Well, this will put the cat amongst the pigeons (or among those with large layouts).
(posted on the NZ railchat group, but from what I've heard its true)
This is a preamble broadcast update to all on my RailEx
address book, relating to The Lower Hutt City Council formally cancelling
the availability of The Lower Hutt Town hall for our upcoming exhibition.
This follows their evaluation of a recent earthquake assessment
This does NOT affect the neighbouring Horticultural Hall
which we have generally used in tandem to host the RailEx when in Lower
The RailEx committee had been aware of the report and had
made enquiries that indicated any impact would not likely affect this
years show, and I had indicated this understood status in
communications over the last month. However, yesterday we received formal
notified that the Town Hall was to be closed for use, effective
A meeting of the RailEx committee this evening has resolved
to proceed with RailEx 2012 using the reduced footprint of only the
Horticultural Hall. Advertising had just started with billboards being
erected this week/weekend and newspaper advertising committed for next
weeks print schedule
This will necessitate a reduction in the number of
exhibitors and the available space for others.
For those who have been involved with the lead up to this
years show, please expect a more specific notification of how this
situation may affect your exhibits
Still not sure where this leaves the MMW/NZ120 modular group, but I'd imaging in a slightly better position than those with a layout the size of a small south pacific nation.