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Beckenham Show 2018

Had the great honour of operating Trevor Nunns S gauge layout Trowland owning to Mr P being otherwise engaged. Lovely layout to operate. Surprising the number of people who thought it was either P4 or O and were quite surprised at it being S. Here are the photos

I did manage a quick flit round the rest of the show.

Arun Quay

The Wallers Haven Light Railway

The Wealden Cement Company (3mm)

Medway Quay


All in all a most enjoyable day.


MRJ 262

Worth a read

Manning Wardle K announced by Minerva for 7mm

Uckfield show

Had an enjoyable weekend at Uckfield show. Got to meet Olly and Chris (thanks for the help Saturday) and went to the social Saturday night with a lovely dinner and food pint of Harvey’s.

The downside – the layout behaved like a pig, total points failure all weekend plus ripped the track up from the 3 road fiddle Yard and then to top it all the long siding point blade dropped. Then there were the niggles, uncoupling Stock lack of engines, still all down to experience and hopefully Beckenham this weekend will be better.

Thanks must go to Tony P for his help on Sunday but my overwhelming thanks must go to Mr P not only for transporting the layout and operating help but for his company.

Here are the photos

Weymouth Show

I had the privilege of being invited to operate 50 Shades of Grey at Weymouth Show. You may recall that I helped operate the layout at St Albans in January when did actually snow! My how time flys.

Amongst other layouts at the show were Chris Challis “Cheddar ”

Then there was Gas Cupboards “Wisteria Collop” and essay in 009

Local area layouts featured, firstly Wimborne 

And Blandford

And bang up to date “Didcot A”

And last but not least an Emmett style layout “Scratchy Bottom”

A good show as always one hopefully I can get to next year.

Beckenham Show 2

The Irish 3mm Group with Ballyconnel Road

Beckenham Show

Popped into Beckenham show today, not bad – here is  Brian Cameron’s Bodgit 

Penpoll Quay

As some of you may know I have a penchant for O gauge. One layout that caught my eye at Northolt was Penpoll Quay and Southern/Western region layout in the China clay area of the South west. A lovely Beattie Well tank was running along with a GW Pannier. Very nicely modelled and I particularly liked the Cameo scene.

Here are the photos

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.

Orpington & District Model Railway show

The O&DMRS held their annual show at Pratts Bottom this weekend so  a visit with the good Mr. P was called for.

Although a small show always worth a visit for the quality of layouts and a bonus this year in that they had a 3mm one BallyConnel Road

There was also a rather nice OO layout Trezeath representing a N Cornwall might have been (note first bus on bridge spotted this year Mr P!)

There were 2 EM gauge layouts the first being Admiralty Exchange Sidings located in the Medway area of Kent

  The second EM layout Harpur Hill quarry featured a limestone quarry near Buxton, Derbyshire 
O Gauge was represented by Halfway a narrow gauge forestry line

Not to be left out N was ably demonstrated by Newton Craig set in the lowlands of Scotland (does a coach on a bridge count?).

I am not a lover of Continental layouts so there is just one photo taken from afar of Adlerplatz an HO German layout

All in all a nice little show.

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