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L&B Exeter Garden Rail Show 27th October 2018


Unsurprisingly, not all volunteer work takes place at Woody Bay as this report - provided by Anne Belsey, of the several L&B volunteers who attended the Exeter Garden Rail Show on Saturday 27th October 2018 to fly the L&B flag - amply illustrates.

The Exeter Garden Rail Show is the second largest exhibition in the country for the exponents of garden steam railways, most of which are based on British narrow gauge practice. It was therefore entirely  appropriate, to use the occasion to exhibit the L&B's plans for the future.

The show's venue, The Matford Centre, is primarily used for exhibiting large mammalian livestock, rather than small firey dragons, a fact that was all too evident as the L&B's Devon Exhibition Team moved in to set up its stand. However, thanks to neighbouring stands, the pervading animal aromas were soon replaced by those of hot oil and steam.

The L&B stand featured the Exmoor Enterprise display boards featuring the plans for our extension. We assumed that most of the visitors to the show had heard of the L&B, but there might be those not so up-to-date with our latest achievements. As the crowds poured in, the team was besieged by a host of interested visitors wanting to catch up on how things stood, and many a long conversation was conducted, whilst other visitors studied the display boards or went away with sheaves of our leaflets.

However, ours was not the only stand to feature the L&B: on a neighbouring stand, a gentleman was busy constructing a model of our big diesel PILTON in its rebuilt form; Brunel Models had L&B station buildings for sale in 16mm scale, and other stands featured model L&B steam locos.

The Devon Exibition Team. From left to right - Geoff Cowan, Brod Brass (both from Lyme Regis), Anne Belsey (Combe Martin) and Keith Lamprey (Ilfracombe). Photo Julian Palmer.

L&B husband and wife members, Julian and Lindsay Palmer from Plymouth, were on hand in their capacity as stewards of the show, whilst Chris Shields a Tiverton based L&B member, was helping out on the Tiverton Model Engineering stand.

Text by Anne Belsey

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