Bournemouth N Trak Convention – 2017

As promised in last week’s post, this week will be about the Bournemouth N Trak Convention which was held here in the UK last weekend.

For those who don’t know what N Trak is all about, have a look at my post covering this convention from 2014 which can be found here.  I gave a description and showed many shots of the N Trak layout, the same one we used this year.

As usual a real mix of rolling stock and locomotives run on the layouts over the three days as all the participants run their new acquisitions and their tried and tested favorites.  For example, below you can see a modern-day UP heritage locomotive and an 1880s 4-4-0 working the yard.

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Yosemite Valley Railroad 4-4-0 No.22 waits for a train as other locomotives go about their duties.

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Later in the day No. 22 moves some freight cars into the lumber mill.

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Although switching the industries is fun the main action on is on the three main lines and we had plenty to see.  Union Pacific had a big presence and not just in quantity.  Below is a video of a weathered Scale Trains 8500 Gas Turbine running through town.

Not to be outdone a brass 8500 GTEL made by Overland Models was also running the rails, again nicely weathered.

In fact we had several of the new Scale Trains 8500 GTELS on the layout. Here’s another one with a long train of ethanol tankers.  Hmm, large turbine exhausts and ethanol tankers, is that a good idea?!

But just as with the real 8500 Turbines, these were replaced and what could be better than the A-B-A set of C-855s from Alco?

But they were short-lived and now we have a pair of EMD SD9043MACs hauling a wind turbine train.

Plenty of other railroads had a good run as well.  Below is a Southern Pacific cab forward.

A pair of Santa Fe GP30s with a fast freight.

A pair of Santa Fe FP40s with the ‘Cat train’ delivering Caterpillar machinery.

And a brass set of Milwaukee Road Erie Builts with Hiawatha stream liner.

Switching carried on in the background as you can see by this Pennsylvania S2.

Again the Black Diamonds came with several modules from their large modular collection; this time it was a large grain facility.

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This allowed a lot of switching action while the main line remained busy with trains.

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A motel was situated at one end of the grain facility, ideal lodgings for rail fans.

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As usual the layout was topped and tailed with large looped yards.

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There were several other scenic boards in the setup, such as this rustic farmstead.

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This also added operational interest to the layout as everything else was a double track main line, except this bridge, so trains had to wait their turn to cross.

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And it was at this bridge where I managed to catch some trains on film.

A Western Pacific stream liner slows and runs across the river.

This Micro-Trains collectors’ set of State cars, locomotives and caboose looked very impressive.

My Southern Pacific overnight train made an appearance powered by an A-B-B-A set of F7s.

A lone Santa Fe FP45 pulls a long freight over the river.

An Arizona Eastern Railway trio of locos trundle over the bridge with a mixed freight.

And finally, do you remember that 1880s 4-4-0 from the beginning of the post?  Well here it is crossing the river with log, freight and passenger car train.

This convention, although small, is always great fun and I would like to thank the members of the N Trak, the Black Dimonds, Neil’s Engaging Trains and the N scale Architect for making the event happen.

Next week I’ll be back to 3D printing and will have some new couplings to share with you.

A Great End to a Great Exhibition

So this weekend was another exhibition with the Gosport AMR group layout ‘Solent Summit’ and we were at the Hampton Court Model Railway Club’s exhibition ‘Tolworth Showtrain‘.

The show is a two-day exhibition, and fills three large halls with a great variety of layouts and traders. We took eighteen of our scenic modules totaling 71′ of mainline plus two staging yards, each with 116′ of trains.

And much to our surprise we won, by popular vote, the ‘Best Layout’ of the show award.

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In truth we tied with another large British outline OO layout, but given there were lots of fantastic layouts at the show, we are very pleased.

So thanks should be given to our team who set up the layout, ran it for two days and packed it all away, having a great time along the way.

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I had a lot of 3D printed locomotives and rolling stock on the layout which created a good deal of interest.  EMD DD35s, Baldwin DT-6-6-2000s and Alco C-855s were hauling freight trains around the layout and Yosemite Valley Railroad log cars could be seen trundling up and down behind Yosemite Valley 4-4-0 No 22.

