A pleasant surprise at Eurospoor was the visiting UK based layouts. I had seen recently seen two of these at UK shows, but it was good to see them flying the flag for UK layouts. Firstly ‘Warren Lane’. You’d think that a layout that just shuffled container wagons around would be pretty boring. But not when there is a working travelling crane loading and unloading the container wagons. And when one looks at the trains more closely, there are so many different types of wagon and indeed container in use.
I’d also seen ‘Kayreuth’ in recent weeks. This complex N-gauge German layout is in some ways more ‘European’ than some of the European layouts on display. Lots of tracks and lots of trains on display – I had to remind myself that we had just travelled on a similar prototype from Schipol to Ultrech.
Last of the UK contingent was Rhydwyn, an O-gauge model of a steel mill, with an explanation of the manufacturing processes being carried out.
Finally today, here are two photos of one of my favourite layouts from the show. Not from the UK, or indeed UK prototype, but Helenensiel has all the features of a sleepy UK branch line terminus – but I’ve never seen such a model in Z-gauge before. It’s difficult to tell that it’s ‘Z’ and it ran perfectly.