The other things that mark the is the succession of shows and exhibitions. Village shows, county shows, Xmas fairs and the big events at the county showgrounds and the Springfield conference centre.
April brings the 16mm show at Peterborough and the Spalding Model Engineering show.
|Driver for a fiver|
|The original Brick|
|How much is that doggy in the window?|
|Matt Nunn's new product. It just needs a 16mm version of Samson to haul it|
|3D printing, as here by PDF, is enabling new scale products to be made at a reasonable price|
|a 7/8ths version of a loco that in 16mm graced the cover of Dan Boreham's seminal book on Narrow Gauge Modelling|
|Another example of the products available from the trade. A Leek & Manifold station|
|There will always be a place in my heart for Big Big Train/Novo conversions|
|How I coveted this as a teenager!|
|Tony Hills layout has appeared here before. It continues to make quite a stir in the 16mm world.|
|Pocklington Nurseries. Based on a real line|
|I still have a weakness for 016.5 models of the GVT. If I had room for a permanent layout Roy Link's GVT in 8x10 would be my choice. I do have a 16mm GVT loco somewhere....|
I'm very much in favour of the trend towards increased accuracy of scale that has become evident in recent years. It is hard to know what to say when someone comments that other model railway societies look down on 16mm whilst at the same time justifying a complete mish mash of scales.
Having said that there is still something about some of the early meths fired heritage locos that I love. I had forgotten that when trying to photograph them running you need to keep an eye out not only for trains running on the other track, but also for the owner hurtling round the outside to keep the beasts in check.
All in all a good event. As usual it would have been nice to see less layouts featuring double track and/or "comic cameos".
In part 2 I'll look at the Model Engineering show.