Vintage Toy Train Show
Report by Bob Leggett
photos and video, Dave McCarthy
A Sunny Day at Alresford
Thanks to everyone who contributed towards the show and to all those that made the effort to come.
Approximately £1000 will be donated to local groups including the Alresford Branch of the Save The Children Fund (for manning the doors) The St John Ambulance for selling raffle tickets, the Elizabeth Foundation for Children and various School projects including the Under 15’s Rugby team who arranged the car parking.
Nearly one thousand visitors enjoyed probably the best Alresford Show yet. The sun shone all day and the courtyard was full throughout with punters enjoying the BBQ, ice cream and real ale as well as outside traders and exhibits.
The outside exhibits included a Tri-ang Minic Narrow Gauge Railway locomotive displayed by Mike Slatter and his partner Becky. In remarkably good condition, Mike met many who remember riding behind one on holiday and some who actually had owned them.
Peter Stenning displayed his engaging Timpo set complete with several skirmishes between Britain’s Union and Confederate soldiers including a wrecked train.
Richard Precious, who runs Iron Horse videos, operated LGB Bachmann on the ground and had several engines digitally controlled so two or three were running on the same circuit.
David Lord once again had his 4 lane Scalextric race track which is used for corporate events. He raised money for his daughter’s Brownie group by charging a small fee for the public to race.
George Voller was also selling items on behalf of the Talyllnyn Railway.