I bought a few second hand magazines the other week from a charity shop and among them was a copy of the 2018 December issue of Railway Modeller.
It had an article about an attractive 00 scale small exhibition layout called “Sixpenny Handley” which featured a selection of modular scenes that could be changed. I remember seeing the layout in the flesh at Rushden earlier in the year’ being operated by a father and his son.
In the write up about the layout it says the inspiration for the model was a layout called Two Sister’s Farm which they saw at Kettering.
I remember doing the Kettering show on my own and a young lad having a drive for some time while I took a comfort break. He told me he had a layout at home but never had operated it in a realistic fashion. He quickly adjusted to operation and after a short time became completely at ease operating in a realistic way. He thoroughly enjoyed himself and said how quickly the time passed.
Two Sister’s Farm won the best layout in show that year and I have often wondered if my young operator and his friends were responsible because it‘s not the sort of layout the public vote for.
I am however delighted that my efforts inspired someone else to have a go at building a layout of their own.
Regards Peter M