This months picture…
I will start by apologising that this post is not really about model railways (but a little creeps in along with 12″ to the foot railways!)
Restrictions due to COVID19 has prevented model railway clubs and societies having their usual meetings, let alone model railway exhibitions from going ahead. This meant that appearances of Canute Road Quay at shows including the Epsom and Ewell MRC show back in April fell by the wayside. This week I was advised that the Beckenham and West Wickham MRC show on 17th October has also understandably been cancelled, this along with previously announced cancellation of the excellent Chiltern Model Railway Association show in Stevenage in January next year means Canute Road Quay will not be leaving the cottage for some time. Details of any exhibitions booked for next year and still at the time of writing going ahead can always be found on my Exhibition Diary page here.
The loss of these exhibitions is understandable but a great shame, although a number of virtual shows have taken place its not the same and for most model railway clubs and societies they were an important source of income, so once they are back up and running hopefully next year, please support your local show!
It does mean that I have been able to do a photoshoots for my Making Quay Changes series which I hope that you are enjoying, there are at least three more in the pipeline so watch this space, and I welcome any requests.
Like many people I have been furloughed since the start of April and whilst I initially kept myself busy creating a new look and feel along with writing many pages of new content for the General Steam Navigation Locomotive Restoration Society’s website that can be seen here, check out the History & Archive pages along with the Technical and Education Centre pages. If you really want to look smart whilst helping support the project we have a new clothing range available here.
As restrictions eased we have been able to start our working sessions on No.11 again which has been good both physically and mentally.
As lockdown rolled into May and beyond, as experienced by many, keeping ones headspace on the straight and narrow was sometimes a challenge.
I remembered the adage “it’s ok to not be ok” and “seeking help is a positive not a negative step”, people are there to assist, and your local front line NHS such as your GP is a great starting point, mine was fantastic!
I took the opportunity to make use exercise time to enjoy the lovely part of the Chiltern Hills that my cottage is set in and undertake more photography, ranging from: scenic views, sunsets, the splendid Red Kites that now once again grace the area, other birds, visiting animals and some arty views and angles to take in texture, foliage and clouds etc.
I posted many of the photographs on my twitter feed @grahammuz with the hashtag #viewfromthecottage but have now also created a gallery of some of my favourites on my gallery page here, check them out if you have a few minutes spare.
I also managed once the mojo had returned to catch up on some simple model making and build a few wagon kits that had been in the will do sometime pile for well quite some time. They are at the painting stage now and will likely appear in a workbench post soon.
In other news after 15 years in the Road Safety and Traffic Management, I decided to apply for voluntary redundancy, so am now in furlough for my notice period that finishes at the end of September.
I then start a new job that by of a tease before it is officially announced will be in… wait for it… the model railway industry!
It’s all pretty exciting really and will definitely improve my work life balance and I am really looking forward to getting my teeth into the new role, so again watch this space…
In the meantime stay safe and well, both physically and mentally, it’s good to talk!
I’ve also posted about Fisherton Sarum with some pictures and a video here. So two layouts at the same show, that’s unusual…
So come along and join in if you are not already a member of the RM Web community, simply sign up its free!
Regular readers will know that this time of year I usually attend and assist with the running of, the RM Web South West Area Group members day held nr. Taunton. This year we are unable to do so but this has not deterred the organisers from marking the event but this year it will be in a ‘virtual’ form on RMweb. with pictures, video and chat from participants past and present to raise money for the NHS Charities Together Covid-19 Appeal who are working with NHS England and their member NHS Charities on a nationally coordinated response to the difficulties affecting us all.
Layout organiser, and friend, Stu Hilton of Truro, said “It’s a shame we cannot bring everyone together in our usual way this year but we are trying to do the next best thing and bring modellers together online and capture some of the atmosphere and great modelling that would have been on show”.
Some participants will post updates on their preparations ahead of the event and memories of previous days out together on the Saturday before the main event. We will host a railway-themed ‘pub quiz’ on the Saturday evening in lieu of everyone getting together for a pint in a local pub. On the day there will be plenty of content and chat from participants, a virtual ‘bring and buy’ to raise funds and a ‘virtual kitchen’ where readers can purchase virtual versions of the infamous pasties, pies and cake. The event will finish on the Sunday afternoon with a fundraising ‘virtual’ raffle and auction all to raise money for NHS Charities Together.
