This weekend was the annual Farnham and District Model Railway Club exhibition. This is quite a popular show bringing together some of the best layouts from local clubs and societies. Held at the Connaught Leisure Centre, Aldershot, this show occupies three large halls holding trade stands and model exhibitors alike.
The enthusiasts and general public visitors are encouraged to vote for their “Most Appealing Layout” with a prise awarded at the end of the weekend. I liked the “Tar Works” by Mike Perry. This ‘O’ gauge layout is only a few feet wide but he manages to pack a lot in with lots of working detail to keep the eye captivated. He has used simple construction to depict a working factory and railway yard alongside a gas works. Mike was very pleasant and would happily chat to you and explain what was going on on the layout as the trains and trucks came in and out.
I also liked a layout where the backscene was a series of photographs stitched together to create the illusion of rolling countryside from the location of the actua railway station that they were modelling.
As usual there were lots of expensive things on sale to tempt me but I was able to resist this time. However I did purchase a sign to put in my display cabinet warning that I have “Railway Enthusiast’s Disease” and it can be catching.
The Lions provided the catering for the weekend with a selection of sandwiches, sausage rolls, bacon rolls, biscuits etc. at a reasonable price. As you go around these events you get to meet people with similar interests. So while having lunch I met some people from the Loddon Vale Model Railway Club who I have met previously.
The location is well signposted and parking is easy. Access is flat throughout. It can be quite busy at times so patience is required to get to the front to see some of the exhibits. Most exhibits were at wheelchair eye-level. Dates for next year’s show Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th October 2017.