Midland Railex with Bay Street Shed

Last weekend I was once again assisting Mike Wild, the editor of Hornby Magazine, this time operating his Southern Region basedlayout Bay StreetShed. This was a model railway exhibition with a difference as it was held amongst full size heritage steam and diesel engines and trains at the Midland Railway Centre.

Mike Wild and Richard Proudman at the controls of Bay Street Shed while my Bulleid Leader simmers on shed.

Although Mike’s layout is set in the twilight years of  steam, alongside 3rd rail EMUs and the newly introduced diesels, I warped time slightly (well just by just over ten years or so) running, as promised in my post below, my model of the Bulleid Leader.

It did haul the occasional train but spent of the weekend in a prominent position on shed (not unlike the real thing in 1951/2!) which attracted a lot of attention, questions and conversation. It was good to note that a lot of visitors actually knew what the engine was.

The exhibition was spread out among the many buildings at Swanwick Junction and we were located in the Diesel workshop / shed. The meant that a natural weathering process occurred over the weekend as the dust (and sand used to fill the gaps between the floor and the running rails) was blown about and settled all over the layouts. Despite this the layout ran very well over the weekend and was probably offering visitors the most intensive train service of any of the layouts on show.

Publishers co-operation! Richard Wilson and Mike Wild operating Bay Street Shed

One slightly unusual aspect of exhibiting at this show was the fact that we had an aisle on both sides of the layout. The meant the fiddle yard was in full view, which the public seemed to enjoy as equally as much as watching the front of the layout!

During the weekend we had a couple of guest operators, most notably was Richard Wilson (no, not the “I don’t believe it” one’) part of the editorial team from British Railways Modelling, a rival magazine to Mike’s Hornby Magazine just to prove that everyone is quite friendly really.

2 thoughts on “Midland Railex with Bay Street Shed”

  1. I was once collared by someone at an exhibition social evening who swore blind that the second Leader actually ran and he saw it. According to all the published info he was a slightly drunk idiot but I often wonder if it managed a trip or two and no one, but my source, noticed.

    BRM staff in the Hornby layout though ? Sacralidge !

    1. grahammuz – A railway modeller with a keen insterest in all things Southern Railway especially the 1946 to 1949 period. I can often be seen on the exhibition circuit with my Layout Fisherton Sarum or assiting MIke Wild the Editor of Hornby Magazine with his layouts at shows. I am also long time member of the High Wycombe and District Model Railway Society
      grahammuz says:

      36002 was essentially complete but never moved under its own power, it was towed about a few times and soon became a source of parts to keep 36001 going during some of the trials.

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