Category Archives: Model Railways

Model Railway Exhibitions – August 2014

Model Railway Exhibitions – August 2014

Pic by Julien Webb

Pic by Julien Webb

• West Midlands Narrow Gauge Group – Narrow Gauge Midlands 2014
• Sat 9th August 2014
• The Link – Water Orton Community Venue, New Road, Water Orton, Warwickshire B46 1QU

ADMISSION: Adults £4.00
The West Midlands Narrow Gauge Group proudly present NARROW GAUGE MIDLANDS 2014. This year’s show features 10 narrow gauge layouts, the OO9 Society’s Sales stand and other trade support. Jane’s cafe will again be providing tea, coffee, cake and light meals. Entry fees: Adults £4, OO9 Society members £3, Accompanied Children (under 12) admitted free.

Famous Trains Summer trains - Colin Boocock

Famous Trains Summer trains – Colin Boocock

• Famous Trains – Summer Trains
• Sat 23rd August 2014 – Sun 31st August 2014
• Famous Trains, Markeaton Park, Derby, Derbyshire DE22 4AA

ADMISSION: Adults £1.00 Children £0.50 Family £2.00
9 days of events Layouts, Demonstrations, Children’s tombola, Play area, competitions Fun for all ages

Bournville Model Railway Club - Pete Bridge

Bournville Model Railway Club – Pete Bridge

• Bournville Model Railway Club – Bournville Model Railway Exhibition
• Sat 30th August 2014
• The Hollymoor Centre, Manor Park Grove. Northfield, Birmingham, West Midlands B31 5ER

OPENING TIMES: 10.00am-5.00pm
ADMISSION: Adults £4.00 Concessions £3.00 Children £1.00 Family £8.00
Bournville Model Railway Club presents its third exhibition on Saturday 30th August at the Hollymoor Centre. Northfield. Birmingham. B31 5ER. This years exhibition is its largest to date with twelve traders, fifteen layouts and two modelling demonstrators attending. Doors open at 10.00am and a full hot meal service and refreshments will be provided by Hollymoor catering staff.

Model Railway Shows – July 2014

Model Railway Shows – July 2014

• Warley Model Railway Club – Warley Open Day
• Sun 6th July 2014
• Unit 1f, Pearsall Drive, Oldbury, West Midlands B69 2RA

OPENING TIMES: 11am – 4pm
See the Warley Model Railway Club at home. Free admission. Layouts, demonstrations and refreshments available. A fun day out for all the family and enthsiasts alike. Have a go controlling on Yardlea our 00 gauge club layout. Layouts on show in N gauge, 00 gauge, O gauge, 7mm finscale, EM gauge, Narrow gauge and G scale.

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Telford Narrow Gauge Show
• Sat 12th July 2014
• Park Inn, Forgegate, Telford Centre, Telford, Shropshire TF3 4NA

OPENING TIMES: 10:30am – 4pm
ADMISSION: Adults £3.00
The 2014 Telford Narrow Gauge show will follow the well proven format of previous years, however it has moved to a SATURDAY. The date is now confirmed as SATURDAY 12th July 2014. All proceeds to the Fairbourne Railway. New flat rate admission price of £3 for 2014, accompanied childern U16 FREE. FREE on-site parking.

Now an established regular event in the narrow gauge exhibition calender this show provides a summer opportunity to get a narrow gauge fix with some excellent layouts on show and with a narrow gauge specific trade presence for all those items you cannot get elsewhere.

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• St Laurence PCC – St Laurence Model Railway Exhibition
• Sat 12th July 2014
• St Laurence Church, School Lane, Alvechurch, Worcestershire B48 7SB

OPENING TIMES: SAT 10.30am TILL 4.00pm
ADMISSION: Adults £2.00 Children £1.00
Layouts in N to 1 gauge. Traders in all common gauges, new and secondhand, two demonstrators. Also at least 6 other stalls of a more general nature, ie; tabletop sales. Proceeds to the St Laurence Church. Bacon butties, sandwiches, cakes, tea, coffee etc available, till supplies run out!! A new feature this year is 30ft plus fine scale 0 gauge layout with full sound called East Dean. Many thanks to Nigel Smith for bringing this to the show.


