The Horsham venue like a number of exhibitions we have attended was in a local school sports hall.
Traders, Societies and layouts around the outer wall and a central island. We were located next to the
furthest corner from the entrance next to the Club Secondhand stall. It was a good location for us
and we put it to good use. As you will see from the photographs we had the new UKTrainSim cloths
on the tables which advertise the stand very nicely. The white lettering on the dark blue stands
Saturday was a manic day, with only Leviathan1949, Deltic9000 and CAB-IT in attendance we had our
hands full with keeping the trains running and talking to the punters at the same time. We showed
off two new routes to the punters at Horsham, Peak Rail and Paddington - Penzance along with all
the usual route demonstrations - MidEast, Woodhead, Barmouth, S&C 1930 etc. The two new routes
were very well received by the public and a large number of them went away with their little
logon forms. Sunday was a much quieter day and we were joined by the SouthernBoyz - SouthCoastTrains,
ThinLizzy and Connex. We were also joined by IanM42 and his son for the day with Ian's new TOSH laptop.
It was nice to see Ian on our side of the table rather than as the exhibition manager.
Sunday also saw the Paddington - Penzance route really put through it's paces when SouthCoastTrains
decided to drive an HST from Exeter to Penzance or BUST. With speeds approaching 155 mph at times
he made the trip in 1 hour and 8 minutes as a large number of punters were gathered at the stand.
Slowing at about 1 mile out of Penzance as it loomed on the horizon he finally brought the HST
into Penzance at around 10 mph to the amazement of the gathered throng. Jaws dropped and WOW's
abounded. This is a very good route. A brief foray into the RE tells me that ALL the track is laid
from end to end and that most of the work West of Exeter is complete as is Paddington Station.
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Saturday also saw the Baby Neutronic (Cameron James) make his first appearance at an exhibition,
along with his Mum (Syreeta) and Nanna (Judea). Leviathan1949's new shuttle also got its first
showing at this exhibition and we were also giving out leaflets about the 2 PC's we now
recommend for punters to consider for Train Sim use. We also had one young lad , Ryan, appear at a our
stand on both the Saturday and Sunday, the offspring of one of the traders attending. Not
one to race the trains or smash them he did at least drive them sensibly using the keyboard and
the Raildriver console. He did however get it in the neck from his Dad on the Sunday for not
wearing his glasses TeeHee.
Finally Connex was up to his old tricks on the Sunday afternoon. He fell in love with the 7mm scale
layout - Bough Beech - and managed to hijack it for about an hour, shunting up and down. He enjoyed
himself as we all did and that's what it's all about - Enjoying yourself at an exhibition.
Thanks to the Crawley MRS for the invite to the Exhibition and we look forward to meeting
up with the club at next years Horsham venue. Doug Steptoe, the Exhibition Manager has informally
invited us back with the formal invite dropping through the mail soon. Thanks also to Deltic9000
for giving up his time on both days and to IanM and his son and the SouthernBoyz for your help
on the Sunday, good to see you there.