On Saturday I took a short trip to the SWING industrial and narrow gauge show. This has been a favourite show of mine for many years, with few NG specialist shows in this corner of Britain, but sadly this event looks like being the last. If so, it went out on a high with some excellent layouts and the usual freindly atmostphere. This year I wasn't there with or helping with a layout, so just a visitor, and it was nice to have opportunity to take time to see the layouts and chat.
Arun Quay (O) - Gordon and Maggie Gravett. Only the second time I've seen this layout, it was nice to soak in the incredible atmosphere and realism. A simple concept (small shunting yard) it is brilliantly executed, the track plan is just interesting enough, the location is unmistakably Sussex (for those who know the area) even though it is ficticious, and the detail and colour pallette are understated and consistent. This was the layout I most wished I could build!