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Regular readers will by now know that I can often be found behind one of the many layouts built and exhibited by Mike Wild, Editor of Hornby Magazine as part of their stand at shows.

This weekend sees Bolsover and Seven Pit lane making an appearance, along with 22 other layouts, at the Leamington and Warwick Model Railway Society’s 37th annual exhibition, being held at the Stoneleigh Park Exhibition Centre nr. Warwick. I will therefore be playing with mainly Eastern Region stock rather than my usual Southern bias (not to mention the black art that is DCC!) but I am sure I will cope.

Myself at the Railmaster controls of Bolsover and Seven Pit Lane, whilst set up at Hornby Mag HQ, with the new fiddle yard clearly shown. (Image copyright and courtesy of Mike Wild.)

Mike has been very busy working on Bolsover since its last outing at the Spalding show last November as the traverser has been been totally replaced with a more traditional fiddle yard. This along with a few adjustments made to enable the goods yard to be fully operational will enable a more varied scope sequence of operation to be achieve.

One of the intersting aspects of operating this layout is that it is one of the very few,  to date, on the exhibition circuit operated by Hornby’s Railmaster system and the only one utilising the beta version of Railmaster on  hand held Palm devices.  Also much of Mike’s fleet of Eastern Region stock being used is now sound fitted giving an additional dimension.

If you are planning on attending this exhibition please come and say hello.

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I am now two thirds of the way through my three exhibitions in three, back to back, weekends marathon. The second of the three shows last weekend was the Spalding show assisting Mike Wild and the Hornby Magazine team operate his layout Bolsover and Seven Pit Lane.

Bolsover and Seven Pit Lane on the right at the head of the Hornby Magazine showcase aisle.

The Spalding show is a large provincial show and is certainly one of the best in the East of England. This year in particular saw an extremely high standard of layouts on show including the likes of Stoke Summit, Hassell Harbour Bridge, Penhallick  and the extremely impressive Gresley Beat. This line up is good on its own before you add the entire Aisle of layouts that formed the Hornby Magazine showcase of layouts that have featured in the magazine including Treneglos, Romley Midland and New Haden Colliery. With another of Mike’s layouts Hettle having to be a last minute stand in it meant out team of operators were a little stretched. Bolsover and Seven Pit Lane is DCC controlled using the Hornby Railmaster system which I believe is a first for an exhibition layout, and included the beta testing of a hand held device version of the software.

A closer view of Bolsover and Seven Pit Lane

Mike has also amassed an impressive line of sound fitted locomotives that proved very popular with the visitors.  The technology, and to a certainly extent physical parts of the layout too, seemed to work against us a little on the Saturday (the expression a bag of bolts springs to mind) although frustrating for us as operators we kept an intensive service of trains running and the viewing public would have been none the wiser. Things certainly settled down on the Sunday and therefore was a much more rewarding day all round.

Ashland Station somewhere on the North Cornwall Railway

This coming weekend of course sees the final part of the trilogy; operating at the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition,  Ashland. This is  a layout built by in a weekend at the Hornby Magazine Live Hartlepool show last July by Mike Wild, Richard Proudman and myself. This will be forming part of the largest Hornby Magazine stand to date at the show. I am certainly looking forward to running my own Southern 1946 to1949 era stock on the layout on the Saturday whilst tome will move to the mid to late 1950’s on the Sunday with Mike’s own Southern Region stock. With over 16,000sq feet of space, 75 layouts and a zillion traders the Warley show can be quite an experience; this being the third year in a row that I have exhibited at the show, I was there two years ago with my own Fisherton Sarum layout, and last year with Hinton Parva from the High Wycombe and District MRS. I personally  feel that it can be more fun to exhibit than to attend as a visitor and is seen as a ‘Marmite’ love or hate show by many. If you are thinking of coming alone and want to avoid the usual scrum area around some of the traders by all means come and say hello to us on Ashland.

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