Here we are almost at the year’s end, and so much seems to have taken place during the intervening period since I last put pen to paper or finger to keyboard. Uppermost in my mind is the visit to Colorado railroad as part of our transcontinental east to west American holiday, a journey from which I know some of us feel we have still not quite recovered. Hardly surprising when considering the vastness of the landscape we were travelling through, the sheer magnitude and magnificence of the mountain ranges. Colour too was apparent, with such contrast in the trees and foliage, in the variety of weathered rock strata, soils and sand, all set against the huge endless skies mixed with photogenic cloud formations. We attempted to capture these experiences through our collective photography which we could later relate to fellow club members and other interested parties a few weeks later.
The resultant presentation was a wide pictorial cross section of American images, the vast landscapes of wilderness and natural beauty, the buildings and architecture and of course the varied transport systems, not forgetting the network of railroads both heritage and current. I hope we were able to convey all of this through our slide presentation which was only a small part of a plethora of photographs taken by the group. By the way there is plenty of unseen material available should there be any further interest.
In between these events we managed to stage another important rail related exercise in the form of our own 2015 Model Railway Exhibition. This was considered to be to date a most successful show by exhibitors and traders alike who expressed positive feedback on this newest venue at Greenbank High School. I would at this point like to give thanks not only to Tony for ably raising the standard to bring us another very entertaining show but also giving thanks again to all those of you present for your effort and selfless support in opening, during and closing of the Show.
I would also like to express our thanks and appreciation to Ian Shulver for his sterling work in arranging, organising and constructing a superb and robust new shed.
As this year draws to a close I take this opportunity to wish you all a peaceful and happy Christmas. And here’s to a prosperous New Year along with a constructive and productive time in whatever is your chosen gauge. Enjoy yourselves.
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