THE Christmas show - Manchester 2 & 3 December 2017!

Discussion in 'Exhibitions' started by allegheny1600, 9 July 2017.

  1. allegheny1600

    allegheny1600 Western Thunderer

    Christmas is coming!

    For many railway modellers Christmas means a trip to
    Manchester. With just 150 days until THE Christmas Model
    Railway Show opens, the Manchester Model Railway Society is
    proud to reveal today the line up of layouts and other
    attractions for this popular exhibition. The exhibition will again
    be held in the comfortable and well appointed surroundings of
    the Barnes Wallis building on the University of Manchester’s
    northern campus, a mere 250m from Piccadilly Station. It
    remains the ONLY model rail exhibition to be held in the centre
    of a major UK city.


    The exhibition caters for the whole family. As well as an impressive selection
    of high quality layouts, most of which have featured in the specialist modelling
    press, there will be a number of activities for children, a wide and varied range
    of traders, demonstrations of modelling techniques and other, less common,
    attractions.
    Exhibition coordinator, Philip Sweet said:
    We try to be innovative. Last year we hosted a film première, this
    year we have an art exhibition. We are showcasing the work of
    talented local transport artist Roger Markland, whose paintings of
    railway scenes are highly regarded. There will also be a small display
    of material linked to Sir William Stanier, Chief Mechanical Engineer of
    the LMS who was our Honorary President for 27 years.
    Our unique city centre location makes it easy for visitors to reach us
    from all over the country. We have one of the most comfortable
    venues on the exhibition circuit, and we are flattered that over 6% of
    last year’s visitors travelled in excess of 100 miles to attend. We are
    also proud that 75% of our visitors used public transport to attend
    the exhibition – including 53% by train!
    It’s not just the visitors who travel a long way, this year there are
    layouts from as far afield as Cornwall, Surrey, Somerset, and
    Cambridgeshire, so there is a rich variety of layouts which are rarely
    seen in the north of England.


    The Society website contains details and pictures of all the layouts, and much
    more information about the exhibition. www.mmrs.co.uk/exhibition
    To be kept informed of developments as the Exhibition takes shape, join
    our mailing list by emailing: exhibition@mmrs.co.uk
     
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  2. allegheny1600

    allegheny1600 Western Thunderer

    Full Steam Ahead!

    Preparations for THE Christmas Model Railway Show are
    running smoothly as the Manchester Model Railway Society
    prepares for the 82nd public exhibition in its 92 year history.
    The exhibition will again be held in the comfortable and well
    appointed surroundings of the Barnes Wallis building, less than
    3 minutes walk from Piccadilly Station.

    The exhibition will feature some of the best finescale layouts in the country,
    most of which have appeared in the pages of the various specialist modelling
    magazines in the last two years. The layouts represent railways in Denmark,
    France, Ireland and the USA as well as the UK, and vary in size from 1/148
    scale to 1/36 scale. There will also be some static exhibits in the larger 1/16
    scale.
    As well as the layouts, there will be hands-on activities for both children and
    adults and a wide range of traders eager to sell both specialist modelling
    supplies and presents for Christmas.
    The comfortable venue, with its easy access by public transport and close
    proximity to the celebrated Manchester Christmas Street Markets, make it
    an ideal pre-Christmas trip for all the family – especially as children are
    admitted free.

    The exhibition is open on Saturday 2nd (10:00-17:30) and Sunday 3rd
    December (10:00-16:30).
    Admission is £9 on the door, but reduced price
    advanced tickets will be available on-line from 1st September.

    The Society website contains details and pictures of all the layouts, and much
    more information about the many other attractions at the exhibition.
    www.mmrs.co.uk/exhibition

    To be kept informed of developments as the Exhibition takes shape, join
    our mailing list by emailing: exhibition@mmrs.co.uk
     
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  3. Looks a really tempting line-up this year. I might try Sunday to avoid the Saturday morning rugby scrum.
     
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  4. allegheny1600

    allegheny1600 Western Thunderer

  5. allegheny1600

    allegheny1600 Western Thunderer

    Annascaul (OOn3, 4mm=1ft, 12mm gauge)


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    Photo (c) Paul Titmuss

    Annascaul (Abhainn an Scail) is a station on the 3ft gauge Tralee & Dingle Light Railway, County Kerry, which opened in 1891 to passengers and goods traffic. Spring 1939 saw the end of passenger trains and the daily goods was discontinued in 1946. This left the once monthly cattle trains as the only source of revenue and these services came to an end in June 1953.

