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A look over some of the stunning scale model train exhibitions at St Luke’s 28th Model Railway show. This time around I was trying to get “Hand Of God” shots as the model railway exhibitors fixed trains after de-railing of crashing. I forgot to pick up the show’s info sheet but luckily I found an online draft version.
2. Half Pint Creek, Chris Fraser
This is a freelance American outline switching layout in HO scale.
It depicts the rather run down Lostan Foundry and is set in rugged terrain on the west coast. All the buildings are scratch built from cardboard and bits from the junk box.
3. Class 38 Pacific Meccano Loco No. 3830, John Thompson
This model of the well known class 38 pacific loco of the NSWGR was first built in between 1953 and 1955. It was completely rebuilt in 2003 and every part was overhauled.
5. Electric Car Sheds, Historic Electric Traction
This HO scale New South Wales model is based on the now demolished Punchbowl car sheds in Sydney. It showcases the single deck suburban trains commonly remembered as the Red Rattlers.
6. Midway, Ian Williamson
This model of a small city is of no particular place and features the CBD and the very efficient tram service from the suburbs. Most of the buildings are by Tomix and Tomy and the trams are from the same makers.
7. Bushtown, Georges River Model Railway Club
An N Scale Australian layout that features NSW and Victorian trains and represents a typical branch line in the South West Slopes and Snowy mountains area. The buildings are models of actual structures in NSW. It is DCC controlled using the NCE Powerhouse system.
8. Kidzpower, North Shore Railway Modellers
This layout has been developed by the junior modellers and was started in 2013. It had the Bachmann Thomas The Tank tearing up the tracks.
9. Bridport South Western, Peter Betts
This unique 4mm scale layout features both standard (18mm) and broad gauge (28mm) tracks. It is set in 1890 and features complicated handmade mixed gauge trackwork that is shared by trains from the London and South Western and Great Western railways. The locomotives and 90% of the rolling stock are scratch built and some are more than 50 years old. There are also many working mechanical
devices that add interest to operations. The layout is operated in sync with the recorded commentary.
10. Umatilla Valley Railroad, Milton Brown
The Umatilla River Valley and Columbia Plateau are in Western USA. The N Scale Umatilla Valley Railroad is a fictitious short line that connects with the mighty Union pacific Railroad. The model is set in 1950/60’s and features stock from all over western and central USA.
12. Defty, St Luke’s Model Railway Club
This is the club’s HO scale modular layout. It allows members to run long trains that may not fit on their smaller home layouts. Despite its size it packs away into a cupboard when not in use. This year it features a mix of Australian, American and British trains. Rob Evans will also be running his OO scale live steamers at regular intervals. As always the Hornby Live Steam did not disappoint.
14. Audreyville, Rob Evans
The layout was conceived as a portable layout to take when visiting my granddaughter (who loves Thomas and friends). It unfolds and is designed to be used on the floor with the child able to crawl over it when playing. The buildings are relocatable and all items have been pre-loved. Audrey loves it. Now whats weird is I thought it related to Reverend W. Awdry, creator of Thomas The Tank Engine And Friend.
15. Penguins Halt, Jenny Evans
This layout is the “U-Drive” It has an animal theme and has been designed to be fun to watch. Children are welcome to try their hand at driving the trains.
16. Appletree Vale, John Byrne and Lachlan
This HO layout was built by the late Peter Legatt of Asquith Model railways and was developed by one of St Lukes junior modelers with assistance from his grandfather. It is a good example of the next step from a basic train set.
17. Thomas Big Loader TOMY, Rick Lovelock
This layout is made up of three modules. The train lift scoop and crane are all driven by a single motor unit powered by 1 AA battery. See what Thomas and his friends get up to!
18. Pangbourne Ridge, Rick Lovelock
This scenic layout was built by the late Lindsay Dousha and features a narrow gauge – HOe scale logging operation in the steam to diesel transition period.
19. JB Mining, John Bell
This freelance layout in Hoe scale features a mine, quarry, crushing plant and cement works. The quarry is reaching the end of its working life and nature is starting to take over again. The local passenger train still runs for workers and tourists. The track winds its way through narrow gorges and tunnels with limited clearance keeping the locos and stock small.