An ambitious new event entitled The Great British Model Railway Show is being planned to take place at the award-winning British Motor Museum at Gaydon, Warwickshire, over the weekend of November 9-10.
It will feature up to 30 layouts and 25 trade stands supported by up to a dozen modelling demonstrations in a ‘Skills Zone’, along with society and club stands.
The layouts will represent a wide range of gauges, from the excellent N-scale ‘Ludlow’ owned by Ian Coules from Liverpool, to John Wenlock’s 16mm narrow-gauge live steam ‘Pentre’ that will be travelling from Wrexham.
Other stand-out exhibits will include the Barrowmore MRC’s classic BR 1970s North Wales Coast ‘P4’ layout ‘Mostyn’ and the Shipley MRC’s GWR ‘EM’ layout ‘Hungerford’. One of the biggest will be Allen Law’s unusual Borth, Aberdovey and Ynys Miniature Railway, a 32mm 1/12th creation.
David and Chris Bower will be taking along their DCC-operated ‘West Hill Wagon Works’ which has lots of working features, and younger visitors will get the chance to operate Tony Clifton’s OO-scale ‘Wheeler’s Lane’.
Tom Brogden will make the journey from Morecambe with his 4mm layout ‘The Museum’, which features moving boats and trams as well as railways in a variety of gauges around the museum precincts.
Show sponsors Hornby Hobbies will head an impressive list of specialist traders including Cheltenham Model Centre, Lord & Butler, Kytes Lights, Green Scenes, Grimy Times, Sankey Scenics, Eileen’s Emporium and P&D Marsh.
Visitors to the show will also be able to enjoy the extensive displays of the British Motor Museum, and those without transport of their own will be able to use the free shuttle bus operating from Leamington Spa station on the Saturday.
Amendment – In the June edition of The Railway Magazine Guide to Modelling, this story includes the date September 9-10. This is wrong, and we have corrected the date accordingly above.