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This was my first, and last, time attending the Oxford club's annual Zedez convention and exhibition being held in the Kingston Bagpuize and Southmoor village hall. ("First" because it was but "last" because it really was too far to go from home, requiring a 1200 mile (2000km) round trip and some 23 hours on the road.) In spite of that it was well worth the effort and cost and I enjoyed what little I was able to see of the exhibition.
        As the name implies, Zedex is mainly a Z scale exhibition but also represented were Nm and 2mm scales (see below). Included among the exhibits were three layouts based on British outline. Hopefully some of the stock used will be on the market in the near future which could increase interest in Z scale in the UK.
        Because of a mix-up with my SatNav I didn't arrive at the hall until shortly before the convention opened. This resulted in a massive under population of trains on the layout which, because of the number of visitors (far more than I had been led to believe!) who were showing an interest in Breitenfurt – Ost. As a result several of my more interesting trains and locos never got out of their boxes although my recently repaired Henschel-Wegmann did make an appearance.
        I was delighted to meet one hitherto e-mail only friend and Piers Milne, who very kindly covered for me while I had lunch and dashed round the rest of the exhibits, camera to hand. I just wish I had had more time as there were many questions I needed to ask but didn't get the opportunity.
        I would like to thank the organisers for inviting me to attend and Piers for putting them up to it.


SCALES
Z scale standard gauge is 1:220 (1.4mm/ft) scale running on 6.5mm (1/4 inch) gauge track.
Nm metre gauge scale is 1:160 (2.1mm/ft) scale running on 6.5mm (1/4 inch) gauge track.
2mm metre gauge is 1:152 (2mm/ft) scale running on 6.5mm* (1/4 inch) gauge track.
*This could be slightly out; a scale 1 metre gauge would give 6.58mm
The layouts are listed below in alphabetical order.
Most of the images will fit within a 1024 wide screen.

Bahnhof Breitenfurt – OstZ scale by Chris Manvell. (Click on thumbnail images to see them full size.)

Breitenfurt – Ost is a fictitious Bavarian mainline station in the early 20th century. As well as carrying through traffic, the station is the junction for a small branch line which disappears into the hinterland. The trains themselves come from several of the old Länderbahnen (state railways) as well as the later DRG (Deutsche Reichsbahn Gesselschaft). The loco shed is home to a number of very early Bavarian locomotives. The 6'x2' board has enough room for a six road hidden yard, holding a variety of trains.
       Due to my late arrival, and hurry to get round the other layouts, not only did I fail to put out many of the rare items I had taken, but I only took two photograph of Breitenfurt at the exhibition so I have included a few pre-exhibition images to go with them.

California CoastZ scale by Eric Jones

A simple single track mainline, with a spur, running up a typical length of Californian coast between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The bleak desert environment is punctuated by a small group of 'get-away-from-it-all' residences. The trains are typical of the area apart from one interloper - a heavily modified LNER Class A3 Pacific locomotive, No. 4472 (originally 1472), the Flying Scotsman, which visited the area on tour in 1968-9. The layout is 8ft long by 18in from front to back and presents mixed eras.
Featured in Continental Modeller, October 2009 and Ztrack, March/April 2010.

FalsdorfZ scale by Anthony Waltzman

Modelled in a guitar case, Falsdorf is situated on the Swiss/German border among spectacular mountain scenery. A variety of modern era stock could be seen running on the single track mainline and through the town's modest station with its small freight yard.

GüglingenZ scale by Dave Burbidge

Güglingen is a small rural township served by a wee terminus station boasting limited freight facilities that are still in use. From there the line, which is served mainly by railcars and railbuses, climes through a figure of eight to climb up the valley eventually to join the main line to München (Munich). Guess where the train will emerge next!

KendorfZ scale by Ken Jones.

A simple single track emerges briefly from a rock tunnel to spread out to three tracks as it passes through the small station serving a few local houses and a village somewhere off scene, before, returning to single track, it plunges into another tunnel to return to the hidden sidings behind the spectacular rock scenery. The whole 1230mm x 500mm layout is enclosed in a transparent case which, sadly, interfered with the camera's ability to get sharp images. Well, that's my story... More, better images and a fuller description can be found on Ken's excellent webpage (link above).

Mini MissoulaZ scale by Gareth Rees.

Inspired by the Montana Rail link (which runs between central Montana near Billings to eastern Washington State at Spokane), this switching layout is quite capable of fitting on a normal book shelf. The simple blue sky background gives an impression of immense space in spite of the it boxing in the small layout which, for the exhibition was mounted on an ironing board! The layout had been developed considerably since last year's Zedex.
rklin point motors.

