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As I mentioned in my post earlier this week, I shall be assisting Hornby Magazine editor Mike Wild operate his Berrybridge layout at the Stafford Railway Circle exhibition this weekend (4th/5th February).  The Stafford exhibition, held at the Stafford County Showground (with ample free parking),  is always worth a visit with over 30 layouts and 40 traders in attendance there is bound to be something for everyone.

A ex Midland 2F from '00' Works passes the good shed on Berrybridge. Photo copyright and courtesy of Mike Wild / Hornby Magazine

Berrybridge was originally built for an article in the magazine to prove that layouts do not always need to take years to complete and indeed could be built within 100 hours but in fact it only took 75!
It is based on a small freelance ex Midland station on a cross country route with a typical passenger and freight service serving the station and a small good yard. A small loco servicing facility is also included for good measure. The end to end format with turntable sector plates at each end allows for simple operation of quite an intense service. This ensures that viewers have something to see moving most of the time, which is something of a philosophy with the Hornby Magazine layouts.
One of the operational interests of the track plan is that generally trains are not able to pass in the short station loop necessitating freight to make use of the lie-by siding to allow other trains to pass.

As is usual I am sure I will answering many questions and politely advising some visitors that firstly,  Mike Wild is in fact old enough to be a magazine editor and that I am not he; and also that the magazine is published by Ian Allan not Hornby Hobbies, having no connection to them other then the use of the name!

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A busy few weeks ahead beckons on the exhibition front, with the main highlight for me being the appearance of Fisherton Sarum at the BRM  Festival of British Railway Modelling at Doncaster Racecourse, in 12 days time (11/12th February).  If that event wasn’t enough I shall be operating three other layouts at three other shows between now and the first weekend in March!

Berrybridge will be at the Stafford Railway Circle Exhibition on 3rd/4th February. Picture copyright Mike Wild

This coming weekend (4th/5th February) sees the Hornby Magazine layout Berrybridge making an appearance at the Stafford Railway Circle show, and I shall be assisting Editor Mike Wild for the weekend.
Hornby Magazine are also the sponsors of Model Rail Scotland at the Glasgow SECC, and their layout St. Stephen’s Road  is being exhibited for the three days of the show between Friday 24th and Sunday 26th February. This will be my first time operating St. Stephen’s Road, based somewhere in the South West,  and I am negotiating operating the Southern Region branch line end of the layout rather than that of the other region!  Model Rail Scotland is organised by the Association of Model Railway Societies in Scotland and this year will twice the size of previous years taking in two halls.

Hinton Parva where a Midland / Eastern Main line meets a Southen / Western Secondary line.

And finally…, for the time being, the High Wycombe and District MRS are exhibiting two of the Societies layouts; Hinton Parva (00 gauge) and Blandford St Mary (0 gauge); at the Abingdon Model Railway Club’s AbRail Exhibition on Saturday 3rd March and I shall be behind the controls of Hinton Parva for most of the day.

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As regular readers of my blog will know, I can often be found assisting Mike Wild, editor of Hornby Magazine operate his many layouts at various shows they attend to promote the magazine.

This weekend it is the turn of his British Railways Midland Region layout Berrybridge  to make a appearance at the Warrington Show. Once again I will be spending the weekend playing trains (unfortunately there will not be a Southern engine in sight, but I am sure I will cope) and generally trying the convince members of the public that Mike is in fact Mike and not me!

A ex Midland 2F from '00' Works passes the good shed on Berrybridge. Photo copyright and courtesy of Mike Wild / Hornby Magazine

Berrybridge was originally built within 75 hours for an article in the magazine to prove that layouts do not always need to take years to complete. It comprises of a small ex Midland station on a cross country route with a typical passenger and freight service serving the station and a small good yard. A small loco servicing facility is also included for good measure.
One of the operational interests of the track plan is that generally trains are not able to pass in the short station loop necessitating freight to make use of the lie-by siding to allow other trains to pass.

This weekend will see some new rolling stock on the layout including an ‘2F from ‘00’ works,  a 4F, a Ivatt 2MT  and also, the brand new yet to reach the shops, Bachmann 3F 0-6-0 tender locomotive.

Further information about the preparation of Berrybridge for the Warrington show, along with more pictures, can be found on the Hornby Magazine site here. 

If you are able to attend then make sure you come by the layout and say hello.

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