Review of Rail Ex Taunton 2016
The weekend of 22nd and 23rd October saw Rail Ex Taunton return to Taunton School. The show was once again very well attended with overall attendance matching the levels of the previous year. The Saturday morning proved to be extremely busy but the lack of trade stands in the entrance area and the generous floor plan in the sports hall off set the influx of enthusiastic visitors. Sunday proved to the busy yet more relaxed with ample space to circulate and view the exhibits. As a club we would recommend visiting on a Sunday to enjoy this extra breathing space. Visitor feedback indicated that the consistently high quality of the layouts was a major draw for visitors.

Sydney Gardens
A superb depiction of Sydney Gardens (OO) in Bath

Visitor Feedback
'Very good show, plenty of interest to look at, operators and traders had time to talk. Better than the bigger shows'

'Just a very good show. Interesting layouts most not seen before'

'It is probably one of the best model railway shows in the South West, if not the best'

The layouts were supported by varied trade which included two new partners this year in the form of Attwood Aggregates and Weston Models. During the Saturday morning Tone FM recorded a number of interviews with exhibitors, traders and club members. The radio programme was broadcast early Saturday afternoon and the interviews can be listened to by following this Tone FM link. Every attempt is made to welcome visitors and ensure they have an enjoyable time viewing the exhibits. The high quality of the Taunton School facilities were consistently mentioned by visitors including the superb refreshments that were served in the main school restaurant.

The excellent Oxthorne - hard to believe it is N gauge!
Visitor Feedback

'Very interesting. Excellent layouts. Good parking and even better ROAST LUNCH and PUDDING!!'

'Great show, good mix of interesting layouts, club stand, and traders. Excellent venue for hosting the show with plenty of parking and great refreshments'

During the last few years new advertising has been focussed on attracting new visitors to the exhibition. It was noticable that this year there were a significant number of first time visitors to the show, some of whom had travelled considerable distances.
Visitor Feedback

'Very impressed with first visit. Large number of different layouts. Good disabled parking' - travelled from Barry in South Wales

'Best show in the South West, worth the long drive! Will return every year' - travelled from Pyworthy in Devon

'Much more interesting than I imagined with such a variety of displays' - travelled from Epsom in Surrey

'Most enjoyable. well worth a long journey' - travelled from Newquay in Cornwall

There were four awards presented on the Sunday afternoon which were received by three different layouts. The votes cast were spread across a number of layouts reflecting the high quality of modelling on show.
Rail Ex Taunton Cup

The hugely impressive Summit - Draper's Siding by Yeovil Model Railway Group was the public favourite and received the most votes to be awarded the Rail Ex Taunton Cup.
Vale of Oxbury
St Christopher Shield

Vale of Oxbury (N gauge) by Carl Woodwards was a real favourite with club members and hence was voted winner of the St Christopher Shield by the club members.
Chairman's Shield

The modern image Croydon North Street by Peter Sharp was a particular favourite of Club Chairman Jack Sully and hence was awarded the Chairman's Shield.
Brian Winter Salver

The Summit - Draper's Siding was also awarded the Brian Winter Salver for the best signalled layout.
If you want to see moving pictures of the show why not view these You Tube clips,
You Tube film by kevintredunna
You Tube film by Keith Ewins

An area in the Sports Hall was set aside to allow the younger generation to play with brio wooden trains while the parents rested. Many families decided to enhance their experience by attempting either the 'Hide and Seek' or 'Observation' trails while they viewed the exhibits.

Visitor Feedback

'It was wonderful - from our six year old'

'Packed with great layouts - my 4 year old grandson loved it! Super venue'

'Eldest of two kids (4 and 7) loved it'

Planning for the 2017 show has already started with dates now confirmed as 21st and 22nd October at the Taunton School. We are confident that we can present a show that will equal if not better the high standards set in 2016. We hope you will support us in 2017.

Meanwhile here are a few more pictures of the layouts that appeared in 2016,

Merstone (OO Gauge) by Mark Pretious Merstone
Pine Bluffs & Red Dot Mine (HO Gauge) by Alton Model Railway Group Pines Bluff
Orchard Road (OO Gauge) by Richard Slate Orchard Road
Westwood Yard (OO Gauge) by Peter West Westwood Yard
Summit (O Gauge) by Yeovil Model Railway Group Summit