Alresford's reputation for Sunshine took a bit of a blow
this year, two almighty deluges mid afternoon almost
finished off James Day, Martin Doubleday and Bob Doorewaard
were operating outside a large Playmobil layout with four
circuits of which two could be operated by visitors. With
Thomas and James on the rails the children loved it
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and the adults could watch while having a superb burger from
Alresford Rotary and music from Blues band ‘Watch Out’. The
rain however refused to defeat James who kept trains running
to the end of the show. Between showers there was no
shortage of young operators.
The Assembly hall is where most of the smaller gauges are
and along the side wall we had three Tri-ang layouts. Bob
Leggett’s TT layout on an original Tri-ang display board.
A variety of stock was running including a DMU and Britannia
and the layout was operated by Rod Hannah and Chez who were
also manning the TCS stand.
Next was first time exhibitor at Alresford, Mark Hewitt and
two friends who were displaying and running Tri-ang
including some interesting ATT models. A pair of Budds were
running when I passed.
The third layout was by Les Martin who replicated the
Tri-ang Primary series layout in Pat Hammonds book (page
122) Les dida
great job and many visitors will have recalled receiving a
In the middle of the room was
David and Judith
Holmes new TRIX layout .This was the first time out and I
was very impressed, I particularly liked
the pre-war wooden
station and as usual the operating conveyor belt. Running
was mainly pre-grouping stock.
Ron Macaskie, Dennis Smith and other members of the Chiltern
group had their large Dublo 2 rail layoutfor its first showing at Alresford.
This proved very popular and the long Southern themed trains
were greatly admired as well as the contemporary non-Hornby
accessories which filled the board.
Neil Bowsher was displaying his Hornby Acho, Jouef and
Playcraft layout with low and high level operation as well
as Minic cars. With a collection of Jouef shops this was a
neat layout. Neil’s choice of cloth certainly helped get
this layout get noticed.
Brian Kirwin brought along his wonderful Dublo 3 rail
layout. The aluminium building just glowed and looked
factory fresh, his theme was pre-grouping and this was a
much admired layout.
There was a welcome return for Dave Lyon who had his
excellent Minic Motorway and Tri-ang Railways layout. It is
five years since this layout has been to Alresford and Dave
has changed several parts of it and added many new
electronic features which the public loved.
Alongside Peter Corish and friends from the Brickish
association had set up a triple LEGO layout , I was
particularly impressed with the large buildings and tube
stock and the harbour scene.
In front of the stage Steve Knight and Marcus had their
and Neil Smith was interesting Tri-ang collectors with his
lovely and much admired Brighton Belle replicas. The blue
and grey set looked particularly impressive.
On stage we had the ever enthusiastic Nick Gillman with Ray
Jones and ….. running and operating Nick’s Tri-ang
Industrial layout with standard track. The highlight was the
maroon Dock Shunter unloading ore into the Merchant ship. A
lovely working accessory which the youngsters particularly
In the middle of the stage Steve Smith with help from Dave
White ran Tri-ang Big Big, Several circuits were running and
many people commented it’s the best they have ever seen Big
Spotted amongst the locos was a converted ERTL Percy.
Clive Gehle had two Lone star displays. The electric four
piece pre-formed layout complete with buildings and unusual
station with cars and accessories and a continuous circuit.
And a recently acquired push along layout which showed the
wonderful lone star range. With lots of advertising material
this was a super little display.
Completing the stage was Bob Leggett’s Hornby Scaledale
layout which was set up for the public to run all day with
stock kindly donated by Hornby.
Moving round to the sports hall and avoiding the numerous
showers we are amongst the larger gauges. In their usual
corner was the Bowman Society which seems to have grown as
nine of them had stock running. I was particularly impressed
with a maroon 4-6-0 which was steaming along as I passed.
Brian Pentland had an awesome collection of Tinplate trains.
I was most impressed with an Alps
electric set Vehicular
which only just avoided being hit by
the circling Zeppelin. With an elevated railway and many
working accessories this was a wonderful layout.
Adam Heely with help from Graham Bilbe was flying the stars
and stripes with his excellent Lionel layout with a huge
collection of buildings including
Kleenware . Trains ran brilliantly and fast all day.
John and Briony Hollands with help from Jack Pieterbrouek ran Hornby clockwork
trains with some other maker’s battery trains. I was very
impressed with the tinplate funfair and collection of tin
houses that made up the main High Street. A lovely
streamline 3-car railcar was doing the rounds when I passed
Hidden amongst the
traders was Clive Parker with his compact TRIX layout ,
Clive uses every inch of space with lots of Trix accessories
and manages to have a complete Manyways station, It is a
superb layout and was a delight to see.
The largest layout
was run by Howard Star-Keddle and members of the HRCA.
by the author to have a Southern theme they did a wonderful
job, stock included Hornby, ACE , Marklin, Darstead and
Bassett Lowke. I was also impressed with Howard’s Spot-On
Cotswold country side series of rubber buildings with street
lighting by Mike Allen.
A Marklin 4-4-2 Southern loco and
tender no 2037 was pulling a rake of coaches when I was
viewing early in the show.
The majority of the
sales tables were in the sports hall. At the end of the day
most went home happy as it was obvious the collectors had
come to buy trains as well as see them.
As mentioned earlier
the Rotary did the BBQ
thanks also to Four
Marks Scouts for arranging the refreshments and
co-ordinating the parking on the field which became a
quagmire by late afternoon. Also thanks to Claire Whale from
Save the Children charity who
organized the Door rota. The
raffle also raised £460 for the Scouts.
Thanks to everyone
who supported the show.
Many thanks to Dave
Angell for being my No 2over the weekend, by
spreading the load it helped make the show more enjoyable
for the author. Also a big thank
you to Dave McCarthy for keeping the web-siteup to date and forthe photos
and video on the site.
Over £2000 was
raised for the School, Scouts and Save the Children and
other smaller charities.