The SECOND annual Kirriemuir Vintage Toy and Model Railway exhibition on Saturday was a limited success in terms of numbers with about 80 attending.
That included 26 members of various societies such as HRCA, TCS, ATOC, BLS, GOG and other specialist groups.
However, the infectious enthusiasm of those participating more than made up for the limited numbers.
The Guide Hall in Kirriemuir is a small venue so, with seven layouts and several static displays, it always felt busy.
Jim Clark’s post-war, pre-nationalisation layout brought back memories for many and ran almost as faultlessly as the acHO French Hornby. Many of the visitors had not seen the range before and were surprised to see that French production and developments appeared to exceed the range of Dublo from Liverpool.
Vic Michel’s pre-war clockwork Dublo took a trick even with the hardened collectors and, in addition to the complete range of wooden buildings, Vic displayed fine examples of each of the Dublo clockwork set types.
Once the live steam Bowman and Bassett-Lowke were up to temperature they ran steadily all day under the watchful eye of Alan Furneau and his assistant Henry Johnston who also ran some electric ACE Trains on the inner loop. Clearly no-one has mentioned that steam and electric don’t mix.
The mainly 1920s Hornby Series layout run by Graham Pascall ran as regular as clockwork, just like Graham himself. Hornby’s penchant for unusual colour combinations was seen in the 1930s stock pulled by some of Graham’s beautiful electric locos.
The oddball highlight of the show was Nicolas Oddy’s Bar Knight and locos made for Clyde Model Dockyard. The ungainly charm of the Glasgow made Bar Knight O-gauge developed into beautiful swans in their larger scale offerings. Nicolas and Mark were kept busy all day with queries about the little known ranges from O-gauge up to very impressive Gauge 3.
Late transport problems meant that John Emery-Barker was disappointed not to have his pre-war electric Dublo layout with him but that was more than made up for with his comprehensive display of late 1930s Dublo.
Finally, David Woods assisted the organiser with his mixed O-gauge layout which sported Hornby Series, Bassett-Lowke and Bing but mainly ACE Trains locomotives and rolling stock. The ACE A3s, A4s, Celebrations and N2s more than held their own against the Hornby Brahman Moor, Yorkshire, No2 Special tanks, No1 Specials and a host of others, too many to mention.
The trains traveled through a landscape of Hornby countryside sections, about 20 Bayko buildings and Spot On roadways populated by original Hornby figures and loads of Dave Miles’ newer people. There seemed to be traffic jams everywhere with Triang Minic and Spot On along with Dinky, Corgi and other diecasts.
The proceeds of the day went to the Guides for the use of the hall and Kirriemuir Wargames Club who provided the manpower at the refreshments and the muscle power in the tidying up.
This was a most enjoyable day for all concerned and will be repeated next year on Saturday, April 5.