London Model Engineering Exhibition at Alexandra Palace is one of the first events of the year and a chance for model steam engines to take the spotlight from their larger older cousins. This years show looked to be a success when EATES visited on Saturday, the hall where it is held being packed with visitors.
The show features the usual mix for such events, a selection of trade stands interspersed with model engineering societies and groups. Road steam was thin on the ground this year, with only a handful of examples present. First up on one of the sales stands was a beautiful 2” scale Burrell Gold Medal Tractor in incomplete form. Most major components were present with the exception of the crank and motion, making this a challenging project for the eventual purchaser. Also on the same stand was a Clayton steam wagon that was certificated and in ticket, ready to drive away!
There were 4 4” Burrells on display across two stands, the majority (if not all) being products of popular kit manufacturer Steam Traction World. The star of the quartet was without a doubt Tim Watson’s fine Scenic Showmans which only requires finishing touches to the signwriting to be fully completed
Other models of note included a Sentinel Steam Bus and the beginnings of a 2” Fowler Showmans.
All in all the show is well worth a visit though hopefully more road steam models will be on view next year