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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 13 June 2024

Norfolk & Suffolk NG Modellers Open Day, Beccles, 01 June 2024

Normally, I should not even consider driving across the 300+ mile width of the country from an hour to the west of the Severn Bridge all the way to Beccles in faraway Suffolk and back again in the same day, but I’m not “normal” (according to some, who know me better than I do) and, after finding it “do-able” to drive an over 400 miles return trip to Merseyside two weeks previously in a day, then “what would an extra 120 miles or so each way matter?”, particularly as I learned of several friends in the hobby who were also travelling long and long-ish distances to be there.

Was it worth it? Yes indeed it was, a great little show to visit and enjoy, excellent variety of top quality modelling, a friendly and informal atmosphere, renewing acquaintances with friends old and new, and a very well organised event indeed.

After getting home at the end of a 17½ hour day from departure at 3.30am to return at 9pm, and another 640 miles clocked up on the ailing car I have at least come to the stark reality conclusion that an overnight stay would have been a much better and safer option, but that’s a lesson learned (possibly!) and to answer the “Would I visit an N&SNGM Open Day again?” question, I certainly would like to, if I prepare a bit better than making the decision to “do it” the day before the event next time!

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