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As they say if it works leave it alone. The annual exhibition was at the King Alfred School, Burnham on Sea with spacious hall, ample car park and no steps for the more mature members to negotiate. Again we increased our attendance, but I am not sure whether a sunny warm day is good for attendance when we are so close to the sea. There were ten layouts running. For those, who remember the O gauge Hornby clockwork trains of old.
Chris Batten with Dave Bailey showed what could be achieved with a large amount of track. His layout was end to end with a quadruple section followed by a double track bottleneck leading into multiple reception loops. Their theme was LMS. Chris was keen to involve the young members of the public in running his trains. Notable locomotives running were several early No.1 tank locomotives, one of which had a clear garter trademark on the boiler.
Peter Lintern put on a large O gauge electric layout, three tracks with electric signal lighting. He was keen to say it was pure Hornby not sullied by other makes, although the Hornby mug for his tea was made in China. Again it was a mainly LMS theme.
Rebecca Strong used the club O gauge electric track to show what the other makes, which are spoken in whispers, can do. I incorporated a branch line and operated a push pull arrangement, however I did not have modern electrics to operate the auto reversing. It only needed a slight distraction for the train to pile into the buffer stops. I will lose my licence at this rate.
Roy Sinclair bought along his eclectic collection of the lesser known tinplate makes, like Chad Valley and Wells. He did include a Type 20 Hornby train for comparison purposes.
There were plenty of Dublo layouts, Vanessa Howells with Dad, Mike Rimes showed their 3 and 2 rail layout which grows each visit. This has an automation route setting board, none of this hand operated points lark. Steve Sands module system 3 rail layout grows and grows. Nice feature are the model beehives, which complimented the jars of real honey Jane Sands was selling from her apiary. Peter Carr was running a 4 track layout of Dublo 2 rail with a large terminal layout and a town raised up above the tracks. David Trotham was operating a mixed 2 and 3 rail layout with help from grandson Jacob. David does not use the school tables to support his layout, he brings every thing to build his own support structure on the evening before the event. Tony Gray was showing his original shop layout also featuring an illuminated Dublo sign. In one of the back rooms was a Dublo quadruple track 3 rail layout under the control of Brian Clayton and Mike Barton. Brian had to leave Carol to look after the Dublo Heaven stand, which she did very admirably as well as providing a Christmas cake for the raffle. We had ten dealers supplying goodies for discerning members and visitors.
Jane Sands and Diane Lintern along with many helpers manned the buffet car supplying Bacon butties and delicious homemade cakes.