November is the month for Warley show, this year marking 25 years at the NEC and the organiser, Warley Model Railway Club, celebrating its 50th show.
There will be more than 90 model railway layouts as well as trade stands and demonstrations of techniques used in the hobby by experts in their field.
Other things to look forward to include a representation of all the popular scale and gauge combinations, as well as 18 layouts of overseas prototypes including eight layouts from Europe.
For those modellers short on space a number of layouts will be grouped to form a micro-layout display of inspirational layouts in small spaces.
Prototype inspiration this year celebrates 50 years of Warley shows with GWR No. 1450 visiting from the Severn Valley Railway. Narrow gauge will be represented by John Sutton’s new-build Decauville locomotive. Statfold Engineering Limited is exhibiting this year and will be showing its 2ft gauge colonial sugar plantation loco Fiji.
For younger enthusiasts, Junior Modellers’ corner will include a number of layouts built with younger modellers in mind, including the Warley MRC ‘Awdry St Nicolas’ children’s layout, ‘Watney and Worsted’, the Warley MRC juniors’ layout, together with ‘Bill and Ben’ from Rodney Hodge.
In terms of trade, Warley is the largest model railway trade gathering in the UK.
A ‘1967’ shop complete with examples of model railway items on sale in that era will be complemented by wide-ranging demonstrations of skills and techniques available to the railway modeller today. As well as ‘shows you how’ there are also ‘hands-on’ modelling demonstrations and an opportunity to explore new techniques and processes.
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