As the weekend of the Glasgow Exhibition loomed closer, there was a real fear that UKTS might not make it.
Leviathan1949 came down with the dreaded flu bug and felt he was unable to make the journey, then the weather lady
forecasted a blanket of snow to cover East Anglia and the South East from Siberia; but Matt and his
Mum decided to brave the elements and set off for the far north.
Many thanks at this point must go to the weather forecasters as most people heeded their warning and stayed
off the roads; which allowed us to have a very comfortable journey in very light traffic all the way.
Having done the journey in two halves, stopping overnight South of Manchester, we crossed the border to
Scotland at noon on the Thursday and arrived in Glasgow at 1pm. After booking in to the hotel and having a meal,
we were in good time to head off to the Exhibition Center to set up the stand ready for Friday.
From the very first moment everyone was most helpful and guided the car in to hanger 3 right to the
spot where our tables awaited. We were set up and ready to roll in 2 hours having tested the projectors
and lined up the screens - nothing left to do but to plug in 'TomTom' and head back to the hotel, a drink of
Hot Chocolate and then bed.
We had a long day on Friday, opening from 11am until 8pm but we were kept busy the whole day - there
wasn't time to get tired or bored, with a steady stream of visitors asking questions and looking at what
we were showing. We had a great deal of assistance from many members of the community including many
that had travelled as much (if not more) than we had to be there - so a very big thank you goes out
to everyone that came to give us a hand including (but not limited to) Alan Salmon, Gary (Anonymizer UK),
Doug Kightley, The MakingTracks crew, Martin Hodgson (finally made it to a show!), Alan Howat and Ian MacMillan;
who was giving us his usual show of the unusual such as running UK stock on US routes or walking dinosaurs
and donkeys along the tracks :) It was also good to meet up with Kerr McIntosh (Cobos, author of Scottish Central)
and even JonathanAG was able to make his first UKTS Live exhibition. I'm sure there were others that I've
forgotten to mention but suffice to say that your help was greatly appreciated and we look forward to
seeing you all at the next exhibition you're able to make.
With the three day exhibitions we do elsewhere we generally find that Friday is fairly quiet, Saturday is
absolutely manic and Sunday is somewhere between the two - not so at Model Rail Scotland. Friday was busy
though not manic by any stretch, Saturday was manic and Sunday really wasn't that far off Saturday. Visitors
asked many questions and a great deal of discussions were had.
As it was the last of the three exhibitions grouped together at the beginning of the year (Doncaster,
Brighton and then Glasgow) we had the third in our special videos from Train Artisan showing off some of the
features of their new Train Simulator 'TA Railways'. As in all the previous shows, the video was accepted
very positively by those people watching it and it sparked off a number of interesting discussions about
the future direction of train simulators including other products such as PI Engineerings new
'Train Master Train Simulator' (TMTS). Thank you to Cyrus at Train Artisan for taking the time to put
these three videos together for us and allowing a glimpse at what might be coming in the future.
You can find out more about Train Artisans 'TA Railways' by visiting their site at
http://www.trainartisan.com - and you can find out more about PI Engineerings 'TrainMaster Train Simulator' by
visiting their site at http://www.raildriver.com .
The overall quality of the exhibition was extremely high, with a nice variety in trade stands and a very large
variety in the layouts that were present both in terms of size, guage and period; there was even the
obligatory 'Thomas the Tank Engine' layout, though this one was a little more involved than those i've seen
in most previous exhibitions. Hornby were present demonstrating their new stock on their ever-growing
layout - I'm sure every time I see this layout it's grown a new loop or three.
At five o'clock on Sunday we all started to pack away. This was made easy by all the help that we received
from Alan Howat, Alan Salmon, Gary, Ian Macmillan and Doug Kightley. At 5.55pm we were packed up and saying our
farewells by the car.
Chief Tea/Coffee maker (Cab-it) would like to thank the organisers for allowing her in to their "office" to
make numerous mugs of Coffee and Tea over the three days and hope that Glasgow has now managed to replenish
their stocks of Milk back to normal.
There were many cups awarded to the layouts and very justly deserved; if UKTSLive! ever got an award, I think
it would have to be in the shape of a 'Tea Trolley'.
Thank you for making us feel so welcome and we hope the weekend proved a great success for everyone involved
in putting the show together.