Posts Tagged ‘Mike Wild’

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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This brand new event in the exhibition calender, being organised by Hornby Magazine  will feature 27 top quality layouts across all of the scales , including the Taunton MRG’s Bishop Lydiard-based Bath Green Park, a splendid recreation of the Somerset & Dorset Joint railway’s northern terminus with of course more than a hint of Southern Region rolling stock.

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.

I shall be operating The Hornby Magazine layout Bolsover & Seven Pit Lane all weekend

I shall be operating The Hornby Magazine layout Bolsover & Seven Pit Lane all weekend

Other excellent layouts  include 82G, an atmospheric ‘O’ gauge Western/Southern shed layout;  Great Tunsley Dale, which features a Peak District limestone quarry in the late 1950s/60s; Empingham, a Northamptonshire branch with ironstone workings; Kirkby Stephen West, depicting the Settle & Carlisle line during the steam/diesel transition era and Grathwaite Junction a blue diesel era layout in ‘OO’.

In addition to the usual trade support you would expect from this kind of show the main manufacturers of Hornby, Bachmann and Dapol will also be present.

Hornby Magazine will operate at least two of its layouts; including the ‘O’ gauge Clayhanger Yard industrial layout and I shall be assisting editor Mike Wild with his DCC Bolsover & Seven Lane Pit layout, which features sound and smoke unit fitted locomotives in ‘OO’ being controlled by the Horny Railmaster system on iPads and iPhones!

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!

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This weekend 14th / 15th September is the Swindon Railway Festival hosted by STEAM the Museum of the Great Western Railway (I only just managed to type that!).  By the ‘Darker Side’ I of course mean that odd looking dark green Brunswick colour!

Although the 20 layouts attending will generally share the theme of ‘that other railway’ I shall be there assisting Mike Wild of Hornby Magazine (whom sponsor the event) operating his St Stephen’s Road layout.

An M7 pauses at St Stephen's Road before continuing up the Southern branch

An M7 pauses at St Stephen’s Road before continuing up the Southern branch

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. Mike has recently converted this layout to DCC control and will also feature sound fitted locomotives, including a couple of Bulleid light pacifics that make an an appearance on the Southern Region side of the layout.

If you also wish to come over to the ‘darker side’ please say hello. The event open at 10am each day and the admission also includes full access to the STEAM museum and its collection of full size locomotives. rolling stock and artefacts.

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Organised by the Warley Model Railway Club their annual, self styled National Model Railway Exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham is this coming weekend 24th and 25th November. It has become a major event in the model railway calender with a large number and wide of layouts along with many associated trade stands, the key manufacturers and model railway press all present.

Many newly released models are available for the first time at or around the Warley show (also in time for Christmas too of course).  In addition number of announcements of new models or first views of work in progress are timed to coincide with the show. I will be summing up any announcements or news of interest to Southern Modellers next week (although as a teaser, there is one announcement being made at 10am on the Saturday morning of the show that is of Southern interest and this announcement will also be posted here at the same time!)

I shall be at the show all weekend once again assisting Mike Wild editor of Hornby Magazine operating his N Gauge Midland Region layout Hettle that will be operated using Hornby’s Railmaster Software, so wrong scale, region and it’s DCC so somewhat away from my usual comfort zone! We shall be located on the joint Hornby Magazine / Ian Allan stand A18.

The show is a bit like Marmite you either love it or hate it, if you are in the camp of the former and attending please feel come along and sat hello.

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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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WYCRAIL celebrates its 40th birthday by relocating to a new, bigger and brighter venue with more exhibits and an improved visitor experience on Saturday 3rd November.

The annual WYCRAIL model railway exhibition organised by the High Wycombe and District Model Railway Society, now in its 40th year, is firmly established as being one of the largest and best supported one day model railway exhibitions in the South East of England. Wycrail ’12 will be held at a brand new venue: The Cressex Community School, Holmers Lane, High Wycombe, Bucks HP12 4UD on Saturday November 3rd.

This is a modern, bright and much larger venue increasing the space available for the show from just over 7000sq feet to an impressive 17,600 sq feet. The new venue will allow for increased space to aid circulation, much wider aisles and larger rest and catering areas. The entire show will also be held under one roof for the first time in a number of years without visitors having to walk outside between halls.

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.

Included in the layout line up is Ashland built by Hornby Magazine Editor Mike Wild, fellow modeller Richard Proudman and myself in a weekend at the Hartlepool Hornby Magazine Live exhibition in 2011, Mike and Richard also occasionally myself will be operating the layout at the show.

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 along with, for the very first time at Wycrail Bachmann Europe also in attendance.

To mark WYCRAIL reaching its 40th year, the 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 G.E. Stevens.

The model, priced at £14.50 will be available for purchase from the Societies stand at WYCRAIL, from West Wales Wagon Wagon Works at the show, or direct from the Society via the website at www.hwdmrs (post and packing charges will apply).

The new venue is still very 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. In addition, this year it will also operate between the venue and the nearby free Park and Ride situated close to the Handy Cross roundabout, M40 junction 4.

Further information and details can be found on the Societies website at

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Regular readers of my blog will know, by now I am sure, that  I can often be found assisting Mike Wild, editor of Hornby Magazine operate some his many layouts at the various shows they attend to promote the magazine.

