For the first time in 4 years I got to my local show, which is held on the May Day long weekend. This was the 35th year it has been held and, sadly in some ways, the last at the Brisbane RNA Grounds at Bowen Hills. Next year it is moving to on of the racecourses owing to redevelopment of the RNA. I was glad to make it to the last one as I have fond memories of going as a child and then participating as an exhibitor, firstly with a fellow club members layout, then our club layout and finally my own (which managed to win a prize in 2007 for Signalling fidelity - very excited about that.) 49 layouts (according to the advertising - I didn't count as I walked around on the three days) and a fair whack of traders (again, I didn't count and I can't find the flyer now which had the numbers) but I felt a little bit disappointed both with the general standard of layouts and the offerings of the traders. Suffice to say, I didn't spend much money - bought the kids a wagon each and ended up with a Hold N Fold but that was it. Cheap weekend!
The layouts, as I think I implied, weren't up to much. I discussed this with my fellow BRMA members on our display stand and we weren't able to reach a conclusion about it. I think quite possibly as my modelling has developed, so have my personal standards and what was once something to aspire to 20 years ago as a teenager, is not something which floats my boat now. I do know, first hand, how much effort goes into a layout and realise that what excites one, won't necessarily enthrall another and all the operators seemed to be enjoying themselves and 10,000 people came so hats off the the AMRA boys for a successful show, regardless of personal opinions.
I took some photos of what did inspire me - but stupidly without taking photos of the layout number to aid in identifying them all. If I have included your layout without appropriate acknowledgement, please get in touch so I can edit the post!
As an N gauge modeller, and a British prototype modeller, there wasn't anything which ticked both boxes - although there was a British N layout. I did have a look - and my kids told me about it (Thomas and Percy being mentioned in the report from DD1 and DD3!) but I was a little underwhelmed by the Lima 4F on the turntable when I had a chance to look for myself.
The highlight was Queen's Wharf - O Gauge Australian with my personal favourite Australian diesel - the NSWGR Class 44 Alco unit. This was in out of the shops Tuscan with sound and all the current fun stuff.
Quiet scene on "Queen's Wharf"
Disturbed by the arrival of 4411!
Ground level view of 4411 - definitely has a "presence" about it!
Well modelled country hall on "Roseville" (I think!)
Station footbridge on "Roseville"
The centre piece of "Two Up, Two Down" - British OO four track mainline
Girder bridge on the Coffs Harbour MRC layout
Another bridge from the CHMRC
Industrial visitor on Queen's Wharf late on Monday
It would be nice if this was N (or something like it) don't you think?