Tolworth 2015 #2

Derek and Allan reached Stuttgart on Tuesday, and unloaded the truck.  The first hints of a show were already taking shape.  And soon to be part filled with lots of lovely ‘N’ gauge.

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The earth is for the radio controlled excavators and other civil engineering plant (I hope.)

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Meanwhile, back at Tolworth…

A favourite feature of the Tolworth show is the ‘American room’, home to the USA layouts and also the traders – usually ‘Penguin’ and SPV. This year’s show came up with some good layouts…..

Centrepiece to the room, and my other favourite from the show, was the HO 8 Dollar Canyon layout.  I do like circular layouts, arranged like this so the fiddle yard is in the middle of the layout.  I paced out 8 Dollar Canyon, and it is 15-16ft in diameter.  It allows a 360 degree scenic view of the layout, except for a short tunnel with crossovers into the fiddle yard.  Unfortunately, this doesn’t fit with any modular system, otherwise I’d be tempted to build one!

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If 16ft is too much, how about this little 4ft diameter HO circle.  Not quite 8 Dollar Canyon, but still a very coherent design.

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Modular railroading was represented by a few modules from the Snake Bed Railroad.  They included this grain elevator…..

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Pine Bluffs Freight Yard was also part of a club modular layout.  There were some attractive small steam locomotives on show.  I especially liked the trackwork, and the ‘green’ overgrown track bed on the sidings.

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Lemmington Park was an interesting switching layout.  I was interested to see how they had hidden the fiddle yard behind some Walther’s buildings and a road bridge.  The same ploy may well work on my N-Club modules.

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Finally, today, a taster for next time and the 3rd section on British layouts.  I do have a soft spot for west coast Scottish layouts in the blue diesel era.  Glen Uig  is has captured the character of 1980’s British Rail and the west coast.  I could almost smell the kippers.  Which reminds me of the time I went to Kyle of Localsh and almost sent a kipper by post to a friend.  I bottled out, but I wish I had…..

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About snitchthebudgie

Secretary of the East Surrey N Gauge railway club
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