It's a bit odd for someone who spends his life doing toy train stuff to decide that a pleasant way to spend a weekend would be - to visit a model railway exhibition. But I am a bit weird. And the show is a little different from most. Best of all though, it takes place right next to Four Oaks station, so I could have a nice train ride. I had an excellent book on the go so enjoyed a read while the train took the strain. Well, it's better than driving up the M6.
The hall is a recently extended modern(ish) church hall and apart from limited parking seemed pretty good. Walking in, the first layout was Campbells Quarry.
Handy this as I had wanted to have a word with its owner and forgot this was a reasonably local event. He let me have a go at working the dragline later in the day, an interesting experience for the beginner as you have to juggle three switches at once for all the functions. Emptying the bucket before it reaches the hopper is very easy!
As is my wont, the day was spent chatting as much as it was looking at models. There were some very interesting large scale locos as show at the top of this post, and above. You might think the brass model is of a BEV, but apparently it's a Logan, a loco that resulted in some legal wrangles over copyright.
While I always enjoy a model railway show, these oddball events are proving ever more appealing. My dad often says that if we were starting up in the hobby, we'd probably go NG just to allow us to build something different. I think he's right, but that doesn't mean I don't dream of having a go anyway.