• St Johns N’thusiasts – St Johns Charity Exhibition
• Sat 26th July 2014 – Sun 27th July 2014
• St Johns School, Wheatly Avenue Trent Vale, Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire ST4 6SB

OPENING TIMES: SAT 10.30 -17.00. SUN 10.30 – 16.30
ADMISSION: Adults £4.00 Children £3.00 Family £10.00
Following the success of last year we have planned a further event with the proceeds being donated between McMillan Cancer Research and Midlands Air ambulance. ample free parking. Light refreshments. Disabled access.


Model Shows June 2014•

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Sat 14th June 2014
• Trent Valley North American Modellers – TVNAM 2014
• Armitage with Handsacre Village Hall, Shropshire Brook Road, Armitage, Staffordshire WS15 4UZ
OPENING TIMES: 10 am – 4pm
ADMISSION: Adults £5.00
Once again you are invited to attend the country’s premier North American model railroading exhibition. This year is the 5th aniversary of the show and we have an excellent selction of layouts (16) and traders (6). Refreshments will be available all day, parking is free.


• Sun 15th June 2014
• BP Fairs – Stafford Toy & Train Collectors Fair
• Stafford County Showground, Weston Road, Stafford, Staffordshire ST18 0BD
OPENING TIMES: 10.30am-3pm
ADMISSION: Adults £3.50 Concessions £3.00 Children £1.00
The Toy Collectors Fair at the Stafford County Showground is always a very enjoyable event. The fair takes place in two halls, the Prestwood Hall and now the adjoining Argyle Hall which has boosted the number of tables at the fair to well over 200. Regular dealers at Stafford include Peter Woods Antique Toys, Penketh Model Railway Centre, the Toy Emporium, DMB Models, Woodman Display Cabinets, Loughborough Model Centre and JG Collectables. Local dealers Staffordshire Jinny are at each fair

• Sun 22nd June 2014
• BP Fairs – Donington Park Toy Collectors Fair
• Donington Exhibition Centre, Donington Park, Castle Donington, Derbyshire DE74 2RP
OPENING TIMES: 10:30am-3pm
ADMISSION: Adults £5.00 Concessions £4.50 Children £2.00
A Massive Toy Collectors Fair in the Midlands Collectors can explore 500 stalls selling a huge range of collectable toys, trains and models, with many specialist model railway dealers in attendance.


Model Railway Exhibitions – May 2014

Model Railway Exhibitions
May 2014

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• G Scale Society West Midlands Area Group – Model Railway Exhibition
• St Mary’s Church Hall, Hobs Meadow, Solihull, West Midlands B92 8PN
OPENING TIMES: 10.30am – 4.30pm
ADMISSION: Adults £3.00 Concessions £2.00 Children £1.00
This is the 11th annual exhibition organised by the West Midlands Group of the G Scale Society. The theme is G Scale indoors for the day to show what can be achieved in the large scales. Plus there will be guest layouts in other scales. There is also large scale trade support, refreshments and free on site parking so come along and have a relaxing time

2012_07070044• Sat 10th May 2014 – Sun 11th May 2014
• Mickleover Model Railway Group – Derby Model Railway Exhibition
• Moorways Sports Centre, Moor Lane, Allenton, Derby, Derbyshire DE24 9HY
ADMISSION: Adults £6.00 Children £3.00 Family £15.00
Mickleover Model Railway Group will be holding its 34th annual Derby model railway exhibition on 10th and 11th May. Bringing together a wide selection of high quality layouts and exhibits from across the country, they will cover British, European and American outline in a variety of scales. In addition, a comprehensive range of trade stands, demonstration displays and specialist societies will be also attending the show making over 60 stands in total.

