Our third visit to the Colchester Institute at the invitation of Colchester MRC and we were in
a new location this year, in the Drama room. Very dark, black walls, absolutely superb.
As we were told of the location change in advance, we ventured down on Friday evening with the
kit to check out the location and set up. Doug Kightly joined us and we were up and running
We were joined on Saturday by Doug and Lad491 and additionally by Saddletank on the Sunday. In order to
further discuss the Gowin to Knowear Project, Doug and Saddletank purloined an extra table and set up alongside the
main demonstration tables. One of the layout operators wanted to chat about Tehachapi, so he spent a period of
time chatting with Saddletank and saw the Raildriver in action.
One of the niceties of the Colchester Exhibition is that instead of a Thomas layout for the children
to have a go, here they set up a G gauge layout in the refectory and simply ask for donations to
the local hospice. Micronic (Matts lad Cameron) was overjoyed with this layout and hijacked it for
a while. He even convinced his Nanna to take the LGB Bubble Truck on Sunday so everybody could have
bubbles whilst they drove the train. Hilariously some of the children drove the train round once
and then stopped it to play with the bubbles. TeeHee!!!!
As always a first class exhibition with layouts in all gauges and flavours, UK, European, American etc.
Excellent trade support and numerous demonstration stands - stock building, layout building etc.
I also had the great pleasure of meeting one of the elder masters of Railway Modelling at this
exhibition in the guise of Cyril J Freezer.
All in all a brilliant weekend. Our sincere thanks to all that showed up to help or chat and to
the Colchester MRC members for the invitation, refreshments and another excellent exhibition. We hope to see you all
again next year. Note from the organisers, the 2006 Colchester Exhibition has been slipped
1 week to the first weekend in November on the 4th and 5th November 2006.