Sadly my camera wasn’t working so well and a lot of the videos I took haven’t come out as I had hoped.  That being said I have a few to share with you even though they may be a bit fuzzy.

N Scale trains over the Warsash Wye Trestle (Tolworth Show 2016)

N Scale trains at the road crossing (Tolworth Show 2016)

UP C-855 Set with a reefer train through Watson’s Siding (Tolworth Show 2016)

Having gained experience of organizing and managing a show I have even more appreciation of the exhibitions we are invited to take part in, and this show in particular was very well run.

Next week I should be back to drawing some 3D projects and I will share the progress with you.

A Season of Exhibitions

This week’s post will simply be a quick note about what I have coming up as this is a very busy week for me.

The main reason why I’m so busy is this Sunday, the 6th of November, will be the Poole & District Model Railway Society’s annual exhibition held at Poole Grammar School on Gravel Hill, and for the first time, I’m the Exhibition Manager.

psmrs-2016-poster-a4There will be fifteen layouts at this show including my other club’s US layout ‘Solent Summit’. Fingers crossed the show goes smoothly, I’m looking forward to it and it’s been a great experience learning the ropes of putting on a show.

And the fun doesn’t stop there because the week after, the 12th and 13th of November, Solent Summit will be at the Hampton Court Model Railway Club’s exhibition ‘Tolworth Showtrain‘.

And to round up the fun the Gosport American Model Railroad Group we will also be having a small exhibition at St. Mary’s Church Parish Center, Alvastoke, Gosport PO12 2ET on the 19th of October and a smaller section of Solent Summit will be there, as well as other models from the group.

That’s all for this week. Wish me well for the show, and I’ll see you on the other side!

The Andover Modelex 2016

As promised in this week’s post I’ll be bringing you some photos and videos from the Andover Model Railway Club’s annual exhibition, ‘Modelex 2016’.

The exhibition was held at the John Hanson School in Andover over the 3rd and 4th of September 2016.  As expected there was a good selection of layouts and traders to entertain the crowds.  I was there along with my club, the Gosport American Model Railroad Group, and we were exhibiting our modular N Scale layout ‘Solent Summit’: well about two thirds of it.  As normal what happens with these shows is my time is consumed by operating our layout, even with a team of five it takes all of us, but I was able to get around the show and see most of the layouts.

So here is a whirlwind tour.

To start we have ‘Botleigh Old North Road’.  This is a 4mm/00 Gauge layout by Ian Corps.

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The layout is modeled on a fictitious engine shed on the Southern Region.

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The layout is all about showing off locomotives.

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Steam and diesel locos worked the yard; naturally the diesels looked a lot newer and cleaner.

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The layout itself had a lot of detail and I’m sure I could spend hours looking at it before I found everything.

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I think the Q1 on the turntable needs a good scrub!

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Next we have the first of two O scale layouts ‘Goonhilly’ built by Steve Rogerson of the Andover Model Railway Club.

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O scale is fantastic at showing detail, in the guards’ van or ‘Toad’ the crew are sitting down having a chat while the class 14 and auto coach trundle into the station.

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At one end of the layout was a beautifully modeled bridge.

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The first N gauge layout is ‘Barrack Way’ built by Dave & Rene Lear.  The layout is aptly names and it’s based around a large army barracks.

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As with all Dave & Rene’s layouts it’s the hundreds of vehicles, people and scenes that makes them fun and this one is no exception.

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Next we go to a layout modeling an imagery terminus next to an alpine lake in Switzerland, ‘Schwarzee’, built by Martin Axford.

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Mike showed me pictures of the actual building he based the station on from his travels in Switzerland and he has this one spot on.

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The next layout was, I think, the best in the show and it won the public choice for best in show as well.  ‘Lydgate’ built by Dave Spencer is an imaginary 4mm/00 Gauge layout based on the railways of the industrial Forest of Dean.

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As I’m from the town of Lydney in the Forest Of Dean, and have been a member of the Dean Forest Railway for most of my life, this layout was a joy to see.

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The attention to detail was wonderful and the depth created by the scenes transported me back to the forest.