Mickleover Model Railway Group will be holding its 34th annual Derby model railway exhibition on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th May at Moorways Sports Centre, Derby. Bringing together a wide selection of high quality layouts and exhibits from across the country, they will cover British, European and American outline in a variety of scales. This year also sees the City of Derby celebrating the 175th anniversary of the railway first arriving. Since 1839 it has grown to become a world leading location, developing a uniquely skilled workforce with the technical and specialist expertise able to finance, build, maintain and renew complete railways, whether at home or abroad. A programme of events has been developed throughout 2014 that celebrates the railway anniversary and the Derby Model Railway Exhibition is pleased to be part of this.

2012_07070045• Sat 17th May 2014
• Bloxwich (ST Johns) Model Railway Club – Model Railway Exhibition
• St John’s Methodist Church, Victoria Avenue, Bloxwich, Walsall, West Midlands WS3 3HS
OPENING TIMES: 10.00am – 4.30pm
ADMISSION: Adults £4.00 Concessions £3.00 Children £1.50
Exhibition showcasing a variety of layouts by invited guests with demonstrations and trade support.

Our fifth annual model railway exhibition with most of the exhibits appearing at Bloxwich (St John’s) for the first time.

2012_07070062• Sun 25th May 2014 – Mon 26th May 2014
• Battlefield Line Railway – Vintage Toy Train Weekend
• Market Bosworth Station, Station Road, Market Bosworth, Leicestershire CV13 0PF
Over the Sunday and Monday of the May Bank Holiday Weekend the Battlefield Line presents a selection of vintage toy trains at Market Bosworth Station. from days gone by the Good Shed will be hosting a number of toy trains and sets from yesteryear. from Hornby to Tomy and tinplate to plastic. The trains cover a period that extends over the last 100 years and a variety of manufacturing materials and gauges.

Inside the Goods Shed will be displays which showcase a wide range of train and railway sets from the last century along with some selected exhibits of related interest. These are not necessarily scale models, but the trains children could rip out of Christmas wrapping paper and play with there and then.

We do hope you can join us at Market Bosworth for a train filled weekend, showing off engines and sets that used to delight the children of yesteryear, when many toys still had ‘Made in Great Britain’ stamped on them.

Next to the Goods Shed the trains of the Battlefield Line will be passing through Market Bosworth Station offering rides throughout the weekend, and both complimenting and dwarfing their smaller cousins inside the shed.

Food & Drink
Basic refreshments are available at Market Bosworth. Refreshments are also available at Shackerstone Stations Victorian Tea Rooms and the Shenton Station Cafe.

And Beyond the Railway.
And don’t forget there is Bosworth Battlefield at the end of the line to explore.
So why not come early and combine a train and medieval day out? More than just a train ride, a journey into history!

2012_07070066• Sat 31st May 2014 – Sun 1st June 2014
• Diesel & Electric Modellers United – DEMU Showcase 2014
• Burton Town Hall, King Edward Place, Burton Upon Trent, Staffordshire DE14 2EB
OPENING TIMES: SAT 10am-5pm, SUN 10am-4.00pm
DEMU Showcase is the premier UK exhibition dedicated to diesel and electric modelling.

Garden Rail – Miniature Railway Exhibition

Originally posted on ww2vintagepinupgirl:

This weekend (15th March 2014), we went to Warwickshire Exhibition Centre’s Garden Rail show! It was fantastic, with everything from 2 Gauge to T Gauge! As usual I was completely fascinated with all the little things and aging techniques. Some of the little people were completely hilarious and the hand built trains were so awe inspiring! Some of my favourites were the industrial set ups that reminded me of Tysley’s depot and a 1930’s tin railway with original and repro pieces (yes they actually make them just like the originals!).

