SWING, Bognor Regis, 17 May 2014
May 27, 2014Public
Photo: 001 An overhead view of Michael Campbell’s little 014 industrial layout Thakeham Tiles. Skip wagons are propelled into the bay at the top of the picture where they are loaded with a clever magnetic “tool” that Michael has designed. They are then taken to the unloading shed bottom left where the skips tip the magnetised load into a tray below so that the process can be repeated .
Photo: 002 A very nice 7mm scale 14 mm gauge Orenstein & Koppel loco built from a Nonneminstre kit on Michael Campbell’s Thakeham Tiles .
Photo: 003 Michael Campbell’s 014 Hudson Hunslet draws another loaded train of skips through the yard at Thakeham Tiles .
Photo: 004 Empty skips being propelled by the Hudson Hunslet, towards the loading bay at Thakeham Tiles .
Photo: 005 Michael Campbell provided a flat wagon of exactly the right size to be able to transport the Roving Reporter’s 009 railcar through Thakeham Tiles so that he can add “visited by the RR Railcar” to his exhibition CV ………
Photo: 006 Simon Hargreaves with his very neat HOm 12mm gauge maxi-pizza continental tram layout that was not named in the show guide, but from my memory of it appearing at ExpoNG 2012, it was then called “Leftover Light Railway”. Tim Sanderson does a turn guarding the teacups in the background .
Photo: 007 A nice ground level view along one of the streets at Simon Hargreaves HOm pizza layout, whilst an elderly couple wait for the tram to arrive .
Photo: 008 The tram approaches the tram stop through the town scene .
Photo: 009 I don’t know the make of this rather splendid little HO scale tram model, but it is very nicely done indeed .
Photo: 010 I think the tram must be departing through the tunnel rather than approaching out of the tunnel – unless it has no driver, in which case – panic !
Photo: 011 A very pleasant way to spend a sunny afternoon in West Sussex! The rear of the exhibition hall has a small garden, where a 5/7¼” gauge line had been set up for the kiddies to have a ride, and the grown up kiddies to admire it whilst talking trains in general. Some well known modelling faces in view here .
Photo: 012 Back indoors, the next layout visited was Matt Wildsmith’s 1st World War scene in Sn2 scale (1:64 running on 9mm track) the Wipers, Fishhook and Menin Railway .
Photo: 013 A WDLR Baldwin 4-6-0T draws a train carrying stores through the shell ravaged muddy landscape of the Western Front in Matt Wildsmith’s dramatic Great War scene on the Wipers, Fishhook and Menin Railway .
Photo: 014 Two Dick Kerr petrol-electric locos have arrived back from the front line with a train of empty wagons, which will be taken on to the distribution depot a few miles to the rear by a steam loco for re-loading and return when they will again take the hazardous journey with more stores up to the front lines .
Photo: 015 Another load of munitions and stores set off for the front, this time behind a pair of Simplex petrol-mechanical “tin turtles”, The leading one is a protected type, whilst the 2nd loco is one of the armoured ones which carries more protection for the crew at the cost of more limited vision .
Photo: 016 A requisitioned B type bus acting as troop transport. A large number of these buses from London and elsewhere were used on the Western Front to carry troops and some were also converted to mobile lofts to house homing pigeons which were extensively used for communications .
Photo: 017 Brian Wilson’s 016.5 Gravel Bottom demonstrated that it is quite possible to build an effective layout in both narrow and standard gauge in 7mm scale into a small, easily transported layout .
Photo: 018 A closer look showing almost all of Brian Wilson’s 16.5 and 32mm gauge 7mm scale Gravel Bottom .
Photo: 019 A quaint little Porter tank loco prepares to pick up empty skips from the narrow-to-standard gauge loading chutes .
Photo: 020 The splendidly atmospheric workshop area on the 016.5 section of Brian Wilson’s Gravel Bottom .
Photo: 021 Paul & Steph Hickling showed their very impressively sized radio controlled agricultural narrow gauge models running on their Snipe End Farm. During the day they were helped by an un-named very enthusiastic young operator, who is seen here in full concentration mode.
Photo: 022 Here is Paul & Steph Hickling’s un-named assistant working hard again. The photo clearly illustrates how large the models are when built to 7/8” to the foot (1:13.5 scale). Track gauge is 45mm (1¾") .
Photo: 023 I didn't know the make of this impressive 7/8" scale diesel loco so I am very grateful to German narrow gauge modelling friend Dirk Schambach who advises that it is likely to be a Deutz OME 117 F. I have included the photo mainly to show how realistic the models can be in this very large scale – note the driver’s vacuum flask for example .
Photo: 024 A splendid pair of goods wagons and man-rider carriage wait for a loco to pick up the train and transport it to another part of the farm .