Colourful bunting in Penarth Town Centre welcomed visitors arriving for the first weekend of the Summer Festival.
Today the Paget Rooms was the mecca for model railway enthusiasts from across South Wales who’d come to see the annual show of the Barry and Penarth Model Railway Club
Enthusiasts were demonstrating a number of fascinating and exteremely sophisticated and complex electronically controlled layouts.
Amongst them is an impressive scale replica of Newcastle Emlyn railway station – which is exact in almost every detail – save for a few adjustments that had to be made to get the signal box on the layout. A bit of poetic licence had to be used to stretch British Railways’s rigid rules on nearby trees to ensure the box could be installed on the base board
Dennis Bailey’s dockside station “Baileys Dock” attracted enthusiasts of all ages
Dennis Bailey of Cadoxton, says his elaborate and highly-detailed dockside station “Bailey Dock” is normally takes-up a whole bedroom in his Barry home .
This prizewinning layout features not only several moving trains, but ships with moving cranes loading and unloading at the dockside, and lorries running on what appears to be open road, steam engines which have their lanterns illuminated and – what’s more – real smoke coming out of their funnels
Steam or smoke is vented by the engines at the touch of a button
The layout is controlled by a computerised DCC “always on” electrical system which enables Dennis to cue not only all the train movements and points , but all the lights, the road traffic, the cranes – and even the smoke from the locomotives .
The operation of the complicated models includes so many moving elements that much of it is automated to ease the operator workload on Mr Bailey.
Mr Bailey says his wife always helps him set up and de-rig the display at exhibitions and return it to its permanent home in one of the necessarily-large bedrooms of their Barry home where steam still rules the rails.
Meanwhile in Belle Vue Park, Penarth the annual “Music in the Park” event – organised by the Friends of Belle Vue Park – attracted a capacity crowd who enjoyed ideal weather conditions to listen to series of top bands and singers in the park’s natural – dry – grass amphitheatre.
If anything. the free concert seemed to have attracted an even bigger audience than last year – notwithstanding an afternoon time-clash with the Men’s Singles Final at Wimbledon (Andy Murray won by the way).
What was especially notable at Belle Vue this year r was the large number of families and teenagers attending the event – indicating that the venue and the production had been successfully designed to appeal to a very wide range of ages.
Music in the Park ends this evening an 19:00.
The Penarth Summer Festival Events continue throughout this week and next weekend .
The entire schedule is now published in both English and Welsh – underscoring the major change that’s taken place in council’s policy on Welsh language publishing.
The official brochure is available both on line and also in print from local stores, cafes and newsagents’. The full programme of events can be seen or downloaded from the Penarth Town Council website on http://tinyurl.com/zvxn28y