Here are some photos I took on my way around…

30s tin train set

1930’s part repro, part original train set

american railway set

American train set with lovely landscaping

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More of the American train set, which featured a fantastic bridge and river!

camping railway figures

Happy little campers.

fishing train set figures

“…and it was THIS big!”

headless miniature railway figure

“Shoot…Dave? Dave, you alright mate?!”

kitten von mew garden rail

Mr and Mrs Mew!

little and large railway figurines

Little and Large

richard miniature railway billeting hut Mr Mew standing by…

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Model Railway Shows – April 2014

Model Railway Shows – April 2014


Stourbridge Railway Society Model Railway Exhibition

Date: 12/04/2014 to 13/04/2014
Times: Saturday :10.00am – 5.00pm, Sunday :10.00am – 4.30pm
Club Name: Stourbridge Railway Society
Venue: The Bonded Warehouse, Canal Street, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8 4LU, England
Prices: Adult £3.00, Child £2.00, Family £9.00(Entry for 2 + 2)
Contact: Christopher Dyche
Telephone: 01384 375582
Email Address:
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Lutterworth Railway Society – The History of Toton Marshalling Yards

Date: 17/04/2014 to 17/04/2014
Times: Thursday :19.30
Club Name: Lutterworth Railway Society
Venue: United Reformed Church, George Street, Lutterworth, LE17 4EF
Contact: Dave Hanger
Telephone: 01455 203307
Website: http://www.lutterworthrailwaysociety.webplus.net42

Sutton Coldfield Railway Society Model Railway Exhibition 2014

Date: 26/04/2014 to 27/04/2014
Times: Saturday :10.00am – 5.00pm, Sunday :10.00am – 4.00pm
Club Name: Sutton Coldfield Railway Society
Venue: Bishop Walsh School, Wylde Green Road, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B76 1QT, United Kingdom
Prices: Adult £5.00, OAP £4.00
Contact: Andy Smyth
Telephone: 0121 323 4744
Email Address:
Accompanied Children (under 16) Free44

Coventry & Warwickshire O Gauge Modellers Open Day

Date: 26/04/2014 to 26/04/2014
Times: Saturday :
Club Name: Coventry and Warwickshire Gauge O Modellers
Venue: Church of the Holy Cross, Wyken, Coventry, CV2 5EA, England
Contact: Peter Foyer
Telephone: 01926 63285243


Model Railway Shows

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• Sun 23rd March 2014

• G Scale Society – G Rail 2014

• Stafford Showground, Weston Road, Stafford, Staffordshire ST18 0BD


ADMISSION: Adults £6.00

This event is the G Scale Society’s annual show incorporating their annual general meeting. The layouts are mainly at G Scale but other scales are being exhibited. There will be representatives from other societies and preservation groups. We will have a shuttle bus service from Stafford railway station to the Showground, throughout the day as well as a smaller bus transporting visitors between the exhibition halls and the Stafford and District Model Engineering Society’s miniature railway.

CONTACT: 01902 752061

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• Sat 29th March 2014

• Belper Model Railway Group – Belper Model Railway Exhibition

• Strutt Centre, Derby Road, Belper, Derbyshire DE56 1UU

OPENING TIMES: SAT 10.00am – 5pm.

ADMISSION: Adults £2.50 Concessions £2.00 Children £1.50

Layouts from Z to 0 gauge. Strutt Centre is on the right hand side of the A6 when approaching from Derby opposite Babington Hospital and just after “The Tavern” Pub. from Center of Belper it is about 250 meters after the Morrison’s roundabout on the left hand side. The Trent Barton Sixes bus services stop outside the Center. Belper Railway Station (Matlock Branch Service) is about a 10 minute walk.

CONTACT: 01773 880586


Feb 2014 – Model Railways

Feb 2014  – Model Railways


• Sat 22nd February 2014

• Mickleover Model Railway Group – Derby (Trains Only) Swapmeet

• Mickleover Community Centre, Uttoxeter Road, Derby, Derbyshire DE3 0DA

OPENING TIMES: SAT 10.30am – 2.30pm

ADMISSION: Adults £1.00 Concessions £1.00 Children £1.00

Buy, sell or swap with fellow enthusiasts.

