Over before it started


The double-headed Llanfair show and Welshpool gala in many ways symbolises the best of our hobby. An opportunity to stock up on essential kits and other bits and pieces, to keep the kitchen table well covered during the winter, combined with a gentle meander through some bosky Welsh countryside on a train composed of varied and interesting rolling stock.

And as often as not in fine late summer weather, just before the shorts are put away at the end of the season, in favour of stout corduroy and well-Goretexed anoraks. Not that the summer ever really got going.

And so in expectation of fine weather, a good crowd, lots of things to buy and at least one new loco to ride behind, Richard, Tony and Derek set off for Llanfair Caereinion, via the usual stop-over at Jim's Porthmadog residence. We were not disappointed in any of these respects.

Apologies for the flight of fancy, it will not happen again, for a while at least. Some photos are