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There are two more chances to see Fisherton Sarum in operation at exhibitions this year, I have timed this post to act a reminder and hopefully give you a chance to include them in your diary. As regular readers of this blog will know I only usually exhibit the layout at three or four shows each year. I am as ever indebted to my parents and fellow members of the High Wycombe and District Model Railway Society for their time and assistance at these shows to enable Fisherton Sarum to be exhibited at all.

Fisherton Sarum - LR - 20The first of the two shows coming up is the Peterborough National Festival of Railway Modeling being held on the 18th and 19th of October, 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 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.

nevard_130213_FishertnSraum_DSC_4061_vanillaThe 1st of November sees
Fisherton Sarum being exhibited a little closer to home at Wycrail ’14 the annual show of my own local model railway society the High Wycombe and District MRS.  
Wycrail has established itself as one of the best one day shows in the South of England, (as said by others not just my own possibly biased opinion!)  and this year maintains the standard with 28 high quality layouts attending  along with a good mix of traders and demonstrators.  Full details can be found on the dedicated Wycrail website here.
It is held in the excellent large,  bright and modern Cressex Community School, located in Cressex Road, High Wycombe, HP12 4UD. A free bus service is also provided between High Wycombe Station on the Chiltern Line, Wycombe town centre and the exhibition venue.
This will be Fisherton Sarum’s second appearance at Wycrail as it made its public debut at the 2006 exhibition.

I sincerely hope you get a chance to visit at least one or other of the shows and please make sure you come and say hello, as it is always a pleasure to meet new friends made via this blog.

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The first public appearance of Fisherton Sarum was at the 2006 Wycrail exhibition organised by the High Wycombe and District Model Railway Society. of which I have been a member for, gulp, over 30 years! This November, Saturday 1st, will see Fisherton Sarum once again return to the Wycrail exhibition, albeit in its bright new and spacious venue at the Cressex Community School.

Bullied power at Fisherton Sarum. 21C6 (left) was a Salisbury engine her entire life

Bullied power at Fisherton Sarum.

At this years Wycrail show Fisherton Sarum will be be in good company along with 26 other quality layouts in a wide variety of scales and gauges, including: Diesels in the Duchy (EM), Tucking Mill (2mm fs), Fourgig East (0)  and Propect Valley (H0).  As usual there will be also be a wide range of trade support.

The full details of the show can be found on the Wycrial website here, the key details however are that it is being held on Saturday 1st November, so add it to your diary now, at Cressex Community School, Cressex Road, High Wycombe, HP12 4UD. It is open to the public between 10.00 and 17.00. The show is well worth a visit and is generally accepted as being one of the best one day shows in the south of England.

 

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As is usual for this time of year it is a busy period for model railway exhibitions. Following hot on the heals of the successful High Wycombe & District MRS Wycrail exhibition last Saturday, this coming weekend sees the annual Spalding Model Railway Club exhibition.

This show,  as been the norm in recent years, features a showcase area of layouts that have appeared within the pages of Hornby Magazine and I shall once again assisting Hornby Magazine Editor Mike Wild operate his St Stephen’s Road layout, that we last exhibited back in September at the Swindon Railway Festival at the Steam museum.

As I have posted before St Stephens Road is based on a fictitious location in North Cornwall nominally just north of Launceston where a Southern branch meets the Western Region with the station having a dedicated platform face for the Southern line. A junction and combined goods yard allows for workings between the two regions such as freight including china clay trains. The layout is now DCC controlled and features sound fitted locomotives, including a couple of Bulleid light pacifics complete with smoke units.
I course try and spend most of my time operating the Southern Region side of the layout!

If you are attending the show and say hello as it is always nice to meet those of you whom take the time to read my ramblings in this part of the blogosphere.

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I make no apologies for repeating myself a little but as I am long time member, and indeed past Chairman and now Press Officer, of the the High Wycombe and District Model Railway Society it would be wrong of me not to promote this year’s WYCRAIL ’13 exhibition that takes place this coming Saturday, November 2nd. 

Once again, following last years successful move, it is being held at the the bigger, better and brighter venue of The Cressex Community School, Holmers Lane, High Wycombe, Bucks HP12 4UD

Chris Nevard's wonderful Polbrook Gurney layout is one of the 31 inspirational layouts on show  (picture courtesy C Nevard)

Chris Nevard’s wonderful Polbrook Gurney layout is one of the 31 inspirational layouts on show (picture copyright and courtesy of C Nevard)

WYCRAIL ‘13 will have 31 (yes 31,  it has increased since earlier posts!)  high quality and inspirational model railway layouts, of both British, North American and Continental outline and in a wide range of scales and gauges including Z, N, 3mm, 00, H0, EM, P4, 0 and narrow gauges. Full trade support will be present ranging from tools, kits, electronic components to R-T-R models and books. Hornby Hobbies will once again be a welcome presence at the show.