So join in over the weekend, if you are not already a member of the RM Web community, simply sign up its free!
This months picture…
A reminder that Canute Road Quays next exhibition is this coming Saturday, 16th February, at the Tonbridge Model Railway Club exhibition being held at the The Angel Centre, Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 1SF. The show is open to the public between 10am and 5pm.
It is the Tonbridger MRC’s 39th Exhibition and Canute Quay will be in the company of over 30 layouts, including a number of Suuthern interest including Cheffley (00), Forrestone (N), Four Oaks (00), Hayning Island (EM), Lynswood (00), Manston Airport (00), Rixworth Green (P4) and Shellsea Harbour (00)
The Angel Centre is conveniently located in the centre of Tonbridge, a 5 minute walk from Tonbridge railway station with frequent trains to London, Ashford and East Kent, Hastings and Tunbridge Wells, and a very short walk from the High Street bus stops. In addition, the venue is surrounded by large car parks, making access easy. It should be noted that the The A21 is closed past Tonbridge over the weekend of the exhibition from the Sevenoaks Weald (Morleys) Roundabout and the Vauxhall lane exit so there will be increased traffic around Tonbridge.
I shall be ably assisted by friend and fellow modeller Simon Paley (have you seen his Signalling book yet?) so come and say hello to us both.
This months picture…
Canute Road Quay can be see on 15th of this month at the Tonbridge MRC, Exhibition at The Angel Centre, Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 1SF
This weekend, 23rd and 24th November, is the annual, self styled National Model Railway Exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham organised by the Warley Model Railway Club. It has become a major event in the model railway calendar with a large number and wide of layouts along with many associated trade stands, the key manufacturers and model railway press all present.
As has become usual the last few years I shall be at the show all weekend with Mike Wild editor of Hornby Magazine on their stand A44. Every year Mike has one of his many layouts on the Hornby Magazine stand A44, however this year there will be an extra special display with not one but four layouts and they will all be in different gauges too! Two of which will be making their public debut, assuming that Mike manages to actually finish them on time, he does like a deadline…
The first, very much complete layout, in 00 gauge will be my very own Canute Road Quay and it will be joined on the stand by: in N Gauge Barrenthorpe Shed, in 009 a narrow gauge Lynton and Barnstaple style terminus, and in 0 gauge (the magazines very first 7mm exhibition layout) a diesel depot scene. The latter two are so new they don’t even have a name yet!
One of the items that will no doubt be on show on the Hornby stand (not the Hornby Magazine stand) will be the livery samples of their forthcoming ex LSWR/SR/BR(s) Warner 20 ton goods brake van that was announced as being part of their 2019 range in January.
75 of this type of van were built between 1915 and 1921.
They were known to staff as ‘New Vans’ a name which they kept well into the 1950’s! They were up-rated to 24T by the Southern Railway and became SR Diagram 1543.
I was able last month to take a sneaky look at these samples and take a couple of quick snaps of both the LSWR and SR versions on Canute Road Quay.
Six versions will initially be available:
- R6911 – No. 9646, in LSWR goods brown livery
- R6911A – No. 5359, in LSWR goods brown livery
- R6913 – No. 55062, in SR Pre 1936 goods brown livery
- R6913A – No. 55009, in SR Pre 1936 goods brown livery
- R6915 – No. S55040, in BR unfitted grey livery
- R6915 – No. S55032, in BR unfitted grey livery
It is a chance to see inspirational modelling in every scale and gauge from across the UK and even Europe along with the major manufacturers and traders all under one roof.
If you are coming along at the weekend, please make sure you drop by the Hornby Magazine stand A44 have a look at Canute Road Quay and a natter. I look forward to seeing you there!
A bit of a plug… with the enthusiasm for the hobby once again getting a boost from The Great Model Railway Challenge on prime time Channel 5 TV, The High Wycombe and District MRS organisers of WYCRAIL is delighted that one of last year’s competition layouts attending is ‘Ealing Road’, this was built by the Missenden Modellers team, the theme of their heat was ‘Movies’ and the team opted to base theirs on a medley of the Ealing Studios films of the early fifties, regarded by many as the high point in British Cinema. One of the highlights and impressive features of ‘Ealing Road’ is use of forced perspective both within the models on the layout itself and within the effective backscene.
