I was manning our club stand at the Midlands Model Engineering
Exhibition at the end of last year - we were the stand just inside the door with
a full size Locomobile steam car on show.
Oour chairman, Derek Brown, had his almost completed Manning Wardle "Anna" on display, currently being serialised in "Model Engineer" magazine.
I was sharing duties on the stand with David, so
while one of us stood about and tried to look useful, the other could have a
look around - as usual there was much to see and not really enough time to get
The little vertical boiler locomotive was on the stand next to
ours - very nicely made by Simon Mulford, it will be a handsome thing once finished.
The Orenstein & Koppel rack & pinion locomotive to Ken
Swan's design appealed - I've always liked them, quirky yet a practical engine.
It was only after the doors shut that evening that we could get
down to some serious talking with some of the other exhibitors, plus one or two
familiar faces who had managed to get locked