This year is not helped with Easter being early, but the move of some exhibitions from January/February to March to get better weather(looking out at snow today!!!!) is the main problem. NGN was always 2nd weekend so everyone could plan around it(I mainly mean trade and exhibitors). When it had to cancel last year it was the NW modellers who came to the rescue, many connected to clubs which exhibit at start of March, and they now have NGN clashing with their weekend.
I want to promote narrow gauge modelling and a specialist show up north is important but getting narrow gauge layouts into some mainstream exhibitions is important but can be difficult, and any specialist show should take this into account. Maybe I am over reacting , but I will ask around this weekend to see what some think. Just hoping snow does not cause any problems/.
Talking of snow, for those who have tried to avoid it, it seems to be unpredictable, and therefore planning an event for March can be just as easily effected by snow as one in January, and I would therefore suggest spreading out exhibitions(in effect going back to diary 20 years ago) would help the hobby a lot.
Not sure if I am going to York this year, as there is not that much that interests me especially narrow gauge, to justify cost and time. It only needs to be one layout, and last year it was the French narrow gauge in 1/32 scale. Chances are that many of the popular layouts will visit another exhibition up here anyway.
Narrow gauge Francophile interested in 1m, 60cm,50cm , 40cm and smaller gauges . Build in scales from 1/6th to 1/24th. Also 1/32nd and 1/35th using 16.5mm track to represent 50cm and 60cm gauges. http://www.rue-d-etropal.com