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Land of the Giants

Yes, we went to a model railway exhibition this weekend. It was a big one. Well, a bigger one than I’ve been to before, anyway.

This is a real thing here. Uncle B points out that we have plenty train enthusiasts in America, model and otherwise – and it’s true – but I don’t think trains are quite woven into the fabric in the same way.

They were advertising any number of other shows in the area in the coming months. We could do this all year.

I love going to these because I love anything in miniature…plus all the little tiny tools and pots of paint. Yes, I bought a couple. I don’t know why; I don’t do any kind of anything any more.

Phew, this would be an expensive hobby for real, though.


Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: February 20, 2023, 10:14 pm

Really expensive if Uncle B discovers his inner Gomez Adams


Comment from Armybrat
Time: February 21, 2023, 12:48 am

I belong to several garden train forums. I would LOVE to put in a garden train and I’ve spent many hours online drawing out my layout (which is complicated by a 9’ drop across the 15’ depth of my back yard. I haven’t made this happen yet because I am not a rich woman. Oh, I have money, but I don’t have that kind of money.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: February 21, 2023, 2:13 pm

@Armybrat – sounds like you need a certified trestle engineer!


Comment from Anonymous
Time: February 21, 2023, 5:56 pm

I have a friend whose grandfather ran the company store in a coal mining town. They moved goods around the store on a big model train. She didn’t inherit it because she was a girl 🙁

Comment from tomfrompv
Time: February 22, 2023, 3:53 am

I’ve heard there is a town in the UK that has a miniature village of itself! Everything in the village is shown in miniature. Including the miniature village itself!

And if you look hard at the miniature village inside the miniature village, you can make out the 3rd level miniature of itself! It’s recursive, as the coders say.

This must be a EU thing with miniature villagers. But the one in the UK is the only one of itself, itself, itself…. Wish I could remember the town name.

Comment from BJM
Time: February 22, 2023, 4:17 pm

This guy is amazing and I got into watching his how-to videos. It really is amazing how miniature-makers recreate natural settings. High Eye Workshop in the UK is another Youtuber that creates mind-boggling natural dioramas. I find these much more interesting than the trains.

Comment from tomfrompv
Time: March 1, 2023, 7:03 am

Found it! The recursive model village. It’s Bourton on the Water. I’ve bookmarked the wiki page in case I ever find a way to get to the UK without the jab, nose swab, and digital,papers. Made my day.


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