2018 Open Day Exhibition

Our 4th annual Open Day Exhibition took place on September 1st after being re-arranged due to heavy snow in March.  Inevitably there were a few alterations to the original March line-up, but one or two good replacements had been booked for the new date.

Again we had a good attendance from visitors, 298 in all, and some visitors came from far and wide.  A variety of scales and gauges were exhibited, with trade support from Narrow Planet, A1 Models, N-Drive Productions, Norfolk Heath Works and the 009 Society sales stand. Society Stands from the Bure Valley Railway, Southwold Railway Trust and the Halesworth to Southwold NG Railway Society.   Sarah, Linsay and Penny from Great Yarmouth Brass were helped by Ann in supplying great teas, rolls and cakes again. 

Our Group “Challenge” was won by Bill Knight for a scratch built 1:16 scale Mobile Donkey Engine in his own well-modelled and meticulous style, and David Gander kindly presented the cup to him.  Our Group members would like to thank Richard & Sarah for their relentless work in organising and advertising our humble event that made it the success it turned out to be.

Below are some photos from the event (click on images to enlarge)

Castle Quay: Chris O'Donoghue - 009

Inspired by the fishermen's beach and net sheds in Hastings is this Inglenook shunting puzzle only 50cm x 32cm.  Very effective use has been made of printed paper for buildings and features.

Newlands Farm: Barry Weston - Gn15


This layout was loosely inspired by fruit farming operations in Oxfordshire and the layout shows a small yard with a barn for sorting and onward shipment, and a small loco/wagon workshop.

Old Chapel Yard: Jim Bamber - 009

Jim is still finishing off this new layout featuring a repair and maintenance yard, small station and quayside.  A Ratty steam tram is shunting wagons around the yard.


Petersdorf OBB: Peter Cady - H0e

A neat Austrian layout featuring a village terminus on an imaginary branch line near Salzburg.


Arendt Spitze: James Corsi - 0-16.5

This layout features a fictitious Central Eastern Europe country where a small halt has been constructed for hikers and climbers.  Still a work-in-progress, it is a long dog-bone continuos loop on three baseboards and most stock is scratch built or modified.

Birds Folly: Stewart Green - 009

This Southwold Railway layout features the engine shed at the western end of the line mainly for No.4, a new Manning Wardle 0-6-2 locomotive named Wenhaston.  The photo features Sharp Stewart No. 2 "Halesworth" and mixed train.  The bridge,  Follly House and engine shed foundations with inspection pit still exist today.


The 2018 Group Challenge

The challenge was to build an unusual railway vehicle either scratch built or from a heavily modified kit.

Only three entries this year - as two other entries were not available!

A 009 scale Timber Wagon by Richard Doe, inspired by those on the Murtalbahn Railway in Austria, and mostly scratch built.

A 1:16 scratch built body (for 10 1/4" gauge) Mobile Donkey Engine by Bill Knight, made mainly from stripwood and card on an adapted 00 scale Tri-ang chassis.

A pair of 009 scale Engineers Brake Vans and Track Maintenance wagon by Chris Seago, built using plasticard and kit parts for storing tools, track equipment and materials.

Bill Knight - the winner, receiving the trophy from 009 Society Chairman David Gander

Meanderbahn: Brian Meldon - H0e

This rocky, involuted layout features "somewhere in the Alps" and is a continuous circuit of about 30 feet.    Old modified Egger Bahn models mingle with newer continental stock and travel from "Lowdhoune" station to "Hiyuppe".  It is now 37 years old, being built by the late Jack Carter, but is still immaculate and well cared-for by Brian Meldon. 

Longstone: Graham & Caroline Watling - 1:24 15"

Locomotive No5 "Quinto" and goods train passes the mill on this estate railway which features three scenes, the woollen mill, Fox Gill, and Longstone village.


Cliffyrdd Corris: Stuart Hughes - 009

This small Corris style layout is under construction and Stuart uses new methods for scenery construction after a gap of modelling in this scale for 30 years.  Track is hand-built.

Gestup St Anne: Derek Reeve - 0-16.5

This village layout is based on the village where Derek was born and raised in Essex.  The buildings are excellent and stock is either scratch built or kits on ready-to-run chassis. 

Butley Quay: Peter Rednall - 009

Butley Quay is a through station on the fictitious "East Suffolk Light Railway" and features some lovely East Anglian buildings. 

At the station and engine shed are Kerr Stuart loco's, while crossing the road is a CWR railcar. 

Yellow Ridge Uranium Mine: Nick Wright - Gn15

This highly detailed industrial mine somewhere in Canada captures a concern that is run on a shoe string during the 1970's.  It also features a working tippler unit.


Royston Wharf: Royston & District Model Railway Club -009

This through station features a typical, and well modelled village scene and also warehousing and transfer facilities to a canal.