Uckfield Model Railway Club held it’s annual exhibition over the weekend of the 20th & 21st October at the Uckfield Civic Centre.
The Town mayor Cllr Spike Mayhew attended on the Saturday morning around 10am when the show opened which given his connection with railways in his working life there must surely be some connection that can be made there!
A show for all the family featuring many high quality model railway layouts with excellent trade support, including specialist manufacturers, demonstrations and society stands.
There were many great layouts to look at and one of the first to catch your eye was College Halt created by students from Uckfield College……. Keith Harcourt, who is a former teacher and as a member of Uckfield Model Railway Club, introduced the youngsters to the world of Model Railway’s. Uckfield College’s Model Railway Club, which operates in close conjunction with the show’s hosts.
Uckfield MRC, were proud to present the debut of their recently completed layout “College Halt” following 3+ years construction work at the after-school club and impressed many by showing a layout to a standard many seasoned modellers would be proud of and presenting it very professionally despite their age and lack of experience.
The public along with club members and exhibitors all voted for the best layouts in the show, the public chosing “The Yard”, an unusual mixture of 16.5 & 32mm track gauges with both electric and radio control operation with parts moving constantly as the Best in-show, 2nd place was a draw between the large, N gauge Hinksey Yard depicting a diesel era EWS rail distribution centre & Hobbiton End, an equally unusual 5.5mm scale model depicting what could have happened if the dwarfs from Lord of the Rings had ever built Middle Earth’s first railway system! Meanwhile the exhibitors & club members voted Foxcote New Pit in finescale 2mm (N gauge) by returning exhibitor Jerry Clifford as their favourite, awarding them the Keith Nock trophy in memory of our late president.
This year’s exhibition marked the 150th anniversary of the birth of Colonel Holman Stephens on 30th October and several of the model layouts in the show are based on or inspired by the Colonel’s railways.
ALL IMAGES by Ron Hill (HillPhotographic)