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November sees the continuation of the bust Autumn schedule of exhibitions and an open day. Fisherton Sarum is making two appearances and it is also the annual Wycrail exhibition of the High Wycombe and District MRS, its open day two weeks later and at the end of the month The Warley National model railway show at the NEC Birmingham.

The latest Chris Nevard masterpiece Fountain Colliary and Brew Street will be on  show at Wycrail. Picture courtesy and copyright C Nevard

First up this coming Saturday, 4th November is the Wycrail exhibition, now in its 45th year,  organised by my local club the High Wycombe and District MRS. This show is established as one of the largest and best one day shows in the South of England and this year should be no exception. With over 26 high quality and inspirational model railway layouts, of British, North American and Continental outline and in a wide range of scales and gauges including Z, N, 3mm, 00, H0, EM, 0 and narrow gauges.Full trade support will be present ranging from tools, kits, electronic components to R-T-R models and books.
Wycrail takes place at The Cressex Community School, Holmers Lane, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. HP12 4UD and is open between 10am and 5pm. See the HWDMRS wtycrailo website here for more details.

A quiet period on  Fisherton  Sarum shed with Bulleid pacific 21C102 “Salisbury” being cleaned, A Drummond 4-4-0 L11 “Large Hopper” No 405 is being coaled. and an Adams 0-4-4T O2 No 213 also simmers on shed.

The following weekend 11th / 12th November sees Fisherton  Sarum make one its few exhibition appearances at the Hampton Court MRS, Tolworth Showtrain at the Tolworth Recreation Centre, Fullers Way North, Tolworth, Surrey, KT6 7LQ
This is always an excellent good sized show and well worth a visit, it is certainly show I have visited regularly and I am very much looking forward to exhibiting Fisherton Sarum in what is of course within SR territory.

Saturday 18th November is the annual High Wycombe and District MRS clubroom open day that takes place a couple of weeks after their Wycrail show (see above) and in addition to the many permanent layouts within the club room and its large multi gauge test track I have agreed that Fisherton Sarum will also be set up and running to ensure a Southern presence during the day. If you are interested in popping over to see us sometime during the day, we are open between 10am and 4pm then please drop me an email here to obtain further details.

Hornby Magazine’s Twelve Trees Junction a combination of Southern Region steam and EMUs

Lastly this for November is the annual, self styled National Model Railway Exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham rrganised by the Warley Model Railway Club over the weekend 25th and 26th November. It has become a major event in the model railway calendar with a large number and wide of layouts along with many associated trade stands, the key manufacturers and model railway press all present. I shall be at the show all weekend once again assisting Mike Wild editor of Hornby Magazine operating his Twelve Trees Junction BR Southern Region layout with its newly added full fiddle yards to improve operation.

If you are attending any of the above exhibitions please come and say hello.




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This coming weekend 11th / 12th October sees the second Great Electric Train Show organised by Hornby Magazine  will feature 25 top quality layouts across all of the scales. This year as well as usual for such Hornby Magazine events I can be found not only behind one of Magazine Editor Mike Wild’s layouts  ‘Twelve Trees Junction’, making its exhibition debut, but also ‘Hinton Parva’ from the High Wycombe and District Model Railway Society of which I am member.

The Great Electric Train Show is being held at the Heritage Motor Centre at Gaydon in Warwickshire, and admission to the exhibition also includes entry into the Museum itself.  Further details of the show can be found here.

Hornby Magazine's latest layout Twelve Trees Junction a combination of Southern Region steam and EMUs

Hornby Magazine’s latest layout Twelve Trees Junction a combination of Southern Region steam and EMUs.

Built by Mike Wild and Mark Chivers for the Hornby Magazine Yearbook No. 6, Twelve Trees Junction represents a busy Southern Region main line station and junction close to London. At its heart is a double junction which creates two routes – one through the station and one on avoiding lines. A large number of sound fitted locomotives will also be operating consisting of steam and diesel locomotives as well as third-rail Electric Multiple Units.

Where the Regions meet Hinton Parva with a Southern / Western secondary line meeting the Midland and Eastern main line

Where the Regions meet Hinton Parva with a Southern / Western secondary line meeting the Midland and Eastern main line

High Wycombe and District Model Railway Society’s Hinton Parva depicts a junction station in the mid-1950s with Midland and Eastern Region services running on the main line and Western and Southern Region services coming in off the branch.  Built first and foremost for operation, the aim is to always have at least one train movement and usually more at anyone time due to the seven operators deployed. All the signals are fully working and interlocked comprising of 37 semaphore and a small number of colour light signals. I have had quite a hand in the construction of this layout (and provided some of the BR Southern Region stock) therefore quite of bit of Southern based architecture has crept in via the buildings I have scratch built for the layout, see if you can spot them.

In addition to the two layouts above there are others with a Southern interest such as: Thonbury Hill, Knights Hill,  Casterbridge and Wellbridge

As you might have guessed The Great Electric Train Show does feature Steam and Diesel models but they are of course in model form being electric powered. I hope to see you there!

Pictures copyright and courtesy Mike Wild / Chris Nevard / Hornby Magazine

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This coming weekend (23rd / 24th November) is the annual and 21st Warley National Model Railway Exhibition being held at the NEC in Birmingham. This is one of those events you either love or hate; but tens of thousands of modellers visit across the weekend, and this year will be able to see 87 layouts and over 150 trade stand stands including all the major manufacturers.


Topley Dale (Image copyright and courtesy Mike Wild)

In fact there will be 88 layouts as this year Hornby Magazine editor Mike Wild will be taking his Topley Dale layout, that was previously built around his office, on its first and last public outing. Although not a proper railway company (insert smiley of choice) layout being a based on the Midland Region I shall assisting Mike all weekend with its operation so come and see us on Stand A49. We shall be operating the layout using the Hornby Railmaster DCC system including its integration with smartphones and iPads and this will be a hands on demonstration to allow you to see and try for yourself the features of the control system.

Topley Dale was originally built as the Hornby Magazine Yearbook No.5 project to show what could achiveed around a typical spare room but just get back to the usual theme of this blog this years yearbook has a very Southern theme with Mike’s latest layout 12 Trees Junction set firmly in 3rd rail electric and London transfer freight territory and is well worth a read.

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