After a long period of stagnation, we went somewhere new this Sunday. A miniature village near Didcot. The Pendon museum features rural scenes from the Valley of the White Horse and trains from the 1920s/1930s.
The first floor has a scene from Dartmoor with manually operated trains, while the Valley scene has automated ones. All together 70 trains and more than 100 train cars. But only ~10 running on each scene as they are from different periods.
Some of the miniatures are 60-70 years old and the level of details is incredible. Parts of the scenery is work in progress and given the work is voluntary and done by enthusiasts, it may well take another 10-15 years to finish everything.
If you are lucky enough, they will turn off the lights upstairs. Some of the buildings are illuminated from the inside and you can peek into genuine early 20th century life. Up to the missing knob from a drawer in one of the cottages and a 1x1cm mirror
Had an amazing time with Syl and the monkey. And I suspect at times I was more excited than them :D
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