We have been adding jaunts to Victoria over the last few years and come this May we will be off again for a four day, men only trip. The main feature of this years event will be to travel by steam train up to Echuca from Bendigo and have lunch on a real steam powered paddle steamer. But that will be for a future update when we get back.
Arriving at Phils around 11.0am today the roller door was opened to reveal one magnificent HO layout. To the outsider the roller door looks like any ordinary garage door but this one is designed for trains and not cars.
The room is beautifully presented and sort of reminded me of a pedigree dog at a dog show. There was nothing out of place, a well lit room, walls a nice shade of sky blue (is there any other colour?) and photos and a few memorabilia on the wall surrounded by a few favourite photos. A slight deviation to the HO scale was noticed on a shelf where a small foray into G scale in the form of a few locos and carriages rested. They haven't progressed beyond the shelf.
I will post some photos taken by phone so some are a little blurry but worth inclusion. I hope when James get there with his equipment he can take some proper photos.
|Start of the Wickham Branch|
THE LOCO DEPOT
Well I hope you enjoyed that selection of photos from Phils great layout, hopefully a full article will be in a magazine one day?
I'll get back to the right scale and prototype in the next blog update.