CONTACT: 01332 512580


• Sun 23rd February 2014

• Warley Model Railway Club – Warley Open Day

• Unit 1f, Pearsall Drive, Oldbury, West Midlands B69 2RA

OPENING TIMES: 11am – 4pm

See the Warley Model Railway Club at home. Free admission. Layouts, demonstrations and refreshments available. A fun day out for all the family and enthsiasts alike. Have a go controlling on Yardlea our 00 gauge club layout. Layouts on show in N gauge, 00 gauge, O gauge, 7mm finscale, EM gauge, Narrow gauge and G scale.DSCF8083


 • Thu 27th February 2014

• Mickleover Model Railway Group – Preserved Steam on Video

• Mickleover Royal British Legion, Poppyfields Drive, Mickleover, Derby, Derbyshire DE3 9GB


ADMISSION: Adults £3.00 Concessions £3.00

A film show special showing the best of Main Line Steam action from 2013. Run for enthusiasts by enthusiasts.

CONTACT: 01332 513378

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• Sat 1st March 2014

• West Bromwich Rail Model Club – 2014 Model Rail Exhibition

• Wednesbury Town Hall, Holyhead Road, Wednesbury, West Midlands WS10 7DF

OPENING TIMES: SAT 10am – 4.30pm

ADMISSION: Adults £3.50 Concessions £3.00 Children £1.50

Our 9th Model Rail Exhibition which provides a selection of layouts in various gauges from N to O set in an exceptional venue.

CONTACT: 07906 478460


Model Railway Exhibitions – Jan & Early Feb 2014

Model Railway Exhibitions – Jan & Early Feb 2014

 RHDRH&DR New Romney, Model Railway Exhibition

The Model Railway Exhibition at New Romney Station is found above the Heywood Buffet. The main exhibition is a fantastic OO/HO gauge layout featuring computer-controlled trains that depict expresses, freight-trains and branch operations from all over Europe and from different periods in time. Detailed stations, factories, sidings and landscapes complete the picture.

© Copyright Helmut Zozmann and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

• Wed 15th January 2014

• Malcolm Townsend – Burton Upon Trent Toy and Train Fair

• Town Hall, King Edward Place, Burton Upon Trent, Staffordshire DE14 2EB

OPENING TIMES: 6.30pm-8.30pm

ADMISSION: Adults £2.00

One of the longest established swapmeets, with a warm welcome and really friendly atmosphere. Excellent access, good major road links, super town centre venue with excellent public transport (Bus and rail).Free parking. Accomp.U/16’s free. Refreshments, (Incl, home made cake).Buying, selling or just having a nostalgic trip down “Memory Lane”. Plenty of bargains, always a good selection of rail, die-cast and themed, both new and used, from a wide range of regular, knowledgeable traders.

CONTACT: 07951072790

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• Sat 25th January 2014

• 7mm Narrow Gauge Association – Trent Valley Group Open Day

• Mickleover Community Centre, Uttoxeter Road, Mickleover, Derbyshire DE3 0DA

OPENING TIMES: 10am – 4pm

ADMISSION: Adults £3.00

This is the annual open day of the Trent Valley Group of the 7mm Narrow Gauge Association. Admission is by signing in and a donation to the costs. Its not an exhibition, its a come and have a go event. Come along for a chat, hopefully see the beginning of Henmore Dale Mk2. There will be demonstrations, chances to have a go and specialist sales. Better still bring something along to show us. Simple refreshments will be available.

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• Sat 1st February 2014 – Sun 2nd February 2014

• Stafford Railway Circle – Model Railway Exhibition Stafford

• Stafford County Showground, Weston Rod, Stafford, Staffordshire ST18 0BD

OPENING TIMES: SAT 10am-5pm, SUN 10am – 4.30pm

ADMISSION: Adults £9.00 Concessions £8.00 Children £1.00

2014 sees our biggest ever show. At this time we have 43 layouts booked to attend with 48 traders also scheduled to be with us although both these figures could change before the show. As in past years we will have a free bus service from the Railway Station to the venue and details can be found on our website where there are also photos of the attending layouts. Car parking is free at the venue.

