Astolat Model Railway Circle 2018 Exhibition – 21st January 2018

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An enjoyable exhibition in Guildford today despite the rain and sleet with a good selection of Exhibits and Traders. We have tried to encapsulate the essence of the layouts for you. Hope you enjoy.

Treloar Sidings – 0 Gauge 7mm 1:43 Finescale – Luton Model Railway Club – Treloar Sidings depicts the terminus of one of the branches that wound their way around the clay producing area north of St Austell in Cornwall, generally ending in remote and barren places.

Pity Me – A 009 layout by Ray Clasper – Gauge 9mm – The railway is based on nowhere in particular, but the surrounding buildings place it somewhere near the North East coast, with the station named after a village near Durham. The railway is run as a preservation society, and therefore any type of train may be seen running. Most of the traffic is passenger stock, biased towards the older Ffestiniog Railway types, but others appear at any time.

Watchet Town is a narrow gauge model railway of the “what might have been” Watchet Light Railway running from Bridgwater in North Somerset to Minehead via Watchet. The model is built to O-16.5 scale

Ventnor – Newhaven and District MRC – OO Gauge the layout is based on Ventnor station on the Isle of Wight and set in the mid to late 1960’s. This model can only be a truncated impression, because of limited space and is nowhere near to scale.

Gas Lane – OO Gauge Layout. Gas Lane is a compact layout based around a gas works, it uses a baseboard 4ft 8½in x 1ft 4in to portray goods operation in an industrial setting.

Goonhilly – Andover Model Railway Club – O Gauge – A highly fictitious and improbably small rural GWR branch line terminus on an imaginary branch from Helston to the village of Goonhilly in Cornwall.

Schwungisher Platz is an N scale representation of a busy city scene somewhere in Germany. It runs with conventional DC control, on Peco track with locos and rolling stock from the usual continental ranges.

Slindon Vale – O Gauge. This is a model of a fictional narrow gauge railway. Originally serving both the numerous mineral extraction areas in Sussex together with the local population.

Small ‘N; Working – N Gauge. A small and light hearted display of working N Gauge trains in what might seem impossible small spaces.

Banbury – N Gauge. Banbury station lies on a busy cross country route between Birmingham and Didcot where it joins the Great Western Mainline. Rolling stock and locomotives have been detailed and are from a number of manufactures such as Graham Parish and Dapol.

Earldean – Loddon Vale Model Railway Club (LVMRC) An OO gauge layout built by Stuart Carter. It is a Great Western branch line terminus layout. It measures 12 ft x 2ft. It is controlled using an NCE digital control unit. Some locomotive are fitted with sound chips.

Titherleigh – OO Gauge – Liphook and District MRC. A Southern Branch Line. Originally drawn for N Gauge, we took a mirror image of the plan and adapted it for OO Gauge adding a passenger bay platform for additional operating interest.

Whitmore is Astolat’s latest N Gauge layout. The layout depicts a fictitious station which serves a small village and industrial park. It is notionally at the limit of commuter services up to the big city and thus has two terminus platforms to serve the local commuter trains and two through platforms for an-going full formation trains.

We hope you enjoy. Steve and Anne – Steam and Model Railways


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