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The second O scale layout was ‘Praa Sands’ built by Tony Collins also from the Andover Model Railway Club.

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The next N Gauge layout is ‘Garsdale Head’ built by Michael Le Marie.

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It is designed to have a Settle & Carlisle look (an iconic railway in the UK) and it does that well.

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‘James Town’ is the next layout although it has nothing to do with me!  It belongs to Andrew & James Bernett and is a fictitious American-themed On30 layout and was lots of fun.

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The layout has several loops on different levels with a variety of trains running around.  Below is a short video of one of the larger steamers passing by.  As you can see from the character in the foreground, from the movie ‘Cars’, having fun is what this layout is about.

‘Mortonhampstead’ is the next layout and is 4 mm/OO Gauge.  Built by Andy & Ryan Lamb it depicts a branch line terminus.

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There were also four other layouts at the show, two I have covered in other exhibition reviews so I will simply link back to those, but it was nice to see them again.

Brighton East – 4mm/EM Gauge layout built by David Smith.

Hollow Fosse – 3mm / TT Gauge layout built by John Thomas.

‘Portsea’  –  3mm / TT Gauge layout built by Paul Hopkins & John Wakeman.  Sadly I didn’t get any photos of this great layout thinking I had already covered it in a different exhibition review; so it will have to wait until the next time I see it.

The fourth layout is ‘Croydon North Street’ built by Darren Johnson, this lovely layout will be appearing in the Poole Model Railway Exhibition on the 6th of November so I will share it with you then.

So that just leaves our layout, ‘Solent Summit’.  For this exhibition we had 23 of our scenic modules plus the two big yards and I managed to catch some shots and videos from different points.

An A+B set of Northern Pacific F7s leaving ‘Cascade Falls’ with a local freight.

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A pair of Burlington Northern SD24s on the oil train.

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The oil train rumbled on through town heading for ‘Solent Summit’ in the video below.

A lone Santa Fe SD45 switched ‘Dilithium Propellants’ as the big trains rolled by.

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A Great Northern switcher collects paperwork from the tower at the lumber yard ready for the day’s work.

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Sierra Railroad no. 38 waits with a former Northern Pacific rotary snow plow, heavy snow is forecast for tonight high on the pass.  The Union Pacific Portland Rose awaits its departure from ”Solent Summit and over the pass, hopefully before the snow starts.

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The UP Portland Rose is now ready to head out from ‘Solent Summit’.

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In the video below the Portland Rose crosses the ‘Warsash Wye Trestle’ just past ‘Solent Summit’. As the last of the cars clear the station limits and the heavy challenger clears the trestle the driver opens the regulator.

The UP was also handling the troop train as it passed through town.  This Big Boy made light work of this heavy train.

The BN oil train finally arrived in ‘Solent Summit’ just ahead of the Southern Pacific Daylight powered by an A-B-A lash up of Alco PAs.

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A long UP freight powered by a GP35, GP7 and a pair of GP20s crosses the ‘Warsash Wye Trestle’ and runs through ‘Solent Summit’.

As well as snow, ‘Solent Summit’ must be expecting power trouble tonight because UP have supplied an old EMD DD35 to provide power for the small town.

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Sierra 37 & 39 double head a freight train past ‘Watson’s Siding’.

The Santa Fe California Limited passes ‘New Mills Halt’, this train is too important to stop here and runs on west.

The Aloc PAs prepare to leave ‘Solent Summit’ with the SP Daylight jumping ahead of the BN oil train.

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The Virginia Rail Express Commuter train powered by a MPI MP36PH-3C waits at ‘New Mills Halt’ for the shift change at the factory.  The factory still uses the trusty Shay to move boxcars around.

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I had a great time at the Andover Modelex 2016 and I could not have done it without my club.  Thanks to the Andover Model Railway Club and to my team for putting on a great show.  From the left, Chris, myself, Bernie, Ted, Morgan & Chris.

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‘Solent Summit’, well parts of it, will next be appearing at Fareham Railex on 1st and 2nd of October, the 28th to the 30th of October at the NMRA(BR) convention in Meriden, the 6th of November at the Poole And Districts Model Railway Society’s annual exhibition and the 10th and 11th of November at the Hampton Court Model Railway Societies Tolworth Show.

