Good evening all.
Newsletter No. 38 has arrived, hot on the heels of our latest Darstaed delivery... Intercity liveried Mk1s.
Prepare for a newsletter full of pictures - as I attempt to use our new camera equipment - alongside myself badgering on about upcoming changes to the business, forthcoming stock, and, for the two people who made it to the end of my last newsletter, some more ramblings from me.
Lets start here...
Since opening the showroom in November of last year, I have had to battle with my alter ego, "messy Ellis". He is well known in the model railway world for stacking boxes wide, high and like the leaning tower of Pisa! Well, thankfully I'm winning this battle as I'm delighted to announce the success of the Ellis ClarkTrains showroom.
The comments of all who have visited us have been highly flattering, with your good selves coming from as far and wide as South Cornwall and the Scottish Borders! This has both encouraged and inspired me to continually invest and improve the experience, making any visit to our Skipton premises a worth while one.
Our showroom can now boast the following: O gauge test track with 6 foot and 6' 6" radius curves, lighted and filled custom built cabinets, seating area made from a 1st class Mk1 seat compartment, award winning coffee and cakes/biscuits (I have a trophy to prove the coffee award, the cakes, which are incidentally home made by "Mamma Clark's Bakery' are yet to receive their trophy - cue a trip to Timpson's to buy one!), and now our latest edition, a 55" touch screen, so that you can view every item we have available on the website!
I have other plans and adventures on the way, with some updated photos and a 3D interactive tour due on the website soon in the coming weeks.
I'm sure most of you will be well acquainted with Paddy, but for those who aren't Paddy was the first full time employee to join Ellis Clark Trains, back in September 2016.
Paddy has now had the privilege of serving under the UK's premier employer for over two and a half years, lucky guy!
Many of you will know Paddy from exhibitions and from speaking over the phone, however since opening the showroom late last year, Paddy can now be found playing with trains in the middle of our O gauge test track and welcoming all who enter. He's currently being taught by myself the arts of a true coffee barista and I hope soon to be able to receive creamy cappuccinos and flat whites on tap!
When Paddy joined the business he had very little knowledge into the world of model railways, but thanks to you he can differentiate liveries, classes, scales, gauges and much more, and like all of us, he continues to learn and improve.
Darstaed BG Updates
Good news all! The Darstaed BGs are now just around the corner and should be with us later this month. I hope I don't sound too much like a broken record, as they have been forthcoming for some time now, but I assure you this has all been in search of an improved and more accurate model.
The coach can now boast guard section interior detailing and brass bars to the windows, hand painted in a steel effect.
They will be superb, and I don't think they'll be around for long. To whet your appetites I have posted an interior CAD picture below, enjoy!