The Society itself also has had a new perspective this year having moved into new bright and air-conditioned clubrooms right in the centre of town, overlooking High Wycombe railway station, so we can further develop modelling within the society whilst watching 1:1 scale Chiltern Line trains pass by!
This year’s WYCRAIL ’19 exhibition will once again take place at The Cressex Community School, Holmers Lane, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. HP12 4UD tomorrow Saturday 2nd November.
With 29 high quality and inspirational model railway layouts, as ever WYCRAIL ‘19 is firmly established as being one of the largest and best supported one day model railway exhibitions in the South East of England. This impressive layout line-up will include British, North American and Continental outline and in a wide range of scales and gauges including Z, 2mm, N, 00, H0, EM, S, 0, G and narrow gauges.
Layout highlights in addition to ‘Ealing Road’ include: Haversham Central (N), Kyle of Lochaish (2mm FS), Whitmoor (N), Staffordshire Pottery (N) Ilfracombe East (009), Lake Bank (3mm), Lynth-Haven (00), Daisyfield Traincare (00), Thornfield (00), Trinity Dock Street Bridge (00), Upper Oreful Street (00 Trams), Burton Bradstock (EM),Trowland (S), Belbroughton (0), Bristol Goods Shed (7mm FS), Vale View (0), Whiteleaf Railway (G), Sanhei Valley (Z Japanese), Salinas Valley (H0, North American), Kidmore Fork (H0 North American) Sevanda (H0 Norwegian)
Once again, our own Society’s junior section layout ‘Mothercombe’ (00) will be on display showing its continued excellent progress and confirming the perspective that the hobby is alive and well with our younger members!
Full trade support will be present ranging from tools, kits, electronic components to R-T-R models and books.
Opening times are between 10am and 5pm.
Admisson price is only £7 per person (no concessions) with any accompanied under 16 year old entering FREE!
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) and Wycombe Town Centre to the Cressex Community School and via the new large Park and Ride free car park at the Handy Cross Hub. Due to road works in Cressex Road at the entrance to the venue using the park and and ‘vintage bus’ ride would make all visitors life easier. The timetable for the bus service can be found here.
Further information and details can be found on the Societies website at http://www.hwdmrs.org.uk
We look forward to seeing you at the show, a further date for the diary is a couple of weeks on Saturday 16th November when the Society is having an open day at its Club Rooms and my own Canute Road Quay layout will be in attendance, contact me for here more information.
OK so I am going to refrain from using the bus analagy… oh dam.. I just might have… oh well! The next couple of weekends sees firstly Canute Road Quay making an appearance at the the Hornby Magazing Great Electric Train Show over the weekend of 12/13th October and secondly the Saturday after, 19th October, Fisherton Sarum is making currently its last booked show appearance at the Beckenham and West Wickham MRC exhibition, (that’s not to say it will be the last exhibition outing, but just that I haven’t any other bookings for it and I haven’t been pushing it too much whilst I have Canute Road Quay to play with).
The Hornby Magazine Great Electric Train Show on the 12th and 13th October, is again for its second year being held at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes which is a much larger venue enabling wider aisles and better circulation around the layouts. Canute Road Quay featured in the April ’19 issue of Hornby Magazine and will be located with the magazines own area within the show along with the magazines own West Coast Cement layout. Also at the show is friend, modeller, soon to be published author and often found operating Canute Road Quay and / or Fisherton Sarum (but not at this show obvisoulsy) Simon Paley with his splendid Norwood Road layout set in south London representing the current scene.
The Marshall Arena is at Stadium MK, Stadium Way, Milton Keynes, MK1 1ST and is open to the public 10am-5pm on Saturday and from 10am-4pm on Sunday. Further details can be found on the dedicated website for the show here. Free parking is available at the venue and for those arriving by rail, a free shuttle bus will be running half-hourly from 9am between Milton Keynes Central station and the Great Electric Train Show.
Once again it will be good to exhibit Fisherton Sarum within Southern Railway territory even not quite the South Western section. The Beckenham and West Wickham MRC on the 19th October is being held at the St John’s Church, Eden Park Avenue, Beckenham, Kent BR3 3JN. It wil l be open to the public between 10am and 5pm and will have at least eleven other layouts on show along with trade support at this pleasent show. Further details can be found here on the Beckenham and West Wickham MRC website
As always if you are planning on coming along to either show please drop by and say hello, it is always a pleasure to meet and chat with readers of this blog.