Crowds flock to countrywide Canterbury Model Railway Exhibition - PHOTOS

Contributed by editor on Jan 25, 2018 - 08:05 AM


By Richard West
Rain and even snow failed to deter visitors from catching the Canterbury Model Railway Exhibition,  at St. Anselm's School on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st January.


However, the Canterbury 10 mile road race on the Sunday morning did initially cause some problems for visitors driving to the venue who were unaware of the road closures.

This and top photo - Durham Road Traction Maintenance Depot, an O gauge (1:43.5) modern diesel depot with Digital Command and Control operation and sound, by Peter Clark - Photo: Hawkinge Gazette

Fifteen layouts from around the country were invited to exhibit at the City of Canterbury Model Railway Society's twenty-ninth annual exhibition.

Layouts showed examples of different modelling techniques and there were opportunities to talk to the layout operators about how they constructed them.

Melin Llechi, 16mm narrow gauge Welsh slate mine, by Tony Hill - Photo: Hawkinge Gazette

For example, ballasting the track is a simple low cost improvement that makes a significance difference when developing a train set into an exhibition layout.

This year there was a prize draw for visitors buying the exhibition guide.

Heybridge Wharf 3mm gauge Fine Scale fictitious light railway somewhere set somewhere in Suffolk - Photo: Hawkinge Gazette

First prize was a Hornby Flying Scotsman Train Set worth £183.99  and was won by a visitor from Tilmanstone. Second prize was a £20 selection of Train Tech electronics, comprising two multi gauge track testers, an OO gauge buffer stop light and an N gauge buffer stop light. The prize was won by a visitor from Kennington. Third prize was a Scalescenes £25 voucher, redeemable against building and scenery kits downloaded from their website and was won by a visitor from Aylesham.

As well as local layouts they came for as far as Hull with the Moorton Bottom Yard, an 009 narrow gauge, with freelance factory sidings by Paul Windle of Hull Model Railway Club.

Loftus Road, an OO scale (1:76) modern layout based on Kensington Olympia in the 2000s, with kit and scratch-built Class 377 electric units and some very detailed scenic work, by James Makin from Worthing Model Railway Club - Photo: Hawkinge Gazette

Three layouts based in the Bristol area were also exhibited.


In addition, the City of Canterbury Model Railway Society's own new Holt Street layout in N gauge was exhibited for the first time.

For further information about the City of Canterbury Model Railway Society and to view the archive of exhibition photographs back to 2001, visit the website at  . New members are always made welcome.

The City of Canterbury Model Railway Society meets weekly at its clubroom.

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