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Vintage Hornby Train Show 2015

Report by Brian Leach

SELMEC was well represented on the stage of the Welling Methodist church hall at Adrian Ashford's 32nd Vintage Hornby Trains Show on 2nd May 2015. We had an L-shape layout of tables. From left to right there were:

  1. Peter Clay: L-form Meccanograph and various vehicles.
  2. Brian Leach: Model of his house and a 9-speed and reverse gearbox.
  3. Tim Surtell: Maraca; the Spanish Knight; ice cream cart; Meccanoide (a walking cat robot).
  4. Brian Elvidge: Horizontal steam engine; beach buggy; fire truck; grader; and articulated dump truck.
  5. Doug Windibank: Various bi-planes.

Plenty of children came up to see the Meccano; they seemed to like anything with wheels.

Brian Elvidge
Brian Elvidge

On the train side of the show, Adrian Ashford had an excellent O-gauge oval layout with a four-platform station called Wembley. There were four other layouts; some O, some OO. Most of the layouts were from 50s to early 60s.

Adrian Ashford re-rails a wagon on his OO layout
Adrian Ashford re-rails a wagon on his OO layout

About half of the hall was sales, and there were plenty of items; mostly second hand. I remember the Inter-city carriages when I was a boy. Most of it seemed reasonably priced. There was also a small amount of red-green Meccano on sale. The sales area spilt out into the side alley which is also the entrance to the hall.

Brian Leach's house
Brian Leach's house

The attendance of about 220 was way down on last year. One of the organisers commented that it may be due to the Bluebell Railway sales day. Things quietened down at 3:00 pm and some people were packing as early as 3:30 pm.

Douglas Windibank
Douglas Windibank

The kitchen served a reasonable variety of food. Exhibitors received a free roll or sandwich, piece of cake and unlimited free drinks from the friendly tea ladies.

It was my first time there. I found it very enjoyable and would go again.

Peter Clay
Peter Clay

A boy has fun with Tim Surtell's Meccanoide model
A boy has fun with Tim Surtell's Meccanoide model


» This article appeared in the Summer 2015 issue of SELMEC News.

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