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 Posted: Mon Mar 28th, 2011 08:11 am
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I enjoyed a visit to the British Railway Modeller Exhibition at Alexandra Palace, London, on Saturday 26th March 2011. It wasn't as crowded as I had expected. I guess the 250,000 (or was is 400,000?) people who gathered in Central London may have thinned it out a little! It did make Liverpool Street and Kings Cross Stations a bit busy though.

At the Show I was pleased to see that seating had been provided for folk wanting to eat their sandwiches (me! ) or to simply have a rest. This was a much improved facility from the non-existant one at Doncaster. Catering and toilet facilities were excellent as would be expected at such a venue.

The layouts were grouped, and spread over two halls. The smaller hall contained the more specialist and finescale layouts and suppliers with everything else in the main hall. One thing I did like was the way the non-British layouts were all in one area. That meant I didn't have to waste time looking to see what a layout was. The non-British stuff doesn't interest me - although it obviously did a lot of other folk. Please don't misunderstand me, these 'foreign' layouts may be superb, but are just not to my taste.

As is the norm at these events, I spent more money than I intended but still didn't find everything I wanted. Despite there being numerous trade stands I failed to find any that stocked Ratio products. :???:  However, I did get a good deal on some new Bachmann wagons.

I took a few photographs, although probably not as many as I thought I would. The 'Happisburgh' layout, the main reason I went to the show and of which this weekend is the final public showing, is superb. I was fascinated by the wagon tippler and took a few pictures and a little bit of video of it in action.

I used the free shuttle bus from Wood Green Tube Station to Alexandra Palace because there was one waiting at the stop when I arrived, but I walked back later - in the rain. One shuttle bus looked as though it had broken down on the Ally Pally forecourt when we arrived, and another, I don't think it was the same one, was being towed away by a recovery vehicle when I left.

An additional little bonus was seeing Britannia Class 70013 'Oliver Cromwell' heading out of London en route to Norwich and the North Norfolk Railway on a steam-hauled Special as we approached London Liverpool Street. Wonderful!

Entry to the Great Hall was through the Palm Court:



The interior of the venue is pretty spectacular:



It was busy, but not so much that I couldn't see anything of the layouts or get to the trade stands easily:



There were two layouts featuring collections of the old Hornby-Dublo 3-rail system:



I remember those hideous station buildings from my youth:



This was a P4 layout, Birmingham Moor Street:



Another 7mm gauge layout; Penpoll Quay:



This layout, Happisburgh, (Pronounced Haisboro' here in Norfolk) was the one I travelled to the Show to see. It's 7mm scale and represents a line that might have existed on the east Norfolk coast, linked to Great Yarmouth. The real Happisburgh does not have, and has never had, a railway.

The station building is quite magnificent:





Something that fascinated me after I saw it featured in a modelling magazine a while back, was this wagon tippler.
This working model is a very clever piece of mechanical and electronic model engineering. It actually works, tippig wagon-loads of coal into a hopper. These shots show the empty wagon being returned to gound level:







Here are a couple of my video clips showing it in action:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MnYptkNbOk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChSzwBhICgE



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Thanks, Perry.  I enjoyed that.  :thumbs



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Excellent Perry. :thumbs

looks like it's a great venue and Happisburgh was certainly worth seeing.  Some wonderful detail and ingenious electro-mechanics.  The tippler is amazing as is that station building.

As Max said, thanks for posting. :cheers



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Thanks for posting those photos Perry, I particularly liked the ones of Happisburgh, especially with the video of the tippler in operation. I've been visiting the Ally Pally show for about four yeas now and thought this one was very good, there were some really great layouts there.

Here is a video of my own: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZY5ciVQ-Is

And some photos I took too:

Apethorn Junction




Blackston Junction




Bawdsey






Appledore




Clutton




Flemingsburg Junction




Happisburgh




Felsen




Widnes Vine Yard








Asciano del Lamone






Groenen Creek






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More interesting stuff. :thumbs  Thanks, Paul.



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Some clever work carried out there .Thanks Paul



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Thanks for sharing those, Paul.

It was a nice exhibition and I may consider going again next year if I'm still able.

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I don't miss that much about UK but when I see shows like that, I realise France isn't totally perfect .............:roll:

I'll have to go and drown my sorrows :cheers



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If I go again next year, I will try to take my DSLR camera instead of SWMBO's little point-and-shoot one. I know what I'm doing with mine, but hers is so simple it completely baffles me. :thudThe only thing is, hers can take video shots whereas mine can't. Strange that, because mine was ten times more expensive than hers - and that was just the body without any lenses! :shock:

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Ah yes but what a body Perry :roll::roll::roll::roll::roll::lol:



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Petermac wrote: Ah yes but what a body Perry :roll::roll::roll::roll::roll::lol:

:mutley:mutley:mutley

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As usual a bit late (and I do hate following Peter:lol:)..................thank you so much for posting it was an amazing layout......can you tell us any more about it........is it DCC?    Do you know why are they retiring it?

After the second video you posted the screen also showed a number of other videos including a 6 minute one about Happisburgh......not sure if I was allowed to post the link but well worth watching.....some fantastic detailing and very inspirational

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Posting links is OK. John.  :thumbs



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Thanks Max

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Although it is almost a local show (and one I've been to for a few years now) I couldn't go this year, so I'd like to thank those people who have posted videos and photographs.

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Very impressive.  It was good to hear the story as well.  :thumbs



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