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The 2018
Uckfield Model
Railway Exhibition
Retrospective

Expo 2018 Best in Show - The Yard
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Our 2018 Exhibition

Expo 2018 Logo

Our 34th Exhibition

was held on
Saturday & Sunday
20th/21st October 2018


at the
Uckfield Civic Centre
Civic Approach, Uckfield
East Sussex



The 2018 exhibition was another great success with sixteen layouts attending. There were twelve diverse scale/gauge combinations on show including those in 1:34 scale, 0, 0-21, 0-16.5, 5.5mm scale, P4, EM, 00, 00-9, 3mm/ft finescale, British N and 2mm/ft finescale. Once again something for everyone!


Layouts traveled from as far away as Berkshire, Cornwall, Devon, East Sussex, Hampshire, Kent, Somerset, Surrey, West Sussex and Wiltshire portraying British, French and Irish standard and narrow gauge prototypes.


HFS 150 Logo

The 31st October 2018 was the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Colonel Holman F. Stephens, who in the early decades of the last century engineered, built and managed a unique empire of branch line railways up and down the country. As part of these HFS150 celebrations, the 2018 Uckfield Model Railway Exhibition featured several layouts either portraying a Colonel Stephens railway or inspired by one. The Colonel Stephens Society was present with a small society information stand.


The Weald Hall on the Saturday morning


Fifteen members of the trade, including specialist manufacturers, had a presence at the show. This year we welcomed Paul Heafield, formally of Heath Models & Toys, and W.M. Collectables of Haywards Heath who occupied the stand vacated by Barry Jones who retired back in December 2017. There was a display by the model engineers from the Bentley Miniature Railway as well as popular demonstration stands manned by guests Roger Sawyer (soldering) and Cat Gibbs (figure painting).


The show was very successful, with many comments being received as to the high quality of the exhibits, the variety of trade goods on offer and the general friendliness of those taking part.



St Blazey

St Blazey
"2mm/ft finescale"

(click for 12 pictures)

Hinksey Yard

Hinksey Yard
"British N"

(click for 7 pictures)

Leysdown

Leysdown
"P4"

(click for 17 pictures)

College Halt

College Halt
"00"

(click for 12 pictures)

Brighton East

Brighton East
"EM"

(click for 15 pictures)

Itchen End Goods Depot

Itchen End Goods Depot
"0"

(click for 6 pictures)

St Pierre et la rue Perrin

St Pierre et la rue Perrin
"1:34 scale"

(click for 21 pictures)

Much Murkle

Much Murkle
"00"

(click for 16 pictures)

The Yard

The Yard
"0 & 0-16.5"

(click for 13 pictures)

Lakebank

Lakebank
"3mm/ft finescale"

(click for 13 pictures)

Fintonagh

Fintonagh
"0-21"

(click for 17 pictures)

Hobbiton End

Hobbiton End
"5.5mm/ft scale"

(click for 17 pictures)

Foxcote New Pit

Foxcote New Pit
"2mm/ft finescale"

(click for 17 pictures)

St Martins Wharf

St Martins Wharf
"0"

(click for 17 pictures)

Llanfair Caereinion

Llanfair Caereinion
"00-9"

(click for 12 pictures)

Clevedon (WC&PR)

Clevedon (WC&PR)
"EM"

(click for 13 pictures)


Throughout the weekend the visiting public was asked what layout they thought was the "Best in Show". The 7mm/ft scale 32mm & 16.5mm gauge (0 & 0-16.5) layout The Yard constructed by Martin Coombs and friends picked up the most votes and they were presented with a special plaque for mounting on the layout. Hinksey Yard by the Epsom & Ewell Model Railway Club and Hobbiton End by Simon Addelsee were joint runners up.


The Keith Nock Memorial Trophy for the best layout in show as voted by exhibitors, trade and members was awarded to the 2mm/ft finescale layout Foxcote New Pit constructed by Jerry Clifford.



Demonstration Stand

Roger Sawyer - Demonstration Stand

Demonstration Stand

Cat Gibbs -Demonstration Stand

Bentley Miniature Railway

Bentley Miniature Railway

Colonel Stephens Society

Colonel Stephens Society

Roger Jones

Roger Jones

DOW Scenics

DOW Scenics

South Eastern Finecast

South Eastern Finecast

Morris Models

Morris Models

Rail-Books

Rail-Books

C & L Finescale Track Building Systems

C & L Finescale Track Building Systems

Roxey Mouldings

Roxey Mouldings

Squires Model & Craft Tools

Squires Model & Craft Tools

Plus Daughters

Plus Daughters

Dart Castings

Dart Castings

Paul Heafield

Paul Heafield

Coastal DCC

Coastal DCC

Matthew Cousins GRA

Matthew Cousins GRA

Simply Southern

Simply Southern

W.M. Collectables

W.M. Collectables

Luxfords Restaurant

Luxfords Restaurant

Club Information

Club Information

Mayorial Visit

Mayorial Visit

Saturday Exhibition Social

Saturday Exhibition Social

Keith Nock Memorial Trophy Presentation

Keith Nock Memorial Trophy Presentation



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