Houten, Utrecht. Netherlands.

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Houten, Utrecht. Netherlands.

Postby steamraiser » Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:22 am

Horselunges will be making a rare appearance at the model railway show at Houten, Utrecht this weekend.

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I understand tha Portchullin will also be at the show jointly flying the P4 flag.

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Re: Houten, Utrecht. Netherlands.

Postby Re6/6 » Tue Feb 20, 2018 12:53 pm

Do have a nice time Gordon. Always good there!
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Re: Houten, Utrecht. Netherlands.

Postby Paul Townsend » Tue Feb 20, 2018 1:47 pm

Re6/6 wrote:Do have a nice time Gordon. Always good there!


Impossible for normal bods as no real ale over there, but Gordon sure ain't normal :twisted:

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Re: Houten, Utrecht. Netherlands.

Postby RobM » Tue Feb 20, 2018 5:54 pm

Gordon, shame I did not know of this earlier......being half Dutch could have made the trip and visited close family relatives.........
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Re: Houten, Utrecht. Netherlands.

Postby Mark Tatlow » Tue Feb 20, 2018 7:05 pm

See you Thursday night Gordon.

I am sure we can find some respectable ale over the weekend................
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Re: Houten, Utrecht. Netherlands.

Postby steamraiser » Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:48 pm

Respectable????????????

Hope to see you Thursday mid evening if we don't get lost!

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Re: Houten, Utrecht. Netherlands.

Postby steamraiser » Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:14 am

Uuuuurgh. Up at 04:00 aiming to depart at 05:00.

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Re: Houten, Utrecht. Netherlands.

Postby steve howe » Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:19 pm

Good luck Gordon,

I'll be interested to know how you got on. They invited our club to take our 7mm narrow gauge 'Gweek North Quay' (25' x 4') layout last year, but when we costed it all out with accommodation, van hire etc. and our requirement for at least 5 and realistically 6, operators, they got a bit "arsey" telling us we should do it with less operators and not need overnight accommodation for the journey......

We politely declined!

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Re: Houten, Utrecht. Netherlands.

Postby Tim V » Thu Feb 22, 2018 6:27 pm

That's odd, we had no problems a couple of years ago with Clutton.
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Re: Houten, Utrecht. Netherlands.

Postby steve howe » Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:14 pm

I was told later that there are two shows in Utrecht, by different organisers. Perhaps we got the short straw!

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Re: Houten, Utrecht. Netherlands.

Postby steamraiser » Tue Feb 27, 2018 12:03 am

We were well looked after.
I have been told that the organisers are finding UK van hire and insurance very expensive.
Horselunges travelled in two cars.
It was noticeable that a lot of the continental club layouts travelled in twin axle trailers towed by cars.
We accommodated B&B in the Postillion hotel in Bunnik not far away.
There was an optional evening get together Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Most enjoyable.
Dave Doe is the organiser for the British contingent.

If you don't drive abroad regularly be aware of extra costs such as Europe Recovery / Assist.

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Re: Houten, Utrecht. Netherlands.

Postby steamraiser » Tue Feb 27, 2018 11:09 am

Safely back last night from Utrecht.
The temperature at around 09:00 was -5C!
Not many photos taken.
For those not on Facebook I took a short train ride on Thursday.
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I had left the train one stop early so ended up in a very picturesque suburb with a narrow shopping street of small shops and cafes. Thankfully all the younger Dutch people spoke good English.
Three days running Horselunges was quite tiring. Plenty of interest by continental modellers with lots and lots of photographs taken. Every one was friendly and talkative.
Food and beer is expensive over there. A small Snickers cost 1.90Euros, muffins 2.60 Euros.
For me the highlight of the show was this:
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A fully radio controlled HO scale front loader. All functions, back, forward, left, right, up, down and tip on the bucket. Lights change depending on the direction of travel. Rocking back axle with very soft foam tyres.
This was driven all round the 00 layout (Six Quarters), on the grass and across the tracks without any problems.
The cab contains a camera that can transmit a picture to a separate screen.
This is a rtr Wiking HO model that has been fitted with the electronics by a friend of the owner.
The receiver, battery and camera card are all in the rear engine compartment.
One for modellers of American railways:
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The two eight coupled Mallets were pulling 78 bogie coal hoppers plus a caboose, which was then banked by two more similar Mallets. Over thirty feet of wagons!
All the guys were robotics or automation engineers from Germany. The loading system consisted of three loading lines that each had a downward pointing continuous belt. Each track had a creeper that moved the wagons forward as they were loaded. The whole process was automated.
Oh and the loaders had a choice of three different grades of coal.

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Home, well nearly. Wetherspoons, Wells.

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