Falkirk Model Railway Exhibition
After a Covid-enforced break, it was great to be back at the Falkirk Model Railway Exhibition which moved to the Grangemouth Athletics Stadium for 2022.
The exhibition was well attended and I enjoyed spending a few hours there on Sunday morning, taking in the layouts and other displays. Here are a few of my highlights.
East Dock by Peter Shields: an O gauge depiction of a small diesel shed in the north east of England in the period 1977-8. The larger scale leant itself well to some highly detailed modelling and there was a good assortment of British Rail blue locomotives trundling around.
Dduallt exhibited by the Greenock and District Model Railway Club. This 009 scale layout depicts the famous spiral above Ddualt station on the narrow-gauge Ffestiniog Railway in the north of Wales. The layout was busy with a constant mix of Double Fairlies pulling passenger trains and engineering trains behind small diesels. The attention to detail is exquisite and the run through the trees at the back of the circuit made for some very attractive scenes beyond the loop itself.
Elgin exhibited by Ted Burt. This N gauge layout is always great to see in person. Its sweeping curves and variety of rolling stock provide constant interest with the goods yard and station providing two different focal points.
Falcon Road by Ian Harper of the Scarborough & District Railway Modellers. A fabulous O gauge layout with lots of big steam engines and Deltics shuffling up and down an impressive run of track with lots of great background detail amongst the shops and houses. The slow, deliberate shunting movements really allowed time to admire the locomotives.
Swinton TMD built by Michael Swinton, a member of the Edinburgh & Lothians Miniature Railway Club. An OO gauge depicting a fictional DRS TMD loosely modelled on Kingmoor TMD, Carlisle. It's always good to see a strong collection of blue 37's idling on the shed, alongside some more modern locos and stock.
Below are few other photo highlights from layouts including Hallmark TMD, Rannoch, Canalside Ironworks, Kinlochewe, Glasshouse Loan and Levenbank.