Happy New Year

To start the year off I went to the Marlow, Maidenhead and District Model Railway Club’s annual exhibition at Cox Green Community Centre. Arranged into three rooms there were layouts, exhibitors, and trade stalls. Each room had several small highly crafted detailed layouts each representing a real or imagined time or place in railway history. The layouts had people passionately running the trains to bring the models to life. Most of the layouts were OO gauge but some other scales were represented, including a couple of Z (very small) sized layouts, and the larger O gauge."The Tar Works" is modelled on a 1930’s Midland Tar distillery in O gauge by Mike Perry. This is a very interesting display as it shows that you can achieve quite a lot in a very small space in this larger scale."Coldfair Green" is modelled in finescale which is similar but a more accurate representation than OO. The latter allows for certain compromises which are not accurately scaled from real life. This layout shows the leisurely pace of life at an East Anglian terminal station in the age of steam. Small passenger trains come and go as a solitary steam engine shunts the goods and coal yards. Cattle rest in the cattle dock amid the green tree edged fields waiting for the cattle train.The venue was easy to find as it was well signposted, and the wheelchair access was excellent.www.mmdmrc.org.uk