Apart from better weather, warmer temperatures, gentler breezes and being in NSW, Albury has nothing on Ballarat. Well except for the better weather, warmer temperatures, gentler breezes, being in NSW and the recent Murray Valley Modellers exhibition that was held last weekend on 22-23 May 2015.
Image 1: My current favourite exhibition layout – Town and Country
It was a relatively large show, for a country show, with a lot of vendor support from around the region.
Layout’s of note
1. Town and Country – HO scale – Gavin Shuttleworth
Town and country is a fictional HO scale layout of the Victorian railways 1970’s to 1980’s era where the country meets the city with a suburb in between. The structures are either scratch or kit built from timber and styrene while the power is from a mixture of analogue and DCC with computer controlled automation.
I think the best part of the layout is that we have electric heavy rail, running under wires. There’s a lot of pictures for you to see, as I took quite a lot of the layout this time. I only managed to get a few shots in when I first saw the layout at the Geelong West show in January.
You can see all of the photos here [ + Link ] .
Image 2: the standard of modelling on Batlow is outstanding
2. Batlow – HO scale – Andy Lawson
Batlow, a small town in the foothills of the snowy mountains is famous for its apples.
Featuring a packing house and cannery as the two main industries as well as the goods
yard this small layout has lots of shunting to be done. This layout depicts the railway
as it was from the mid 1960’s following the days of steam.
Image 3: a track diagram of Batlow (Source NSWRail.net)
The only issue I had was with the control of the layout. It looks like the layout is DC controlled; the lack of DCC and sound really hampered the layout in gaining my vote for best layout.
The shunter (a new model Alco 48 class) shot off from a standing start, screeched to a stop and had all of the problems of those nostalgic layouts I remember from my youth. The modelling however was first rate. As you’ll see in image 4 below.
Image 4: The packing house
For the Batlow gallery click here [ + Link ]
If you got the chance to go, I’d be interested in finding out what you liked.