I’ve just had a week off work, and a morning at a model railway show to finish off the week seemed a good idea. (I had aimed to get lots of modelling done, but I seemed to have spent more time socialising!) Looking at the model press, the Abingdon show seemed to have over 50% 2mm and N gauge exhibits. So off to Didcot – a slightly long but simple drive – to the Civic Centre, that is a very pleasant modern venue, and ideal for a model railway show.
I understand the theme of the show was to give ideas of ‘home sized’ layouts. So there were plenty of – if not all – small layouts and N gauge, as noted, was represented by 6 layouts. There were two layouts I especially liked.
City Basin Goods modelled a typical city freight station, once common in many large towns, but now totally extinct. I’ve mentioned before my soft spot for passenger full brakes and luggage vans, so this layout was very much of interest. The freight station combined the shunting found in a yard with station platforms – a good prototype to model.
Barton Hill took up the well-worn theme of a diesel loco depot to good effect. The main lines in the background were used effectively not only to feed engines into the yard from the local station, but also to run the occasional DMU between the fiddle yards at either end of the layout.
And an honourable mention for ‘Dead End Yard’, a tiny ‘Inglenook’ shunting layout. Operating a layout like this all day takes stamina!!
2mm was represented by ‘Freshwater’ and ‘Burnham on Sea’, both inspiring examples of 2mm fine scale modelling. But I forgot to take photos of them – too interested in the modelling I suspect!
Also of note was, Little Hister, an O gauge branch terminus. Pretty standard in many ways, but some good modelling and nice rolling stock. I suspect most O gauge layouts will soon have a Dapol ‘Terrier’ on display – what a lovely model (though I prefer the adjacent G6.)
There were also representatives from OO, EM and Z gauge, and a few trade stands. All in all a very nice small show in an excellent venue. Well worth the drive!