A successful exhibition at the Rochdale show all told – A fraught first hour unsticking point tie bars after only finishing the ballasting on the Thursday night is not the most encouraging start but after that the layout settled and a full train service was run all weekend, even using the goods yard for the odd waggon or two – which is how it would have been in the real world.

Its provided an opportunity to devise a modus operandi for the layout and how the traffic flows will work. Quite an amount of interest was generated and two exhibition invites received as a result, but one of the real winners of the weekend was the Faller car system in operation and the Macbraynes’ bus.

It’s now a race to get finished before September when North Ballachulish will be making its proper debut at Expo EM Autumn, at Partington, Manchester.

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