Railex 2018

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David Bigcheeseplant
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Railex 2018

Postby David Bigcheeseplant » Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:28 pm

RAILEX 2018
26 & 27 May 2018

Stoke Mandeville Stadium
Stadium Approach
Aylesbury Bucks
HP21 9PP

Free vintage bus from Aylesbury railway station
7mm Scale

Dock Green, O Gauge, Exhibited by Chaz Harrison, This model depicts a small goods yard in Dock Green, a scruffy industrial area somewhere in North East London, and part of the Eastern Region of British Railways.
The Summit - Draper’s Sidings, O Gauge, Exhibited by Yeovil Model Railway Group, The layout is loosely based on the summit of the Settle and Carlisle at Ais Gill. The track layout with the lay-by sidings is close to what once existed here. The viaduct is based on the one at Ais Gill.


4mm Scale

Burntisland 1883, P4 Gauge, Exhibited by East of Scotland 4mm Group, This was the Southern terminus of the North British Railway system in Fife and the North. Passengers and goods had to transfer to ferry boats which took them across the Firth to Granton.
Canute Road Quay, OO Gauge, Exhibited by Graham ‘Muz’ Muspratt, Canute Road Quay is a dock / quayside layout located somewhere around the Canute Road area within Southampton Docks operated primarily by the Southern Railway between 1946 to 1949. Occasionally it can be operated in different eras such as early or late British Railways periods.
Croft Depot, P4 Gauge, Exhibited by Duncan Wilcock, The layout is based on the 1829 Stockton and Darlington Railway’s Croft branch in County Durham, and is set in the early 1950s so I can run older pre-nationalisation and pre-grouping wagons alongside more ‘modern’ BR standard wagons.
Ellesmere, OO Gauge, Exhibited by Phil Greaves, Ellesmere is set in the period of 1958-1962, and is situated on the Cambrian Railways main line between Whitchurch and Oswestry.
Harkness, EM Gauge, Exhibited by Tony Bucknell, The Belford to Harkness Light Railway connected the East Coast Mainline at Belford to the small seaside village of Harkness. The layout is based on the similar line which ran from Chathill to Seahouses called the North Sunderland Railway. Trains are run in various time periods be it 1930s 40s or 50s.
Hebble Vale Goods, EM Gauge, Exhibited by Karl Crowther, The layout is a nostalgia trip back to 1970s Halifax, despite the general industrial decline of the 1970s, it is envisaged that the yard is still kept busy with supplies for the coal depot. Other local industries are still hanging-on in the form of light engineering, confectionery, textiles and mail order catalogue businesses.
Herstmonceux, OO Gauge, Exhibited by Andy Jones, In the early 1950s Herstmonceux was a rural country station on the former London, Brighton and South Coast Railway’s (LBSCR) “Ouse Valley Line”. The Ouse Valley line linked the London to Brighton main line to the South Coast at St Leonards.
Hewisbridge, OO Gauge, Exhibited by Ian Porteous, Hewisbridge is a small market town somewhere in the Scottish Borders in the late 1950s, and is intended to represent the railways which were once commonplace in the Scottish Borders and much inspiration has been drawn from the Waverley route as most of the structures are based on those from various locations on that famous line.
Hornsey Broadway, EM Gauge, Exhibited by Kier Hardy, Hornsey Broadway sets out to represent the line as it would have appeared during the early 1970s, with the junction and line from Stratford, joining the GN tracks from Finsbury Park. It features a station to the north, and a loco depot at Hornsey Road to the south, in between, is a typical north London landscape.
Kirkby Stephen West, OO Gauge, Exhibited by Ian MacDonald & Martin Wright, This layout depicts the an actual location on the Settle and Carlisle line in the period 1955 to 1964, which covers the early part of the transition period from Steam to Diesel traction.
Kyle of Sutherland, P4 Gauge, Exhibited by Stuart Holt, It models the passing loop station of Culrain in Ross-shire on the Far North line of the former Highland Railway from Inverness to Wick and Thurso, as it was in 1960, the trains covering the period 1955-1962.
North Ballachulish, EM Gauge, Exhibited by Andy Cooper, Set in 1970/71 apart from passengers and freight traffic by the ubiquitous 27s and also 26s down from Inverness, there are goods workings to Kinlochleven (Presflos and Cov Hops from Burntisland) as well as a daily passenger working for the smelter workers.
The Mill, EM Gauge, Exhibited by Jason Thomas & Chris Rogers, Minimum space industrial layout set around a textile mill on the East Lancs / West Riding border.


