7mm, Railway, Wimblehurst Road

St. Albans show 2016

As mentioned in an earlier post I was the hired help for 50 Shades which meant an early start from a snowy Croydon yesterday

Thameslink from East Croydon only takes an hour which I thought “typical – easy to get to and this is the last year the Chiltern Model Railway Association are having the show in St. Albans” next year will be Stevenage – ar well you cannot win them all.

The venue – St Albans Arena is a theatre so not best suited for a model railway exhibition so I can see why they have decided to move. Disabled access is poor and with 50 shades we were crammed up in the gods which is not ideal. Most of all the lighting is not brilliant and it is one place you defiantly need layout lighting, however I will miss the place as it has a sense  of character but wish CMRA every success in their new venue. 

So back to the layouts. Quite a few I had seen and a lot have featured in these pages before, however there were a few gems

Rolvendon P4, Robin Gay

Always been fascinated by the Kent & East Sussex – indeed my own Wimblehurst Road will feature aspects of a Col. Stephens light railway, so the pictures may give some clues!

 Tresparrett Wharf

Rumour has it that this layout has travelled at 125mph! Brought up on the train from its home in the West Country, Maurice Hopper did indeed bring his S scale layout up on an Inter city 125.

Red Wharf Bay 2mm

A lovely 2mm scale layout from Paul Derrick. Features a branchline in Anglesy, N. Wales and the photos do not do it justice

 Priory Lane

Another N gauge layout built by Malcolm Goodger. Well presented with some nice touches.

 Back to S scale with Kingsmere by Chris Longley – very much under development but a nice concept all the same.

 Webbs Wharf

This O gauge layout by Michael Watts may be familiar to those of you who read the Modeller as it has recently featured.

So there you have it – the end of an era.


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