A report by Bob
Leggett the show organiser
Pictures Dave McCarthy
Perfect weather (light rain early
with a dry cloudy afternoon) for a train
show ensured a record crowd of over 1000 visited this year's show.
Exhibitors really excelled
this year and many comments during
the day felt it was the best show yet.
In the assembly hall David Holmes and his wife plus friends from the
society were running pre-war stock and had a very rare Twin City
Station. I also noticed a four wheel WD tender loco to coincide with
on the Line weekend on the Watercress Line (more battle scenes
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Roy Savage and Sandy presented a lovely Tri-ang TT layout with a
stock and Roy also had some items for sale.
Bob Boekhout and Malcolm Pugh had set up a loose lay Tri-ang series
layout. Working from a rough plan a lovely layout appeared in time
start. I was particularly pleased to see an L1 pulling a rake of
First timers Peter Corish and friends from the Brickish association
up a wonderful 12' x 6' Lego layout. This was greatly admired for
reasons, the stock was fantastic and the layout created by Peter
several working at once. I was particularly taken by a West Country
Ashley Barton was on a farewell tour with his exquisite Airfix and
layout with some of the best kit alterations you will even see.
favourite with many it will be said to see it go. It will be broken
December and Ashley will be creating a new layout probably for two
time using some of the original layout buildings.
Steve Knight from the Kitmaster Society was also displaying a
made up and unmade models.
Derek Smith and his merry band of men had a great time with his
2 rail layout. Already one of the best on the circuit Derek is
hoping to add
a 6' extension shortly. A Dublo EMU and resprayed West Country were
the rounds when I passed by.
Peter Stenning came inside and displayed his Garden Railway
of concrete. Using Mamod track and with a variety of interesting
show the items in the correct setting Peter had several potential
to the garden.
Peter Gurd as usual came with a collection of interesting items,
he displayed several 00 gauge Tinplate sets mainly by Mettoy and
The Train Collectors Society stand
was 'manned' by the two Daves
John and Sue Ablett displayed their fantastic Wrenn layout with many
conversions and hundreds of rare accessories from the sixties by
Models, Minix, Lesney etc.
Les Martin and Neil Bowsher flew the flag for Tri-ang Super 4 and
had a very
neat 11' x 7' layout with two separate circuits of minic motorway.
Also running was a Brighton Bell 5-car set converted from Tri-ang
My reproduction Tri-ang Red Rattler
set, which had been beautifully
constructed from Miniclassics mould by Neil Smith, was also running.
On the Stage we are greeted by Nick Gillman who was running a
Southern stock on his 6' x 4' layout .I noticed a Tri-ang EMU and an
.The set was complemented by accessories from the 60's.
The McWilliams family had set up a fantastic child friendly 12' x 8'
railway on stage boards with lots of switches for kids to operate.
mother I noticed in the morning was still there late afternoon-her
One of the features of the layout was a pair of spirals, I lost
count on how many engines were operating at any one time.
Adam Stratton was tending a modern Hornby Scaledale layout for the
to control with stock donated by Hornby.
Amongst all this mayhem was Clive Gehle who had a neat Lone Star
both electric and push-a-long examples and Gulliver buildings. Clive
displayed some rare Lone Star and Linda toy train sets. As I was
this layout next to me was Rob van Teylingen who had come over from
Netherlands. Rob was delighted to see Lone Star and several other
which he had only ever seen in print.
In the Sports Hall the larger gauges were enthralling the public.
Roberts and members of the Bowman circle were having a great time
vintage engines steaming all day long.
Bryan Pentland had probably the most interesting display with his
of elevated railways. Pride of place goes to a Detroit (USA) built
Monorail. This was built in the 1930's for only two years before the
moved on to create Lincoln and Cadillac cars! Bryan had spent hours
restoring this set which ran beautifully all day.
Also a Distler Croc was performing on an elevated line and an
American Flyer seven car streamline
set was doing the rounds on the lower circuit. A wonderful display.
The Draycott family was down en mass and had set up their superb
rail layout. The detail on this layout is fantastic and it is a
view particularly when looking through the 'tunnel' of girder
John Ovenden and his troops (Just like the Dad's army models on the
had set up an excellent Hornby layout with lighted accessories. To
complement the War theme Howard Starkettle has created a realistic
(see Dave's pic). I hope those engines will be restored. As well as
ACE trains were also helping with the war effort. I did see a lovely
John and Bryony Holland had a 12' x 5' display of smaller O gauge
and battery trains. As I passed a battery powered black Mettoy 0-4-0
loco was on the inner circuit and a clockwork Hornby No 30 with
coaches was doing 4 circuits on one wind.
Adam Heeley with help from Bob Boorman was running mainly post war
gauge with Kleeware and Plasticville buildings. A very colourful
which also included a Tramcar shuttle by K Line (which is now part
Lionel group). A super layout.
Clive Parker was in amongst the traders with his excellent small
Mike Clark and his partner had the colourful Tri-ang Big Big layout.
was a nicely constructed set with two passing loops and a variety of
The rest of the Hall was taken over by 91 sales tables. I understand
brief conversations that most went home contented with the day's
the punters bucked the current trend and spent well on the day.
Despite the light rain in the morning there were still displays
Richard Precious had his excellent LGB and Playmobile laid out in
the old school house.
And another star of the show was Mike Slatter with his partner and
sister -in -law with his beautifully restored Tri-ang Minic railway.
ran the engine wit one Pullman coach on the short test track several
in the afternoon much to the delight of several children. Mike had
no one touch the rails as 36 volts is drawn on the live rails to get
train moving. Hours have been spent getting this ready for the show
was much admired.
Other displays included David Lord with his four lane Scalextric
used for corporate events and Francis Stapleton keep everyone (well
us) happy with his mechanical organ.
Alresford Rotary produced the best burgers in Hampshire (probably!)
Hepensatal kept everyone well lubricated with excellent beers from
The St John's Ambulance raised over £500 from the raffle and Fiona
Claire, Jon and Poppy Whale, Hilary and Wendy kept everyone fed and
with a variety of scrumptious home made cakes in the refreshment
Aldershot and District bus group ran a vintage bus from Alresford
the show and onto Bamdean Fete.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to
which raised £1200 for
I also believe it was probably the best yet.
Bob Leggett, Show Organiser