The Great British Train Show
The Platelayers also had annual get-togethers with displays at the Toronto Delta Hotel (in those days the Delta Chelsea Inn). In 1992 they put on their first "Great British Train Show" at the Jim Archdekin Community Centre in Brampton, and the GBTS quickly earned a reputation for the high standard of its exhibits. It has consistently attracted visitors and exhibitors from the USA and the UK. The show's principal distinct feature is that it is only put on every two years. This allows exhibitors a better interval to renew or create new layouts and concepts. The show rarely permits "bare boards", and all exhibits must of course be prototypically of British or Commonwealth railways.
While these Railway Pages feature predominantly Canadian-prototype railway modelling under the "Railway Modelling" menu, it would indeed be remiss not to acknowledge the important contribution the Great British Train Show has made (and continues to make) hereabouts to the steadily-growing high standards of railway modelling in general. With that said, the show also delights in presenting exhibits from the European toy train era, and its devotees are able to enjoy their particular "memory lane" fix.
So presented below are vignettes of layouts at some past shows. My viewers' indulgence is requested for the often rather less-than-perfect photography and my sloppy record-keeping where I simply omitted to record at the time the ownership and details of some of the exhibits. I hope that viewers will get in touch and help identify some of them. Also, it should be said that my picture-taking has been happenstance, and so not to infer anything from the inclusion of any particular layout or view - or the absence thereof. When these images were taken, I had no thought that they might finish up on a webpage. So for all perceived shortcomings, I accept responsibility and ask for your indulgence. Note: The four- or six-digit number at the end of each caption is the image identification number. Please quote it and the year of the show if you get in touch with me about any image.
Identification of some layouts is remiss and the photography is not that hot. However, one layout featured at this show is Brian Fayle's celebrated Knott's Wharf Canal & Railway Company in 1:43 (0) fine scale. The August 2006 Railway Modeller featured this layout as "The Railway of the Month", and it also appeared in Model Railroad Planning 2001.
It was at this show that the Durham Region British Modellers' well beloved "Much Bynding" layout, with its impressive Northminster station, appeared for the last time. It was also the show that was attended by a British delegation, and the editor of the Railway Modeller Magazine contributed this insert "Canadian Cream" in its July 2006 edition.
This was the last GBTS show at which the fabled long-running 7mm "Ingleton Road" layout by the British 0 Gauge Group (BOGG) appeared.
Attended by David O'Brien of the UK Trix Museum.
Bricknell 00, by the British Railway Modellers of Victoria BC
Underneath the Arches 1:43.5 narrow gauge, by Brian Fayle
For some background information on Brian Dickey's 7mm fine scale "Roweham" layout, please click here.