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Organised by the Warley Model Railway Club their annual, self styled National Model Railway Exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham is this coming weekend 24th and 25th November. It has become a major event in the model railway calender with a large number and wide of layouts along with many associated trade stands, the key manufacturers and model railway press all present.

Many newly released models are available for the first time at or around the Warley show (also in time for Christmas too of course).  In addition number of announcements of new models or first views of work in progress are timed to coincide with the show. I will be summing up any announcements or news of interest to Southern Modellers next week (although as a teaser, there is one announcement being made at 10am on the Saturday morning of the show that is of Southern interest and this announcement will also be posted here at the same time!)

I shall be at the show all weekend once again assisting Mike Wild editor of Hornby Magazine operating his N Gauge Midland Region layout Hettle that will be operated using Hornby’s Railmaster Software, so wrong scale, region and it’s DCC so somewhat away from my usual comfort zone! We shall be located on the joint Hornby Magazine / Ian Allan stand A18.

The show is a bit like Marmite you either love it or hate it, if you are in the camp of the former and attending please feel come along and sat hello.

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I have often joked that Suffolk is the only entire county to actually be in the middle of nowhere, however contained within it is the delightful seaside town of Southwold where time really has appeared to have stood still. Unfortunately  the quirky Southwold Railway is no more, closing as early as 1929,   although efforts are being made by the the Southwold Railway Trust to recreate the line.

Every August Southwold plays host to the Southwold Model Railway exhibition at the St Felix School, organised by the Waveneny Valley Model Railway Club. I have exhibited at this show for the last three years assisting Mike Wild of Hornby Magazine operating one of their layouts that they exhibit along with their usual trade stand.

Hettle in action. Picture courtesy Mike Wild / Hornby Magazine

Hornby Magazine will once again be supporting this show and this year it is turn of Mike’s N Gauge, DCC controlled  layout Hettle based on the Midlands region in the 1950’s; so I shall be out of my comfort zone on all three counts, gauge, control system and region!

This show has always managed to assemble a good variety of layouts and trade and this year is no exception with the highlight being the visit of the hugely impressive The Gresley Beat a 4mm representation of the LNER lines North of Kings Cross.

So it is well worth a visit to the show and Southwold in general, including of course the Adnams brewery. If you do make along make sure you come and say hello, I will be the one doing a better of impression of Mike Wild than Mike does!

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