road from Nailsea (W-s-M) would have visited the show if I knew it was on, not well advertised.
 
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Living just down the road from Nailsea (W-s-M) would have visited the show if I knew it was on, not well advertised.
Notified to local free papers, model railway mags, UK Modelshops site. What else is there? If we put up posters the council take them down!
 
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Notified to local free papers, model railway mags, UK Modelshops site. What else is there? If we put up posters the council take them down!
Not in the Weston Mercury or Midweek, though I will make an effort to look out for next year.
 
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A date for your diary.
Nailsea show is booked for 2020 on 28th & 29th March at Nailsea School.
 
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Not in the Weston Mercury or Midweek, though I will make an effort to look out for next year.
Not on here either!