OsterburkenZ scale by John Baines

Two layouts-in-a-box. Osterburken is a village adjacent to a mainline. A railbus served rural branch passes round the edge of the village and into a cutting. In reality the track plan consists of two loops with facing and trailing crossovers joining them. The layout can be run in either day- or night-time modes as it is fully lit.
The second layout is a folded figure of eight line in a snowy winter landscape. Very simple and picturesque.

RheingauZZ scale by David and Iris Guscott

David writes "The layout is meant to be at Ruedesheim/Bingen. The Rhein should be over a metre wide to scale, the towns much bigger, no bridges and the river Nahe is missing." What makes this model different is the live river traffic with Rhine barges fighting against and running with the strong Rhine current. This is of special interest to me as I stayed in the area back in the late 50s and visited both Rüdesheim and Bingen (where I bought a Fleischmann wagon).
Featured in Continental Modeller, October 2012, p. 654

St Frazaled sur Mer2mm metre gauge by Simon Newitt

St Frazaled sur Mer is a small Atlantic coast resort and fishing village and is served by a 1 metre gauge rural railway typical of so many rural areas in France. The trains are all drawn by the ubiquitous Autorails used in the Reseau Breton and Côtes du Nord regions. The station name, St Frazaled le Chateau, hints of a local chateau somewhere nearby. (Previously shown as "Somewhere in France".)
Featured in Continental Modeller (date not known).

St TugdualN scale metre gauge by Roger Main

Like St Frazaled, St Tugdual is on the Côtes du Nord. Again, we have the rural metre gauge line with it's Autorails handling all the traffic.

SamstadtZ scale by David Dash

In a fictitious location somewhere in modern day Bavaria, Samstadt is a small walled town in the base of a steep valley with a main line station which is also the start for a preserved line that wends its way up through the hills to its far terminus at Vikdorf (image 3).

Sankei CityZ scale by Peter McConnell

This a is a freelance model of a Japanese station serving the off-scene Sankei city. Unlike the ubiquitous Märklin this layout uses pre-ballasted Microtrains track. It also feature all three types of traction: steam, diesel and electric. The buildings are all built from card kits.

Schwabbeln BauermaisterZ scale by Stephen Cranford

This has to be my favourite layout and I would dearly love to own it! The massive Alpine scenery is host to three separate lines. At the base level is a standard oval shaped layout with the usual style hidden sidings. The two other layers appear to be out-and-back-again patterns. All the layers plunge in and out of tunnels which is fascinating for children. The modelling is superb.
Featured in Continental Modeller, October 2012, p. 678.

ShastaZ scale by Kevin Smith

Based on the Shasta section of the Sacramento Valley which runs between Redding and San Francisco, California, where the Union Pacific and Southern Pacific railroads compete with each other back in the 1990's. The layout was running a selection of impressive trains that dwarf their European equivalents.

SmaldeburghUK Z scale by Brian Yallop.

Unusual in depicting British outline trains, Smaldeburgh is modelled on the old pre-Beeching Great Eastern branch line to Aldburgh. All the buildings and rolling stock were scratch built and the points were modified to use wire in tube operation, thereby being divested of the intrusive Märklin point motors. The bucolic atmosphere of the rural line is portrayed to a 'T'.

Standen WatchettBritish Z scale by Graham Jones

Pre-nationalisation LNER in a fictitious location on the East Coast main line, Standen Watchett was possibly the longest layout of the exhibition with the station at one end and a viaduct leading into a tunnel at the other and a far length of mainline between. The rolling stock and locos were all built to a professional standard using CAD with a 3-D printer and transfers to detail the models locos and coaches. Sadly I was not able to talk with the owner to find out more about his models as he was very much in demand!
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Did you spot the pun?

Swizerland on the MoveZ scale by Chris Atkinson.

A simple layout plan representing a main line through a Swiss tourist area. (Is anywhere not a tourist area?) The simple layout enabled smooth running of trains through the environment. All forms of transport are represented including a manually operated funicular railway at the right hand end; very popular with children.

WLSR2mm narrow gauge by Brian Denton.

A British 2mm narrow gauge railway under construction. All the track was constructed by the owner and one can only guess at how it will look once it has been clothed by the imagined countryside that will be served by it.

More photographs, by Kevin Smith, can be seen on Trainboard. Also, he has posted a 10 minute video of Zedex 2012 on Youtube. (Please note: the layout shown as "Breitenfurt" is, in fact, "Switzerland on the Move". Breitenfurt is not on the film.