A little while back - well, 6 weeks ago - I went to the Uckfield Model Railway Exhibition. This, as I discovered a few years ago, is always an excellent show with good quality layouts and a range of useful traders.
Star of the show for me was High Stamley (009) by Paul Windle. Paul is well known as a master builder of 009 locos (I have a few in my collection), but also builds superb layouts. This one may not have a lot in it, but is full of atmosphere - here the loco sits along side the road, the water crane swings out.
Even the road vehicles operate on High Stamley - that's an idea I'd like to use one day.
Castlederg (0012) by Andy Cundick is a model of the station of the Castlederg and Victoria Bridge Tramway in Ireland. A fine example of prototype modelling, and another side of Narrow Gauge modelling.
I do like Portwenn (O-16.5), now owned by Si King - and good to see it in safe hands.
A stand-out layout was Brixham Bay (N) by Kevin & Judith Cartwright. To be honest the trains are a small part of the well presented layout, the buildings and backscene are superb and detailing - including the planes overhead - really sets the WWII scene. It even gets dark - with fibre-optic stars!
Finally Wadebridge (2mm Finescale) by John Greenwood, although incomplete it looks great, and clearly will be of a consistently high standard despite the size.
That's just a selection - there are a few more photos to enjoy here. But I'm sure it gives a taste of the quality of the layouts.
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