My main intention was to buy a few infra-structure items and ask some advice about their use.
I arrived just before opening time - not out of unbridled anticipation but because it suited my own timetable for the day.
I was met by a puzzling site on the concourse of the centre: a load of women/girls in tents. My first thought was that it was some kind of anti-capitalist (or anti-model railway) protest.
In fact, the occupants were fans of "One Direction" queuing overnight for concert tickets.
Perhaps I should have done the same, because when I got inside the Exhibition Centre I was confronted by the completely unexpected site of hundreds of men in anoraks (and one woman) queueing to buy admission tickets. It looked like an airport on a bank holiday.
Once inside, I took only a cursory look at the layouts and headed for Nairnshire Models, the stall run by Nigel Burkin. He really is the most helpful expert. He answered all my questions about re-wiring patiently and drew little diagrams so that I was completely clear in my mind about how to proceed when I got home.
These are the items I purchased:
|Crocodile clips to hold items being soldered.|
|A slightly different design of snap lock connectors (Scotchlock) and the recommended thickness of cable.|
|A fine metal file to smooth down any excess solder on the rails.|