Open Day Exhibition 2016 Review

We held our second Open Day Exhibition on a cold and rainy 5th March at the St Johns Ambulance Hall in Beccles, the same venue as last year.  233 visitors came to the show and we were very pleased with this number, and hope to put on a third show in early March next year.

We welcomed five visiting layouts and displayed five Group layouts showing 009/HOe, On30, O-16.5, Nn3 and Gn15 scales along with a 71/4" gauge exhibit from the Langley School Miniature Railway.

Food and drink (very important) was supplied by ladies from the "Great Yarmouth Brass" Band.

The 009 Society Sales Stand, CW Railways 3D printed models, Grayline Miniature Models 009 structures and the Toy Box provided trade support and things to buy.  Stewart Green manned the Southwold Railway Society stand along with his Nn3 scale SR pizza layout "The Heronry" and Myra Davies demonstrated painting and weathering techniques.

We also presented our 2016 Group "Railcar Challenge" displaying eleven models in which visitors could vote for their favourite model.  There is a separate article showing details of these.

More images will appear in the Galleries section.

A BIG THANK YOU goes to everyone who exhibited and helped to make the show a success.



"Oberdorf" station near the dam on "Pitztalbahn" set in East Germany, an HOe layout built by the late Jack Carter now owned and maintained by Brian Meldon.  The loco is a Merker & Fischer (M&F) kit No 402,  BR99 450 running on an Arnold 0-6-0 chassis.  It is hauling bogie coaches made from two Egger Prussian coaches for each vehicle, a popular type of conversion for Jack Carter.







Our largest scale exhibit by Stuart Hughes, a 71/4" wagon from the Langley School Miniature Railway.








At the other end of the scale spectrum, Southwold Railway number 4 "Wenhaston" and mixed train in Nn3 scale (2mm scale on 6.5mm gauge track) running through "The Heronry".








A goods train shown being shunted by a tram loco on "Ashfield Green", a branch of the North Suffolk Light Railway in 009 scale.  Chris has created several interesting wagon loads for extra interest.







Figures and detailing, a demonstration of techniques by Myra Davies.   








Really nice to see Gn15 layout (1:24 scale) at last: "Watts Mine" depicting a mining operation to extract ore.








A refurbished Lisbon street tram now running on the "Lochsanda Tramway" passing Glensheen Metodist Church.  This 009 scale tramway layout is powered from the overhead.







A busy loco yard on "La Garita Hills Rail Road" in On30 scale set in Colorado.  The layout is nearly 17ft long and a real credit to Alan and his son Alex who helps run the layout.  A freight train is also seen shunting in the freight yard on the higher level.







Two Sharp Stewart trams in operation keeping "The Raven" public house supplied with beer and wine in the valley of "Raven Gill" somewhere in the North of England.  009 scale.








O-16.5 layout "Snow in the Glen" with another through train.  The steam powered sawmill is in the background. This layout exhibited a wonderfully detailed collection of locomotives by Hunslet, Andrew Barclay, Baldwin and Manning Wardle amongst others.







Out in the fields in Lincolshire an armoured Simplex runs by on the Holbeach Estates Railway - inspired by Nocton and the so-called potato railways - 009 scale by Stephen Sullivan.   








James was displaying "Arendt Spitze" and was selling useful O-16.5 scale scratchbuild aids.