1 On October 15, 2010 I visited the 5th edition of the Modelspoor (model railway) Expo in Mechelen Belgium. Some 30 layout features here. Complete madness to cover them all in this photo account. So I just picked a few I liked. I was plagued this show by my tripod which started coming apart during the show. When even emergency repairs did not offer relief I set my camera to 800 ISO and contented myself with pictures with a larger aperture than usual.
2 Yes it was a very busy show. The photo "happened" when accidentally triggered my camera, but I kind of liked it anyway: a lot of people, an atmospheric impression and if you look closely some importatn brand names, Märklin, TRIX, LGB. It is colorful symbol for the show I thought.
I first turned to the trade part of the show. New, second hand. I skimmed through the stands. I had the impression prices were generally higher then in the Netherlands.
I made a few photos of interesting models
4 Well. this may have been the biggest surprise of the day: a model of the only ever Belgian garratt locomotive. Mnufacturer: Jocadis, available as kit or RTR
5 Water runs in my mouth from Class 12 Atlantic. Produced by Olaerts
6 A model a characteristic Belgian look. Model also produced by Olaerts.
7 Just a shot from a demonstrator layout.
In the middle of the show's hall the participants in the diorama contest showed their works. I must say this was a highly motivating en interesting part of the show.
Sart-Moulin in 1955
By Daniel Galinski
This was a very small diorama with just a few points yet Daniel achieve an interesting lot of operation. Unfortunately he was drawing so much attention that I could catch a good shot with a train. But a very commendable diorama.
is a small diorama based on an industrial theme
12 My photos are not too sharp (my tripod spontaneously disassembled, remember?) but this was also a top quality contender in the diorama contest.
13 The photo is terrible, not doing justice to the layout.
16 This one was particularly nice. The whole layout was built in a box, forcing you into one certain perspective, making te viaduct huge!! What a pity that the expo hall's roof spoils the impression.
17 This diorama in scale 1 (1:32) was impressive. No operation of any sorts, just two carriages and en steam locomotive rust in peace here.
Another contest in the diorama contest was this Jankpur Railwy. It couldn't be simpler: a classic oval, a few switches and a backdrop to split the kayout in half so the oval is not so conspicuous.
Personally I would have nominated this layout for the first three
26 First let's have a look at the superb details in the station area
27 Figures depict the "locale" very well.
28 as does the equipment: simple and effective but coarse
30 Locals wating for the train. Would it bring a rich westerner wanting a trip to his hotel?
31 Local market
32 At last the train. loaded with people
38 On the other side of the diorama an open field scene, where a bridge serves as a focal point
39 Elephant being scrubbed
40 Oncoming train
43 Last passengers crossing the bridge
Again a small diorama with only just a few tracks, but how well done!!
is an American themed diorama. Cleverly there is an inconspicuous oval on a high level with a slow moving Porter that needs no operator's attention.
If I were to choose this diorama would also be in the first three.
50 The Porter has a nice sound module geiving it a "heaving hard" chuff nice.
51 This Climax does the shunting on the lower level
is a superbly executed perspective diorama. A large tram in the front drives off, to reappear three time over further away in the background ans consequently smaller in size each time. IN realty there four trams in four different scal to suggest distance. I couldn't reach the lay bacause of the crowd. But this another in my personal top three
Besides trade and the diorama contest there was a wide choise of great layout.
56 Live steam was also present
Tripton on the hill
features in Modelspoormagazine no 96. It is an English themed layout built by Dutch modelers under direction of Ton Trip, nice equivoke: Tripton. Excellent work.
59 Very scenic. No train in sight and yet very much a model railrod
60 Tripton's station
61 Goods handling
62 A pannier at rest
63 An autotrain in full swing
64 The pannier shunting some cars around
70 The lock with a typical English narrow boat
72 A, what is it, a dukedog?, awaiting the signal to leave
74 A layout by Henk Wust is this
75 Though very small indeed, height is its secret weapon.
76 The layout is divided into two separate parts by this building through which' gate the train runs
77 The layout is elaborately detailed. Let me show you around
81 Knock knock
83 Some real details...
90 The right half of the layout
91 The portal separating both scenes
93 Italian atmosphere
97 Excellent detail
A layout of intense realism radiating the French countryside, almost screaming "la belle vie". Very, very imperssive
101 But this really why the layout attracted me: a scratch built mallet!! Superbly modeled and weathered, this is model railroading optima forma
105 Hmmmmm, I miss just that one rivet... Joke of course, this is my dream of building.
106 But apart form this one mallet this layout was beuatifully scenicked. Now what, is this France or not??
107 An autorail making its call to town
108 Another autorail waiting the crossing of its counterpart.
111 Such detail. Look at the roof tiles, their irrgularity, some broken. Great.