Maybe we will see you there.

Spring Is Here

It’s been a nice weekend and it feels like Spring really is around the corner and the exhibition season is getting underway. So with that in mind I thought I would use this week’s post to share with you some of the exhibitions I will be at with the Gosport American Model Railroad Group’s layout, ‘Solent Summit’.

Fordingbridge Model Railway Exhibition on Saturday 16 April 2016.

This one-day show hosted by the The Rotary Club of Fordingbridge will be held at the Avonway Community Centre, 6 Shaftesbury Street, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, SP6 1JF, UK.

You can read more abou the show here.

‘Modelex 2016’ Model Railway Exhibition on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th September 2016.

This two-day show hosted by the Andover Model Railway Club will be held at the John Hanson Community School, Floral Way, Andover, Hants, SP10 3PB, UK.

You can read more about the show here.

Poole Model Railway Exhibition on Sunday 6th November 2016.

This one-day show hosted by the Poole & District Model Railway Society will be held at The Poole Grammar School, Gravel Hill, Poole, Dorset, BH17 9JU, UK.

You can read more about the show here.

‘Tolworth Showtrain’ Model Railway Exhibition on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th November 2016.

This two-day show hosted by the Hampton Court Model Railway Society will be held at the Tolworth Recreation Centre, Fullers Way North, Tolworth, Surrey KT6 7LQ, UK.

You can read more about the show here.

So if you are in the area and fancy coming along please come and find me and say hello.

Not wanting to leave you without any trains to look at this week here is a link to a short train video taken at a club running meet this weekend.

D&RGW GP60s and a 2-8-4 Berkshire battling through Solent Summit Station with a long freight.

Poole & District Model Railway Society Exhibition 2015

Over the last three weeks I have been sharing American model railroads with you from the NMRA BR Convention. So in this week’s post I will be sharing some English model railways from last Sunday, the 8th of November 2015, Poole & District Model Railway Society’s annual exhibition.

The exhibition which was held at the Poole Grammar School on Gravel Hill in Poole, Dorset, England.  As the show is only a one day event the majority of the layouts are small due to the time it takes to set up larger ones.  However this is no reflection on the quality and we had some great layouts this year.

To start with we have ‘Addiston South’ built by Paul Egleton.  This is modeled in EM gauge  and is 15ft end to end layout.

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Here is Paul’s description of the layout.

‘The layout is based on the now demolished Addiscombe station in Croydon, which closed with the last train on 31st May 1997. Addiscombe was the terminus at the end of a two and a half mile branch line from Elmers End on the main line to Hayes. The only other station on the branch was Woodside, this being a junction with a line to Selsdon until 1984. The carriage sidings along side the station have been retained but the carriage shed has been replaced by the goods yard and a warehouse based on the one near East Croydon station. The passenger stock is mainly Southern Region EMUs working the half hourly shuttle from the mainline. Freights are worked by a variety of diesel locomotives. Most of the scenery is by Woodland Scenics. Buildings are constructed using Slaters or Wills products. The period of the layout is 1968 to 1974.’

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On the end of the layout I loved the station entrance scene; it was beautifully modeled but it was also at a different angle to the baseboard giving a greater feeling of reality.

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Here is BMRG’s description of the layout.

The Fiction

Hedges Hill Cutting is just that, a cutting located in the suburbs of south London at some time in the early 1990s.

The Facts

Hedges Hills Cutting is a popular and well-known layout and so when its originator Grahame Hedges decided to sell the layout in 2008 The Bentley Model Railway Groupleapt at the opportunity to add this little gem to their collection.

The layout is extremely compact, the original narrow width of the layout was the maximum that would fit through the loft hatch where the layout was stored. Also being the first exhibition layout that Grahame built it was a test bed for his various modelling ideas and he opted to avoid the hassle of joining baseboards. Thus the whole layout was designed to fit on a single board that could be handled by one person plus had a strong chance of reaching completion before interest waned and desire to start something new took over.

