Cliffhanger in exhibition
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Cliffhanger is a 009 scale
model of the Glenthorne Harbour branch line that hangs on the North Devon
sea cliffs at Countisbury Loop. Unusually, the 16ft long, 5ft high cliffs
extend down to the ground and is visually spectacular. At the foot of the
cliffs is a 1930s lido which is served by a funicular railway which goes
to the top of the cliffs. The era modelled is the summer of 1935.
The model is a celebration of
the famous North Devon cliffs. They are the highest in
the UK and the only place where native oak trees descend
right down to the shore (in the lee of Countisbury
Head). They are also famous for waterfalls which crash
right down to the sea. Our waterfall is animated! We
think this is a first.
Trains bring coal and other
goods from Glenthorne harbour and climb towards County Gate, the junction
with the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway. Passengers are also brought to and
from the harbour and may alight at the loop and take the funicular down to
is controlled by an
advanced DCC system which will allows for automation with
a laptop computer using Railroad and Co software. A large display screen announces
and describes the trains arriving at the
station and explains the history of the L&B and how
the layout was built (also in German and French as
required). There are ambient and train sounds. (the
display screen is not available at the Warley show).
needs as an exhibitor
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There is a high lighting rig in
front of the model.
the provision of three 13 amp sockets (two for
lighting). We can supply RCD
plugs when required. We also
require the provision of one table (which cannot be placed in
specified clear area) and three chairs.
One of our
members is disabled so we require a disabled access venue
including toilet. Two members will come with the layout so
we require one single disabled access room and another
single. We do
need a hand to load and unload the model (three fit persons
travel distance exceeds two hours (average speed 45mph) an
option to stay Sunday night is needed.
that the layout is insured at its quoted value of £35,000
its transit from our home and during the show and during
its return its base in North Herefordshire. The exhibition organiser is required to confirm
in writing that this is the case. Stock is valued at
an additional £10,000 GBP
We require that a suitable barrier is provided.
exhibitions provide barriers of different kinds.
railway is transported in a long wheelbase 'Luton' van. At present
prices, van hire costs about £350 for the weekend. Fuel cost is calculated on the average fuel
consumption 20 miles/gallon (diesel).
layout is loaded and unloaded from the van from its storage
by local farm workers and we have to charge £60 for that
the van is more if travelling abroad due to additional
insurance and recovery costs.
offload and assemble the layout to operating condition is 3