2017 Open Day Exhibition review

It was a dirty rainy morning on 4th March for our Third Open Day and everyone was getting soaked.  Luckily, we had successfully gathered together 13 layouts, and 7 exhibits/stands including the 009 Sales Stand who have supported us on all three occasions. 234 people came along, drawing visitors from the two counties Essex, Cambridgeshire and beyond.  The girls from the Great Yarmouth Brass Band again supplied lovely cakes, food and drink - a big “thank” you to them, the exhibitors and the Group members for staging another successful event. 
Kaprun Hoe
Kaprun H0e

Above is "Kaprun" in Hoe scale, an Austrian model of the Pinzgau Alpine region.  A Roco loco 399.03 crosses the level crossing then passes behind the imposing church.  Lots of detail, Alpine buildings and scenery.

Green End 009
Green End 009

A very well known 009 scale Welshpool & Llanfair style layout "Green End" by David Gander.  David has supported our event in all three years so far.  Here is Great Western liveried  No.823 "Countess" (a Golden Arrow kit) leaving with empty wagons, and No 12 "Joan" arriving at Green End station.

Compass Point 009
Compass Point 009

We were very pleased to present "Compass Point" (009) by Chris O'Donoghue.  A sleepy terminus of the Wichmere Valley Railway set on a shingle spit on the south east coast.  The layout is loaded with marine and boatyard details as can be seen from this photo of the left hand end, while right, a battery loco hauls a short open passenger train over the bridge as it leaves the terminus.












Also on display in the entrance lobby (but which I omitted to get a photograph of on the day) was this Brake vehicle from the 7 1/4" Langley School Railway.  The Design & Technology Dept at the school offer some activities that they would not normally be learning in the curriculum at such any early age, so they are able to involve themselves in design technology or take it up as a hobby.



Our Group also ran a "Challenge" for the third year running.  The task was to build a rail-served building showing internal details.  Only three entries were completed this year. 

1: A novel Gn15  scale "Garden Building" depicting the outside toilet.  In olden days in mid wales, the "night soil" wagons were filled to take away waste to the local disposal point and this model was inspired by the process. 
2: I took a good picture of this 009 scale "Carriage Repair Workshop" through the doorway, but when I looked at the image at home is was spoilt by a piece of scenery which had fallen down inside, probably due to storm Doris a week or two ago.  So I am including an earlier picture taken before the track was laid.  The model includes a pillar drill, work benches, lathe, a forge, stoves etc. and an office complete with plans on the desks. 
3: "The Shed of the Dead".  A peek inside the abandoned, decaying train shed of the Fother Valley Railway.  Dust, rust and cobwebs gather in the shed.  At night though, some of the "un-dead" arrive from the nearby grave-yard and they play around on the train, while outside creatures of the night appear.  There are L.E.D's illuminating the pit and moonlit sky with a lightning effect module flashing from time to time.
The public voted for their favourite model during the day, and this year the winner was "The Shed of the Dead".
Knights Yard 1:16
Knights Yard 1:16

Two views of "Knights Yard" in 1:16 scale.  All the buildings and rolling stock are made from cardboard and scrap wood, the locos are battery operated.  It has ben realisticly treated with weathering and "home-made" rust.

the Ship Inn Gn15

This is the "Ship Inn", in Gn15 scale, displayed by Barry Weston.  A Sidelines "Wasp" IC loco is on duty keeping the pub and workshop supplied.


"Hawkins Tower" was displayed by Phillip Moore.  This 009 layout is a model of an old Victorian Park which has a 2ft gauge railway running round the lake.  A Minitrains Krauss loco with wooden skip wagons is passing "The Currant Bun" tea stall. The layout can be run automatically with a station stop module or operated manually.

Narrow Planet in Beccles

The Southwold Railway Trust stand was manned by John Ridgway promoting plans for the establishment of a replica station and vistor centre, and Narrow Planet with Stephen and Rob offering high quality narrow gauge kits, components and bespoke name/works plates.


"First" is a Cotswold style 009 layout by Stephen Clulow, his first ever layout.  The line is a general carrier, featuring short trains running either side of a central back scene.  The layout has been built beautifully.  On the left is a dreamy shot of the village and station, while right and on the "other side", is a pastoral scene featuring wing tank "Elf".


Here we have 0-16.5 scale narrow gauge in the form of "Appleton Dene" from the Royston and District Model Railway Club. The line features several interesting locomotives with some tram engines.  It runs through a station and over a canal bridge and has access to a factory and builders yard.  The buildings are scratch built.

Some of the most important ladies were the team from Great Yarmouth Brass Band: Sylvia, Penny, Linsay and Sarah, who kept the exhibitors and public fed and watered.

The 009 Society supported our event again this year with the sales stand.  Brian Ellsmore manned the stand where plenty of models were for sale.


A K27 2-8-2 Rio Grande Southern Railroad locomotive "462" emerges from the rock formations into "Placerville" station. This layout in Hon3 scale features several prototype buildings including the coaling tower where "484" K-35 Mikado is seen.

Two 009 layouts built specially for the ExpoNG 2016 "Fork" challenge, featuring a layout in a given space containing just one turnout.  On the left is "Lester Tin Mine Engine House" based on Cornwalls East Pool Whim tin mine by Richard Doe using experimental ideas for construction techniques, and on the right "Priory Waterworks" by Chris Seago which depicts a busy corner of a Victorian waterworks.  The railway serves the pumping engines, workshops and water treatment works and features a working beam engine and illuminated boiler furnaces.  It is mainly run as a shunting puzzle, with stock selected using cards.


On the left a general view of "Ellerbank", a river side layout by Graham & Caroline Watling in 009 scale.  A quarry Bagnall is seen waiting at the station with two old four-wheeled coaches, then on the right, the same train crossing the stream. 


Two scenes on "Hubbards Halt" - 009, by Jim Bamber.  A "Prince" style saddle tank tram loco runs past with four-wheeled coaches while in the cattle siding a vertical boilerd tram loco waits to leave with cattle.