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  • 2010 Sandown Exhibition pics, Melbourne, Australia

    Hi all,

    Well the Sandown weekend was a great weekend. Despite some of the worst hail storms and flash flooding that Melbourne has ever seen, around 10,500 attendees made it down to this exhibition. I have to say the standard of the layouts presented was of the most highest consistant standard that I have seen at a MR exhibition in a while. Nearly 70 stalls, of which about 1/3 were trade stands. I took a few pics of the event. One of the benefits of being an exhibitor is being able to walk around with the camera before the mass of public arrive. The aisles get kind of cramped for photo space once the doors open. Photos in the "Sandown 2010" folder on my Flickr page (link below)...

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/dans-stuff/

    Also at that link is a few other folders. The "Operating session on the NCNG" is from the Saturday evening while we were attending the exhibition, with dinner at our good friend Gavin Hince's place (editor of Narrow Gauge Downunder). The photos show the sort of fun that grown men can have playing trains...

    Cheers,

    Dan Pickard
    http://www.austnarrowgaugeconvention.com/

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    WOW those are some top class models Dan. Thanks for posting

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    • #3
      Thanks for those, Dan! That snakey mineral tram was interesting.

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      • #4
        Chuck,

        That layout, "Totternhoe Mineral Railway" is actually about 15 years old now. Eammon Seddon build that when he was exhibiting in the UK, had it shipped over here to Australia maybe about 8-9 years ago now, and it stil runs like it did on day one. No fancy DCC, just a couple of very reliable old transformers, and thoroughly well arranged wiring management.

        Eammon came to Australia a few years ago now when he was given the job of getting a restored railway system in Tasmania up and going again. He is now the CEO of "Puffing Billy", here in Melbourne (and a really nice guy). That layout is still one of my all time favourites for its unique presentation and operation. Not the easiest thing to photograph and keep its atmosphere with the theatrical lighting, but in person, its pretty stunning.

        Dan Pickard
        http://www.austnarrowgaugeconvention.com/

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        • #5
          Thanks Dan
          Elliott

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          • #6
            Dan, thanks for all the pictures.

            I enjoyed seeing them.

            I was impressed with the size of some of the modulars at the show.
            Follow along as my dog and I travel the country in our van.
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            • #7
              Thanks, Dan, many beautiful pictures.

              The operating session at Gavin's home seems to have been a great moment. Thanks also for letting us discover his beautiful layout.

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              • #8
                Thanks Dan. Great to see what others are doing.

                Jerry
                Jerry



                "And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." A. Lincoln

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                • #9
                  Thanks Dan, great pictures.

                  Mark
                  W,L,&E

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                  • #10
                    Hi Dan

                    It was a good expo and nice to see the Varden live and catch up with other modelers.

                    The massive rain kept me there for another hour.
                    " Stay Motivated in Life "

                    http://www.modvid.com.au/html/body_mario_rapinett.html

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                    • #11
                      Hi Dan

                      Thanks for shareing the photo's and good luck with the sale of the "Dolly".

                      It looks like narrow gauge is alive and well down under.

                      Terry H 8D

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                      • #12
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                        Originally posted by danpickard


                        Chuck,

                        That layout, "Totternhoe Mineral Railway" is actually about 15 years old now. Eammon Seddon build that when he was exhibiting in the UK, had it shipped over here to Australia maybe about 8-9 years ago now, and it stil runs like it did on day one. No fancy DCC, just a couple of very reliable old transformers, and thoroughly well arranged wiring management.

                        Eammon came to Australia a few years ago now when he was given the job of getting a restored railway system in Tasmania up and going again. He is now the CEO of "Puffing Billy", here in Melbourne (and a really nice guy). That layout is still one of my all time favourites for its unique presentation and operation. Not the easiest thing to photograph and keep its atmosphere with the theatrical lighting, but in person, its pretty stunning.

                        Dan Pickard


                        Dan ,

                        I happened to see this layout at one of the few shows I attend before it moved to Oz , and I was highly impressed with it when I saw it . The lighting and minimal scenery is what makes it stand out from the crowd , oh , and the good modelling .

                        Britain's loss is Australia's gain . Curse it !

                        NickO

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                        • #13
                          Dan, great modelling. As someone else said" it's nice to see what the gang from down under is doing.

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                          • #14
                            As we were talking about "Tottenhoe" some days ago you might be interested to check out Mid-March's Scrapbook at Carl Arendt's site as there are a number of photos of it and an interesting article on show layout presentation .

                            NickO

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                            • #15
                              Very nice layouts Dan. Love some of the names!! Thanks for posting![^]
                              Look out for #1, but don\'t step in #2!



                              Andy Keeney

                              Dewitt, MI

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