Narrow Gauge at Royston

Johannesdorf by John SmithThe Royston and District Model Railway Club held their 30th Anniversary Exhibition in mid November. I’m pleased to say narrow gauge was well represented.

Johannesdorf by John Smith is a great model of a fictional Austrian 760 mm narrow gauge station in the Austrian Tirol. It has a real Austrian atmosphere (look at the engine shed, above), and the combination of 0 scale 16.5mm gauge is a great way to represent 760mm narrow gauge.

Johannesdorf by John Smith

The layout has many very well modelled scenes.

Johannesdorf by John Smith

Next, Tansey Bank Bob Vaughan’s 009 model of a preserved ex-industrial line. The rolling stock was lovely and very well weathered. Bob told me the technique was very simple: dry brushing with grey, then dry brush with brown followed by a wash of diluted black ink. Very effective.

Tansey Bank Bob Vaughan

Ashurst Brickworks by Peter Rednall features an imaginary village and an 009 line transporting handmade clay bricks to a harbour. There was always something moving and the ‘figure of eight’ track created a good run for the locos. It was very popular with the visitors.

Ashurst Brickworks Peter Rednall

I particularly liked these weather boarded cottages…

Ashurst Brickworks Peter Rednall

…and the layout was full of detailed scenes. Amazingly, Peter has fitted all of this onto a 4 feet by 2 feet board!

Ashurst Brickworks Peter Rednall

Finally, let’s go to Switzerland. Baerenthal, originally built by Ray Williams, was exhibited by Mike Ausden. This was a real slice of the Swiss alps, with alpine meadows, chalets, a rocky mountain stream and up to six different train running at any time. It was really nice to see a modern outline narrow gauge layout. Plus, it’s unusual to see an HOm layout which is HO (1:87) scale running on 12 mm track, representing a metre gauge line.

Baerenthal Mike Ausden

With such lovely scenery, and many colourful trains, this layout was incredibly popular. There was always a crowd of people around it and my photos don’t do the layout justice!

Baerenthal Mike Ausden

With plenty of interesting layouts and a good selection of traders, the Royston exhibitions are always good. I will be there next year!


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