Once again this event crept up on us: surely 12 months haven’t elapsed since the last exhibition? As usual I attended twice, once with my father-in-law and children on the Saturday and once with a friend (who is also into model railways) on the Sunday. According to the brochure this is the 35th such exhibition.
While the number of exhibitors and vendors seemed the same as previous years the floor space had increased significantly (this year both the Robinson Pavilion and the Silver Jubilee Pavilion were used). This was great news as it made navigating the crowds with small children a little easier. Popular exhibits with the children included anything with Thomas the Tank Engine in it….
My favourite layout by a fair margin was “Avalon”, a British N gauge layout. We saw this layout as a “work in progress” last year and were very impressed. Running were a variety of steam and early diesel locomotives (mostly Graham Farish as far as I could tell).
Another highlight was the “Northern Districts Model Engineering” display. This included a ride-on train that we all enjoyed and some fairly impressive large scale locomotives.