I’ve not been to any shows for a while but Manchester is well worth the effort, even with the epic journey I had to get there. Bus to Sandbach station – No Trains! – Bus back into Sandbach and another bus to Crewe. The train from there was, to say the least, crowded!
Anyway, having got to the big city I made my way to the show, only a couple of minutes walk from the station.
There were two layouts in particular that I wanted to see, Andy Jones’s Tarring Neville and Charles Insley’s Fort Whiting. I have seen the latter at a show in Chapel-en-le-Frith but didn’t have a camera with me at the time, the former I have followed with interest on the owner’s website.
That said, all the layouts at the show were of a very high standard. It takes a good exhibition team to put on an event with no “filler” so credit where it’s due to the MMRS.
I did not photograph all the layouts, you’re sure to find pictures of them all if you search the interwebby, just the ones that especially appealed to me, so here they are in alphabetical order for the sake of fairness.
Arcadia. David George. O
This would have been more interesting to watch if there was just one loco switching the yard instead of it being gridlocked with three shuttling pointlessly back and forth but I think it was being looked after while the owner was on his lunch break when I saw it.
The urban industrial backdrop is quite nicely done and I do like American diesels.
Arun Quay. Gordon Gravett. O
Exquisite scenic modelling with muted colours and careful attention to detail.
Fort Whiting. Charles Insley. OO9
Colonial narrow gauge railway modelling really appeals to me.
Proper hefty engines and railcars, a welcome change from the twee Welsh midgets usually seen on OO9 layouts [dives for cover].
North Ballachulish. Andy Cooper. EM
Andy C’s latest creation, which I have been watching on his website.
I am ever so pleased that he’s not fitted the air sea rescue with DCC sound!
Tarring Neville. Andy Jones. OO
Another layout I have been following on the internet is this delightful rural industrial scenic modelling from Andy J.
A striking feature of the layout is that it can be viewed from three sides, giving much more potential for scenic details than normally found on small layouts.
Zauberwaldbahn. Axel Klozenbeucher. Oe
Oh, come on, what’s not to like? It’s narrow gauge and it’s O scale! A beautifully scenic layout and that railcar really caught my eye.
I really should have more Teutonic influence on the FCPyF.