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AMRA held its 38th Model Rail exhibition at the new location of Caulfield yesterday and today after a gap. It went pretty well and attendance was good. There was a good mix of Australian, UK, German and US outline on show along with some novelty layouts. One thing they all had in common was that trains were running on them all, something I have heard is lacking on some layouts. There was a very good mix of exhibitors and layouts. Many Australian model stores had stands so you could have purchased anyd thing from a Veissmann commander to and KM Modelbau BR44 if you had the money.

Food was a bit expensive. I would imagine these were regular Caulfield race course prices.

Apologies for some of the photographs but lighting was not great and I didn't have a lot of time away from the BRMA stand.

Steam era was there showing some of their kits. I see the S class has gone up to $610 now. The R Class is $550 although this is about the same price as the Eureka models one and that has optional sound.



Ausicion were there and had their new model on show. Looks very good and has brass fine detail parts.





Eskbank was probably my favourite layout. NSW based country layout.


Mildura station Vic country layout.


Victoria creek. Vic layout




Tybrook modular layout





Tier Bahn, three tiered continental layout.






Circus layout.


This was a pretty bizarre layout.


Melb-N-Track. Huge US N gauge layout






Mainline UK and novelty based layout


Phoenix electric. US based layout


Mittelstadt, Maerklin layout


Wills street USA layout




Midsommer Norton. This layout is made and run by BRMA members and it actually does have a murder!




Murranbilla, Vic layout


Kangaroo and Cockatoo railway




Frey Import export. These guys sell Maerklin Trix, Uhlenbrok and had the KM Modelabau Gauge 1 BR44 on show. I have to say the whistle does start to grate after 9 hours of it.


Art of the diorama. These guys are really good




BRMA stand, the British Railway Modellers of Australia. I manned the stand with Jeff SRMan on Saturday. Jeff managed to monopolise the talking with all the interest in his BR Diesel sound. He was having to fight them off at a couple of times during the day! Hardly anybody wanted to talk to me about weathering oddly enough. I did get a hell of a lot done though. A lot of people came for advice on DCC and Howes and DCC Concepts should probably get a few orders from the information given out. If we had had a few NCE Powercabs spare we could probably have sold a couple. DCC and sound are a very big draw.




Melbourne Bus club. This layout runs trams and also has the faller car system in operation.


Diamond Valley railway. Good to take the kids to for a day out but a bit big for the garage.


Prize winner for the scratch build competition. I go to work on trains like this. They have a new livery now though.


Victoria bridge. Vic country layout


Carlisle River Vic narrow gauge layout


All in all it was a good day out. Hopefully it all went well financially and it will be there again next year.
 

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Looks loke it was a great show.

One of my pet hates (I have 2) at exhibitions is layouts that dont have train running on them.

The other is layout owners who build their layouts so high that they are at Eye level, how are kids supposed to see them (and I would point out that the craftsmanship in those layout leaves a lot to be desired!

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Neil, thanks for those photos.

John Woodall, your comment:-
The other is layout owners who build their layouts so high that they are at Eye level, how are kids supposed to see them
in some cases, the layouts are built for the owners benefit, not kids or those who use wheelchairs. It is a interesting topic & has been discussed on many forums.
 

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QUOTE (Sol @ 24 Aug 2008, 08:47) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>The other is layout owners who build their layouts so high that they are at Eye level, how are kids supposed to see them
in some cases, the layouts are built for the owners benefit, not kids or those who use wheelchairs. It is a interesting topic & has been discussed on many forums.
Yes, very true, but you have to realise that it is the people who pay their money at the door to get in are the very people who pay the layout owners to be there !

Some of them are too high for my wife at 4' 12" to see comfortably !

To be honest, most of the "eye level" layouts that I have seen tend to be smallish, so it would not take too much to have two sets of legs ?
 

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QUOTE (Brian Considine @ 24 Aug 2008, 20:52) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>To be honest, most of the "eye level" layouts that I have seen tend to be smallish, so it would not take too much to have two sets of legs ?

Yeah we will give this one a miss on layout heights!

I think it looked to be a great show because of the variety of the layouts that were on display.

Not as much continentail as I would like to see at a show (ok so I am somewhat biased) but good to see an Aussie show with Aussie prototype layouts.

Similar thing is happening in NZ with more New Zealand prototype layouts being on dispaly and few continental layouts (that being said the one I help exhibt is rather large being gauge 1)

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Thanks for posting all those photos Neil, I have enjoyed looking at them


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QUOTE (john woodall @ 24 Aug 2008, 19:31) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Yeah we will give this one a miss on layout heights!

I think it looked to be a great show because of the variety of the layouts that were on display.

Not as much continentail as I would like to see at a show (ok so I am somewhat biased) but good to see an Aussie show with Aussie prototype layouts.