    The station was one of two intermediate passing places on the railway. Collecting information for the model has not proved to be as easy as first anticipated and new facts are still coming to light. Lots of photos were taken here by railfans but buildings were obscured by stock and steam and the infrastructure was definitely not of prime concern.

    Four trains run representing the T & D. Watch out for others though from Irish lines, the Isle of Man and even French metre gauge.
     
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  6. oldravendale

    oldravendale Western Thunderer

    Wow! Up until about ten years ago - maybe a bit more - we used to go to the South West of Ireland quite often and there are plenty of traces of the T & D to be seen, together with some infrastructure. That model really appears to capture the character. In fact I seem to remember that, at Annascaul there remained a level crossing gate and bridge abutments over a small river, but in the absence of my photos taken at the time (I wonder where they are?) I can't confirm. There was also a pub, I think at Castlegregory, which had a collection of interesting photos of the railway on the walls, which I religiously copied. But I've lost those too! Such a shame that the railway didn't survive for another 15 or 20 years as it would have been a great tourist railway in glorious scenery. Sadly the short bit that has been resurrected near Tralee (although now I seem to remember subsequently closed again) was not in the most wonderful situation.

    Steph may remember that we also found more than traces of the Great Southern and Western on the road to Valentia in the form of a pretty well uninterrupted track bed, signal boxes and signals. I wonder if they are still there?

    Holidays there sadly ceased after a year when we had three weeks of almost solid rain. Maybe it's time to go back.

    Brian
     
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  7. allegheny1600

    allegheny1600 Western Thunderer

    Thanks, Brian!
    I'm glad you like it, it sounds very much like it is time to give the Emerald Isle another go! It's certainly somewhere I'd love to visit, don't know why I never have.
    Cheers,
    John.
     
  8. allegheny1600

    allegheny1600 Western Thunderer

    Banbury (N scale, 2mm=1ft, 9mm gauge)

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    CC Ian Lampkin

    Banbury station lies on a busy cross-country route between Birmingham and Didcot, where it joins the Great Western Mainline. The Chiltern Railways mainline towards London Marylebone diverges a few miles South at Aynho Junction. There is a lot of freight traffic, mainly container s to and from Southampton. Chiltern Trains operate the majority of passenger services but Cross Country trains have two an hour each way and First Great Western have a local service that terminates at Banbury. Until January 2011 there were Wrexham and Shropshire loco hauled passenger trains. Chiltern Trains have now introduced loco hauled trains on weekdays between London and Birmingham.

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    CC Ian Lampkin

    Peco fine-scale code 55 track has been used with SEEP solenoids to operate the turnouts. All buildings have been scratch built from plastic sheet and are as close to scale as can be from scaling from photographs. Great use of Google maps and Google Streets has been made to check proportions and locations of buildings relative to each other. Rolling stock and locomotives have been detailed and are from manufacturers such as Graham Farish and Dapol.

    Control is via Digitrax Digital Command Control. Turnouts are also controlled via stationary decoders. To control both the trains and turnouts, we use iPods and iPhones running an app called Wi Throttle. This then communicates with the DCC system via a wireless router connected to a laptop that runs the free software JMRI. The laptop is connected to the DCC command station using an interface called Loco Buffer. Touchscreen PC’s are used for the track plan and turnout control and showing their status.
     
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  9. Steph Dale

    Steph Dale Western Thunderer

    You say that, but the Waterford-Wexford line has been closed for over a year now. It's beautiful (I was over there last summer) and would make a lovely ride as well as prime means of transport, especially if it ran through from Rosslare, but it appears no-one has considered it's use as a tourist railway. Just a lack of vision I guess.

    I remember all the other stuff too, especially the pub at Castlegregory. Deffo time to go back.

    Sorry for the ongoing diversion. Taxi! Airport, please...:D

    Steph
     
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  10. allegheny1600

    allegheny1600 Western Thunderer

    International Rail in Manchester!

    With just 8 weeks until THE Christmas Model Railway Show
    opens, the Manchester Model Railway Society is delighted to
    announce that it has been chosen by the Italian company
    JellyModels for the launch of its product range in the UK.
    Despite its name, the company is a manufacturer of very rigid
    high precision specialist models!


