Saturday, and another morning in the company of Mr Dawes. Collected early to have time for a breakfast – as a retired milkman, I’m convinced that Allan knows every cafe in the south-east….. Even after a top-up of tea and coffee, we had a queue to get into the show, but we were able to have a good look around before it filled up. I haven’t got pictures of everything, but here are a few items that I especially enjoyed…..
First the Minories department. Hallam Town is classic Minories in 2mm finescale, but moved north into the Midlands. If I recall correctly, the layout was built over a weekend at a show.
And St Saviour Street is a slightly developed Minories in N. Again, simple but effective scenery.
I enjoyed Seaton in P4, modelling the station in LSWR days, with a more complex track plan than when the Southern rationalised it. And some excellent old goods wagons on show.
I’ve seen Barryconnell Road before, but it’s another layout always worth a look. It’s circular, and models Irish 5′ 3″ standard gauge (with the correct scale track gauge) in 3mm. Great modelling!
Lots of lovely overhead in HOm on the RhB Santa Maria.
I liked Sheepcroft in EM – a simple minimum space plan but well modelled throughout.
Fawcett Street offers plenty of shunting in a small space, with a clever track plan…
Lots of snow on Que’vy….
Light railways in O and in Kent with Sarre.
A Scottish River on Mertonford…
And to finish, a rather ethereal picture of Ray and Anna, who as usual brought their living room and coffee table to the show.
There were a number of layouts that seemed to have just moved on from Canterbury last week. I haven’t repeated the pictures….
Erith is billed as one of the biggest shows in the south of England. It lived up to that billing. Masses of trade, though mainly selling second-hand OO stock. And perhaps too many generic OO layouts for my rather fussy liking. But a good morning out, and we ran into a good number of friends at the show – exhibitors, traders, or just good honest punters and ESNG members.