Train enthusiasts are on track to stage the third annual Vintage Toy Railway show in the Guide Halls, Kirriemuir, this Saturday (April 19)
The exhibition will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and just as in the earlier exhibitions, organiser Dale Smith has invited members from the various toy and model train collectors’ organisations to create displays around their specialist areas of interest.
The history of Hornby Dublo will be illustrated in three different layouts, a pre-war 1938/39 clockwork arrangement, a post-war but pre-nationalisation offering and Hornby ACHO, the French version which took the range to new heights.
Still with Hornby, but the larger scale O-gauge, there will be layouts showing alternative but all attractive ways of using and running O-gauge in clockwork, steam and electric.
Some of the ranges running will include Hornby Series, Bassett-Lowke, Bing, Bowman, Highfield and ACE Trains.
With colour and movement important in these types of layouts, scenery takes a back seat but never-the-less the three dimensional backdrops can range from the minimalist approach to very comprehensive collections of contemporary toys from the 1920s through to the 1960s.
One of the most colourful of the layouts will have a variety of ranges spanning almost 100 years of toy and model train production all passing through 1930s Bayko buildings made from bakelite, tinplate buildings from the 40s and 50s and the charming rubber Cotswold buildings of the 1960s.
Members of the public can also enjoy reminiscing about their own childhood toys and, going by previous years, all ages are fascinated by the colourful trains thundering around the layouts, many with lights signalling their arrival.
As well as the models and layouts on display, there will also be spares and reproduction replacements available for sale for those maintaining their own old toy trains as well as stalls with older diecasts and other toys for sale.
Light refreshments will be available all day.
In previous years members of the Hornby Railway Collectors Association (HRCA), the Train Collectors Society (TCS), the Bassett-Lowke Society (BLS) and the Ace Train Owners Club (ATOC) have run and displayed parts of their collections, giving the public a rare chance to see them for themselves.