Annual date with the MRS

Rest in peace David Rochelle, you kind and beautiful soul. Thank you for everything you did for Railcam, for always making me feel welcome in chat and all of your kind words and conversations over the years. I’ll miss you.

Hey everyone, how are you all?

Just thought I’d share some photos from last Saturday (22.02.20) when I visited the annual Model Rail Scotland show at the SECC in Glasgow. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get there as early the other attendees from Railcam so I never really got to see them all much or go to lunch with everybody. Maybe next time eh.

Still, I enjoyed the show immensely. There wasn’t, dare I say it, any massively spectacular layouts this year…by that I mean the likes of the Forth Bridge, Liverpool Lime Street and Burntisland ones from a couple of years ago. Now that is going to sound a little disrespectful to those that were there this year, but if you know me…I don’t like to speak ill of anything, so I will immediately say that the layouts this year were fantastic. A great variety as always, from the smallest and compact (in size and gauge)….

Just how damn smart is that!! Love the name too.

To the largest and grandest and ultra detailed….

And alongside the guitar layout, this next one is one of my favourites….

It’s one of the things I love about modelling and model railways, you can keep things simple if you like, make things from scratch out of any materials and have it all as basic as you like, or make kits…or be as ultra detailed, realistic, massive,…but at the end of the day it’s a model railway and a part of you (see below for that point in a little emphasis ). You invest so much in them because it’s something you love and there’s nothing better than that. Whether it’s a reproduction of a particular place, or based on, or a fictional setting, it’s your little part of the world.

These three photos are of the splendid ‘Spirit of Shap’ layout. It kind of incorporates everything in to one. It is both simple but detailed, and also one the very few non-sound exhibits around these days (in my uneducated opinion! I’m not an exhibition expert, so don’t shoot me). To keep viewers interested and entertained in such a layout these days requires variety, and some of these guys certainly have that….

A pretty pennies’ worth of stock there!

Of course it’s not just all about the layouts. This show features many trade stands, again from the ‘smallest’ to the ‘biggest’ of companies. This side of the show is just as fascinating to me. It shows just how much can go in to this hobby of hours. Next time I will make a point of photographing this side of a show because it’s the unmentioned aspect unless you’re planning to buy anything. Everything from fishplates to locos costing several hundred pounds, it really is something to behold, especially as ultra realism seems to be a big thing these days, the amount of products on offer is staggering.

I went around the hall 2 and a half times on Saturday. The last one to take some photos with the camera, but the others to allow myself the time to enjoy it all. It might just be me, but I like to spend a lot of time at each exhibit for two reasons….one is to take everything in about each layout and enjoy them, and two is to give the guys who create these works of art the time and respect they deserve. To let them know that their work is worth more than a glance and walk past. That their ideas are/were interesting and implemented brilliantly. And I can hand on heart say that I make a point of saying thank you to at least one member of the team or the person who has built their layout.

And that’s it really. Just thought I’d share some of my experience at this years’ show. Am I allowed to say that I enjoyed the journey in the vintage bus to the station? haha! I shall leave you with one or two personal shots from the trip…just because it’s trains!!

Thank you as always for your time, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it! It means so much to this wee eejit. Take care everyone!

Steven (Cheggs1978)

In Memorium of Jon ‘Seahill’ Condell

Hello everyone and welcome to my little bit of Railcam. It’s been quite some time since we last ‘conversed’ but my first article is an important one. So if I could borrow a little bit of your time, thank you……

Dear all,

I will keep this brief but I would like to take a moment, and if you can too, to mark the fact that it is a year ago this week since we received the terribly sad news of the passing after a long battle with cancer of our friend Jon Condell, known to most of our members as ‘Seahill’. He was our DPO – Data Protection Officer. He worked very hard behind the scenes to help us with the complicated, and I dare say infuriating sometimes, changes in the laws and regulations we have to abide by (more commonly known as GDPR). He is responsible for writing a lot of our privacy and data protection policies. In fact he even took the time and effort to fly over to meet with our senior admin to flesh it all out because simply he had the time and to make things easier for our guys with respect to their available time etc. He didn’t have to….but he did. Also at this time, we were upgrading our site and he stepped in to help with this too and dealt with a huge amount of members’ questions regarding the new login procedure. He was infinitely patient somehow. His skills were invaluable to us, nothing short of immense from a very clever individual. He would do his utmost to help answer any questions he could in the chatroom too which helped the likes of myself as moderators. The thing is, he would offer, he would step in, he wouldn’t think twice to help, without wanting any thanks or reward in return. I’m sorry that I can only say thanks to you on here now Jon, for everything you did in the short time it felt you were with us on Railcam, we are so grateful.

On a personal note if I may, he would often send me and help me with questions for when I hosted the weekly chatroom quiz. They were always high quality. We didn’t always see eye-to-eye and I recall making some less than complimentary remarks to him and about him…but we always talked and sorted things, he was decent like that. He understood my frailties and issues and we simply talked things through whenever we needed to.

Jon, you will be fondly remembered for years to come by us all at RC, we lost a really smart mind and a really nice bloke and a really really good friend. Rest in peace kind Sir. Lots of love to his family and loved ones, he was a credit to you all.

Until next time folks, take care of yourself and others. I’ll be back soon