At the beginning of the month, I attended the Rail 2009 PROTO:87 Convention in Houten, Netherlands. FREMO:87 participated with a small, yet large enough layout to demonstrate prototypical operation with timetable and fast clock. This was a special occasion for us as we normally do not set up layouts in public and because we exhibited at a train convention for the first time ever.
Even though the group was quite busy keeping the layout running at all times, there was ample time to get to know and exchange ideas with fellow proto modelers from throughout Europe. Personally, I was very impressed by the high level of detailing that was shown in many of the French and British layouts. It was inspiring to see how much care went into modeling even the smallest scene that could be easily overlooked at first glance.