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Beckenham & West Wickham MRC exhibition

 
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giles b



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 10:59 am    Post subject: Beckenham & West Wickham MRC exhibition Reply with quote

October 28th 2017 sees the Beckenham show, as usual at St John's Church Eden Park, Beckenham. Shellsea Harbour will be joining the other exhibits. For a full list please visit
http://www.bwwmrc.co.uk/exhibitions/StJohn17Oct/index.shtml

It is the same day as ExpoNG but is close enough by car to enable a visit before or after the Swanley show
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giles b



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 29, 2017 8:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A good day yesterday at the Beckenham show. As usual a collection of interesting layouts, ranging from Gauge 1 tinplate to N gauge. Sadly I ran out of space on the camera, so was unable to capture more than a couple of the layouts on show. TT was well represented with three layouts - two are pictured below.

Addison Park, by Paul Kentish, represents the Metropolitan line in the 1950s at an imaginary location in West London, and catches the feel of inner Metroland rather well, with a curving 1930s street frontage to the station, complete with trolleybuses outside in the road. The gauge is 14.2mm as it would otherwise have been impossible to include the inner and outer electrified rails of the prototype.




Trolleybuses were part of my early teenage years when we lived in Twickenham. The 601 route used to turn round in the town centre at a spot then known as Twickenham Junction, although not near the railway station - it was the place where the 601s occasionally laid over briefly, so the conductor had to unhitch the trolley poles from the wires, so that other trolleybuses could overtake. This is shown in the model - a nice touch.



Dating from a slightly earlier period was Bulverhythe, by Peter Bossom, set in the early years of WW2. I do like Peter's street-scapes, done in traditional John Ahern style, with a variety of period street life. This layout is "traditional" 12mm gauge TT.
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