Review of Rail Ex Taunton 2017
The weekend of 21st and 22nd October saw an enlarged Rail Ex Taunton return to Taunton School with an additional exhibition space called the 'Old Library Complex'. The show proved very popular with overall attendance exceeding the previous year by 9%. The Saturday morning proved to be extremely busy but the new split venue meant that the crowds were more dispersed than in previous years creating a busy yet relaxed environment. Attendance on the Sunday increased by 17% and saw an encouraging number of children and family tickets being sold. As a club we would recommend visiting on a Sunday to enjoy the extra breathing space. Visitor feedback indicated that the consistently high quality of the layouts was a major draw for visitors.

Brixham Bay
The superb Brixham Bay (N)

Visitor Feedback
'More different layouts (new ones) and new traders, lots to see and not too crowded (Sunday)'
Mr K from Tiverton

'Nice to see so much interest and popularity of the hobby again. Good variation of layouts'
Mr C from Rackenford

'2nd only to Warley!!'
Mr E from Beaminster

The layouts were supported by varied trade which included a number of new partners this year in the form of ABC Model Railways, H & A Models, Kato N Gauge, Keith's Bits & Pieces, Megapoint Controllers and Platform 3 Models. 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 Shed
The Shed (O)
Visitor Feedback

'The new hall is a great addition to the show. Thoroughly enjoyed the exhibits as well as tea and cakes!'
Mr G from Bridgwater

'Good quality layouts not seen before and a good array of traders with planty of room between layouts'
Mr H from Tiverton

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

'Excellent show. The number of high quality layouts made it worth the trip down'
travelled from Blaenavon in South Wales

'A great venue. Lots of interesting stuff with something for everyone'
travelled from Bristol

'Very enjoyable and wonderful food'
travelled from Winchester in Hampshire

'Brilliant as usual'
travelled from Poole in Dorset


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.
Thornbury Hill
Rail Ex Taunton Cup

The highly entertaining Thornbury Hill (OO gauge) by Keith Duffy was the public favourite and received the most votes to be awarded the Rail Ex Taunton Cup.
Burnham Constable
St Christopher Shield

Burnham Constable (O gauge) by David Smith was a real favourite with club members and hence was voted winner of the St Christopher Shield by the club members.
Gweek North Quay
Chairman's Shield

Gweek North Quay by Helston & Falmouth MRC was a particular favourite of Club Chairman Jack Sully and hence was awarded the Chairman's Shield.
Burnham Constable
Brian Winter Salver

Burnham Constable 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 Bovine of the Rails
You Tube film by Keith Ewins
You Tube film by SDJR7F88
You Tube film part 1 by ba14eagle
You Tube film part 2 by ba14eagle

Planning for the 2018 show has already started with provisional dates being 27th and 28th October at Taunton School. We are confident that we can present a show that will equal if not better the high standards set in 2017. We hope you will support us in 2018.

Meanwhile here are a few more pictures of the layouts that appeared in 2017,

Franwood TMD (OO Gauge) by Neil Woodbine Franwood TMD
Much Murkle (OO Gauge) by Nick Wood Much Murkle
Laramie Engine Terminal (O Gauge) by Peter Kirmond Laramie Engine Terminal
Abingdon Branch (OO Gauge) by Abingdon and District MRC Abingdon Branch
Lakebank (3mm Gauge) by Nick Salzman Lakebank