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.
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.
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