GLORIOUS  GUILDFORD 2015

The Guildford Rally and Exhibition once again lived up to its reputation as an event which provides a great family day out and some fascinating exhibits. Again it was blessed with glorious weather. Generally, everyone has a great time at Guildford, keeping the kids happy for a few hours or delving into the finer points of new models on display. The event is good as one at which there is plenty to do. Plenty of train rides for all ages. Drive a boat in one of the pools. Ride behind a traction engine. Watch Gauge 1 and 16mm in action. Be impressed by the display of models of all types. Have a bacon butty for lunch and an ice cream and cup of tea in the afternoon. And, of course, do a bit of shopping for those bits of material and tools that you will need in the workshop next week, inspired by the day out at Stoke Park.

This year it was good to see Geoff Moore’s completed P1 - only the tender was present last year - and a clear winner of the top award. Good also to see Tony Boxall’s latest, a half sized version of Anthony Mount’s McOnie Angular Oscillating Engine of 1845. It is scratch built - no castings - and a fine and attractive piece of engineering which won the Jim Wilson Trophy. Another award winner was the very neat Southern Railways iconic Q1 by Roger Hayward in G1. There were new engines from the prolific Jason Ballamy and a Double Tangye engine by Jo Thoms finished just days earlier. And much more. Not least a model steam engine made from V2 rocket parts and presented to the Queen for a young Prince Charles in 1957.

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