All the buildings and structures on the layout, with the exception of one SR platelayers hut (in the single line refuelling yard), are scratch built from cardboard. Some commercial modelling products have been used, such as the Ratio water tank and factory chimney, Plastruct girders, PECO wagon tanks, and occasionally plastic embossed roofing sheets, but the vast majority are made from card either covered with brick paper or simply painted with acrylics.

Many of the buildings on the layout are of actual prototypes, either modified to suit the location on the layout, or built as they really stand. For such a small layout there are quite a few buildings and all of them are modelled, along with the railway, in space a maximum of 15 inches wide and less than six feet long.

There are three pubs (the Ship and Royal Standard from Croydon and the Beehive from Peckham), a wealth of shops (Halfords, British Gas showroom, Hedges Healthfoods, Ace Cabs, Newsagents, and Ladbrokes) plus one closing down and one up for let (which is typical for the era), a bank (Lloyds), a building society (Lambeth), an Indian restaurant (Natraj), over twenty domestic houses, various industrial buildings, a London Transport underground station (based on New Cross Gate station without its pitched roof), a gas holder site and a brewery (very loosely based on Robinsons Unicorn brewery in Stockport). Please note that the LT station is assumed to be the ground level entrance with the tube lines and platforms deep underground and out of sight below Hedges Hill.

The North end tunnel entrance is based on Denmark Hill tunnel (with three lines instead of four) and the middle road bridge is loosely modelled on Goat House bridge at West Norwood complete with its outside sewerage pipe.

The location was chosen as Grahame lived in various locations in South London for quite a few years and his railway experience and interest is in the electric third rail, which is not very often modelled in N gauge. Selecting the Network South East area of London meant an urban setting with buildings and industrial developments as opposed to the more usually modelled and unjustifiably popular green rural scene with fields and farms. Urban settings often offered what Grahame considered more interesting architecture and civil engineering.

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I always find the fiddle yards at the back fascinating.

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I think that truck must have serious engine problems as it was there all day!

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Here is a short video of ‘Hedges Hill Cutting’.

As well as show layouts we also had a display from Computer Control & DCC.  This team of DCC experts have a very nice display allowing visitors to try different brands of DCC systems.  Below is a an example of the ESU ECoS pod.

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On each pod is the DCC controller and all the associated control equipment such as point controllers and track detection equipment. Plus a section of track with a point/turnout which is connected to the system.  The locomotive also has a sound decoder.  This allows the team to demonstrate the features of that particular system and allow the visitor to try it out.

This pod below is the Roco Z21.  This system is designed to interface with your tablet or smart phone for train control; note the WiFi unit next to the Z21.

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As well as the DCC controllers the team also have a computer controlled demonstration layout that can be totally automated or operated via the computer using the Traincontroller software.

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Trainconttroller is the system used on the McKinly Railway that I visited several months ago and you can read my post about that here.

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Although this exhibition is in England we still had some US HO layouts and the first was ‘Hinkle Mill’ built by Neil Lancaster.

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Here is what Neil has to say about the layout.

‘This layout is based on a short line railroad in the USA which served the Hinkle Milling Company, a 19th century feed mill which served Thomasville, North Carolina. The mill supplied all sorts of grain and was packaged there for various livestock and poultry feeds. Hay was sold along with fertilisers, lime and seeds.

Whilst the feed mill itself is depicted fairly accurately, some modelling licence has been taken with the location and design of the outbuildings and fertiliser plant. Yes, the hay barn really did have a walnut tree growing through the roof!

The layout is operated by a Digitrax DCC control system and some of the locomotives have sound installed. The buildings are all scratch built with some based on prototype drawings. Track is by Peco.’

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I loved the tree growing through the roof of the John Deere building.  Neil said he has a photograph of that so it really did happen!

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As well as the model shops and traders we had some very interesting stands.  Below are some photos of Greenwood MRP display.  They produce quality laser cut full indexing turntable systems and other wood structures in most scales.  The coach and the turntable below is O Scale.

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This turntable is OO/HO.

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The next layout is ‘Springfield’ which is an O Scale GWR layout built by Phil Dawling.

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Here is what Phil has to say about ‘Springfield’.

‘Springfield is a market town in the Southwest of England, the branch line joins the main Yeovil to Weymouth just North of Maiden Newton.’

