Sunday, 12 April 2015

Crawley Model Railway Exhibition

Yesterday I went to the Crawley Model Railway Exhibition, confusingly held in Horsham... anyway, it was a big show, with no less than three halls, about 25 layouts, good trade support and even a ride-on steam railway outside.

Potchullin (P4) is a layout I've seen before, but it was great to see it again. I rather like blue diesels, and these ones have (subtle) sound too, but it is the scenery that really makes this layout.

Harlyn Pier (O) is an attractive layout that struck me as having great atmosphere, I could almost smell the seaweed.

Clarendon is, unusually, set in the pre WW1 era, and as well as superbly made trains the scenery is spot on for the period, just look at the station forecourt.

Bron Hebog, a model of Beddgelert in 009, will need no introduction to readers of Rob Waller's Blog. It's an impressive layout, and as a fan of the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland railways and 009, one I was looking forward to seeing. So I may bore you all with more pictures soon...

Port Wen is a 7mm scale NG layout I'd not come across before, but looks and goes well so I'm sure it will be popular on the exhibition circuit.

A layout that has been around a few years, but still seems original and interesting, is That Dam Railway in 009. Based on the many constructional railways used to build dams in remote parts of Britain around the turn of the 20th century it includes the workers village, moving cranes, and many details.

So an enjoyable show, and if you'd like to flick through some more photos click here.

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