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EXHIBITION - BOX HILL 2004

I have started to attend more Model Train exhibitions in the last few years than I have ever attended in my life I would think. This exhibition was at Box Hill Victoria in Labour Day weekend 2004.  Having the digital camera as made it easier to copy down practical ideas or record unusual models as I have spotted them... hope you enjoy a bit of this as I did...
This was my favourite layout at Box Hill 2004 based on the Thompson River in British Columbia. The builder has captured the effect rather well and N scale does have some distinct advantages. Having trains cross each other at passing sidings made for all the drama associated with railroading I believe at its best, so here are a few scenes...

 

This is a layout based on Victorian (Australia) prototype with mixtures of generations of motive power... with a VLine scheme N and N set and a first series or "squashy" T class on a wheaty... something for everyone!!!
This is ASHWOOD VALE which is an excellent model of the Midlands circa 1920's. It is about 20 ft long in modules and appears to be a very fine representation. I was taken by the means of end to end fiddle yards   and some of the locos... 

 

The trains were driven through Tunnel and Bridge mouths to this adjustable "cassette" which can be turned and aligned to wait their next turn "on stage"
The engine in the background caught my eye but I was not quite sure why until it came out to the open.  A friend of mine, who talked me into teaching in fact, told me of an engine he saw in England of an unusual wheel arrangement specifically for a bank. I had seen one picture to my recall of this engine which turned out to be...

 

The LICKEY BANKER!!!  I never knew that models of this engine existed. When I asked if that was the engine, the person manning the stand wasn't sure but the person standing alongside me was the first to say " I thought I recognised that..."  
Anywhere in South Australia?? Well not quite but the Red Hen railcars did look good.

 

The beginnings of an interesting streetscape as an adjunct to a display layout. Obviously someone has been impressed by the street running in Hammond Indiana with the CSS&SB electric car... I've been past that town but not to it! Wonder if these guys are putting in catenary?

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