I didn’t get to the Fareham exhibition last year as it was a month before we moved to Hampshire. This is the first time Fareham have used the Leisure Centre. The huge expanse of the Sports Hall was open and airy, with plenty of room to move from one exhibit to the next – a good space full of layouts and traders.
There was an excellent selection of layouts, a credit to the organisers. The scales from 2mm to 7mm were represented, British, American and European outline, ready-to-run and finescale. The smallest layout was probably about two foot square, the Morella Light Railway (00N). At the other end of the size range was Westford, a fictitious West of England Western Region layout in 00FS (finescale) extending to 59 feet! One notable feature of Westford is the telephone wires – so few layouts have these modelled.
If I were to nominate a favourite, it would be the 3mm Portsea layout. It’s a model of the Southern Region in Portsmouth, with a large variety of EMUs. They’ve used a fair amount of artistic license to fit so much into a relatively small space, but the result is very good and instantly recognisable for anyone who knows Portsmouth.
I didn’t end up with usable pictures of all the layouts, so apologies to those whose layouts are not featured here – I really need to work on my camera technique! Click any image to open the lightbox.
No exhibition is complete (or even viable) without the traders. Fareham had a good mix selling materials, kits, accessories and ready-to-run items. There was an excellent book stand, a new development in baseboard joiners (see separate post), and several societies including the Lynton & Barnstaple.
As a visitor and layout operator (see separate post), I was very pleased with Fareham’s exhibition – I’m looking forward to next year.