Now in its 17th
year the show again delighted approx 700 visitors with a
variety of layouts and over 90 sales tables. The sun was out
all day and with Real Ale, BBQ, Ice Cream and a Blues band
to entertain at lunch time, everyone (hopefully) had a great
The layouts were spread across two halls with all bar one of
the smaller gauges in the Assembly Hall. Here we had David
and Judy Holmes with a superb Trix layout which included a
working conveyor belt transferring coal from one siding to
Next to David, Eric Large made a welcome return with his
comprehensive Tri-ang TT layout. Every item produced by
Tri-ang is on this 8’ x 4’ set up and it was a delight to
see the layout again.
Chris Cheney had a Hornby Dublo 3 rail layout which the
public could operate and help raise funds for charity. I saw
many young lads operating the Royal Mail TPO set.
‘Here’s one I made earlier’ is that well known saying from
Blue Peter and Steve Knight with help from his son and
Ashley had set up a replica of the Blue Peter layout as per
the Blue Peter Annual in 1969. This brought back many
memories of Christopher Trace, Valerie Singleton as well as
Peter Purves to visitors.
Around the outside were Bob Beokhout and Malcolm Pugh with
an excellent large loose lay Tri-ang Series 3 three track
layout. This ran beautifully all day and is one of the
largest series three layouts I have seen. Also seen running
were a pair of Blue Emu’s!
This layout also featured the first Tri-ang Roundhouse with
ten Engine sheds and six water towers!
Stop Press by the end of
the day this had increased to twelve Engine Sheds!! See
Peter Corish and members of the Brickish Association again
amazed visitors with a stunning LEGO layout that had one of
the most interesting track arrangements ever seen. A large
30 inch high Viaduct completely made of LEGO took the trains
off the tables and back on again. Dave McCarthy’s photos
will show what I mean.
Les Martin, with stock from Neil Bowsher and scenery help
from Paul Rees flew the flag for Tri-ang Super 4. Neil’s six
coach Blue Pullman treated visitors on the high level
running for at least five hours and Minic Motorway was also
running on high and low level circuits.
Dave and Karen White had a loose lay Hornby Dublo/Wrenn
layout. With a variety of stock and a three canopy station
this was a super layout. At one time I spotted two Emu’s
were running round.
In front of the Stage Peter Gurd had a display of Tri-ang
Minic Railways and toys. Included were two rare Mr
Perrywinkle sets and some excellent Tri-ang push and go
Also in the hall, Tony Stanford and Rod Hannah manned the
TCS stand and I understand they signed up 5 new members plus
On the stage were four layouts. Clive Gehle had set up a
delightful Lone Star Treble-o-lectric layout with lots of
accessories, as well as a display of boxed sets. Clive was
also running some very late stock which was designed for N
Ray Jones had set up an all electric sixties layout. This
was actually a 6x 4 layout using Triang Super 4 track with
first issue Triang Catenary over the whole of the track work
including points. Ray was running Trix and Tri-ang catenary
locos and it was much admired all day.
The biggest attraction for the very young visitors was Gary
and Pauline Williams son’s TOMY layout. This was the largest
TOMY layout seen at Alresford and at least 12 Trains and
cars and Lorries were running at once. Many parents had a
tough time dragging their children away from this layout.
One young lad raised the roof twice when his mum tried to
take him away!
Adam Stratton was operating the Hornby 00 Scaledale layout
with stock kindly donated by Hornby. The public were allowed
to operate this layout and a steady flow of young train
enthusiasts took turns throughout the day.
In the Sports Hall the large gauges dominated although Ron
Macaskie and Derek Smith with friends from the Chiltern Rail
group had set up a large loose lay Hornby Dublo 3 rail
layout. With their reputation it was no surprise to see many
long trains. A very popular layout.
The Bowman circle again showed how well made their engines
are with another live steam layout. Many of these engines
were built in the 20’s and 30’s and are still performing
Howard Star-Keddle and John Ovenden
with fellow members of the Wessex HRCA group had set up
another excellent Hornby O gauge Electric layout. I was
particularly pleased to see an Eton
running around when I passed by and also spotted a bombed
train and German Stuka that had been shot down to compliment
the ‘War on the Line w/e ‘on the Mid Hants Steam Railway.
John and Briony Hollands had a super
Clockwork O gauge layout running Hornby,
Valley and other makes. I was particularly impressed with a
tin Shop that looks O gauge scale and is currently available
from a gift company full of toffees.
Another treat at the show was Bryan
Pentlands three level Tin plate layout using Marx high level
track twice to give a triple delight. As usual Bryan
had a variety of stock. As I passed a Hachette (electrified)
Coronation style engine was running around the top level.
Adam Heeley with help from Bob Boorman
were operating mainly Post war Lionel with many of the items
now made in China.
This was a very colourful layout and was well received.
Faller Hit Train produced in the 70’s and 80’s made a
welcome return and Andy and Elaine Hyelman did not
disappoint with a four track set up. Several of the trains
and scenery are a little quirky but nevertheless this makes
for a very interesting display.
Hidden amongst the traders was Clive Parker with his neat
Over ninety traders came to the show with most of them in
the sports hall. I understand trade was good considering the
current economic climate and many people I spoke to were
happy with their purchases. I saw at least two Triang two
tone green electric locomotives with new owners and two
Australian visitors I understand were pleased with their
The show also has outside attractions and Richard Pretious
and family had set up a large LGB display and were running a
huge variety of stock and towards the end of the day ran
some live steam.
David Lord ran his popular Scalextric corporate layout for
charity; The Aldershot and District bus group ran a vintage
bus to and from Alresford Station as well as having a sales
Matt and Ted Hepenstal sold Itchen Valley Real Ale and
raised £130 for charity.
‘Out of the Blue’ Blues band performed a huge number of well
known songs during the lunchtime.
we were treated to a fly past by a Spitfire and Hurricane
who also did aerobatics over Alresford and Ropley to
celebrate the War on the line event.
Many thanks to Fiona and Claire for organising the
refreshments and thanks to Julie, Wendy and Hillary for
helping with the refreshments.
Also thanks to Four Marks Scouts for organising the car
parking and Save the Children for doing the door rota. I
would also like to thank Rob Yearley who is on holiday from
Australian who helped greatly with setting and clearing up.
Thanks to everyone who came to the show, over £1250 has been
raised for various charities.
Next years show is currently planned
for Saturday June 26th