Built by local landowners and operated by the GWR for the local company.

The line is approximately fifteen miles in length with one or two steep Gradients, hence the trains are fairly short.’

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The next layout is also our second US HO layout, ‘Red Hook Bay’.  It was built by Mike Carter and won our ‘Barry Beacock’ award for best layout in the exhibition.

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Here is what Mike says about the layout.

‘Red Hook Bay is a fictitious busy seaport on the coast of Maine, USA.

Besides the local fishing industry it has a brewery and a dairy.

Set in the late steam/early diesel era, also a local tram service can be seen running to the tram stop in front of Hokums Burlesque Theatre on Main Street.

To add to the realism the magnificent structures have been deliberately made to look a little worse for wear.

The layout is operated with a Digitrax DCC System which allows independent control of the locos, Switching (shunting) using Kadee couplers and Under track magnets.’

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You can see more photos of Red Hook Bay here from my review of the NMRA Benson Winter meet in 2014.

Ray Heard Model Railways is a another of our local traders and as usual he had an impressive sales stand of models trains for sale.  I was particularly impressed with this set of express locomotives in O scale representing three of the big four British railways before privatization.

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The next layout is an Sm Gauge model railway called ‘THE SHK-bahn’ built by David Ward.  What makes this layout particularly interesting is it’s a working rack railway (also know rack-and-pinion railway or cog railway).

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Here is what David had to say about the layout.

The Saxeten Gemeinde Karren-bahn is set in the Bernese Oberland region of Switzerland around the village of Saxeten. It is a metre gauge rack railway built to a scale of 5mm to one foot – very close to S scale.

The origins of the railway lie in the end of the 1890s, when the villagers of Saxeten saw the Berner Oberland Bahn (opened 1890) bring increased prosperity to the villages of the Lütschinen valleys. Accordingly a plan was developed to link Saxeten with Grisalp and Kiental

The model uses rack assistance to negotiate the steep inclines, and the catenary is fully working.

All the stock is scratch-built, and the locomotives use Fleischmann, Hornby or hand built chasses. The track is a mixture of hand built and proprietary.’

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Here is some video of the rack locomotives working up the hills.

The Slim Gauge Society from the Slim Gauge Circle also had a display stand.

PDMRS 2015 Slim Hauge Society

PDMRS 2015 Slim Hauge Society 1 PDMRS 2015 Slim Hauge Society 2 PDMRS 2015 Slim Hauge Society 3 PDMRS 2015 Slim Hauge Society 4 PDMRS 2015 Slim Hauge Society 5 PDMRS 2015 Slim Hauge Society 6 The next layout is ‘Trelill’ built by Josh Voce and is an N Gauge set in the Southern region.

PDMRS 2015 Trelill

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Here is what Josh has to say about ‘Trelill’.

‘The model is set in the “withered arm” area of British Railways between 1948-1966.

The village of Trelill never had a station even though the North Cornwall Railway ran close by.

There is a mixture of passenger and goods service that serve the station including the passing of the famous Atlantic Coast Express twice a day.’

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The staging yard at the rear of the layout utilized a pair of traversers to swap out trains in each direction.

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Here is a short video of two local trains passing at Trelill.

The final layout from this year’s show is a 009 Gauge layout called ‘Wickhambreux Rd’ built by David Marshall.

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Here’s what David has to say about ‘Wickhambreux Rd’.

The layout depicts Wickhambreux Road on the Canterbury Light Railway, the line was built by the local colliery.

The colliery needed a railway to give them access to the port of Dover and also the rest of the network to distribute its high grade coal.

The CLR ran a variety of locomotives & stock but due to its very run down condition it finally it closed in 1951.’

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The curved backdrop on this layout really added depth to it and having the road raised behind the railway also added to this effect.

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And that was the 2015 PDMRS exhibition.  Next year’s show promises to be bigger, with more layouts, but with the same quality the show has built up over the last few years.  For those of you that regularly come to this show or are thinking about it for next year please note that it will be moving forward by one week and in 2016 it will be on the 6th of November.

In next week’s post I plan to get back to showing you more of my 3D printed drawing work for some of my upcoming projects.