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 Posted: Mon Aug 25th, 2008 12:06 am
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AMRA held its 38th Model Rail exhibition at the new location of Caulfield yesterday and today after a gap.  It went pretty well and attendance was good.  There was a good mix of Australian, UK, German and US outline on show along with some novelty layouts.  One thing they all had in common was that trains were running on them all, something I have heard is lacking on some layouts.  There was a very good mix of exhibitors and   layouts.  Many Australian model stores had stands so you could have purchased anyd thing from a Veissmann commander to and KM Modelbau BR44 if you had the money.

Food was a bit expensive.  I would imagine these were regular Caulfield race course prices.

Apologies for some of the photographs but lighting was not great and I didn’t have a lot of time away from the BRMA stand.

Steam era was there showing some of their kits.  I see the S class has gone up to $610 now.  The R Class is $550 although this is about the same price as the Eureka models one and that has optional sound.



Ausicion were there and had their new model on show.  Looks very good and has brass fine detail parts.





Eskbank was probably my favourite layout.  NSW based country layout.


Mildura station Vic country layout.


Victoria creek.  Vic layout




Tybrook modular layout





Tier Bahn, three tiered continental layout.






Circus layout.


This was a pretty bizarre layout.


Melb-N-Track.  Huge US N gauge layout






Mainline UK and novelty based layout


Phoenix electric.  US based layout


Mittelstadt, Maerklin layout


Wills street USA layout




Midsommer Norton.  This layout is made and run by BRMA members and it actually does have a murder!




Murranbilla, Vic layout


Kangaroo and Cockatoo railway




Frey Import export.  These guys sell Maerklin Trix, Uhlenbrok and had the KM Modelabau Gauge 1 BR44 on show.  I have to say the whistle does start to grate after 9 hours of it.


Art of the diorama.  These guys are really good




BRMA stand, the British Railway Modellers of Australia.  I manned the stand with Jeff SRMan on Saturday.  Jeff managed to monopolise the talking with all the interest in his BR Diesel sound.  He was having to fight them off at a couple of times during the day!  Hardly anybody wanted to talk to me about weathering oddly enough.  I did get a hell of a lot done though.  A lot of people came for advice on DCC and Howes and DCC Concepts should probably get a few orders from the information given out.  If we had had a few NCE Powercabs spare we could probably have sold a couple.  DCC and sound are a very big draw.




Melbourne Bus club.  This layout runs trams and also has the faller car system in operation.


Diamond Valley railway.  Good to take the kids to for a day out but a bit big for the garage.


Prize winner for the scratch build competition.  I go to work on trains like this.  They have a new livery now though.


Victoria bridge. Vic country layout



Carlisle River Vic narrow gauge layout


All in all it was a good day out.  Hopefully it all went well financially and it will be there again next year.



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Cracking set of photos that capture the feel of the show well, Neil. No doubt I'll be back for a more detailed look later, but very informative of how style differ across the world. Some of those layouts would never be seen in a UK show.

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Thanks for posting these, Neil. What variety. That bizarre layout made me chuckle.

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Thanks guys, it was a very varied show.  I thought UK outline was a bit under represented with only two or three layouts.  Vic layouts were probably over represented but this is Victoria so that makes sense.

 

The bizarre layou had my wondering if someone had slipped something in my coffee.  There were quite a lot of novelty layouts which I thought was good things amost of the attendees are familys with kids and this keeps them entertained. 

 

Next year I have some ideas to make the BRMA stand more interesting.  DCC sound was a big draw so what I am thinking about is knocking up a small diorama like Peter Harvey's Dudley Road to show case sound locos and DCC features.  No-one other than modellers were interested in my weathering.;-).  I got loads done though eight 102 ton thralls and ten six plank coal wagons all weathered.  I gave up on putting coal in them after doing one thrall due to all the mess I was making.



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Thanks for those, enjoyed them, have to look closer i reckon.

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Great photos thanks!

Was that 7 1/4 inch gauge railway running or static? Must have had plenty of space if it was running!

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Excellent views of the exhibition Neil. You've just got to love that Kangaroo and cockatoo railway:D

Any knowledge on what the idea behind the German 3 level railway is? Were they just for display or was each level working?:???:

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Lovely photos thanks very much for posting them.

It is nice for us in the Uk to see other layout types other than British outline

obviously at our exhibitions its mainly british outline layouts with a few continental plus a few US i personnally have never seen an Autralian outline layout thou im sure there must be some in this country.

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Christrerise wrote: Great photos thanks!

Was that 7 1/4 inch gauge railway running or static? Must have had plenty of space if it was running!

No not at the exhibition it wasn't.  It is located in a park in North Melbourne with a permanent track set up.  I have taken my son a few times and it's quite good.



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Les wrote: Excellent views of the exhibition Neil. You've just got to love that Kangaroo and cockatoo railway:D

Any knowledge on what the idea behind the German 3 level railway is? Were they just for display or was each level working?:???:

Les


My take on it was a space saving method of having three small layouts.

 

They are big on scratch building here as decent Ozzie RTR was until recently hard to come by.  Even now not all locos are made.



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