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The Alton exhibition 6 February 2016 – 1

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After another busy week at work, a little railway therapy was called for.  Derek Atfield suggested a visit to the Alton show, and this seemed altogether a good idea.  We arrived at 10am and wondered why there was no queue outside – easy, it opened at 10:30am.  At least we got one of the last car park spaces, although the smell of frying bacon from the kitchen was cruel, to say the least.

It turned out to be a very worthwhile visit.  Some very good layouts, and good trade support (and even better, I only bought some very cheap wagons.)  My show highlight was Wyandotte Siding, a Southern Pacific Californian branchline in HO.

I very much liked the sense of identity and location in the model – you knew it was SP without a train on the layout.  In the photograph below we have palms, a fruit growers association shed, citrus…

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