3mm Society

St. James Northampton, Model Railway Exhibition

Visited the show in Northampton organised by the 3mm Society Northampton group to raise funds for St. James church. Thanks to an accident on the worlds longest car park known as the M25 we got up there later than anticipated and after spending 15 minutes looking for somewhere to park Mr P and I made it to the venue. Churches make ideal venues for model railway exhibitions, plenty of space and usually a good kitchen on hand. The only downside really is that they can only used on a Saturday as some other bloke uses them on Sundays!

There was a fair smattering of layouts. Steve Fackerell had come all the way up from Dorset with Hennock and tried to hid from the camera

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I featured Hennock on my blog about the Warley show and is indeed a fine layout. One of the layouts that took Mr.P’s fancy was Petton originally built by Mark Haynes but now owned by Geoff Tew. Measuring 4ft x 1ft 6ins this is indeed a compact layout built to 12mm gauge, 3mm scale running both kit built stock & modified Triang

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Next up was Hemyock Road, Mark Haynes current layout based on the old GWR branch line to Hemyock. The layout is built to 3mm standards, with 12mm gauge soldered track, open top baseboard, scratch built buildings and again running kit built stock and the odd Triang item. Very impressed with the layout and I have asked Mark to bring it along to the AGM in May.

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Lastly 2 layouts owned by Kevin West – Triang 1957 to 1967 and Sabins End. Triang 1957 to 1967 demonstrates just a sample of the items produced by Triang during those years to TT scale. Running on the Triang Type A track there is a vast amount of stock and demonstrates how TT stood for Table Top. A lovely layout, must admit I was getting high on the fumes from those Triang motors!

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Kevins other layout Sabins End will be appearing at the BRM show at Ally Pally in March. Again to 12mm gauge, this TT layout depicts a small country terminus station somewhere in England, again running kit built & modified Triang. The building kits are by Bilteezi.

An interesting layout ably demonstrating what can be done with TT.

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Last but not least, Peter Stratford was also attending with the 3mm Society publicity stand and demo. Being camera shy did not get any pictures of him – may be next time.

A good afternoon, despite the M25 & well done to the Northampton Group and thanks to Mr. Preece for his company.

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