Vintage exhibition for railway enthusiasts

The Vintage Railway Exhibition, held in the Guide Hall, Kirriemuir a week past Sunday, drew enthusiasts form a range of societies from across Scotland.

Some of the groups represented included the Hornby Railway Collectors society (HRCA), one of the oldest and largest of the dedicated collecting societies, The Bassett-Lowke society (BLS) and the Train Collectors Society (TCS), which is the broadest based of these groups.

New kid on the block is the Ace Trains Owners Club (ATOC) which was formed only a few years ago.

Alan Furneaux, from Edinburgh, ran a selection of live steam locomotives by the company Bowman, which produced locos from 1925 to 1935.

Alan kept something steaming all day with the best of the locos able to run continuously for thirty minutes on one fill.

Pre-war Hornby Dublo was run by John Emery-Barker whose compact layout was quickly assembled and running within minutes. All of the early wooden building types were shown with both red and green roofs. The A4s and N2s ran beautifully all day pulling the full range of wagons and coaches from the late 1930s.

Graham Pascall’s pre-war Hornby ran faultlessly with a few of the rarer locos pulling some gaudy rolling stock from the early 1930s.

Jim Clark from Carmyllie pulled a single board from the back of his car, plugged in and had locos from the 1940s and early 1950s whizzing round with endless rakes of immaculate stock. Jim also displayed G-scale and a Lego 45mm layout for the youngsters and oldsters present.

A very extensive static display of the history of Scottish manufacturer Bar Knight and items made by other companies for the Clyde Model Dockyard, was shown by Nicholas Oddy. Very well researched and informative showcards were a feature of this display. Nicholas, with an art college background, presented O-gauge to Gauge 3 with a great attention to detail, something well appreciated by visitors to the show.

Event organiser, Dale Smith ran his eclectic mix of Hornby Series, Bassett-Lowke, Bing, LMC and Ace Trains with buildings by Bayko and Triang Cotswold, figures from a variety of sources and vehicles from the Triang Minic, Spot On, Dinky and Corgi ranges.

Commenting after the show, Dale was pleased with the numbers of society members who logged in but was disappointed at the small number of locals who turned up.

He noted that more folk traveled from Glasgow than did from the local area.

Thanks were expressed to members of Kirriemuir Wargames Club who manned the door, served the refreshments and provided some of the muscle power in set-up and breakdown. They may not have had the glamour of the ladies at events such as Houghton, but what they lacked in looks was made up in enthusiasm.

Despite the limited local response, consideration is now being given to running the event annually or even twice a year, probably the former.

or further information about any aspect of the event contact Dale Smith on 01575-574128.