This year's exhibition, like last year's, ran before Easter and was again in the excellent (albeit draughty at times) Territorial Army Centre. As with last year, there were 29 stands, of which sixteen were layouts (twwo more than last year) varying in scale from Z to 1 scale.
        As with last year, Bahnhof Breitenfurt – Ost drew a lot of attention and positive comments from the visitors and other exhibitors and behaved acceptably well throughout the exhibition though some of the locos struggled towards the end of the second day and substitutes had to be called out to play. (The main problem was with overheating causing the internals of the locos to short.)
        Once again, the layout was situated in the small side room, though I don't think this was such a problem as last year and plenty of people came to see the four layouts there and Peterhead Puffers (sadly running a closing down sale) seemed to get quite a few customers.
        As usual, I would like to thank the organisers for asking me to exhibit again and for their support.
        I apologise for the lack of trains on layouts. As a sole operator I had to take my photos early on the second day, before exhibitors arrived to start up their layouts.


Scales: Z = 1:220, 1.4mm/ft • International N = 1:160, 1.9mm/ft • British N = 1:148, 2.06mm/ft • TT = 1:120, 2.54mm/ft •
H0 = 1:87, 3.5mm/ft • 00 = 1:76, 4mm/ft • P4/S4 = 1:76.2, 4.22mm/ft • 0 = 1:45, 6.78mm/ft.

Stand 9. Bahnhof Breitenfurt – OstChris Manvell. (Click on thumbnail images to see them full size.)

Z scale. Breitenfurt – Ost is a fictitious Bavarian mainline station in the early 19th century. The station acts as terminus to commuter services and as the junction for a small branch line which disappears into the hinterland. The trains run come from several of the old Lšnderbahnen (state railways) as well as the later DRG (Deutsche Reichsbahn Gesselschaft). The loco shed is home to a number of very early Bavarian locomotives.
        Ironically, I only took one photograph of Breitenfurt at the exhibition so I have included some pre-expo images.
Image 1: A freight train waits on Track 1 while on Track 2 a local train picks up passengers.
Image 2: A late delivery taking place in the early winter evening.
Image 3: All is quiet as the mist begins to settle in the valley in the cold moonlit night.
Image 4: The layout without its backdrop while it is being prepared for the exhibition.
Image 5: I try to get some early photos for my diary while still working on the back of the layout.
I will post some videos later once I've mastered simple editing.
There are no photos of Breitenfurt-Ost on the Moray MRG's galleries for 2012 and 2011. However, a couple of photos can be seen on their 2010 webpage and give an idea of how the layout has progressed.

Other model railway layouts at the exhibition to follow, piecemeal.

Stand 3. Thomas the Tank EngineMoray MRG (for charity)

OO scale. A chance for 'younger' members of the public to try ou there engine driving skills for a small donation, the money collected going to local charities.
 

Stand 6. MelburghRev. G. Crawford

OO scale. Situated in the Blackadder valley, in the Borders, the Melburgh branch was built to serve the Linthead woolen mill, through which it passed before arriving at the terminus. At the time depicted, it had been taken under the control of the North British Railway. The layout is DCC controlled from a computer.
 

Stand 8. Grove StreetCupar and District MRC

British N scale. Winner of the Best of Modern British shield. A simple two track oval layout that can be erected and operated by a single person. An 8-track fiddle yard (hidden sidings) allows for a wide variety of trains, just like the real thing.
 

Stand 10. Littleton AbbeyJoe Skinner

British N scale. In spite of its 60cm x 60cm (2ft x 2ft) size this layout has nearly all the elements of a large layout, i.e. a double track station, goods yard, road over-bridge, tunnel, level crossing, both urban and rural scenes and the ruins of a castle.
 

Stand 11. Banff Terminus Ian Noble

2mm scale. A model based on the old Great North of Scotland terminus at Banff (closed in 1964) in the late 1940's and 1950s.
         Banff has been created in the unusual 2mm fine scale. Unlike commercial scales, 2mm scale track has to be built by the modeller using code 40 rail and pcb sleepers. Similarly, locos and rolling stock has to be scratch built or modified kits.
 

Stand 14. Fox Hat JunctionDundee MRC

International N scale. Set somewhere in the American mid-west the junction was a terminus servinf the town of Fox Hat. While little passenger traffic has survived, the line still carries freight bringing general goods and taking out agricultural products and quarried stone.
 

Stand 16. Salzburg MountainInverness and District MRC

International N scale. Situated in the American north-west a transcontinental mainline crosses the continental divide that is the Cascade mountain range.
 

Stand 17. HeadleyhopeAberdeen MRC

Scale 4. Headleyhope is a single track terminus accessed via the headshunt to the colliery of the same name. It is located in the Deerness Valley in the west of County Durham. The station is supplied with all the usual facilities of a reasonably busy branch line terminus.
 

Stand 18. Glassgreen Diesel DepotColin Anderson

OO scale. A diesel depot's holding sidings and the shed area for refueling and servicing the locos. With all the constant activity, I'm glad I don't live near one of these facilities – with the unceasing sound of diesels revving, sounding horns and generally moving around the depot.
 

Stand 19. Lancefield MountainDunblane MRC

HO scale. Lancefield is a fictional railroad somewhere in the Canadian Rockies serving the lumber industries in the 1940s. Shays*, Climax, Baldwins and the occasional diesel appear on the line transporting timber from the mountains to Alanton Junction.
*Shay locos have side mounted vertical cylinders with geared shafts transmitting power to two or three wheel sets.
  They can negotiate very the tight curves needed on logging railways. See this Wikipedia article.
 

Stand 22. The CurveElgin MRC

International N scale. Another American layout representing the climb out of Altoona PA, the famous Horseshoe Curve and and up to the Gallitzin Tunnels. The five miles of the original have been reduced to just eight feet (equivalent to a quarter mile)!
Note: The trestle bridge in the last picture, not part of the layout, was a module from Twin Rivers, shown in previous years.
 

Stand 23. Wilberforce JunctionPerth and District MRC

OO scale. Based loosely on the Georgemas Junction on the north Highland line, this model represents a fictional station operating from the 1960s to the present day.
 

Stand 27. Teesside SteelRAF Kinloss MRC

Teesside steel industry during the 1950s and early 60s is depicted here. The railway is provided with a variety of steel industry related wagons including slag and hot-metal ladles.
 

Stand 28. Western AvenueArry Dodd

O scale. Western Avenue is a switching yard in the US city of Lyttleton.
 

Stand 29. SheriffstonMoray MRG

OO scale. A Scottish mainline station in the 1980s. In addition to the through platforms, there are two terminating platforms for a single track branch line and ancillary sidings serve an oil depot. The mainline passes through an rural agricultural setting and over a brick built viaduct.
 

More images can be seen on the Moray MRG's own website.