Good day at Ally Pally

Good day at the Alexandra Palace- lots of friendly modellers- what a wonderful hobby.

Met up with some ex work colleagues for a good chin wag-good to see how fit they look, even though I am nearly a decade younger!

As a new member of the N gauge Society signed up for a version of their forthcoming industrial diesel shunter. Impressed with the members on their stand- all very efficient and friendly.

Pity there was little or no N gauge layouts!

Made a few small purchases N scale Nissen hut, tank and Warflat from Gramodels  and an N scale rule from Eileen’s plus a book on Ambulance Trains from Friends of the NRM.

Interesting to see the amount of engineering works on the approaches to Waterloo in connection with reclaiming ex Eurostar space into main station (Windsor Line platforms once again- but alas no tea rooms!- showing my age here) and extending platforms 1 to 8.

How often to you see such engineering  activity modelled?


Last show for Kanjiyama

The last show for Kanjiyama, on Saturday (18th March), was a well attended exhibition at Abingdon,  the former home of MG cars. The location, some 70 miles from Liphook, is about as far as we usually go for an exhibition trip.

An enjoyable day amongst some good layouts, we were grouped with two other Japanese layouts, one in Z scale and another N scale layout.

Kanjiyama is about to be sold by Nick  to Graham, who were both present  plus the writer, as the exhibiting “team”. Graham will be converting the layout to German outline, modern image , in an East German location  near the Czech Republic border.

Nick is retaining the  buildings for a new “roundy-roundy” Japanese layout featuring high speed stock which he will start building shortly.

Good days at Eurotrack 2017

We had a good two days at Eurotrack 2017-  25th & 26th February 2017 with Travo, Graham A’s* Italian -Era 6 layout TRAVO.

Graham received many compliments on the modelling & simplicity of his layout,  but the layout suffered a few irritating minor electrical problems which started dark talk of scrapping on the Saturday. The situation improved somewhat  on Sunday, but the problems continued.

Graham is now contemplating improvements and track relaying- exhibition invites were received but were rejected until the problems are resolved.

Travo with French railcar (mine) having a trial run!


Graham was helped by Nick H*. on the Saturday and on Saturday & Sunday by the writer



A series of pictures (not these) were taken by the Continental Modeller editor on the Sunday- hopefully might appear in CM at some point.


*L&DMRC members

Model railway exhibiting & hobby etiquette

There was recently a request on Facebook from a newcomer to the model railway hobby, about advice on attending his first model railway exhibition.

The obvious first question I had was -I thought you went first to model railway exhibitions to explore what the hobby was, before embarking on it?

That aside- it was the replies the poor chap received from supposed established enthusiasts. “Look out for lack of personal hygiene of other attendees”, “rucksacks and impolite behaviour”… There were few if any encouraging, welcoming  or constructive comments.

So once again is it a few vociferous enthusiasts with attitude, who are the hobby’s main problem in attracting a wide range of the population to our hobby?

I thought we’d got past the rest of the population thinking we were all weirdos or even worse.

This seems a  British trait, similar to that inflicted on football supporters with a loud, ill behaved minority, who ruin it for the majority.

Its a wonderful hobby that has always been appreciated by people from all walks of life and long may that continue.

It has some way to go however- clubs who are less than friendly to newcomers; clubs who don’t participate in local community events; clubs who don’t publicise themselves or the hobby; enthusiasts who don’t put anything back into their club or the hobby

Exhibitors & Fellow modellers

Please encourage newcomers in every way you can and to those who exhibit layouts- please smile and communicate with the visitors rather than huddling at the back!

Have a special person at the front talking to the public-that is someone who is outgoing and enthusiastic…


Please wash regularly and leave the rucksack at home & if you can’t be complimentary about our layouts, keep your opinions to yourself or let us see your efforts!

Please ask questions when operators are not involved in major derailments or electrical failures…



Koln Trip

The Liphook club made its latest (3rd?) biannual trip to the International Model Railway Show recently. Travelling out on Wednesday 16th November with an early start from from Liphook at 06.04. A total of 6 were in the party including one “other half” and a non-member (me)

We had a pleasant two hour lay over in Brussels using a taxi out & back to the centre of town where beer & chips were consumed.

We reached Koln around 4.00 pm local time with a short walk to our hotel.

Visited exhibition on the Thursday, followed by a trip to a local model shop. On Friday some returned to the exhibition; I got an all day tram ticket and travelled for 5 hours or so on mainly street running parts of the system plus a trip to Bonn & back by two different routes.

All evenings were spent sampling a different restaurant with different local beers.

Return departure  on Saturday 19th just before midday, with arrival at Liphook just gone 18.00hrs. (Eurostar  was a re-conditioned set)

Good trip with pleasant company. Perhaps one more time in 2018?


Good day exhibiting at Globalrail 2016

Today we (Nick, Graham & myself) had a good day exhibiting Kanjiyama at Globalrail 2016 at Didcot

This was the first time the club had exhibited at a German Railway Society exhibition. It was well organised; there was a good interesting range of layouts, including Czech narrow gauge -TT on Z scale track & O gauge German & British; with excellent trade serving continental enthusiasts & a number of specialised continental socities. The venue was good. The layout behaved itself.

I am sure the organisers would have liked a few more visitors, but as a new show at a new venue it was promising

We hope to get invited again!

David & Ben visited the exhibition & did some shopping..

Nick & myself also helped to keep the traders happy  with some buying & Graham exercised commendable control in buying a few copies of S/H back issues of Continental Modeller magazine!

I met a fellow member of the Scandinavian Railways Society & the editor/owner of Scale Rail International, Chris Ford who recognised my name from his subscriber list!!


The club will be making its annual trip to exhibit at the Midhurst Modellers Show on Sunday 14th February 2016 at the Grange Leisure Centre, Bepton Road, Midhurst.

We will have two club members layouts on display Uberernst in HO scale by Nick Harling , his late father’s layout, last exhibited in the 1990’s and recently re-discovered & part way through refurbishment.                Nouvion 1943 in 1:35 scale narrow gauge by Matt Wildsmith using a mobile phone app to control the speed & direction of the locos.

There will also be a club display table with details of club activities & forthcoming new layouts & events.

Please drop in & have a chat

We have informed all the local press & community sites regarding our attendance & to supplement the rather sparse publicity for the show itself

Alton Febex 2016

Last weekend 6th/7th February, club members assisted in exhibiting Nouvion 1943,  a 1:35 scale narrow gauge layout, by club member, Matt Wildsmith

The layout was operated via a smart phone using a free app.. It was its first public outing & needs a little fine tuning but attracted visitors with its attractive presentation & novelty of operation.

The show was well attended on both days and had a good range of layouts in most scales. We were next to Dock Green, a fine 0 scale layout depicting North London in BR(E) days. DCC & sound.

This is certainly a show we as a club would like to exhibit at again. Thanks to the Alton MRG for looking after us & putting on a well presented & organised local show.