See Thomas The Tank engine rocket around at high speed and other amazing model trains & trams at the 29th St Luke’s Model Railway show. This year’s railway exhibition was amazing! Apart from the stunning trains there was face painting, jumping castle, plaster craft and fine food for all to enjoy. Here is a brief description of the exhibits I look over.
Thomas (Rick Lovelock) TOMY Classic Toy
Thomas & Friends toy gold with the TOMY Big Loader train sets. These toys are highly collectable and can be difficult to find in good condition. Thomas, Percy, Terrence and Harold are busy doing duties all day long.
Ridgeway (Milton Brown) G Scale – Remote Controlled
This garden railway has a stunning remote control diesel locomotive as seen in North Western Pennsylvania. The load is lumber and the layout has a scattering of wild and farm animals.
Rosemount (Rob Evans) HO Scale Trams
Amazing scratch built / kit-bashed model trams from a by-gone era of transport. Loads of tiny details and an amazing fairground area make this layout a real treat for the eyes.
Penguins Halt (Jenny Evans) HO Scale U-Drive
This layout can be controlled by you! There is a fun animal theme designed across this model layout. The Lionel giraffe wagons are always fun to watch as they just duck in time before entering the tunnel.
New Defty (St Luke’s Model Railway Club) HO Scale OO Live Steam
This layout allows members of the club to run their trains on a much larger layout Vs one they may have at home. It’s a modular layout that packs away into a small area. This layout is also specifically set up to run the Hornby Live Steam model steam trains. This year’s special treat was a model of Stephenson’s Rocket.
Fergustown (Hamish Fergus) HO Scale Hornby / Bachmann E-Z Track
This fold away layout is a great example of Hornby Thomas & Friends trains running on Bachmann track. It’s a work in progress but it’s clear to see the basic groundwork is done. Hamish did a wonderful job displaying his trains at various speeds. Thomas The Tank was a little too excited and crashed Clarabel. Accidents can happen!
Coffee Anybody (Rob Robinson) N Scale
One of my fav’s at st Luke’s. This is the perfect solution to getting your model trains to be a practical furniture piece. This N Scale Bavarian theme railway is model train perfection. It’s a reminder that with fantastic details small scale can seem awesome.
Legeauxland (Richie Dulin) Lego Train Scale / Lego Monorail
This quite amazing Lego train set is different every time I see it. Featuring a stunning custom Sydney Trains style monorail and film theme carnival rides it’s an exhibit that’s always entertaining. Best feature is the interactive buttons that power different carnival rides. Obviously Richie Dulin is an expert lego builder to achieve so much in such a small space.
Wumbat (Angus Dougall) HO Scale
Wumbat is a freelance layout featuring an Australian rail theme. What really makes this layout different is the atmosphere soundtrack of native birds and bush sounds. Set at adult height it’s an easy layout for adults to appreciate. It’s a fairly shallow layout that cheats an illusion of huge space.
Cockle Creek (NSW N Scale Group) N Scale
This layout depicts an Australian railway landscape situated somewhere between Sydney and Newcastle between the 1960’s to the 1980’s. There is some amazing details considering the small scale being used here. The bridge is a heavily modified kit and the support buildings are scratch built.
JB Mining (John Bell) HOe scale
I featured this layout heavily in my St Lukes 2014 video. This time around it’s in far better light. It’s completely awesome in so many ways. To me it’s one of the best examples of tiny details to paint a big picture. It’s the sort of layout that just sucks you in as your eyes find more and more to look at.
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