    JellyModels is just one of over twenty specialist traders who will be attending
    the event but the stars of the show, as always, will be the visiting model railway
    layouts. Most of the layouts have appeared in the national modelling press
    recently, so the exhibition offers a great chance to see some of the best model
    railways in the country at a comfortable and convenient venue.

    The exhibition caters for the whole family. As well as an impressive selection
    of high quality layouts, there will be a number of activities for children, a wide
    and varied range of traders, demonstrations of modelling techniques and
    other, less common, attractions.

    Exhibition coordinator, Philip Sweet said:
    “The choice of THE Christmas Model Railway Show for this product launch
    reflects the reputation for innovation, and the continuing high regard with
    which the Manchester Model Railway Society is held. I think we were also
    chosen because our exhibition is a very friendly, family show in
    comfortable surroundings which is very easy to get to. Our excellent
    transport links – we’re about 250m from Piccadilly station meant that 6%
    of our visitors last year travelled over 100 miles to see us and 75% of our
    visitors used public transport.”


    In addition to the models and traders, this year’s exhibition will feature
    the work of talented local transport artist Roger Markland, whose
    paintings of railway scenes are highly regarded, and a small display of
    material linked to Sir William Stanier, Chief Mechanical Engineer of the
    LMS who was the Society’s Honorary President for 27 years.

    Children are admitted free and advance tickets are now on sale from the
    Society’s website. As last year, there are activities for children, including the
    chance to win a complete model railway set!

    The exhibition opens on Saturday 2nd December at 10am (though advance
    ticket holders will be admitted earlier) and continues on Sunday 3rd, at the
    comfortable and well-appointed surroundings of the Barnes Wallis building on
    the University of Manchester’s northern campus on Sackville Street. It remains
    the ONLY model rail exhibition to be held in the centre of a major UK city.

    The Society website contains details and pictures of all the layouts and much
    more information about the exhibition. www.mmrs.co.uk/exhibition

    To be kept informed of developments as the Exhibition takes shape, join
    our mailing list by emailing: exhibition@mmrs.co.uk
     
  11. allegheny1600

    allegheny1600 Western Thunderer

    Bridgwater S&DJR (O gauge, 7mm=1ft)

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    CC Tony Wright

    The line from Bridgwater to Edington was opened on 21 July 1890, being built by an independent company, the Bridgwater Railway Co. It had been ‘independent’ in name only having been promoted and operated as an extension to the S&DJR system. The station building was built of local brick and had the appearance of an LSWR design. It stood at right angles to the two-bay island platform, upon which a canopy was built covering over half its length. The goods yard, complete with shed, had ample facilities to handle many commodities including coal, bricks, tiles and livestock. A single road engine shed of brick construction was also built, together with a 50ft turntable in front of its entrance. The shed, although extended in 1898 to accommodate two locomotives, was not used to stable locomotives overnight and was subsequently leased to the Co-op in 1928 for use as a store.

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    CC Tony Wright

    Until 1942 there was a 48 chain (1056 yd) extension from the cattle dock that swung through 180o to provide access to the brickworks and wharf facilities and the east bank of the river Parrett. The station was renamed Bridgwater North in 1949 when it came under British Railways ownership, to avoid confusion with the larger Great Western Railway (GWR) station in the town. When the line to Edington was finally closed in 1954 a new spur was laid from the S&D yard to connect it to the GWR docks branch. The goods yard remained in use until 7 July 1962 and the docks branch finally closed on 2 January 1967.

    The station is modelled in the summer of 1904. Further information about Bridgwater can be found at

    Bridgwater (S&DJR)
     
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  12. allegheny1600

    allegheny1600 Western Thunderer

    Also, this same weekend and worth a look;
    What's On - Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester
    “The Christmas Cracker” a good looking swapmeet at the Museum of Transport, with free heritage bus from Manchester Victoria railway station.

