50 x 50 Shades of Grey – first outing
Today was the first proper show for Shades of Grey at the 3mm society ‘Westfest’ held at Ilton. I was pleased with the reception it had and the way it ran.
I have instigated a form of the “Inglenook shunting challenge ” to make operating more interesting. Each wagon has a card showing a picture of the wagon and a choice of two destinations to be shunted to. The cards are shuffled and then the throw of a dice decides the number of the card to be drawn from the pack. 4 or 5 wagons are picked and then the train is made up in the order that the cards are picked. Next the dice is thrown for each wagon in turn to decide which of the two destinations the wagon is to be shunted to(1-3 for the first and 4-6 for the second) and the wagons are then shunted. Because of the capacity of the sidings and the fact that one needs the loco to run round meant that some of the shunting was quite challenging! I also found that one of the uncoupling magnets was wrongly sited which meant it left the wagon fouling the points needed to run round. It will need to be moved! It isn’t until one uses the layout in earnest that one discovers the design faults.