Similar thing is happening in NZ with more New Zealand prototype layouts being on dispaly and few continental layouts (that being said the one I help exhibt is rather large being gauge 1)

John
I think Eureka and Ausicion models have really helped the Ozzie RTR market along. Prior to these companies the RTR was not good. The Ausicion stand was very popular and rightly so as the quality of their models is very good. Eureka weren't there unfortunately. Austrains were but they seemed to be discounting their models. Must be feeling the heat.


My home layout is four foot high by the way. Keeping little hands of was the main reason for this. Now he needs to stand on steps which I have to move around for him so I know where he is what he is up to.

Having a train running is crucial as it is the whole point of the excercise. There was discussion on another forum about this where someone mentioned a layout where they would only run trains to a prototypical timetable so that was five all day. Needless to sya no-one bothered to look at their layout.
 

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Thanks for the photos Neil. I am moving east to live in Melbourne so will look forward to next year's show I guess and maybe catching up with your good self at the BRMA at some point!
 

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QUOTE (Lancashire Fusilier @ 25 Aug 2008, 11:50) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Thanks for the photos Neil. I am moving east to live in Melbourne so will look forward to next year's show I guess and maybe catching up with your good self at the BRMA at some point!
Be nice to catch up with you. Shame you weren't moving sooner. Next months meeting is at my place.
 

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Yeah, will be good. Be over end of November for at least a couple of years. Lots of Aussie stuff I see in your exhibition photos. Far more than over here.
 

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QUOTE (neil_s_wood @ 25 Aug 2008, 03:24) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Yes I reckon it was at least 50% Aussie layouts if not more.

Really enjoyed the pix, Neil, many thanks for posting.

With such a relatively small population in Oz, are most model railway items imported, adding to the cost? Or are there some small Australian/New Zealand firms which mass-produce items?

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Thanks for posting Neil.

I thought I'd pop in for a quick visit on Saturday morning. By the time I left 2 hours later I was really inspired (and quite a few dollars poorer thanks to some new acquisitions .. and that cafe!
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Your pix really capture the range and style of layouts there on the day. Great event.

cheers, John
 

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Excellent pix Neil and they certainly show the wide variety of what goes on "down under". Unfortunately it's a bit too far for myself and Brian to visit.

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QUOTE (Purley Oaks @ 25 Aug 2008, 17:59) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Really enjoyed the pix, Neil, many thanks for posting.

With such a relatively small population in Oz, are most model railway items imported, adding to the cost? Or are there some small Australian/New Zealand firms which mass-produce items?

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Yes they are Mal and yes they are pretty expensive. Most people I know buy their stuff from the UK, Germany or the USA.

Ozzie outline is made the same way UK outline is; factories in China. The difference being that smaller runs mean higher prices.

QUOTE I thought I'd pop in for a quick visit on Saturday morning. By the time I left 2 hours later I was really inspired (and quite a few dollars poorer thanks to some new acquisitions .. and that cafe! )

Yes the cafe wasn't cheap. $9.50 for a filled baguette! $5 for a pie.


I could easily have spent a bit of money but all I came away with was some Prieser birds (crows, birds of prey and the like).


Dave if you or Brian are ever over here make sure to drop by.
 

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QUOTE (neil_s_wood @ 26 Aug 2008, 23:54) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Dave if you or Brian are ever over here make sure to drop by.

Certainly will, just need to pick those correct numbers, although it will take us a while to get round to see the friends we have made around the world, just through this forum.
 

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QUOTE (neil_s_wood @ 26 Aug 2008, 22:54) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Dave if you or Brian are ever over here make sure to drop by.


Cheers Neil - the same applies if you are ever in our neck of the woods.

QUOTE (Brian Considine @ 27 Aug 2008, 05:57) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>although it will take us a while to get round to see the friends we have made around the world, just through this forum.

and that's just the ones in the UK!

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Some really good shots there Neil, good for some memories, especially as I forgot to take my camera too! Not the most flattering views of me though.

A minor correction to the caption for the tram and bus layout with the Faller Road system - it belongs to the Model Bus Association of Australia (of which I am also a member).

Don't sell yourself short either as there was some interest shown in your weathering techniques and you achieved far more than I did. I was lazy (having hurt my back a few days beforehand) and didn't do much modelling at all, preferring to trundle my sound-equipped diesels up and down the short test track as I did! I didn't bring the Standard 5 as it is a little more delicate for transporting but I'm sure it would have gone down very well if I had. There was certainly a lot of interest in the British diesel sounds, mostly from Howes but also including a near bog standard Bachmann class 37. Several people also wanted to buy my NCE Power Cab from me on the spot. Others who asked advice I tried to be scrupulously fair and mentioned the pros and cons af all of the common DCC systems in the price range they wanted.

Overall I think it was a successful day, both for AMRA and for Neil and I personally. I talked a lot, but then, that's what it is all about: public relations.
 
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