Today I visited the Chatham show, the first time in a couple of years I have attended after being a bit disappointed last time I went….
The show featured a wide range of layouts, with quite a number of no interest whatsoever. It also struck me that the show wasn’t too busy around Sunday lunchtime, and some operators seemed content to stand behind their layouts talking amongst themselves without running anything, despite people standing in front loosing interest, which isn’t great!
Anyhow, the stand out layout for me was Smeerdyk by Horst Wurst, a stunning recreation of a Dutch chemical works, displaying amazing levels of detail throughout, with plenty of view blocks between the trains and the viewing public, in fact the trains were of secondary importance to the scene, as it should be….
Also catching my eye was Ravenscroft Sidings, in P4, which I have seen before but now features a new baseboard allowing more operating potential. The layout depicts a steelworks in the north east in 1988, with the associated heavy freight traffic. It was good to catch up with Mark Tatlow, who was paying much attention to operating, as can be seen by the photo below!
Finally, John Morgan’s new layout made its debut, and caught my eye for being something a bit different to the standard diesel depot layout that has become the new GWR branch terminus over the last few years – amazingly this depot isn’t accessed through a tunnel and hemmed in by retaining walls!! (The Crompton was on a test run and isn’t an 80’s Derbyshire stalwart unlike the rest of the loco fleet)
Also worth mention were Woodstowe and Harton Gill, although I didn’t grab any photos of them….
Until next time, happy modelling!