ALTON Model Railway Group members agreed their annual Febex ‘Making Tracks’ exhibition was one of the best they have held – and the 1,300 visitors who walked thorough the doors of Eggar’s School agreed with them!
Held last Saturday and Sunday, the exhibition was opened officially by Bob Treacher, previous owner of Alton Model Centre, who congratulated the group on the 14 track layouts in most scales and gauges.
He also presented the Railway Modeller Shield to the winning layout – Ferrocarrie San Maria Gardia, showing a small station in southern Spain in the 1950s.
The exhibition, with Richard Pretious managing the track layout, also showed a layout called ‘Figgs Marsh’, which was owned by the group’s late chairman, Denis Stevens, and was displayed in his memory. It was of a diesel repair depot for British Railway trains, complete with fuel tanks.
Group spokesman Allen Rose said: “It was one of our best exhibitions as we had people coming from all over, including Cornwall, Kent, and the Isle of Wight.
“We had 15 trader stalls and we got a lot of good comments from the public on the way we had organised the exhibition and how much they were enjoying it.”
He also said a “big thank you” was due to Four Marks Scouts for providing the refreshments.
At present, the group is organising the layout of a 1981 station and track called “Welles” which they hope to display at next year’s exhibition.