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Hayward’s Heath MRE

Myself and Mr P paid a visit to the Hayward’s Heath Show held at the Dolphin Leisure Centre. Apart from the parking which was horrendous (found that Mr P is very good at reversing his car down a long road!) the show held in 2 halls was pretty good.

A variety of scales (alas no 3mm) some decent layouts were on show. We also met a few Society members both 3mm and O.16.5 so had a good chinwag too.

Unlike a lot of exhibitions these days a decent guide was provided too.

Here are the photos

Well Creek Basin -7mm

Hobbs Hill -4mm OO

Southbridge -N

Frimley North -4mm OO

Gouttieres -HO

Haynes Lane -7mm O

Dorchester Jct -4mm FS

Banbury (Oxfordshire) -N

Arnold Lane -7mm O

Chelwood Exchange -4mm OO

Battledown -N

Dougdale -4mm OO

Hope Hill -7mm O

Ashenden Jct -N

Staindrop -7mm O

These were the pick of the bunch for me. Very enjoyable show apart from the parking.

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Ally Pally exhibition

Mr P and I visited the BRM sponsored MRC exhibition at Alexandra Palace yesterday.

Because on engineering works at the Cross we took the London Overground up to Highbury & Islington and then Great Northern to Alexandra Palace.

After a walk up the hill (both wishing we’d caught the bus) and a pint we went round the exhibition.

One observation was that it was a case of hunt the layout due to the vast number of trade stands. Some layouts we had both seen before whilst others were new to us.

Here are the photos

Cambrian (0)

Hornby Harry Potter

North Foreland (0)

Andy Cudducks C&L Layout

C/w Getty the gas axe!

Rather nice Blue period N

Colin Wilson Eastern Region EM layout

L&Y (4mm)

Wickwar (N)

Fenchurch St Peters (4mm)

Lower Exbury (4mm)

Rolvendon (4mm)

Ealing Road (Model Railway Challenge)

& of course the scale no exhibition should be without

3mm – Ballyconnel Road

All in all a good exhibition. Also we had an ahhh moment – hedgehog 🦔 numbers are seriously reduced so fundraising well in hand!

Bus back to the station and some LNER action whilst waiting for the train home.

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Normandy Group O Gauge Layout

On the way down to Weymouth this morning popped into the Mid Hants at Alresford with the good Mrs D for breakfast.

Being their Spring Gala weekend they had a Model railway layout in the old goods shed.

The Normandy O gauge group are locally based and came along with their SR shed layout. Lovely modelling along with some lovely locos.

As you can see plenty Dapol RTR on Show with a plethora of Terriers!

Being upstairs also gave an opportunity to see the stuff stored out the back. Amongst the berthed coaches was the BR Standard 2-6-4t being restored.

Also hanging on the wall is the nameplate for Sir Fredrick Pile.

After our visit we adjourned to the West Country buffet on the station for an egg bap each – lovely!

A short unexpected visit but always a pleasure 😊

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O Gauge Guild Spring Show 2019 – Steve’s 009 and 09 Adventure

Saturday the 2nd March gave me a problem. Two exhibitions on the same day. The Norfolk and Suffolk Narrow Gauge Modellers annual show was in Beccles and the O Gauge Guild Spring Show in Kettering. It might have been possible to visit both but my ‘Dad’s Taxi’ duties meant that I didn’t have time. I…
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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

Broadlands

All in all a most enjoyable day.

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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

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Tonbridge model railway exhibition

Tonbridge MRS exhibition is one of the highlights of February and this year I was invited to help the Croydon lads with Hemlock which is a representation of the Hemyock branch. The scale as you may of guessed is 3mm and Hemlock was originally 12mm gauge and modelled for reverse running where the station was entered from the dairy end instead of from the other direction as on the prototype. The stream running alongside was also made into a canal. However the decision was taken a few years ago now to change the track gauge to 14.2 and thus to accommodate this the running line was changed to come in from the proper direction, although the canal stayed.

Here are some photos of Hemlock

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Sorry for the trees but I have a penchant for model trees and just had to feature these excellent examples made by Mike Davey of Croydon club.

Tonbridge club looked after us and dinner was Shepherds Pie and veg followed by Apple slice and cream. Later also came the cakes (of which I should of taken a few photos ala Phil Parker).

A very enjoyable day and thanks to the Croydon lads for inviting me along. Here are a few pics I took of some of the layouts there.

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