Henley 1998 - A Visit
These photos are from the Henley 1998 show. This batch of photos were all taken by Phillip Edwards.
Note: this article originally appeared on the SCMEC website (now shut down)
and is reprinted with the kind permission of Phil Edwards, their former webmaster.
The Henley Gathering, as it is called these days, is sponsored by Geoff Wright, proprietor of MW Models. Geoff ran a two day show for 21 years, so now it’s been scaled down a bit to a one day gathering, where most of us come to chat with our modeling friends, and also bring the occasional model. Members of the Henley Society of Meccano Engineers looked after the running of the show and things went very smoothly, from what I could see. The public are not openly invited, although one or two seem to sneak in from time to time.
This year I flew over to the UK for a 2 week vacation and timed it, of course, to coincide with the show.
Enough of the chit-chat, down to the pictures. Here are the highlights of the show for me – some wonderful models! I have only selected a small quantity of the models present for inclusion here, so apologies if you were hoping to see a picture of your model. There were a number of splendid models that I have shown on this site before, so I will not show these again.
Mike Dennis’ Volk’s Brighton and Rottingdean Seashore Electric Tramway ‘tramcar’ (boat on tracks!). The original ran in the sea from Brighton to Rottingdean from 1896-1901. I believe this is the only tram in history fitted with a life-raft! Behind the model with Mike is my brother, Michael, who modeled the Volk’s electric tramway many years ago – the tramway that connected with the Seashore tram, and ran along the beach. It was England’s first electric tramway. (It still does run – well worth a visit if you find yourself in Brighton.)