    Camden Shed 1B (O gauge, 7mm=1ft)

    Camden MPD! For railway enthusiasts, the very name invokes nostalgic memories of this fascinating place. What boy (or even father) could resist peering out of the window of a passing train to see what was ‘on shed’ that day. Although not particularly large, being the dedicated Motive Power Depot for London’s Euston station, it was one of the few places that top link express locomotives of the LNWR, the LMS or even the early British Railways, could be seen in abundance and in close proximity to one another. Often a smokey place, it was nevertheless a thrill for locospotters to watch the non-stop action from the nearby bridge or if one was so lucky, enjoy a visit to this hall of giants.
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    The model shown represents the northwest end of the MPD where most of the action could be witnessed. Locomotives still facing south, enter the depot from the engine line at the left-hand side and proceed tender first, to the turntable. After turning, which takes 11/2 minutes, engines reverse back past the water tank to the coaling plant. After coaling, engines pass behind the shed and workshop to the ash plant where the fire would be cleaned and waste ash discarded into skips for loading into wagons for disposal. Beyond the ashplant, locomotives proceed to the headshunt and approach the rear of the depot, chimney-first and now facing northwards, ready for cleaning and minor servicing work before preparation for their next duty. Engines requiring more serious attention are directed into the workshop behind the shed.

    All engines worked to ‘diagrams’ which determined their duty usage from day to day between servicing and so it is on the model. The clock shows the time of day and the relevant portion of the Depot Schedule based upon the actual requirements of the LMS Autumn 1947 timetable is displayed alongside the shed so that the onlooker may follow events. Depending upon circumstances, the clock may be stopped or speeded up. As in real life, ‘spotters’ must wait to see which locomotive is allotted to each service.

    The period represented is loosely from 1935 to 1947 in order to display the several liveries which LMS locomotives carried before Nationalisation. In real life, few streamliners retained their colourful livery to be seen alongside locomotives of the same class in the 1946 lined black livery.
     
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  13. oldravendale

    oldravendale Western Thunderer

    That's a layout I'd like to see. I visited Camden shed twice, but took no photos - it was so crowded that getting a decent angle was difficult, and after all, there were so many sheds around London at the time why potentially waste film when easier options were available elsewhere?:'(

    Brian
     
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  14. allegheny1600

    allegheny1600 Western Thunderer

    Thanks, Brian!
    I hope it's not too crowded for you but I suspect it could be quite busy around this one! Evoking the memories for many people, perhaps?
    Cheers,
    John.
     
  15. allegheny1600

    allegheny1600 Western Thunderer

    Camel Quay (OO, 4mm=1ft, 16.5mm gauge)

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    cc Ray Wilton

    Camel Quay is a typical North Cornwall ex-LSWR station on the River Camel that could have been on the Rock-Delabole Railway had it been built. The station, with its station building, goods shed, and signal box, bears a resemblance to Padstow on the opposite side of the river. There are local pull-push passenger services and trains from Exeter and Waterloo including a portion of the ‘Atlantic Coast Express’. The quay, with its sidings, sustains a small coaster carrying china clay brought down from the local quarry in wagons and a small local fishing fleet. The High Street has a traditional public house, railway hotel and a few shops served by the local Bedford OB bus service to surrounding towns and villages. The era depicted is of the early/late BR period with typical examples of the BWT, O2, M7, T9, ‘N’ and Class 22 locos with ‘Carmine & Cream’ and BR(S) Green/Crimson coaching stock.
    The layout is DCC controlled and all Locos are sound fitted

    Cirencester (M&SWJR) (P4, 4mm=1ft, 18.83mm gauge)

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    (c) Dave Barrett

    This station in Cirencester should not be confused with the GWR terminus on the other side of town. It lay on the Midland and South Western Junction Railway running between Andover and Andoversford and linked the north and Midlands to the south coast, in particular, the docks at Southampton.
    Running through a mainly rural area, local traffic did not become significant, but as a through line it developed an important use during wartime and for military manoeuvres on Salisbury Plain, providing a vital link for the movement of supplies and men. During peacetime, the link to the docks provided income from seasonal fruit and vegetable traffic and to service the port and ships.
    The lack of income meant the company was unable to afford sufficient stock to maintain the service during peacetime let alone during wartime and they were frequently forced to borrow from other companies. They were loaned locomotives and coaches by the GWR, MR and the LSWR. During military activity, a great variety of stock could appear providing me with a great excuse for modelling almost anything I fancy.

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    (c) Dave Barrett

    Cirencester was the workshop location for building and maintaining the company’s stock. These are under construction and they will sit behind the main station buildings. To the north, towards Cheltenham, the line is double tracked but to the south, only a single line existed. There seem to have been many changes to the track layout, with most plans that I have seen having the access to the siding behind the signal box and the works and goods shed combined, however, there is evidence that at one time there were two separate links and this is the configuration I have modelled.
    I have tried to date the line at around 1919 which justifies a variety of stock from other companies as well as the MSWJR itself and include some extra unusual movements.