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Gaugemaster Open Weekend 2016

Gaugemaster Open Weekend 2016

Stuart Jordan

STUART JORDAN reports from the Gaugemaster Model Railway Open Weekend.

Here we take a look at some of the layouts that were on display at our Open Weekend, which we hold every two years at our HQ in West Sussex. This year was the biggest yet and we'd like to thank everyone who came to see us, as well as the layout owners, societies and demonstrators who gave up their time. Click on any of the images to see a larger version.

Allenton

Allenton

We start with the compact Allenton, a HO US Outline Layout.

Allenton

Built by Ian and Sam Burford, it is extensively scratchbuilt and set in a fictional area of the real location of Allenton, Missouri.

East Surrey Modular N Gauge Layout

N Scale Modular Layout

The East Surrey N Gauge group brought their large modular layout, which runs a variety of stock and some very long trains!

Forleigh

Forleigh

Forleigh belongs to the Fareham & District Model Railway Club. It is a OO layout that depicts a distinctly 'southern' modern location.

Hampton End

Hampton End

This small G Scale branch line serves the small village of Hampton End, with a variety of stock heading round past the British scenery.

Hampton End

It is owned by Dale Gillard of the North Anglia G Scale Society.

Jakes Yard

Jakes Yard

Jakes Yard is the first of two layouts at the show provided by the Billericay Model Railway Group. It is a minimalistic OO scale layout that represents a small locomotive stabling point somewhere in the North of England.

Kayreuth

Kayreuth

Kayreuth is a modern image N Scale German layout built by Ian Hogben, and is set in a fictional town in Nordrhein-Westfalen in western Germany.

Kayreuth

The town sits astride the River Lippe/Wesel-Datteln, and the main station plays host to both passenger and freight traffic through its nine platforms.

Kunze Brucke

Kunze Brucke

Kunze Brucke is a HO Scale layout built by Chris Peters, with a Bavarian feel to it. All of the points and relays are fired off using magnets placed under coaches or wagons.

Kuritu

Kuritu

The sole Japanese layout at the show, the N Scale Kuritu Line is a double sided layout which transitions from the agricultural countryside to a busy town.

Kuritu

In the town the railway runs alongside the road, and the countryside section includes a service depot and traditional temple.

Lincoln

Lincoln

Lincoln is a US Outline layout built by Dave Dawes. The layout is a single track line somewhere on the Milwaukee Road, running short freights. It also incorporates his love of aircraft with part of an airbase at the front of the layout.

Nene Wharf

Nene Wharf

Nene Wharf is a OO layout built by David O'Rourke, and is loosely based on the goods yard at Benwick in Cambridgeshire.

Nene Wharf

The wooden quay is still there, and the area of the goods yard is now a farm workshop.

Ralphingley Road

Ralphingley Road

Ralphingley Road is a OO Scale layout built by Neil Mason, and depicts a small TMD that has transitioned from the steam period through to the diesel era. The main depot has as small ex-steam engine shed which serves as a repair shed for smaller locomotives.

Red Hook Bay

Red Hook Bay

Red Hook Bay is a HO Scale layout built by Mike Carter of the High Wycombe & District Model Railway Society. Set in the late steam/early diesel era of the late 1940s. It is somewhere close to Route 1, which links Portland and Rockland in Maine.

Red Hook Bay

The thirty structures include craftsmen kits from a wide variety of American specialist companies. Red Hook Bay won the 'Best in Show' prize, voted for by visitors to the show.

Rusbury Basin

Rusbury Basin

Rusbury Basin is the second layout on show from the Billericay Model Railway Group, and is designed specifically for display, a 'watching the trains go by' OO Scale layout designed to catch the attention of general visitors at shows.

Rusbury Basin

It has two double circuits around a rural setting, and can be run depicting most popular railway periods.

Other Displays

Scenic Advice

Ex-Gaugemaster staffer Nick Duxfield was on hand to give the very best practical scenic advice, and Deluxe Materials joined us to give expert advice on their products.

Gaugemaster Technical

Our Technical advice area was busy all day with the Gaugemaster Technical team, the guys from DCC Concepts, and Dieter Lorenz from Marklin all dispensing lots of advice on their products.

Blackberry Junction

The Chichester District Society of Model Engineers brought their interactive Blackberry Junction layout for children to operate.

Scenic Advice

The Chichester Model Engineers also brought their ride-on train, ferrying people from one end of the site to the other.

Scenic Advice

John Hills of Minitrains brought along a lovely Narrow Gauge layout to show off their new items.

That's all the highlights of our 2016 Open Weekend; hopefully our 2018 show will be even bigger and better!

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