For back to back weekends, hot on the heals of last weekends Southwold show, I shall again be exhibiting with Mike Wild and the Hornby Magazine team this time at the Midland Railway Centre, Butterley in Derbyshire. Mike’s Bay Street Shed layout is one I have helped operate many times and after this show it will be retired from the exhibition circuit. It is based on a Southern Region Engine shed located next to a busy junction combining the twilight years of steam and 3rd rail emus. With Mike’s wide range of stock we are able to run an intensive sequence of trains ensuring that there is always something to see for the watching public.
Midland Railex is a brand new event, being support by Bachmann, HMRS and Hornby Magazine and a large selection of model railway layouts of various scales from 2mm to 7mm will be on display, all in a railway setting. Being at a preserved line, heritage steam and diesel trains will be running during Railex, in fact the only way for the visiting public to get the main exhibition area at the Swanwick Junction site will be by train.
The Historical Model Railway Society archive and shop will be open to visitors. I have been able to visit the HMRS facility before and it contains an extensive collection of historical data along with some iconic layouts that have been kept for posterity, some of which will be running at the weekend too. The Matthew Kirtley Museum and the Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust – West Shed Experience will also be open and their extensive collection of locomotives and rolling stock will also be on display.
If you are planning on coming to the show make sure you drop by Bay Street Shed and say hello!