2010 Exhibition Report
Following our last exhibition in the Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre in 2007 an exhaustive search of available venues was undertaken and we eventually reached agreement with the Aberdeen Britannia Hotel in Bucksburn, Aberdeen at the end of last year. The exhibition was organised for the first weekend in November 2010.
A new exhibition management team was appointed with Stuart Gow, Exhibition Manager leading the team. Ernie Wight took on the role of Guide editor and Peter Heald my right man. In addition other club officials and members provided invaluable advice and experience.
Prior to the exhibition weekend a number of members assisted in operating a small display layout at the Inverurie Garden & Machinery Centre. This layout allowed us to engage with the public and provided a very unusual attraction for visitors to the garden centre.
Given the two year absence of our exhibition and the move to a new venue we were slightly concerned regarding the support we would receive. We need not have been worried as when the doors opened at 10.00am on Saturday we were greeted with a rush of people keen to view our exhibition. Throughout the weekend we were delighted with the numbers attending both young and old.
The public were able to enjoy a wide variety of layouts ranging from Z Gauge to O Gauge with G Gauge also on display. The club were able to provide three model railway layouts together with having a DCC demonstration display and other members demonstrating other modelling skills.
We also had great support from local model railway clubs with a further six layouts on display. The Elgin Model Railway Club were delighted to be awarded the "Best in Show" for their excellent Bealing OO Gauge layout.
This is fact was the final showing of this excellent layout on the exhibition circuit but many of the buildings and other detail will be used on further layouts.
Further interest in the main hall was provided by MERG who demonstrated many interesting electronic gadgets including a method of controlling the speed of T Gauge trains. In addition we were supported by many local and national traders who were able to provide us with a wide variety of products for the public and exhibitors to purchase.
Given the number of groups interested in displaying over the weekend we decided to utilise a further room in the hotel. Although a reasonable walk from the main exhibition hall the children enjoyed following the arrows around the hotel corridors. In this room the children were delighted to have the opportunity of operating Hornby Tinplate Trains. The public also had the opportunity of attending a presentation and also finding out more from local societies and in particular the Ferryhill Railway Heritage Trust ('FRHT'). The FRHT (www.ferryhilltrust.co.uk) is a joint body set up by the Royal Deeside Preservation Trust, the Deeside Railway Company, the Bon Accord Locomotive Society and the Aberdeen Model Railway Club. The FRHT has secured the lease of the remaining building of the former Ferryhill locomotive deport and its aim is to restore it and transform the site into a working railway heritage site for the North East of Scotland.
Younger children also had the opportunity to visit an area in the restaurant which contained toys loaned by the Early Learning Centre. Whilst in the restaurant the public were also able to enjoy food and drink over the weekend.
We were also fortunate in obtaining the use of a Daimler CVG6 325 (CRG 325C) bus from the Aberdeen & District Transport Preservation Trust. This bus which was the last rear entrance bus delivered to a Scottish operator collected and returned the public from Dyce Railway Station and also operated tours around the local area from the exhibition.
The exhibition may only just have finished but we are all now looking at building on our success next year.