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Sunday, 9 October 2011

Farnham 37th Model Railway Expo.

totnes n gaugeVisited this expo. today with my son who has unexpectedly re-discovered an interest in 'n' gauge railway modelling. He had a layout as a child (built by dad but never completely finished). Now an adult it is the history of our local light railway - the Basingstoke to Alton (deceased) that inspired his renewed interest and a model of Cliddesden is being considered. So, a visit to the show was in order to see what could be achieved in 'n' gauge.

And what an eye opener it was. The standard and detail of modelling on show across all gauges was exceptional and in 'n' gauge the owners had achieved a level of modelled detail that I thought was impractical. The photo here is of Totnes (GWR) a layout just 3m x 1.7m where the railway snakes through a landscape of great depth both length and width. A railway with depth is the real advantage of 'n' gauge over the larger scales for small spaces and it seems detail need not be compromised. I'm showing Totnes because it was the largest but even the smaller 'n' layouts such as Wansbeck Road and Framsden exhibited fine detailing.

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