Sunday, March 22, 2020

Midlands Garden Rail Show 2020

Mendip Vale station

The Midlands show was affected by the Coronavirus panic, so numbers were down despite the best efforts of the organisers with hand sanitizers and regular cleaning of the barriers. 

It's a great shame because this was one of the best shows for a long while. The layouts were varied and interesting. The trade was pretty comprehensive. 

Several of the layouts - Severn Mendip, Hambleton Valley Railway and the 16mm Association modular layout - were pretty well sceniced. The former being pretty much a normal exhibition layout but with larger locos that chuffed. 

I did no hand-shaking (a few elbow bumps) and a lot of chatting to the trade and potential authors for Garden Rail. Cards were handed out and hopefully, we'll see some new names in the magazine in the future. 

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