MUSIC & MODEL TRAINS DRAW CROWDS AS PENARTH PUTS-OUT THE FLAGS

Colourful bunting in Penarth Town Centre welcomes visitors for the first weekend of the 2016 Summer Festival

Colourful bunting in Penarth Town Centre welcomes visitors today  for the first weekend of the 2016 Summer Festival

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

The camaraderie of the railway-modellers was evident at the show

The camaraderie of the railway-modellers was evident at the show

Enthusiasts were  demonstrating a number of  fascinating and exteremely sophisticated and complex electronically controlled layouts.

A steam train calls at pre-Beeching Newcastle Emlyn station to collect some cattle

A steam train calls at pre-Beeching Newcastle Emlyn station to collect some 1950s cattle

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 enthusaists of all ages

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 .

Computer controlled cranes lift cargo out of the pre-container-era cargo ships

Computer controlled cranes hoist cargo out of the holds of the  pre-container-era cargo ships

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 funnelsSteam or smoke is vented by the engines at the touch of a button

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  .

Dennis Bailey (in the green shirt) controls the entire layout - trains, lorries, cranes, lights and even smoke with computerised remote controls

Dennis Bailey (in the green shirt) controls the entire layout – trains, lorries, cranes, lights and even smoke – with computerised remote controls

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.

Eat your heart out Glastonbury. In Belle Vue Park. Penarth it was warm and dry and sunny and ideal for a capacity crowd to enjoy a succession of top groups and performers

Eat your heart out Glastonbury. In Belle Vue Park. Penarth today it was warm and dry and sunny and ideal for a capacity crowd to enjoy a succession of top groups and performers

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.

There was something to suit all ages at this afternoon's Music in the Park event at Belle Vue Park

There was something to suit all ages at this afternoon’s Music in the Park event at Belle Vue Park

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).

"The Silverbacks" strutting their stuff on stage at Belle Vue Park today - and getting an anthusastic reception from a huge crowd

“The Silverbacks” strutting their stuff on stage at Belle Vue Park today – and getting an enthusastic reception from a huge crowd

The Penarth Town Council programme of Summer Festival Events is fully bi-lingual

The Penarth Town Council programme of Summer Festival Events is fully bi-lingual

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

 

 

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5 Responses to MUSIC & MODEL TRAINS DRAW CROWDS AS PENARTH PUTS-OUT THE FLAGS

  1. B Roberts says:

    Very disappointed to see state of the clock roundabout this morning at Windsor Road especially as it’s Penarth Festival. What is going on with Penarth/Vale Council.

    • Anne Greagsby says:

      Inexplicable neglect of the roundabout and the town centre when down at the pier on the Esplanade there are numerous pots of flowers, new lighting and bunting. Perhaps you can get an explanation from labours Lis Burnett?

  2. Steve says:

    The brochure Fails to mention most of the main events like the fireworks display etc for saturday the 16th,,,

  3. johnm says:

    I agree that the ‘floral’ clock base is really disappointing.
    I think the Vale should explain to us why it is left without any plants at all in high summer.

  4. AK says:

    Looks like a great time was had by all, well done the organisers of both events

    Sadly I will miss the bulk of Carnival Day this year as I am stuck in work.

    No Vulcan flypast this year…………………

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