people remarked-‘The Sun always shines for the Alresford
show’. Although not strictly correct we were blessed with a
superb day, clear in morning and late afternoon and a few
clouds during the day.
travelled from far and wide to visit, exhibit or trade at
the show and most had a good time.
arrive the courtyard is already busy ,a large LGB layout by
Richard Precious is on display with a superb collection of
locos and stock operated by radio control.
Crocodile engine was doing it’s duty as I passed by eating
my burger, from the Alresford Rotary BBQ and Ale from Itchen
Valley Brewery .
traders were also set up in the Courtyard including the
Tallylyn Preservation Society.
morning Hampshire Youth Band practice in the Hub just off
the courtyard. So for those not prepared to go for the early
entry waiting was no hardship. In the afternoon ‘ Watch Out’
a blues rock band played for over 2 hours with a selection
of blues and rock music from the 60’s and 70’s
Hall off the courtyard is where the smaller layouts are and
as we enter Rod Hannah and Tony Stanford manned the TCS
As usual I try and change a few things
each year so as not to be too samey. The first layout was by
David and Judith Holmes and was an
, LNER themed Trix layout . There was a lovely stock of
locos and an
early terminus station plus
plenty of running.
Alongside Dave and Karen White with
help from Steve Smith had set up an excellent Tri-ang
c1964-67 layout with Minic Motorway ,
What delighted visitors were the vehicles
stopping for the trains. This was not always evident when
people first viewed the layout and you see the reaction on
their faces when they realise what is happening .
Roy Savage and his soon to be wife
Katya was displaying Tri-ang TT. Roy
had rebuilt the layout and as I passed a continental and BR
Jinty were running round fast to generate smoke!. Also on
show (and I insisted
ran it while I was there) was the Kay’s Golden Merchant Navy
and three coaches.
Chris Cheney and Des
from Chichester Lions had a
neat Dublo 3 rail layout for the public to operate and play
with the accessories such as the TPO and any donations were
given to The
Leonard Cheshire Disability
Chiltern Hills Vintage group had two layouts. Dave Jarvis
and Derek Smith were operating their superb Dublo 2 rail
layout with plenty of neverwazzas and Russell Campbell
Grieve and Ron Macaskie operated Russell’s Dublo 3 rail
layouts are a credit to the group and were much admired and
Bob Boekhout and Malcolm Pugh took
Tri-ang Series 3 to the extremes of operational limits with
an outstanding 18’ x 5’ layout. It was a real treat for
Bob and Malcolm were able to set up large
long trains . It was probably the largest ever series 3
layout exhibited privately.
Corish and eight friends from the Brickish Association
(Adult Lego Collectors Club) had set up a fantastic 18’ by
6’ LEGO layout with a magnificent Ribblehead Viaduct and
various other bridges including a full LEGO bridge between
There were also plenty of LEGO buildings and
animals. The stock running was a mix of 1970’s –modern LEGO.
I particularly liked the Underground set.
of the Stage Steve Knight and Marcus and set up a Kitmaster
display with an example of all their railway kits made up.
Beyer –Garratt was one that took my eye.
Also in the hall was Neil Smith with
his latest Tri-ang replica models including a working five
car Brighton Belle and
Sydney Surburban baggage car.
The Belle looked great with superb front mouldings and I
can’t wait to see the finished product.The
car was in finished condition and looked great.
On the stage Nick Gillman, Ray Jones
John were operating Nick’s Tri-ang Ectentrica layout. Really
a chance to play with all of Tri-ang’s wonderful accessories
including a couple of giraffe cars and a Satellite Set with
a revolving Radar on the blue truck. They had lots of fun
all day and so did the many visitors.
corner a small Brio set kept the little ones happy. Most of
the stage was covered by TOMY. Gary and Pauline Williams
with help from their children and parents had a wonderful
Tomy layout with at least 14 different trains, vehicles
running at once. It was a child’s delight and many would not
budge when there parents wanted to move on.
Leggett supplied a layout with super 4 track and Hornby
stock for the public to run. It was really surprising how
apprehensive the kids were in operating the train and even
how little some of their parents know. It seems some kids go
straight from the dummy to the computer game!
display on the stage was another new exhibit. John Chandler
with a couple of friends showed a layout in T gauge on a loo
seat! T gauge is smaller than Z and quite amazing to look
at. The layout had full scenery and John was surprised at
the interest in this gauge which I believe is the smallest
working toy train in the world. It was too small for me,
however one has to admire the engineering.
In the sports hall are all the larger
layouts and the first one we view is Ashley Barton’s amazing
Lima O gauge layout. Why amazing –well Ashley has made a
large village from card in O using N and OO kits that he has
scanned and blown up.
The results are ‘amazing’, the pick of
the bunch was the Church. Stock running included several
3f’s and Southern suburbans in Network South East colours.
This was the first time for Lima O gauge at Alresford
however I believe the layout will be at Sandy.
Hollands with help from
Jack Pieterbroek and
Colin Bailey had set up a 10’x 4’ double track for clockwork
and Battery Hornby MO, Chad Valley, Mettoy and Faller. A
lovely town scene with tin shops and Dinky vehicles made
this a popular layout that brought back many memories of
clockwork trains at Christmas
Howard Starkeddle with great help from fellow member of the
HRCA had set up a 24’ x10’ Hornby O gauge layout with ACE
and Darstaad stock also running.
This year Howard had
arranged a variety of Bayko buildings as lineside features
including stations, engine sheds, signal boxes and many
more. Mike Allen made the layout fully lighted and my thanks
to all the others who helped set up the layout and run their
One of my favorites in this hall was
Bryan Pentland who knows I have a soft spot for monorails.
is not content with a standard monorail so he expanded the
height of a Disney World monorail from 4 inches to 20 inches
and halfway up added a hanging monorail using Japanese
With cable cars, windmills and a tower plus
a tinplate trolley bus set this was truly a superb piece of
In the corner the John Dickens and
Owen Roberts and other members from the Bowman circle were
running their stock on a larger layout and enjoying the
longer runs and smoother track. As I was passing I was taken
by Mike Swains
Atlantic resplendent in a bright Mustard livery. This was
converted by Mike from a Bassett Lowke Enterprise and looked
very majestic as she glided round.
the other corner Adam Heely with help from Bob Boorman had
another new exhibit.
A very attractive French Hornby O gauge
layout. The stations on the layout are very appealing and I
do like the Tinplate Dijon building. This was a very welcome
return to the show and it was interesting contrasting the
British and French systems.
Hidden amongst the traders was Clive Parker with his very
neat Trix layout with a Southern theme.
There were 90 sales tables over the two halls and outside,
speaking to several it was clear that the economic climate
has had an effect on our hobby, however those traders who
reduced prices did sell well and as usual some had the right
stock on the day to tempt the visitors.
700 came to the show including
would like to thank the Alresford Branch of the Save the
Children society for manning the doors all day, Four Marks
Scouts for operating the car parking and Refreshments and
also selling raffle tickets. It is hoped that approx £1500
will be raised for these groups as well as Leonard Cheshire
Disability that receive 50p from each entry.
those who came, many thanks.
The provisional date for next year is
June although that may change.