With the end of the summer railway season we are moving quickly towards the winter model railway exhibition season. So over the next few days we will be looking at various show layouts I have photographed over the years. So starting with the the South Hants Model Railway 2012 exhibition which was held on Saturday 17th November 2012 at Admiral Lord Nelson School in Portsmouth. It was a great show and there was a wide variety of model layouts on display with big 4 steam, BR steam, BR diesel and modern traction all represented. Due to the amount of photos and videos I took (Admittedly off my iPhone) I will split the show into three parts.
Up first is Cricketers Green (EM gauge) which is a watch the trains go by layout. It does not attempt to represent any particular time or place but on Saturday they were running just BR diesels in part because of the amount of steam layouts there was at the show. The track plan is a double track folded circle, so trains go round the boards twice to complete one lap which is very close to a scale mile. There is a simple passenger station , on an enbankment, at one side of the layout and an extensive array of storage tracks at the other. The layout was also host to a certain Pacer which everytime I looked at it broke down!
Admittedly this is prob the worse layout to start with in terms of photos as I mostly took videos of this layout as it was great to watch the trains by at speed as you will see in the video on Wednesday.
Up next we have Lee-On-Solent which is always a popular layout in this part of the south as its a perfect recreation of the line which is right next to Portsmouth. The layout is a P4 gauge model which is owned by the South East Hampshire Area Group of the Scalefour Society.
“The layout was originally built by a professional model maker, Colin Hayward, as a result of taking a school party on a historical visit. It was one of the very first examples of a layout built to P4 standards and it made its debut at the South Hampshire Railway Modellers exhibition in October 1981. Colin kindly donated the layout to the East Hampshire Area Group of the Scalefour Society in 1993 and since then, a number of modifications have been made by various members of the group. The trackwork has been completely reconstructed and fully chaired on a removable sub-baseboard. The portion of track in the passing loop has been correctly represented with flat-bottom rail, ballasted with shingle as on the prototype. Turnouts are operated by means of Tortoise point motors. More recently, the “green” scenic work, station platform and lineside fencing have been completely reconstructed and the beach has been added” (South Hants Model Railway Website).
Its a lovely layout and amazing considering its age (31) which is older than me! This was one of my favorite layouts at the show and has so much character and history about it which is really interesting with it being local history.
The final layout of the day is the Exdale Light Railway a 7mm narrow gauge freelance layout which is a fiddle yard to terminus layout built in an L shape. The layout is a fictitious line somewhere in middle England originally built for the transport of minerals but extended to accommodate passengers and general freight too. Minerals are brought down from the hills through the narrow gauge line and are then shipped out from the lower wharf sidings by a canal. A works complex exists opposite the station to service the operations of the mineral company and the engineering needs of the railway.
It was a lovely little layout with so much charm and character behind it
Thanks for reading and tune in tomorrow for more layouts and stunning locomotives.