8:30 AM. Decide that last nights investigation into $10 Pinot noir while watching the documentary channel till early in the morning was not a particularly sound plan. Round up various models to take. Am just about to head out the door when parents ring. Oops running late. Bike to hall to avoid parking hassles.
9:50 AM arrive at hall on bike, to find layout owner just arriving as well. Plenty of parking space, but I'm right next to the door, so I saved a 20M walk. Drop off Da's plus some wagons with other local NZ120 modeler. Get set up on the S scale layout and started. Do some track cleaning. Start shuffling wagons around, and work out what shunting moves work and what don't. Set up where one person drives on the back side of the layout, while the other operates points, uncouples/couples and chats to punters. This works quite well. Try to work out how to use screwdriver to uncouple kadee couplers. Discover that its 'hit and hope'
1:00PM. Afternoon relief running late. When he does turn up, wander off to have a look round the rest of the hall, telling him just to make it up as he goes along, as that is what I've been doing all morning. Quickly discover that hardly any traders will get my money. Robin Knight one of the lucky ones as I score a can motor from him quite cheaply (but slightly larger than I really want ( never mind, you can't have too many spare motors and it is one that Ian Rice recommends). Have a discussion with him about powering Ew's and Ka's. Wander off wondering about changing my plans for powering this. Also find a copy of 'Engine Pass' by D.B. Leitch for $5. A very good score.
2:00 PM try mornings arrangement with afternoon assistant. Discover that he is far better talking to the punters than helping me run the layout. Still, someone has to do it. Spell NZ120 layout operator, and take chance to put all the wagons on that I brought along. Still not as long as the Cass trains, but its a start. Chat with another modeler who has similar feelings to mine about the journal. Wonder where to go from here to change the world. Eat an apple instead.
4 :00 PM, Suddenly wonder where the afternoon has gone. Feet tell me they have been there all the time and its dragged. Tell then they don't have a vote and I'll do it all day tomorrow as well if they don't shut up.
NZR in Palmerston north in the 60's. He might have some pictures fro me as well. A good score.
Bike home, stopping only to purchase $10 bottle of Pinot noir....