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This coming weekend, 13/14th February,  I will be assisting fellow High Wycombe and District MRS members Alan and Simon Paley with their delightful Pre-Grouping Midland and London North Western Railway layout Loughborough Road at the Festival of British Model Railways organised by Warners (the publishers of BRM magazine and also owners of RMweb). The show, celebrating its 20th anniversary, is being held at Doncaster Exhibition Centre, The Racecourse, Doncaster, DN2 6BB. Loughborough Road will be joining 30 or other layouts in a variety of scales, gauges and genres.

A view of Loughborough Road. Picture courtesy and copyright A York/BRM magazine

A view of Loughborough Road. Picture courtesy and copyright A York/BRM magazine

Alan’s Loughborough Road layout, as I have mentioned on this blog before, is a fictitious location but is based on the premise of the main road running south from Nottingham through West Bridgford to Loughborough. The Midland Railway line linking Kettering/Melton Mowbray/Nottingham runs through West Bridgeford and slightly further East was the London North Western and Great Northern Joint Railway line built to link Market Harborough & Peterborough/Melton Mowbray/Nottingham. There is no evidence that any station was proposed for West Bridgeford but it is not entirely impossible that the good citizens of West Bridgford – in 1900 a thriving and growing suburb – might have ambitiously established a terminus for the Midland Railway with LNWR running powers and all linked into a growing Nottingham suburban railway network.
The layout featured in the July 2015 issue of British Railways Modelling magazine.
It is the first outing of the layout in its slightly longer form, Alan has been beavering away replacing the short centre board with a longer one to enable more sweeping trackwork and the addition of a cattle dock to further increase the operational interest.

I always enjoy assisting Alan and Simon operating Loughborough Road, and additional operator ‘Arduino’ Roger, with its pre-grouping splendour. I can usually be found sat out the front happily shunting the yard and trying to keep up with the running sequence; which I assume has had to change slightly due to the extension to the layout and hopefully correcting the few slight anomalies that were in the old sequence to keep me on my toes. If you are planning to come along to the show, please do say hello. I was last at this show with Fisherton Sarum back in 2012 and had a thoroughly enjoyable time.

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Fisherton Sarum will be making its penultimate appearance of the year this weekend, the 18th and 19th of October, at thePeterborough National Festival of Railway Modeling  at the East of England Showground near Peterborough. This show is organised by Warners publications the group behind the British Railway Modelling Magazine.

nevard_081024_fisherton_DSC_2673_webFisherton Sarum will be stand 126 in the centre of the main hall. There will at least 30 layouts at the show, along with the usual mix of traders and the BRM Village with a mix of layouts, demonstrators and a chance to meet the team behind the magazine.

In addition to exhibiting Fisherton Sarum I shall also be involved, both days of the show,  in a Question and Answer session each day in the Model Railways Live theatre discussing the background to Fisherton Sarum, a passion for all things Southern Railway and also my involvement assisting a number of the model manufacturers, such as the Kernow Model Rail Centre, with their Southern Railway related models.

I hope to see you there, please come and say hello. If you unable to attend this weekend then perhaps you might be able to get along to see Fisherton Sarum at the Wycrail ’14 show, the annual show of my own local model railway society the High Wycombe and District MRS.   being held on The 1st of November. Full details can be found on the dedicated Wycrail website here.

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Firstly an apology for the lack of posts last week but as regular readers will know I have been travelling a fair bit, so this post is a bit of a catch up on a couple of events and items of acquisition news that have occurred relevant to the hobby in the last week or so with respect to Ian Allan, Hornby Magazine and also RMweb.

Model Rail Scotland with St. Stephens Road.

It was a good weekend operating St Stephens Road, Mike Wild’s Hornby Magazine layout at Model Rail Scotland.

St Stephens Road at Model Rail Scotland. A layout based on a Western / Southern Region interchange station in North Cornwall.

 I even managed to spend most of the time operating the Southern Region side of the layout although occasionally I had to switch to that oif the other railway! The exhibition, organised by the Association of Scottish Model Railway Societies, increased in size this year by approximately 50% by utilising part of a second hall at the SECC. It was a shame the two halls were not next to each other but the additional space and wider aisles certainly seemed welcome. I do not know if the numbers visiting were up on last year but trade at the Hornby Magazine stand seemed pretty good especially on the Friday.

Abingdon Exhibition with Hinton Parva.

Last Saturday was the last of four shows in five weekends operating four different layouts as we exhibited the High Wycombe and District Model Railway Society’s Hinton Parva layout at the Abingdon Model railway exhibition.

Hinton Parva keeps the viewing public entertained at the Abingdon show.

The HM&DMRS was well represented as we also had our 0 Gauge layout Blandford St Mary at the show too.

Hinton Parva is 32′ long and operates to an hours sequence involving more than 60 train movements, by nearly 30 rakes of stock requiring 7 operators at any one time. With movements occurring all the time along the entire  length of the layout not just on the main and secondary lines but also the MPD and goods yard certainly ensures that there is always something for the spectator to see!

The layout performed extremely well, and we all had a good day. It was also good to see a number of the younger members of the Society as part of the operating team and generally out performing many of the not so younger members, it bodes well for the future of the hobby and the Society.

Key Publishing Acquire Ian Allan Magazines including Hornby Magazine.

Key Publishing Ltd. have announced the acquisition of the Ian Allan portfolio of magazines from Ian Allan Publishing Ltd. The purchase involves seven titles published by Ian Allan (Buses, Classic Aircraft, Combat Aircraft, Hornby Magazine, Modern Railways, Railways Illustrated, and Vintage Roadscene) together with a number of Annual publications.

Hopefully this is a positive step for the publications and will enable the magazines, especially Hornby Magazine to continue its growth and influence in the model sector. Full details of the acquisition can be read here.

RMweb now comes under the ownership of Warners Group Publications plc.

It has been announced this morning that RMweb has a new owner in the shape of Warners Group Publications plc., guaranteeing its future availability and funding alongside their established magazine British Railway Modelling, their website Model Railways Live and the railway modelling festivals of Alexandra Palace, Peterborough and Doncaster.

RMweb started by Andy York in March 2005 and has become the busiest online railway modelling community in the UK with a membership of around 15,000. Andy York will continue to lead the site’s development and management into the future for Warners. RMweb will continue to be free to read, free to join and free to participate and will still welcome contributions and topics from all, including those from / about other publications and manufacturers.

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