Vandalised model railway to go on show for first time since attack

A scene of devastation: The P & D Marsh Models stand after the attack. P & D MARSH
A scene of devastation: The P & D Marsh Models stand after the attack. P & D MARSH
Photo: P & D MARSH

The Market Deeping Model Railway Club, which was brutally destroyed by youth vandals in May, is to go on show for the first time at Warley.

The Market Deeping Model Railway Club display was damaged at Welland Academy in Stamford, Lincolnshire, in May. More than £107,000, including a £10,000 donation from model rail enthusiast Sir Rod Stewart, was raised through a crowdfunding appeal to repair the exhibitions.

The display is now due to go on show at the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham later this week.

“Pre-exam rampage”

Earlier this year four 16-year-old boys admitted damaging the display after drinking a bottle of vodka on a “pre-exam night rampage”.

The males were charged following the incident at Stamford Welland Academy on Saturday, May 18.

Police had been called at 3.50am after being alerted by a local resident. A significant amount of damage was caused to model railway exhibits, as a show was due to be held at the school later that day.

What to expect at Warley…

Featuring more than 90 inspirational model railway layouts – including the winning creation from the second series of Channel 5 TV’s Great Model Railway Challenge – the 2019 Warley National Model Railway Exhibition will take place over the weekend of November 23-24 in Hall 5 of Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre.

Opening hours will be 9.45am until 6pm on the Saturday and 9.45am until 5pm on the Sunday, although, as in recent years, advance ticket holders will be allowed into the hall from 9.15am on both days.

Layouts will feature all the popular scale and gauge combinations representing the entire history of British railways, and there will also be 15 layouts of overseas prototypes, including five outstanding ones from mainland European exhibitors.

The unique award-winning North Eastern Railway railcar will be exhibited by courtesy of the NER 1903 Electric Autocar Trust, and the Vintage Trains Society is also promising a special surprise on its stand. For freight enthusiasts, the National Wagon Preservation Group will be bringing an HAA wagon, and sponsor Peco will be showing a locomotive and coach from the Beer Heights Light Railway.

One of the Warley Model Railway Club’s own 11 layouts on show will be making its exhibition debut, having been an entry in a recent DECC Concepts competition, and the Warley MRC stand will have a display of locomotives and stock built by its members.

Visitors will be able to experience ‘Building Leamington Spa’ in the DVD Cinema, presented by Pete Waterman himself, including a display of some of the models that feature on the superb O-gauge line owned by the Waterman Railways Heritage Trust.

More than 130 trade stands will represent the largest model railway trade gathering in the UK. In addition to sponsors Bachmann Europe, Peco, Graham Farish, Crecy Publishing, Hornby and Squires, other notable trade stands will be from Dapol, Heljan, Accurascale and Oxford Diecast, and joining the show for the first time will be Kato and Cavalex Models. 

As usual, the multi-gauge test track will be available for visitors to try out their new acquisitions on, and the Kinver & District Society of Model Engineers will have a display of their wonderful creations in various scales and gauges.

There’s a lot to take in, so don’t miss out!

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