The thirty-sixth Model Railway Exhibition was opened in the Central Hall, Westminster, London, UK, Apl 4.
The thirty-sixth Model Railway Exhibition was opened in the Central Hall, Westminster, London, UK, Apl 4. This year, the Model Railway Club has been able to incorporate ten working lay-outs in the exhibition, in addition to the ever-popular live steam, passenger-carrying track. On one truck, a time-table "service" in miniature operates!
These layouts represent no less than six different gauges - but it is obvious that modellers still favour the older type steam locomotives than the new diesel and diesel-electric rolling stock. And on the tracks of the Tramway and Light Railway Society are working model trams - a form of transport that has almost disappeared from the streets of Britain.
Two demonstration work-shops soon proved a great attraction for budding craftsmen and those with the urge to "do it yourself". On these stands, modellers can see how tiny locomotive wheels, chimneys, buffers and the like are turned and drilled ... all done by amateurs.
Model railways are not child's play - as official returns show. The proportional of adult visitors to children is about three to one. The exhibition - lasting 4 1/2 days - draws about 38,000 people.