Spalding MRC Exhibition 2022
Yesterday the model railway gods smiled on me.
Delightful daughter had a hockey match near Spalding exactly when the
Spalding Model Railway Club were holding their exhibition.
My choice was a cold, wet touch-line or the wamth of the Springfield Event Centre… no contest 🙂
The exhibition was super, with 30 layouts in a wide range of scales, gauges, eras and locations. There were interesting demos and a vast array of traders selling UK outline, continental and US stock, tools, kits and materials.
The venue was spacious, there was plenty of room to see the layouts and the grub was good too.
Many thanks to the Spalding MRC team for putting on such a super exhibition.
I am hoping the model railway gods will let me go next year too 🙂
Harkness EM 18.2mm gauge by Tony Bucknell
Harkness EM 18.2mm gauge by Tony Bucknell
A light railway running to the Northumbrian seaside town of Harkness
Barnwood N gauge by Andrew Fardell
Impressive port with container, grain and steel terminals
Fenland & Spalding Model Club
Very nice dioramas
Billingborough 00 by Graham Moorfoot
Set in the 1960s
Freight is mostly agricultural products
I liked the atmosphere, especially this rural scene
Croft Spa N gauge by Les Richardson
A small station in the East Coast Mainline, County Durham
Lovely row of terrace houses
DCC control with manually operated points
Eyemouth N gauge by John Spence
Eyemouth in Northumbria prior to WWII
Lovely buildings and scenery
Limited passenger service – this is all the passenger stock!
Witham 00 by Martin Reynolds
Fictitious layout based in Somerset
Nice BR Western Region theme
I liked the church on the hill top
Below baseboard level is this nicely modelled canal scene
Copper Wort 00 by Peter Goss
Early 1900s in Burton on Trent
There is a lot of modelling on this layout, and it’s all very high quality
Probably my favourite layout, it has lots of detail and retains a sense of space
Ballyconnell Road Irish Broad Gauge, 3mm/foot, 15.75mm gauge
Set in the Irish Riviera, County Sligo, 1955
A circular layout representing 5ft 3in gauge
Charming layout, probably the layout I’d like to own !
Burnroyd Works 00 by Chris Burnage
Set in 2008 to present dat the layout features a large steel fabrication plant
The plant creates a great backdrop
I liked the well modelled details
The muted colours and weathering were very well done
Rumbling Bridge 00 by Nick Skelton
A Scottish branch line in c. 1960
Cleverly the viewer must look down into the cuting to see the trains the
Arcadia Pennsylvania US O gauge by David & Susan George
This is a lovely layout, gain the colour tones and weathering were fantastic
The stock was huge and had real presence
Nicely modelled cameos too
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I love all work by Graham Morfoot…he always catches the feeling of the Fens
Hi Jeremy, Yes, it’s a cracking layout and I hadn’t realised it was made by Graham until I got home and read the show brochure !
Hi Steve, I was there yesterday afternoon too. Usually go to the show every year for the past couple of decades.Always have a good time but this year was the best yet. A great variety of layouts all quality and a good trade presence too as well as some really interesting people to chat with. It was one of those shows where even Mrs Woody was taken by many of the layouts and I came away inspired as well as with a much thinner wallet. It was even thinner once Mrs W had matched my spend with her’s at the Radley handbag show in the shopping centre! Never mind at least Christmas is sorted and I did sell the day out on the basis that I was taking her out. One thing that caught my eye and I have never seen before was the interior of the office block on the Czech layout Kozel. Nothing new in interior detail but this one had illuminated computer screens! A not too good photo but you can see them on my blog here https://woodysmodelingdiary.blogspot.com/2022/11/a-day-out-for-mrs-woody.html
Hi Woody, Good to hear from you. I’m glad you and Mrs W enjoyed the exhibition. I thought it was great, a wide variety of layouts and I was inspired too. I hadn’t noticed the illuminated computer screens though – I will need to find that layout and take a proper look! I didn’t visit the shopping mall next door, not even to buy a handbag 🙂
I didn’t know you had a blog, I really enjoyed reading it!
All the best