Now for the larger scales. First off is Mers les Bains, French metre gauge in 1/32 scale. Some typically French buildings (including the town brothel on the right) and all the engines and stock scratch built. There are also plenty of little cameos around the layouts (including the local priest outside the aforementioned building!)
Another mainly narrow gauge line, Theobald’s Yard includes both standard and narrow gauge. Some large industrial buildings provide a backdrop for attractive narrow gauge stock.
Bedlam Heath in OO is a small Southern Region station and yard, allowing shunting whilst third-rail EMUs pass by behind. In the pictures below, a Class 33 diesel delivers a cut of ballast wagons.
Perhaps my favourite, Harlyn Pier, an ex-LSWR branch line in O gauge. Anything that runs a T9 4-4-0 and a Beattie well tank gets my vote…..
I’ve seen Arigna Town at a number of shows, but this 7mm scale standard (5′ 3″) gauge Irish branch terminal is always worth another look. Very tidy scratch building of some quite exotic prototypes (at least to English eyes!)
Again, Red Hook Bay is a regular on the exhibition circuit, but always worth another look. Most of the building are from craftsman kits, making a unique layout.
Modern china clay wagons on St Paddy….
Harpur Hill Quarry in 00 is set near Buxton in the Peak District. Some interesting industrial locomotives are on show, and some well kit-bashed quarry buildings.
Liss Forest Depot is a shunting ‘Inglenook’ layout in 00 set on the Longmoor Military Railway.
Finally, Modbury Tor in TT had an interesting variety of milk tankers on show.
Overall, a very good show. Only two complaints. One small room had too many small layouts in it, and it was almost impossible to enjoy gems like Kyle of Lochalsh. The other problem was the long queue to get in. This was not just a sign of success! There was only one pay desk, and with two main halls, it would have been better to have two desks, one at each hall entrance. Credit to the Tonbridge club, as I suggested on NGF and a member said he would forward it to the exhibition manager.