This year the Second European Festival of Model Railways Exhibition, which as held in Central Hall, Westminster, London, provided a foretaste of September's celebrations of the 150th anniversary of rail travel.
GV and SV model railway display showing Fleischmann Nurnberg exhibit.
SV and CU small boy watching Lehmann G gauge (3 shots)
SV,GV and CU Z gauge railway miniature train and setting (2 shots)
GV man looking at model of Flying Scotsman made out fifteen thousand 590 matchsticks(2 shots).
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Background: This year the Second European Festival of Model Railways Exhibition, which as held in Central Hall, Westminster, London, provided a foretaste of September's celebrations of the 150th anniversary of rail travel.
The exhibition attracted 31 trade and club exhibitors, and once again the stands were dominated by the foreign manufacturers. For the enthusiast there was wide range of stands showing all types of models and promoting a variety of materials to enable the amateur model-maker achieve as great a degree of realism as possible. The exhibits ranged from bags of lichen that can be used to create model forests, to a model of the Flying Scotsman made out of more than fifteen thousand matchsticks.
The centrepiece of the exhibition was a scale layout first shown at the Nurnberg Toyfair by the West German manufacturer. Fleischmann. The model had been brought over from Germany for the exhibition, and it displayed the whole range of Fleischmann models in a highly detailed scenic setting.
Complete with miniature road, and station lighting, the layout was of a Bavarian Alpine design, complete with large rocky mountains and sharp sloping hillsides. Throughout the panorama there were areas landscaped to form mountain villages with small wayside stations, as well as complete townships nestling in the hillsides.
The largest station had seven platforms, as well as a steam loco shed with coaling facilities. A small diesel fuelling siding was included in the motive power department, and the station building was typical of the style of grandeur that appeared when the railway were enjoying their boom years.