Head for the hills

I visited the New Mills and District Railway Modellers’ exhibition in Chapel en le Frith yesterday. As always my prime interest was the layouts but I did also look at some of the second hand stalls. I have to say that I was appalled by the prices being charged by one trader for used buildings. Even those with obvious damage were seriously above what I would consider paying for them. I usually aim for damaged goods because I’ll be further damaging them myself when I convert them for use on the FCPyF.

On the other hand, the host club’s own stall offered some very reasonably priced models so I gave in to temptation and bought three structures. The first of these, an HO scale freight house, was converted as soon as I got home and is now a small baggage and express shed for use at Cuarto de Pulgada. This was a simple job of removing the platforms and extending the doors down to ground level.

New roof tiles and a touch of paint complete the job. Price – £2.00.

The second building is a larger structure and will be used as the centre piece of an industry to fill the open space between Bodjio and Grande.

The HO scale factory will have a taller base section fitted (inset shows it on the original base) so that it represents an O scale workshop. Price – £3.00.

This old Tri-ang waiting room was the third purchase, yet another “collectors’ item” about to be wrecked at the hands of a mad On30 modeller. On the bright side, my destructive modelling makes those hoarders just a little bit better off as it increases the rarity of their collections… Get real, these are toys, they’re meant to be played with, not kept in display cases.

This will be also be fitted with a new base section to make it taller and used to create a toilet block between the signalbox and the level crossing at Bodjio. Price – £0.50!

Compare those prices with £7.50 for a small Hornby station building at the aforementioned trader’s stall.

Anyways, enough commercial chit chat. As I said the main reason for visiting the show was to see the layouts. There were an admirable number of narrow gauge exhibits and quite a high overall standard of modelling from all the exhibitors. The layout which stood out as by far the best in my opinion was without a doubt Charles Insley’s “Fort Whiting”.

This narrow gauge terminus represents a freelance location but has a very distinctly colonial style to it. Well worth looking out for at shows if you like that kind of thing… And you’re reading my blog, which is primarily about a colonial narrow gauge line, so you probably do.


About Bob Hughes

Ex railwayman, life long railway modeller, lover of real ale and spicy food.
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