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Hello and welcome to my twice reinstated and updated photo reports of visits to narrow gauge model railway layouts and events! Following the sudden and untimely cessation of Fotopic in March 2011 and with it the loss of my photo galleries, I started this blog in order to try to keep my "Roving Reports" available to those who enjoy viewing them. I have linked this blogsite to the old galleries which I originally rebuilt and posted in albums in Picasaweb. Once all the old reports had been rebuilt, I have continued to add completely new ones to cover my visits to events from April 2011 onwards.

In August 2016 Google blocked access to Picasaweb in order to force everyone to use their "much better" Google Images, so I had to do the whole exercise again. Thanks! .

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Thursday 20 July 2023

07 January 2023, Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust MRX, Edington

I wouldn’t have normally considered driving nearly 100 miles each way to visit a small village hall sized model railway exhibition, however when I learned that Toby Hollins-Jones was attending with a new “miniature-miniature” railway in 005 scale (yes – 00 scale, 5mm gauge track), then, having known Toby and his outstanding modelling skill, since first meeting him at a Wessex NGM event when he was about 11, or maybe even younger, I was determined to try to get to this little show to see what delights he has come up with this time, even if 200 mile round trips by car at the post-Covid cost of living crisis we are all in at present, and the still astronomical price of fuel acts as an ongoing restriction to how far one can afford to travel!

 I was not disappointed and an added bonus was to discover that Toby’s Gorsaf Llanbobble was one of 3 NG layouts attending: Peter Hollins with Burrow Mump in 1:24 scale (but on a unique 25mm gauge track) and what has become a regular fixture in several recent reports, Richard Holder with his Woodbury Wharf. Overall, it was an excellent day out, well worth the distance travelled and I’m glad that I made the effort! (But my next visit to Somerset, just a week later held a couple of surprises – to be revealed in the next report!)

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