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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.


Canal News – Etruria Canals Festival at Trent & Mersey and Caldon Canals

Canal News

Etruria Canals Festival at Trent & Mersey and Caldon Canals

MarinaFestival Park Marina Etruria
Festival Park Marina on the Trent & Mersey canal at Etruria Stoke-on-Trent. The China Garden is a popular Toby Inn with outside seating on the marina’s edge.

Just after the marina the Caldon Canal branches off down the Churnet Valley for Froghall.
© Copyright Dennis Thorley and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Trent and Mersey Canals, Etruria

31 May – 01 Jun 2014
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
The countdown is on for the 21st Etruria Canals Festival on Trent and Mersey Canals
This year’s festival will continue the traditions of the annual community event which is one of the largest free events in Stoke-on-Trent, regularly attracting thousands of visitors to the junction of the Trent and Mersey and Caldon canals in the middle of Etruria.
Music and dance will complement colourful historic canal boats moored along the towpaths of Etruria. Lots of activities for children and adults will be on site and a good time is guaranteed for all.
For more information call Andrew Watts on 07886578902 or email event@etruriacanalsfestival.org.uk.


Canal News – Etruria Canals Festival – June 1st & 2nd

Canal News

Etruria Canals Festival

T & M EtruriaBend in The Trent & Mersey Canal

The Trent & Mersey Canal in Etruria Stoke on Trent  © Copyright Glyn Baker and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Etruria Junction  off Etruria Vale Road  Stoke on Trent Staffs.  ST1 7RB

 01 – 02 Jun 2013

Join the celebrations at the Etruria Canals Festival in the heart of the Potteries.

The Trent & Mersey and Caldon Canals will be alight with entertainment at the beginning of June with the annual Etruria Canals Festival.

This year sees Stoke on Trent’s canals overflowing with historic boats, crafts, demonstrations and family fun. For many the highlight of the festival will be the boat parade along the Trent & Mersey Canal.



The Trent & Mersey Canal and the Caldon Canal run through Stoke-on-Trent. The canals were a key part of the town’s industrial heritage, and they are still at the heart of the community today.

The canal towpaths are popular walking and cycling routes, linking several of the town’s green spaces, including Hanley Park, Forest Park, Festival Park and Westport Lake. Hanley Park is an elegant Victorian Park with a lake, fountains and sports facilities. Westport Lake is a nature reserve, and a great place to spot all kinds of water birds.

Stoke-on-Trent was once the centre of the potteries industry, with manufacturers including the famous Josiah Wedgwood producing delicate and beautiful ceramics. The canals were built to serve the potteries, and there is still plenty of evidence of this history in the Etruria district. The Etruria Industrial Museum is a steam-powered Etruscan bone and flint mill, built in 1857 to grind materials for the agricultural and pottery industries. The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery explores the history of this fascinating industry.

Stoke East CaldonCaldon Canal, Northwood

 Here, approaching bridge 14, the narrow and winding Caldon Canal heads out through Stoke’s eastern suburbs.   Creative Commons Licence [Some Rights Reserved] © Copyright Stephen McKay and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Some of the Latest Museum Items

Although I can’t imagine the first items shown will ever be seen in the museum, they do show something of the variation in size between items offered.This photo shows two of four signal posts which have been at Chasewater for many years and have recently been removed from the undergrowth by the overflow car park.One of them is clearly stamped with what is presumably the date, 1915.

They came from the Pinnox Junction area of Stoke-on Trent.North Stafford Railway locomotive about to leave Pinnox Junction with coal from Whitfield Colliery around the turn of the 20th century. To the right, the Tunstall Lower Branch railway from Longport to Tunstall Junction on the Loop Line and bridge carrying the Whitfield line from Pinnox to Greenhead Wharf. Staffs pasttrack

The next item is a ‘Trains Cross Here’ sign.This was found in the mid 1960s in the Wyrley Branch of the Wyrley & Essington Canal which is now under Vernon Way, in the New Invention, Essington area.  The railway crossing of the A4124 Lichfield Road from Holly Bank Colliery to the canal basin at Short heath was about 150 yards away on the other side of the M6.  It seems logical to assume that this was where the sign was originally placed.This is how the sign would have looked when in position.  Although this photo was taken on the same line, it is probably not the same  sign, being a bit too far away.  The sign was donated to the museum by Mr. D.Townsend.

The third item is the smallest.This is a badge of the Walsall Locomotive Society donated by the museum’s Chairman, David Bathurst.

We have also had a number of items loaned to us, including the nameplate ‘Beatty’ and number plate ‘139’ from an ex Dorman Long Hawthorn Leslie 12″ x 20″ 0-4-0ST preserved at Telford Steam Railway.