24th Show did not disappoint as over 600 visitors
enjoyed the variety of layouts and 80+ sales tables
together with live music, BBQ and Real Ale.
The assembly Hall was the
place for the smaller layouts and child friendly
Richard Upton had an
excellent ‘purist’ Hornby Dublo 3-rail layout with A4’ s
to the fore
alongside John Frankham
who tried again to display the latest Hornby Digital
front of the stage Steve Knight and Marcus from the
Kitmaster Society showed early Airfix RTR 00 gauge and
had the Dr X and Wild West Train sets operating together
with a display of Locomotives and Rolling stock.
Eric Large, who has exhibited at
most of the Alresford shows, once again showed his
excellent Tri-ang TT layout.
is always a delight to watch and is probably the busiest
layout in the show with two levels and a full complement
of Model land and Continental buildings.
On the left Peter
Ingleton had his wonderful N Gauge scenic layout with
vintage Minitrix stock. However hidden amongst the
layout I spotted several Lone Star Locomotives.
David and Judith Holmes
was back in charge of Trix with a superb layout which
had a US theme, much admired by the Trix fans.
the middle of the hall were the two show layouts. The
Chiltern Hills group had their large 2-rail layout
of Dublo buildings and neverwazzas and a fantastic range
of Dublo and Wrenn rolling stock mainly to a Southern
Alongside the Tri-ang
bunch led by Les Martin had a 24’ x 8’ Tri-ang Super 4
loose lay layout with Minic Motorway, Model Land and
Arkitex buildings and a superb Pad-Tri-ton Station using
five Tri-ang Hornby Canopies with two maroon station
buildings and a high level track using over 20 viaducts.
The stage was the
children’s dream area. Track Party had set up an
incredible Tomy layout with a double spiral over 6’
tall. Children were allowed to operate the trains
without adults telling them not to touch!
Also on stage Four Marks
Scouts were operating a Hornby 00 Gauge Layout which had
originally been donated by Hornby.
The ever popular Brio
layout donated by Brio in 2002 was always in demand.
organiser had also set aside a table with a large
quantity of Lone-Star 000 to play with and during the
day several layouts were set up and dismantled.
Also in the Hall Rod
Hannah and Tony Penn from the TCS were manning an
Information Stand and members of Sun Hill School
organised the raffle for School funds.
Perins has built a new
extension off the Assembly Hall and Peter Corish and
fellow members of the Brickish Society set up a 40’ LEGO
layout on the back wall. A very popular layout for young
and old, there was also a play table full of bricks for
children to play with.
Four Marks Scouts ran the buffet and there was a new
spacious seating area in the extension
visitors to enjoy the refreshments.
Outside there were
several sales table and Tri-ang Big Big which Dave Lyon
Alresford Scouts were kept busy with the
BBQ and Real Ale sales while Christian Vetch kept people
happy with his smooth guitar Jazz.
Moving round to the
Sports Hall we are hit with the distinct smell of live
steam where the Bowman Circle yet again ran vintage
locomotives all day.
Alongside was Graham
Bilbe who with help from John and Briony Hollands were
running Gauge 1. ‘Ancient and Modern’ was the theme with
Bing and LGB running alongside each other. Even Thomas
the Tank Engine put in an appearance.
Next was Bryan Pentland
with his Tinplate Treasures, incorporating, Monorails,
Cable Cars, a small mountain and O gauge. There was also
a fascinating display of Tin Houses. This was another
Andrew Smart with the Mountbatten School Model Railway
Club had two layouts. A weird yet wonderful O Gauge
clockwork layout with wooden buildings and plenty of
de-railments as the clockwork locos thundered around the
the corner was a Tri-ang 00 gauge layout similar to the
shop display layouts, using Standard and Series three
track with 1960’s buildings by Tri-ang and Airfix and
contemporary stock. This was a nice layout that had been
restored by the club.
The club was also the
recipient of a cheque for £200 donated by John Hollands
to help purchase more items.
Howard Star-Keddle and
members of the HRCA Mortimer group put on a very nice
layout and ran Hornby and modern Darstead and ACE
Trains. Of particular note was the Tri-ang Spot-On
Cotswold buildings and Tinplate vehicles which help make
this a very attractive layout.
One of the quirkiest
systems ever produced was the Faller 0 Gauge Hit Train
System. Andy Hyelman set up a very attractive layout
with plenty of operation including a shuttle in the
goods yard. The style of the buildings really belong in
a fairy tale and looking at it just brings a smile to my
Adam Heely with help from Bob Boorman set up a very
impressive American O Gauge layout. This used Lionel and
MTH plus other manufacturers and had a host of operating
heard several people praising this layout.
Hidden amongst the
traders Clive Parker was running his neat Trix layout
and had even managed to add more electrical accessories
including fully lit points.
Over 80 sales tables gave
visitors a choice of vintage and new toy and model
trains and I understand several had their best ever day
at the show.
Thank you to everyone who
participated in making the show a success , in
particular Four Marks Scouts for manning the traffic
flow to the Car Park and Refreshments , Alresford Save
the Children Branch for manning both Hall doors and
Alresford Scouts for the BBQ and Real ale.
25th Show is planned for Saturday 17th June 2017.