Dorking MRC Exhibition 3-4 October 2015

No rest for the wicked!  Another busy weekend, exhibiting at Dorking MRC’s show over in Dorking.  Appropriately, it’s in the Oddfellows Hall, perfect for model railway enthusiasts.  This is a small but friendly venue and show, but sufferers from being on the first floor, so there is no wheelchair access.

As I’ve reported, a lot of the ESNG members were away this weekend, so instead of a modular layout, I just took along all 4′ of Earl’s Wood, and shuffled and shunted a goods train and an RDC all day – or at least when punters were around.  The layout behaved reasonably well, and the foamboard fiddle yard worked fine.  However, it will need some repairs where I leant on it.  Or perhaps I will finally get around to building a train turntable – I got tired of swapping locomotive and caboose in the fiddle yard.  A third train would also give a little more variety.  Still, it was a fun weekend, and I got plenty of complements for the layout.

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Dorking MRC’s layout, Ranmore Junction, is an excellent model of BR/SR days, with mainly green, blue and blue and grey EMUs running.  The layout also features realistic third rail, and this lovely Southern era signal box.  I wish Hornby would shrink their 2-BIL down to N.

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Our friends from the West Sussex Group were there with a room full of N-gauge, centred around their excellent model of the Lyme Regis branch.  Not quite modelled realistically, as I don’t think they’d have got a West Country 4-6-2 around the tight curves the branch was famous for, let alone across Cannington Viaduct.  But once again, rule 1 applies – it’s my railway and I’ll do what I want with it!


Other layouts included OO, O, and OO9.  Some nice modelling on view.  I was wondering whether I was more tempted by a Dapol O gauge Terrier, a Heljan O gauge 4-wheeled railcar, or an OO Metropolitan Bo-Bo electric.  I bought some N American wagons instead.

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Finally, the Dorking club layout took the opportunity to rival ESNG Paul’s long train award.  A 59 car Southern Region EMU will take some beating.  If running on our local line, it would be stopping simultaneously in Redhill and Earlswood!




About snitchthebudgie

Secretary of the East Surrey N Gauge railway club
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1 Response to Dorking MRC Exhibition 3-4 October 2015

  1. sed30 says:

    Reblogged this on sed30's Blog and commented:
    Dorking MRE still going strong


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