Alresford Toy Museum 
(for a Day)

2008 Opening: Report and Photos.

 

Despite heavy drizzle and winter temperatures approximately 550 visitors turned up at the inaugural Toy Museum for a day in The Community Centre, Alresford on Sunday 16th March.

Everyone was impressed by the superb quality and variety of displays including five railways layouts. 

The railway layouts which were upstairs included Dave White's 11 x 5 Tri-ang Super 4 railway and Minic Motorway layout


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 complete with Model Land and Arkitex including Neil Bowsher's Ultra Modern Station.


 

Neil was running Bob Leggett's Tri-ang TT layout which was recently constructed on an original Tri-ang display board.

John and Briony Hollands were running Hornby clockwork MO trains on a 6 x 4 table. It certainly brought back loads of memories for those in their 50's.

Hornby Hobbies had kindly lent a superb 6 x 4 display layout and Adam Stratton was helping visitors operate the trains throughout the day.

Brian Kirwin with help from Eric Jones and his wife Sandra had Brian's  excellent Dublo 3 rail layout.

Other exhibits (several by well known train collectors) included Jump Jockey

Pelham Puppets, Scalextric, Tri-ang Theatre

 Lone Star toys  (including 000), Board games, Tri-ang Minic ships

 Airfix and Rosebudd Dolls.

Downstairs there were Steam Models

Dinky Army and Britains display  including a barrage balloon, Jigsaws, Britains Farm

and floral garden.

Forts and a huge wooden Wild West town

Meccano

 Dolls from 1885-1950 and a huge collection of 1950's toys including Tri-ang

Muffin the Mule and a large Lenny the Lion! Model Bus display, Sindy Dolls, Action Man

 and Subbuteo. Bayko, Betta Bilda and Lego

A children's quiz was very popular with 50 entrants although it took the five attempts to find the first sheet with all correct answers

Refreshments were supplied by Fiona and Oli Leggett and Claire Whale

Visitors from the Watercress steam railway were able to take a vintage bus to the show.


Thanks to all who exhibited, helped or visited the show.