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.
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.