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Alton Show Feb 2019

was at the Alton Show on Sunday 3rd Feb, operating on Ray Hodson’s ‘Kite Dale’ layout. Opposite us was the Clyre Valley Railway, which had been awarded ‘Best in Show’ by Steve Flint (Railway Modeller), on the Saturday. I don’t usually like narrow gauge layouts … they are often too ‘twee’ for my liking, but… Continue Reading

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York Model Railway Show 2016 – part 2

Continuing my report from the York Model Railway Show 2016, I’d like to mention the traders before moving on to more picture galleries. There was a huge range of traders both large and small, covering a very broad range of scales and interests. The show organisers had secured a very interesting range and hadn’t fallen… Continue Reading

York Model Railway Show 2016 – part 1

This was my first trip away from home with a layout – I’d been given the opportunity to join the team operating Hope-under-Dinmore at the three-day exhibition over the Easter weekend. It meant being away for five days with the travelling, but Joy didn’t seem to mind. We had a good trip there and back,… Continue Reading

101 Not Out – EMGS and Scalefour

This event was billed as a celebration of the best in finescale modelling, the first joint event organised by the EM Gauge Society and the Scalefour Society. Saturday 12th March started cold and dull in Ewell, but the rooms at Ruxley Church were full of light and sunshine. I think it would have taken a… Continue Reading

Wireless in Southampton

The last weekend in January saw me visiting the Southampton Model Railway Exhibition. Confusingly, it’s held in Eastleigh … but that does make it easy to get to, being just a few minutes off both the M3 and the M27. This was my first visit to the Southampton show (having only recently moved into the… Continue Reading

Portsmouth Model Railway Exhibition 21st Nov

The South Hants MRC Portsmouth Model Railway Exhibition will be a finescale extravaganza. With layouts from 2mm to 7mm scale, there’s plenty to see for every railway modeller. The periods covered by these layouts range from Pre-Grouping (prior to 1922) to Modern Image. Two of the layouts have won awards this year … Westcliff (Richard… Continue Reading

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Baseboard joiners for the 21st Century

From conversations I’ve overheard and my experience with a number of our club layouts, joining baseboards consistently and reliably is at best a black art and at worst a nightmare. All the club layouts I’ve seen (and I haven’t yet seen them all in pieces) use the ubiquitous metal dowel locating pegs, followed by various… Continue Reading

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My first exhibition as a layout operator

How exciting – operating a layout for the first time at an exhibition! Ogden Fold I volunteered to attend both days of Fareham’s 2015 exhibition, operating the South Hants MRC layout Ogden Fold. I’d operated a friends layout once about twenty-five years ago, but this was my first time at an exhibition with an audience… Continue Reading

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Fareham & District MRC 2015

I didn’t get to the Fareham exhibition last year as it was a month before we moved to Hampshire. This is the first time Fareham have used the Leisure Centre. The huge expanse of the Sports Hall was open and airy, with plenty of room to move from one exhibit to the next – a… Continue Reading

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