The venue is conveniently close to the M40 Junction 4 and the free vintage bus service will once again be operated between Wycombe Railway Station (Chiltern Line), Wycombe Town Centre and the and the nearby free Cressex (Cinema) Park and Ride to the Cressex Community School.

Further information and details can be found on the Societies website at www.hwdmrs.org.uk

???????????????????????????????Following on from my last post here about the limited edition High Wycombe based PO wagon “Baines & Sons”, I can now show the picture  of the actual being sold at the show on both the Societies Stand and also from the West Wales Wagon Wagon Works stand. There is a weathered version also available but are only limited supplies so to get in quick if you want that particular version.

I look forward to seeing some of you there, please come and find me and say hello.

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High Wycombe and District Model Railway Society have commissioned a 7 plank Private Owner coal wagon from West Wales Wagon Wagon Works in the livery of local coal and coke merchant W. V. Baines & Son Ltd.

Based at 20 Frogmore, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, W. V. Baines & Son Ltd was one of the largest transport company with a branch dedicated to fuel supplies in the area. Their coal office was situated in Prior Road opposite the old fire station (now part of Primart’s shop).  The company no longer exists and no photographic records have been found but we know from records of wagon ownership held by Longmoor publishers that Baines had one or more private owner wagons.

hwdmrs BainesThe model utilises the latest Dapol 9 foot wheelbase under frame and 7 plank body and is priced at £14.50. it will be available for purchase from either the Societies stand or from West Wales Wagon Wagon Works at the WYCRAIL exhibition on Saturday 2nd November.

This year’s WYCRAIL ’13 exhibition on Saturday November 2nd, will once again, following last years successful move to the bigger, better and brighter venue of The Cressex Community School, Holmers Lane, High Wycombe, Bucks HP12 4UD on Saturday November 2nd.

WYCRAIL ‘13 will have 27 high quality and inspirational model railway layouts, of both British, North American and Continental outline and in a wide range of scales and gauges including Z, N, 3mm, 00, H0, EM, P4, 0 and narrow gauges. Full trade support will be present ranging from tools, kits, electronic components to R-T-R models and books. The famous manufacture Hornby Hobbies will once again be a welcome presence at the show.

The venue is conveniently close to the M40 Junction 4 and the free vintage bus service will once again be operated between Wycombe Railway Station (Chiltern Line), Wycombe Town Centre and the and the nearby free Cressex (Cinema) Park and Ride to the Cressex Community School.

Further information and details can be found on the Societies website at www.hwdmrs.org.uk

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Ashland was a challenge to build a working and fully scenic model railway layout in just two days at the Hornby Magazive LIVE! Exhibition back in July 2011. As regular readers of this blog will know I was part of the challenge building team along with Hornby Magazine editor Mike Wild and fellow modeller Richard Proudman. We started the build as the doors to the show opened at 9.30am  on the Saturday and by 3pm on the Sunday the layout was complete and operating for the visiting public to watch.

Ashland running in 1946-9 guise with my stock in this case 21C102 ‘Salisbury’ with original style cab

Following on from its appearance last week at the successful 40th Wycrail exhibition of the High Wycombe and District MRS, this coming weekend I shall be operating Ashland with Hornby Magazine editor Mike Wild at the  the Spalding Model Railway Club exhibition

T9 class number 721 trundles through Ashland with the morning milk train.

Being based somewhere in North Cornwall on the Southern Withered Arm we will once again be running my own 1946 to 1949 era stock on the Saturday and Mike’s BR(s) stock on the Sunday.

The Spalding exhibition will also showcase, in a dedicated hall,  a number of layouts  that have appeared within the pages of Hornby Magazine over the last few years.

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Just a quick reminder that WYCRAIL celebrates its 40th birthday by relocating to a new, bigger and brighter venue with more exhibits and an improved visitor experience tomorrow 3rd November.

The annual WYCRAIL model railway exhibition organised by the High Wycombe and District Model Railway Society, will be held at a brand new venue: The Cressex Community School, Holmers Lane, High Wycombe, Bucks HP12 4UD tomorrow November 3rd.

WYCRAIL ‘12 will have over 25 high quality and inspirational model railway layouts, of both British, North American and Continental outline and in a wide range of scales and gauges including Z, N, 3mm, 00, H0, EM, P4, 0 and narrow gauges.

Further information can be found on my previous post here. we look forward to seeing you tomorrow if you can make it.

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