2021 TAUPO HOBBY SHOW DIARY

Gavin Sowry

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I'll anchor this thread with this, for starters.

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A slight variation on my usual fare. This time, I ran videos of the Wellington Group layouts, a DVD player coming 'available for further use' after some furniture rearrangements at home. I also dug out some S scale standard gauge stuff to compare the Glen Road layout with... Yes ma'am, it is the same scale. As usual, Haywards was the ready fallback of plug in and play. All this fitted in my Honda Fit, along with weekend luggage for two.

The show itself, is run by the Taupo Model Railway Club, but is more than just a model railway event, partly due to the fact that they are are smallish club, and trains alone will not support an exhibition on its own. The fact that it includes other hobbies, widens the appeal to the general public, and has also attracted a good sponsorship from a local entertainment provider (the publicity works both ways). The fact that a lot of the participating clubs are on the same adjoining acreage. Bonus for the club, is that they are about halfway between Wellington and Auckland, and it is the middle of the school holidays, and Taupo is a tourist town with a nice little trout fishing pond.

Michael Crawford relates in his dissertation of how he became the Phantom, recalling how he bumped into Andrew Lloyd Weber 'outside the Men's loo',
'Michael, we, we, we must do Phantom, together'.
'Yes Andrew, and I immediately went out and bought the book'
The location mentioned, drew a typical English 'inuendo applause'..... which I always recall (and mention) every time I get located 'outside the Men's loo'. Third show in a row, now.
 
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Gavin Sowry

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It is of course, the middle of winter in these parts, and the weather certainly played its worst.... winds, and rain, and flooding (except in Taupo, no flooding)....
We took an alternate route 'around the mountain' on the leeward side, in defference to the bright flashing 'Desert Road Wind Gusts' warning (bonus being another 50 miles of railway track to follow.....

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including this site, where 151 souls departed this world on Christmas Eve 1953. This is the replacement bridge that has survived a few volcanic eruptions similar to the one that washed out the original.

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Turn 90°, and here is GD#1 all rugged up to deflect the chills of that troublesome volcano. The crook weather started 20 miles up the road, just after having being held up by a farmers' tractor convoy protest... the government want to ban diesel tractors, and to stop cows farting.
 
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Gavin Sowry

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The Taupo Vintage Car Club, as usual, brought along (from the clubrooms next door), some of their members cars.

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All road legal, too. A Minx, a Moggie, Chev, and something from Henry.

And the event venue

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Venue has thermal pools at the rear. No rain drops were harmed in the taking of this photo.
 
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Gavin Sowry

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A few of us managed to sneak 'out of bounds' to get similar shots of the venue in full swing. Most of the crowd were still at Sunday Mass when this was taken.

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Paul M

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Now it's Freedom Day, perhaps we can have some more shows
 

Gavin Sowry

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Gavin Sowry

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Now it's Freedom Day, perhaps we can have some more shows
Oh bother, too busy blabbering here to read my e-mails.....

'Sorry 'bout the late notice, another show next Sunday'. Actually a combined area meet, that the public can attend. What's more, it's dearer to our hearts, as it is Garden Railway groups.
 

Gavin Sowry

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Bonus from the weekend, was a comment passed that 'Hobby City are opening in Wellington'.
Being half a sandwich walk from my office, I have given it the once over already, and made a purchase.
The girls are still stocking the shelves, so repeat visits are in order, their on line catalogue is enticing in terms of modellers supplies.