Last weekend was the first time that the Magnorail system has been seen commercially at a model railway exhibition. The Corio Model Railway Club's 45th exhibition helped launch both Magnorail and MAGNORAIL-OZ to the Australian model railway hobbyists..
I was fairly flat out busy the whole two days of the weekend, operating Echo Lakes but also answering a huge amount of enquiries about the system. At one stage I had to phone one of our Grampian Model Railroader club members, who was only across the hall, as it was too noisy to call out to him, to ask him to come and relieve me so I could get a cuppa and have a toilet break.
The kids were mesmerised by the little bikes peddling away but the hobbyists were more intrigued and wanted to know all about the system.
I suppose the biggest selling points that came out of the two days were
1. Apart from the HO bicycles, the system is basically agnostic to what is aboveground as the motive power can pull HO down to Z scales and this got the N scale fraternity thinking. The only alternative of moving N scale vehicles is the Faller system, and that is a very dear proposition if you are wanting several vehicles operating.
2.The other selling point I gave, was that you can place vehicles that suit the era that your layout is portraying such as: Steam era 1920's - 1960's, steam to diesel transition era as well as current day operations. The opportunity for trucks, vans and motor cars of those various eras moving in either the background or foreground of your layout just lifts a it's believability and creates the MAGIC that makes a good layout a great and fantastic layout.
Just putting the final touches to the video so catch it at klatchco56 YouTube channel
Clyde has been involved for many years with the Magnorail system having initially built his own layout "Echo Lakes" featuring two concepts using the Magnorail System. In 2019 he rebirthed his layout as Echo Lakes featuring four Magnorail circuits plus an Ho3 train line around the perimeter which is now the Magnorail flagship for exhibitions.