Monday, 22 September 2014

A Few More Pictures

Thanks to Jonathan Walsh for sharing these with us.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Woking - Day 1

A few snatched snaps from the first day of the first show for the final-size Bron Hebog for you to enjoy.

If you'd like to see some others then may I suggest you 'like' our Bron Hebog page on Facebook where people who came along to the show are sharing some of their pictures.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Here It Is!

The complete Bron Hebog!

These snaps were taken after setting it all up for the very first time at the exhibition in Woking last night.

It's a proud moment for the team after more than a decade designing and then building the layout.

If you'd like to come and see us this weekend details of the show can be found on our Exhibition Diary page.

Friday, 19 September 2014

The Moment Of Truth

In a few hours all will be reveled! We will see Bron Hebog put up in its entirety for the very first time - and that includes the people who have built it!

It's all packed up and ready for the journey to Woking for the exhibition this weekend.

You will note Himself's new pride and joy, the sack barrow, in the foreground.

I'll be keeping fingers crossed that it goes together as planned and that it's all been wired up properly.

I'm hoping Himself and the team will send me a few snaps over the course of the weekend and I'll post them on the blog at the earliest opportunity.

If you're going along to Woking and take some shots we'd be delighted if you'd share them on our Facebook page - search on there for Bron Hebog.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

WHR Superpower In Miniature

If you missed the chance to see 3 working NGG16s at the same time at WHR Superpower last weekend, don't worry, you've got another chance this coming weekend!

Because Himself has been working flat out to complete the layout - physically at least - in time for the Woking show it's been many months since he's done any work on our latest locomotive 138.

However he thought it would be fun to give her a trial run at the show this weekend so he gave her a week test along with our existing pair in one of the fiddle yard tracks.

I promise you it'll look a lot more impressive - and sound a lot sweeter - climbing up and around the big S bend behind Beddgelert station on Bron Hebog.

Monday, 15 September 2014

House Handover

The issuing of dire threats through the pages of this blog has forced the Artistic Director to surrender the two houses he's had in his possession for months for the purposes of painting.

So here's what the Oberon Wood housing estate feature on the layout's going to look like for those of you coming to see Bron Hebog in Woking this weekend.

When you attempt to recreate a location in miniature the acid test is always when you take a point-of-view shot like this one below.

I'm obviously biased but I have to say that between us me, the Artistic Director and Himself have really captured the look and feel of this modern bit of Beddgelert.

There are many more houses to be built to complete this part of the layout. There need to be more in the row in front of the cutting as well as a few running down the hill where the tunnel mouth is and some more in the space opposite the existing ones.

Himself assures me that the Artistic Director is in the process of producing the next set of plans (heard that one before!) and I shall look forward to adding to the estate as soon as I get them.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

One Week To Go

My personal and professional lives are currently dominated by the countdowns to some momentous events.

Here in Scotland we're all going to be taking a rather fundamental constitutional decision in the referendum on Thursday and my job is to tell the nation all about it on the wireless.

Then on Saturday we'll be unveiling the completed Bron Hebog at the exhibition in Woking - full details are on the Exhibition Diary page if you haven't already seen then.

The layout will complete in terms of the track layout and the full extent of it but it's by no means finished.

However I'm very pleased that Himself has put in a lot of hard work over the last few days to complete the basic scenic layer of wild grass on all the new boards so at least the layout won't have any big, glaring sections of brown painted plaster.

This is the view of the Rhyd Ddu end taken from the operators position behind the layout. The big brown expanse you see in the foreground is part of the fiddle yard which has yet to be hidden behind a backscene.

I only wish I could be there in Woking myself to see it, but duty - and democracy - calls! I'm going to have to wait a few weeks more until our second show of the year in Hull.