Bolsolver and Seven Pit Lane

This weekend it is the turn of his British Railways Eastern  Region layout Bolsover and Seven Pit lane  to make a appearance at the Warrington Show.

Bolsover is an Eastern Region layout (so not a proper engine in sight) with exchange sidings for a local coal mine and well as a frequent main line train service empty coal trains arrive to be shunted by the colliery engine, taken to the screens, filled up with coal before departing back on the main line as a loaded train.  This keeps plenty of movement on the layout and Mike has put together an interesting fleet of both Sound and even smoke unit fitted stock.

One of the interesting aspects of operating this layout is that it is one of the very few,  to date, on the exhibition circuit operated by Hornby’s Railmaster system and the only one utilising the beta version of Railmaster on  hand held Palm devices.

If you are planning on attending this exhibition at the Warrington Collegiate Institute, Winwick Road Campus, Winwick Road, WARRINGTON, WA2 8QA, please come and say hello.

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I am now able to confirm that I have accepted an invitation to exhibit Fisherton Sarum at next year’s Hornby Magazine Live show in Hartlepool on 13th / 14th July.  This year the show moved to an in town venue at the new Hartlepool College of Further Education, and has gone from strength to strength quickly building a reputation for being a high quality show.

It will not be the first time some of stock has been seen there as the layout Ashland that Mike Wild (editor of Hornby Magazine), Richard Proudman and myself built actually during the 2011 show  was exhibited at this years show and on the Saturday ran in Southern 1946 to 1949 guise using my stock.

This will be one of only three shows that Fisherton Sarum will be attending in 2013 and the full details can be found here on the Exhibition diary page. 

Fisherton Sarum’s final outing this year will be at ‘TadRail’ the annual exhibition of the Tring and District Model Railway Club on Saturday 13th October 2012. It will be a new venue for TadRail as it is being held at the the Cottesloe School, Aylesbury Road, Wing , between Aylesbury and Leighton Buzzard, LU7 0NY.

Due to many other commitments I do not exhibit Fisherton Sarum more than 3 or 4 times a year, so catch it while you can…

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I have often joked that Suffolk is the only entire county to actually be in the middle of nowhere, however contained within it is the delightful seaside town of Southwold where time really has appeared to have stood still. Unfortunately  the quirky Southwold Railway is no more, closing as early as 1929,   although efforts are being made by the the Southwold Railway Trust to recreate the line.

Every August Southwold plays host to the Southwold Model Railway exhibition at the St Felix School, organised by the Waveneny Valley Model Railway Club. I have exhibited at this show for the last three years assisting Mike Wild of Hornby Magazine operating one of their layouts that they exhibit along with their usual trade stand.

Hettle in action. Picture courtesy Mike Wild / Hornby Magazine

Hornby Magazine will once again be supporting this show and this year it is turn of Mike’s N Gauge, DCC controlled  layout Hettle based on the Midlands region in the 1950’s; so I shall be out of my comfort zone on all three counts, gauge, control system and region!

This show has always managed to assemble a good variety of layouts and trade and this year is no exception with the highlight being the visit of the hugely impressive The Gresley Beat a 4mm representation of the LNER lines North of Kings Cross.

So it is well worth a visit to the show and Southwold in general, including of course the Adnams brewery. If you do make along make sure you come and say hello, I will be the one doing a better of impression of Mike Wild than Mike does!

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Last year at the Hornby Magazine Live exhibition the Hornby Magazine editor Mike Wild, fellow modeller Richard Proudman and myself undertook the challenge to build a layout in a weekend and having successfully finished with an hour to spare Ashland was born. Based on Southern practice in North Cornwall we used Ashbury and Dunsland Cross as the inspiration, hence the name. Ashland will be returning to Hornby Magazine Live  at Hartlepool on 7th and 8th July to enable those visitors who attended last years show and saw only a part built layout to view the completed challenge.

Ashland in 1946 -1949 guise with my Bulleid Light Pacific 21C102 ‘Salisbury’ awaiting departure from  the station.

Making only its second appearance since completion, we shall be operating Ashland in Post war 1946 to 1949 guise on the Saturday using my own rolling stock and moving forward in time to the BR Southern Region era of 1955 to 1965 on the Sunday using Mike and Richard’s stock. If you are planning on visiting the show please make sure you come and say hello!

A Drummond T9 runs through Ashland with a parcels train.

This year’s show, being held in the centre of town in a new venue at the Hartlepool College of Further Education, Stockton Street, Hartlepool, TS24 7LB will feature over 20 quality layouts in scales from ‘N’ to ‘O’, many having been previously featured in Hornby Magazine, plus full trade support and catering. Proceeds from the event go to Hartlepool Families First and RNLI Hartlepool.
Other Southern related layouts include: Rowland castle – 00 wartime Southern, Hedges Hill – N 1980’s BR Southern Region and Meopham East Junction – 00 1960’s BR Southern Region.
Although not Southern based another one of Mike wild’s Hornby Magazine layouts, that I can often be found assisting with,  Bolsover and Seven Pit Lane will also be in attendance and operated as usual by Hornby’s Railmaster system and is well worth a watch.  Further details about the show can be found here on the Hornby Magazine website.

If you are unable to get to Hartlepool, Ashland will also be making an appearance at the High Wycombe and District MRS’s Wycrail show on the Saturday 3rd November also at a new venue this year at the Cressex Community School, Cressex Road, High Wycombe, Bucks  HP12 4UD.

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