Narrow Gauge South West, Shepton Mallet, 15 February 2014
Apr 2, 2014Public
Photo: 001 The first sight many who attend NGSW is at the gate to the school where they will be met by Barrie Baker, the Small & Delightful Group Supreme Permanent Car Parking Superintendant. All who are not traumatised by the experience can then make their way safely into the main hall knowing that they have survived the worst and it only gets better from there on. Here is Barrie taking a quick break from the outdoors and warming up in the world famous Bistro. He has put his friendly face on for the photo by the way .
Photo: 002 I didn’t have time for my usual overview of all the rooms but here is a view from the stage in the main hall at just gone 11am .
Photo: 003 The 7mm NG Association were in their usual place at the stairs end of the main hall with their full secondhand sales, products and publications ranges .
Photo: 004 At the stage end of the hall was the customary scrum around the 009 Society sales stand. The infamous Shepton Mallet sunbeams are just beginning to creep through the gaps in the curtains and wreck chances of photography . Should I be getting concerned that I have been doing this roving reporting lark for so long that I can recognise most people from the Back view of their heads now ?
Photo: 005 A slightly better illuminated view of the 009 Society sales stand .
Photo: 006 Ian Hastie always comes on his own all the way from Kirkcaldy in Fife with the Parkside Dundas stand. He looks rather lonely in this snap, but I think that trade was steady throughout the day .
Photo: 007 Kevin Trim was up on the stage with his very justifiably popular Dorset Kits 7mm scale products ,
Photo: 008 I think this is a new record as this is the second time running that I have managed to take a photo of Steve Bennett at his Black Dog stand actually smiling at the camera and not trying to hide !
Photo: 009 Howard Martin, proprietor of the Avalon Models range of 7mm scale resin kits and exhibition manager of NGSW, looking suitably relieved that he has managed to get to the start of the show safely again .
Photo: 010 I usually only manage a quick passing snap of Chris Ward’s CWR Models stand, so this time I took 3 photos to get closer views of most of his range of super 3D models available in 4 and 7mm scales .
Photo: 011 Another selection of CWR models .
Photo: 012 And another group of CWR 3D prints. I’ve got a couple of these “in stock” and have another on my own wants list .
Photo: 013 Project Iraq 2003 is a very unusual layout by Tony and Kate Bennett, which is effectively a 1:35 scale diorama showing a resupply base set during the 2003 Iraq war that conveniently happens to have a narrow gauge railway line passing through the location! For military modelling enthusiasts it shows a large variety of very well modelled 1:35 scale British and American military kits, plus a burned out T55 tank !
Photo: 014 Project Iraq 2003, 1:35 scale by Tony and Kate Bennett .
Photo: 015 There is a small narrow gauge railway line almost hidden amongst the coalition force vehicles .
Photo: 016 A ramshackle rail-lorry creeps gingerely past all the military hardware .
Photo: 017 At last a glimpse of some railway stock .
Photo: 018 Project Iraq 2003 may not be everybody’s cup of modelling tea, but it can’t be denied that the standard of kitbuilding and modelling in general is very good .
Photo: 019 Back on more familiar territory, Richard Williams brought his well known 1:25 scale 16.5mm gauge Hook Basin to the show .
Photo: 020 The canal basin that gives its name to the layout – Hook Basin .
Photo: 021 The second scenic “box” in this large 1:25 scale 16.5mm gauge layout features the station area of Hook Basin .
Photo: 022 The locos and stock on Richard Williams’ Hook Basin were directly inspired by Christopher Payne’s distinctive style of minimum gauge modelling in a number of scales over the years .
Photo: 023 Tram loco No.4 shunts some wagons at Hook Basin .
Photo: 024 Fiddle yards in 1:25 scale are bound to be large, and the Hook Basin one is certainly large, but very simple in concept .