Saturday, February 02, 2008

Chesterfield show review

Ok, a long overdue review of the Chesterfield show..

Overall an easy venue to find, plenty of free parking and being close to a main road I assume local bus links are good too. The hall was spacious and the refreshments were brilliant - home made, lots of choice, but the room was a tad too small (nothing you can do about that though as it was the only side room).

The standard was excellent, I will obviously focus on narrow gauge, but layouts like this - Haverhill South - were very nicely presented:

There were too big narrow gauge layouts in attendance: Rheilffordd Cefn Gam (7mm) and Fallgate - Ashover Light Railway (4mm - 009). There were some lovely models on the former, this is Moel Tryfan for example:

The layout runs through a model of Beddgelert station to a fictituous location (well a quarry that never in reality had a railway) with a station and engine sheds:

Jerry M (the prototype is coming to the Ffestiniog later this year!):

and then there was Beddgelert station itself. I saw this part at Warley and made reference then to the backscene, scenic colouring and the high sided Goat cutting, which I didn't like. I won't repeat those comments here, but certainly the stock was excellent:

and what better to finish on than a De Winton: Gorseddau here we come...

Fallgate I had never seen before and was superb. The stock was nicely weathered, scenery was believable and there was even sound!

Proper nice eh!
A novelty was this mini layout on Seabury Town (O gauge)! The train on this micro layout even went round the loop!

West Harptree in 3mm - my flash is a bit unkind to the yellow fields, they were greener than that!

Ashbourne Midland was very nicely modelled:
This shot shows the method for achieving traverser line up and electric continuity (I have forgotten which layout though - sorry)- I will copy this.

Other layouts included Shadbolt's Lock in OO/4mm...

and this French 1/22.5 scale layout called St Jean sur Mer which was superbly detailed:

oh and in case you're wondering what I've been doing...

and I've made up two more FR bugs, soldered duckets to 2 carriages (11 and 12) and built 2 Hudson bogie wagons, 2 Hudson 4 wheel wagons and added the seats to 24 (vale of Rheidol parkside kit bash).
It's all good...
[and yes all those photos did take ages to upload!]

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