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Bahnfest 2018 - Continental Preview Day

Mark Holland

MARK HOLLAND tells us about this annual continental preview day, held last month.

Bahnfest 2018

Sunday the 8th of April was our annual continental railway day, BAHNFEST, which took place at our headquarters at Ford in West Sussex.

Bahnfest 2018

The eager shop staff ready to serve.

This day, as with our other events held throughout the year, gives enthusiasts and beginners alike the chance to chat to our staff, view some layouts and gain insights or inspiration for their own projects.

Bahnfest 2018

The new Jim Button items from Marklin.

Along with an increased display of new release and current items from a range of continental manufacturers such as Noch, Faller, Fleischmann, Roco, Marklin, Trix and Piko, we also had a few layouts on display, to get the creative juices flowing.

Bahnfest 2018


Bahnfest 2018

Our Noch display, showing off the Noch Sound Scenes.

Bahnfest 2018

Representing the smallest of the scale options we can offer in Model Railways; my colleague Jeff Ware displayed and ran his Marklin Z Scale layout, showcasing what you can achieve in a coffee table sized area and proving that small doesn’t have to be boring!

Bahnfest 2018


Bahnfest 2018

John Hills, who you may know as a regular guest at our events, was displaying his HOe layout. This is HO scale but running on N Gauge size track, giving you Narrow Gauge, although my colleagues do tell me that the sleeper spacing is different! Showing off an interesting layout in a relatively small space, populated by Minitrains locos and rolling stock. This is a scale that is gaining popularity in the UK due to ever expanding ranges and the space saving to be had by working in Narrow Gauge.

Bahnfest 2018


Bahnfest 2018

Displaying the 'standard' size of continental model railways, another of my colleagues, Matt Lovell, was displaying a DCC powered HO Scale end-to-end layout. Showing the interest that can be created from a relatively simple layout with digital extras. He spent a fruitful day providing demos of our new DCC05 Prodigy WiFi unit and what can be achieved with this system that can be controlled by Android or Apple devices.

Bahnfest 2018

James building the new Car System layout. Come into our shop to see how he's getting on with it!

Last but by no means least, James Hickman, with not a single piece of rail in sight! Showing off the Car System from Faller, this demo kept him busy displaying the system talking to many interested visitors about its varied uses and the fun you can have with it.

That rounds up all the news from Bahnfest for 2018, thanks to everyone who attended and to Mr Hills for displaying his layout. See you again in sunny West Sussex soon for our G Scale Day on Sunday 27th May.

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