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It was our 9th annual show at the King Alfred School at Burnham on Sea. We decided to support a local charity, the Friends of Burnham on Sea Memorial Hospital. There was a very good response from the general public and enthusiasts. With plenty of traders doing good business covering all types of Hornby.
Six 0 gauge layouts were in operation, these varied from Peter Lintern’s large pure Hornby to Malcolm Jones’s double level affair complete with tin can village.
Chris Batten’s clockwork layout gets bigger with each exhibition. Chris always likes to involve visiting children in driving lessons. Yours truly ran a layout using makes not mentioned in polite circles.
We must mention Roy Sinclair’s display of minor makes like Brimtoy and Marx.
The Dublo boys and girls should not be forgotten. Vanessa and dad, Mike Rimes were running their Wrenn layout, this time almost exclusively with freight trains. Spot the new station signs! The new club 2 rail layout under Jim Roach’s eagle eye was in operation, while David Trotham went one better and had 2 and 3 rail layouts together, but there was no interchange.
Our chairman was running his module unit with a massive viaduct and an equally large fiddle yard. However with complexity come problems, no worse than the problems with the Great Western electrification. However, the new waterfall section was very impressive. BarrieTaylor had another Dublo 3 rail layout and was happy to let visiting children operate it. Tony Gray showed his dealer’s demonstration Dublo layout but included a Meccano factory produced traction engine. The mechanism to drive the wheels would not satisfy today’s Health and Safety mania; whirling gears and exposed flaying chains.
We have to thank the organisers, George Moon and Graham Roberts for the smooth running of the show.
Make a note of next year's date in your diary Saturday 3rd November 2018