I have often joked that Suffolk is the only entire county to actually be in the middle of nowhere, however contained within it is the delightful seaside town of Southwold where time really has appeared to have stood still. Unfortunately the quirky Southwold Railway is no more, closing as early as 1929, although efforts are being made by the the Southwold Railway Trust to recreate the line.
Every August Southwold plays host to the Southwold Model Railway exhibition at the St Felix School, organised by the Waveneny Valley Model Railway Club. I have exhibited at this show for the last three years assisting Mike Wild of Hornby Magazine operating one of their layouts that they exhibit along with their usual trade stand.
Hornby Magazine will once again be supporting this show and this year it is turn of Mike’s N Gauge, DCC controlled layout Hettle based on the Midlands region in the 1950’s; so I shall be out of my comfort zone on all three counts, gauge, control system and region!
This show has always managed to assemble a good variety of layouts and trade and this year is no exception with the highlight being the visit of the hugely impressive The Gresley Beat a 4mm representation of the LNER lines North of Kings Cross.
So it is well worth a visit to the show and Southwold in general, including of course the Adnams brewery. If you do make along make sure you come and say hello, I will be the one doing a better of impression of Mike Wild than Mike does!