Well, the Railway Modellers’ Meet is in the can for 2017. Everyone seems to agree that it was a super event.
Pembroke was on the self-guided layout tour, which took place today around mid-day. I was still sweeping the silk tree leaves off the driveway when the first guests pulled up, and for four hours I always had two to five people reviewing my efforts. As expected, they were very polite (it is Canada, after all), and I didn’t hear a single comment that could possibly offend me. As a host, it was an extremely positive experience, and I would encourage anyone with a layout to host a layout tour as well.
Other than cleaning the driveway, and a small amount of tidying up that was due to the frantic nature of construction over the past couple of weeks, I took some time to prepare for the tour:
- The meet provided a lawn sign to help guests find my house. I augmented it with signs to help them find the layout once they were here.
- I recruited my family to help greet guests at the door, encourage them to sign the guest book, which we put on a card table by the front door, and direct them downstairs.
- I hung photos from the fascia related to the locations on the layout. I also created a couple of short chronologies and a map and hung them beneath the staging yard.
- Laura made cookies and a plate of cheese and crackers, and put them on a table in the layout room.
- I played a slideshow from the layout construction set on Flickr.
Overall, this worked great and there were never so many people here that they couldn’t get their questions answered. For next time, I will make the following improvements:
- Add a push for this blog so that people can follow progress in the future (if they care).
- Turn off the screensaver on this computer so the slideshow doesn’t stop.
- Put some of my books and articles out. I wound up putting the book on the passenger car and my locomotive on my workbench.
- Put a couple of prototype resources, like Niall MacKay’s book, out. I got it out about midway through the event.
- If the layout had been running, I wouldn’t have been able to answer questions and run the train. So, I will need an engineer next time.