The Club's annual exhibition at the Civic Hall, Holmfirth had a different emphasis as 2017 is our 50th anniversary and to celebrate we managed to exhibit several of our home layouts along with some exceptional visiting layouts from far and wide. We had a successful show with increased visitor numbers.
The clubs roster was spearheaded by one of our largest creations “ Port Madoc “ and presented by our 16mm group, “ old hands “ at the exhibition game. It proved to be a popular attraction, being a larger gauge and having very attractive live steam locomotives.
“ Lydgate “ a very well modelled 7mm end to end layout from our 7mm group, was in the main hall, with the winner of the best in show for this year, “ Millsbridge “. This layout is unusual, being presented using a proscenium arch. A very atmospheric 2mm fine scale layout.
Another home layout was Ryan Beeney's Lower Brow, his first time exhibiting and he brought along some of his 4mm sound chipped locomotives.
One of our older layouts was another 4mm fine scale layout - “ Hebden Bridge “ presented in the lesser hall along with Bridgenorton Levels, a well modelled Blue Era 7mm. Many sound equipped blue diesels in evidence and unusual use of mirrors giving an already large layout that extra dimension. Well modelled by Ian Alcroft and Dave Oliver.
The visitors were;
On the stage of the main hall we had a very interesting little layout “ Yellowthreads Treat “. It is based on the Hong Kong tram system. Very colourful and a hive of activity. Upstairs in the lesser hall were a fine 2mm layout “ Stamford East “ depicting the Lincolnshire town in the 60's and a great “ Rumbling Bridge” Scottish 4mm layout. Bags of scenery depicting the highlands, modelled in 4mm scale. We also had an unusual visitor in “ Up the Line “ depicting a first world war supply chain line near the front. Extremely well modelled with realistic battle ground sounds. Another unusual layout was “ Bricks and Pipes “ depicting a narrow gauge system within a brick making facility. As usual we had “ Thomas “ with us which the kids enjoyed and were able to have a play as well as some dads having a go,
We were supported by a good range of traders, selling books, second hand railway equipment and kits. We were able to have Pennine Models from Haworth with us this year who brought an impressive range of new model railway items for sale. Another stalwart of our exhibition was Peter Barsby from the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, promoting that great railway in North Yorkshire. Bespoke signs and printers were able to come along again this year and they was able to supply any sort of sign in any size from house names to vehicle lettering in the smaller scales.
In our demonstration gallery Julie Peckham was busy making Metcalf kits, Graham Beckwith demonstrated his skill at figure painting and Jeramy was showing an impressive range of scratch built models. There was a good showing from the National Association of Road Transport with some very fine and unusual models. Not forgetting Mr Davies who again was demonstrating how to make wagons and wagon loads.
Unfortunately our landlords at the Civic Trust let us down by withdrawing some catering facilities at the last minute and so we were unable to supply our usual refreshments and for this the club apologise to anyone expecting to be fed.