If travelling by car use M6 junction 14 from North or South and follow signs for A518 / County Showground. from East use A518 from Uttoxeter. Note that car parking may be on both sides of the road at the Showground. If travelling by rail there will be a free bus service from Stafford Railway Station

CONTACT: 01785 211992

RothleyThe other railway at Rothley Station

Charnwood Forest Garden Railway layout.  © Copyright Alan Murray-Rust and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Model Railway – Go and see the biggest little European Railway in Canada

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Experience 4000 square feet of family fun with more than 1800 houses and over 16,000 hand painted little people. The Osoyoos Desert Model Railroad is Canada’s largest Marklin lay-out, with up to 40 computer controlled trains running through very detailed landscaping with European style towns and houses. Come step into a WORLD CLASS miniature fantasy world!

As something completely different we have a car system running on some roads and we are the only public display in North America with that feature. So come check it out – it is like magic!0700-2

If you would like a unique experience on your trip through Osoyoos, drop by the railroad display and have a look. Caution: Train Buffs have been known to become slightly mesmerized by the volume of exquisite detail available to be seen!


Osoyoos historically /ˈsuːjuːs/ SOO-ews) is a town in the southern part of the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia near the border with Washington state, between Penticton and Omak. The town is also adjacent to the Indian Reserve of the Osoyoos Indian Band. The origin of the name Osoyoos was the word suius meaning “narrowing of the waters” in the local Okanagan language (Syilx’tsn). The “O-” prefix is not indigenous in origin and was attached by settler-promoters wanting to harmonize the name with other O-names in the Okanagan Country (Oliver, Omak, Oroville, Okanogan). There is one local newspaper, the Osoyoos Times.dsc_0074

The town’s population of 4,845 swells in the summer months with visitors from elsewhere in British Columbia and neighboring Alberta, as well as elsewhere in Canada. There is also a newer contingent of international visitors, supported by the proximity to the Kelowna International Airport about 1.5 hours north of the town. There is also a rapidly growing year-round retiree population as is evident with the recent boom of condominium and suburban development (though somewhat thwarted by the 2008–09 economic downturn). There are another 1,892 people surrounding the town within the “Okanagan-Similkameen A” area.

Tourism in the Osoyoos area has become a large contributor to the local economy. This tourism is brought on by the many amenities in the Osoyoos area.odmr16

Osoyoos Lake is “the warmest freshwater lake in Canada” according to the town of Osoyoosand the BC Parks System, with reported average summer water temperatures of 24°C (75°F). The lake is surrounded by kilometres of beaches (public and private), parks and picnic grounds, such as Gyro Beach, Lions Centennial Park, Kinsmen Park, Legion Beach and Haynes Point Provincial Park. There are also major plans to revitalize the waterfront along the town core, spurred on by recent major developments such as the Watermark Beach Resort which include increased public space and an expanded marina.

Spotted Lake is a saline endorheic alkali lake located northwest of Osoyoos.

There are two centres dedicated to the dry landscape of the area. The Osoyoos Desert Centre is located 3 km north of Osoyoos off Highway 97, while the Nk’mip Desert Cultural Centre is located adjacent to the Nk’mip Winery on the Osoyoos Indian Reserve. The area is served by two golf courses: the Osoyoos Golf and Country Club and the Nk’Mip Canyon Desert Golf Course.Osoyoos TownThis picture of Osoyoos in BC, Canada, was taken from Highway 3, east of the town. Taken by Samuel Boisvert.

Date 8 July 2007 (original upload date)   Author – Original uploader was Samuel.jt.boisvert at en.wikipedia   Permission – Released into the public domain (by the author).