A relaxing and very pleasant day was had by those who attended the Fourth Annual Kirriemuir Vintage Railway Get-Together on Saturday.
Some of the society members rubbing shoulders with the public included enthusiasts from the Hornby Railway Collectors Association, Train Collectors Society, ACE Train Owners Club, the Scale $ Society and the Gauge 1 Model Railway Association.
It was thought that Michael Watts from Tarbert was the furthest travelled until Bassett-Lowke Society members Alwyn Kershaw and his wife from Huddersfield turned up complete with a rare GWR King loco by Hunt for Bassett-Lowke with a rake of Exley chocolate and cream coaches.
Double heading with an ACE Castle proved impossible since they had opposite polarity.
From Carmyllie, Jim Clark ran Hornby Dublo 2-rail and French AcHo. Jim also brought a small Triang System 4 layout which ran well throughout the day.
Graham Pascall, a veteran in the HRCA, produced a faultless layout with pre-war clockwork and electric O-gauge in very fine condition. Graham was keen to display recent acquisitions which included some old, penny toy, tinplate trucks.
The Three Wise Men, Alan Furneaux, Henry Johnstone and Michael Watts, were shrouded in steam and fumes for much of the day with their Bowman, Bassett-Lowke and other live steam, which was great entertainment for young and old alike.
Most of their locomotives performed beautifully for long stretches with only one loco refusing to behave – shades of Thomas the Tank. It was retired for another day.
In the other half of the hall Vic Michel and John Emery Barker ran three layouts between the two of them. John’s pre-war Hornby Dublo was a joy with most of the early wooden buildings in good order along with tidy rakes of coaches and goods stock.
Vic’s 1920s Bing Tabletop Railway was a first for the Kirriemuir exhibition with many of the significant variants on display in a tidy and well organised layout.
Vic also ran a small Bub trainset which ran on 22.5mm trackwork.
The event organiser Dale Smith ran a shortened version of his exhibition layout with a British Railways theme.