Friday, 1 March 2013

GLASGOW REFLECTIONS

Plenty of NCB and Scottish inspiration
The latest of my fleet of Knightwing shunters (right) was on display at the SECC, complete with a bespoke motor unit from The Hollywood Foundry - look out for more in Model Rail soon.

It's hard to believe that the Glasgow show was a whole week ago. Maybe it was the nights out on the town that left the following days as something of a blur? Or the catching up with work, perhaps? Either way, I thoroughly enjoyed my two day stint on the Model Rail magazine stand, catching up with readers and folks within the industry. As ever, I didn't get too much spare time to have a good look at the layouts and trade stands, other than a few minutes here and there. 

There were some great exhibits, some of which looked to be very popular (it was hard to see over the crowds!) and I especially enjoyed the Scottish-themed layouts, including Glenuig, Alloa and the grimy, atmospheric Annan Road. The DCC sound of Tullygarth was also enjoyable, with 26s and 37s chugging away through the Highlands. Mind you, I'd have to say nice things about this layout from the Stirling & Clackmannan MRC as I had a jolly night out with them on the Friday, hitting town for a few scoops and finishing off with a superb Indian meal, complete with a sitar player, knocking out Bowie and Beatles hits. A little surreal, but great fun!

There was also a superb conversion of a Bachmann Class 150 at work on Tullygarth, accurately depicting the unique features of the pioneer 3-car unit in original Provincial livery. We're hoping to feature this model In Model Rail in the near future, which will be worth looking out for.

Other highlights? There was plenty of interest on the Heljan stand (AC railcars in OO and O), Bachmann's 4F 0-6-0, MR brake vans and 10000/10001, plus Hornby's wee Sentinel shunters, especially the NCB blue version which I'm awaiting for my colliery layout fleet. For the full lowdown on the show, look out for the next issue of Model Rail or check out our Facebook page for images and updates sent direct from the show.  



Hornby's Sentinels looked fetching at the Glasgow show, with a set of smart looking samples on display.

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