2mm Scale

Foxcote New Pit, 9.42mm Gauge, Exhibited by Jerry Clifford, The layout is set in the North Somerset Coalfield. It's essentially Highbury Colliery, enlarged and rebuilt to place it into a mainline setting with exchange sidings rather than the old setting on a twig off a branch. It's now Somerset and Dorset in the early/mid 1920s.


247 Developments: Etched name and numberplates, plus detail components and complete kits.
Alan Gibson: 4mm and 7mm wheels and kits.
ALL Components: All the electrical bits that you need to wire your layout.
AMBIS Engineering: Manufacturers of primarily etched components for modellers for 4mm or 7mm scales.
Bill Hudson Transport Books: Carrying a huge range of railway books both new and second-hand.
Ceynix Railway Trees: Handmade trees in various sizes made in the UK by a UK modeller.
Cheltenham Model Centre: Most ranges of RTR locos and rolling stock.
D&E Video - Realtrack Models - Legomanbiffo: Plastic kits for D&E modelling plus railway DVDs, and Fabulous Sound Decoders.
Eileen's Emporium: Tools, sheet metal, rod, tube and any thing else you need for scratch building.
Golden Arrow: Locos not supplied by the main manufactures.
Gramodels: Suppliers of quality resin Military Vehicles/Equipment from 2mm to 7mm. {C}
High Level Kits: Producer of state-of-the-art 4mm scale kits of the more appealing and unusual industrial locomotives.
Hobby Holidays: A husband and wife team offering "Hobbies with Hospitality".
Ian's Trains: Pre-owned OO & N gauge rolling stock.
Isinglass Models: Suppliers of fine scale LNER drawings used and recommended by modellers for over 40 years.
Judith Edge Kits: 4 & 7mm scale brass kits for industrial diesels.
London Road Models: Designing and manufacturing of 4mm locos and rolling stock etched kits.
Minerva Model Railways:Ready to run O gauge locos.
Model Railway Developments: Wagon and Coach underframe kits and bits, pre-assembled sprung buffers and white metal figures.
Modelu: Specialising in high resolution 3D printing of scale figures and detailed component parts.
N Brass Locos: Brass kits for N gauge.
PenBits Model Railways: A range of etched brass kits for adding sprung suspensions to proprietary 4mm scale diesel locomotives.
Plus Daughters: N & Z gauge RTR and detailing parts.
Radley Models: Provides resin and white metal kits (ex Harrow Model Shop) for tube and surface kits for London Transport railway models. {C}
Road Transport Images: A range of resin-bodied/whitemetal road vehicle kits.
Roger Carpenter Photographs: Looking for that picture of a station or piece of rolling stock, you should find it here.
Roxey Mouldings: Mostly southern railway kits in 4 & 7mm scales.
Rumney Models: Offer a range of finescale kits and components for the late steam / early diesel modeller.
Severn Models: Create model kits in etched brass, ideal for model railway builders. {C}
South Eastern Finecast: Cast white metal locomotive kits in 4mm scale.
Sunningwell Command Control Ltd: Digitrax, Soundtraxx, North Coast Engineering, Train Control Systems (TCS) and CML and other products.
Taff Vale/Dragon Models: Have a range of 7mm and 4mm etched brass kits.
Tools 2000: Comprehensive selection of the Expo Drills and Tools for all your model making needs.
Wild Swan Books Ltd: All the Wild Swan books and Magazines can be purchased here.
Wizard Models Ltd: Specialise in providing kits and components to our fellow model railway enthusiasts, particularly in 4mm and 7mm.

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Steve Carter
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Re: Railex 2018

Postby Steve Carter » Sun May 20, 2018 4:46 pm

The Society Stand will be at Railex next weekend where Mike Ainsworth, Danny Cockling and I will be looking forward to welcoming lots of visitors. It promises to be another cracking exhibition.

We are Stand 34 and we look forward to seeing many of you. So if you are coming then please drop by and say hello. If you still need to renew your membership then you will be able to at Railex on the Society Stand.

If you can’t make Railex and have yet to renew your membership for 2018/19 then please follow this link to the Membership Renewals page https://www.scalefour.org/membership/renew

I look forward to either seeing you at Railex or hearing from you soon.

Best wishes

Steve

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Re: Railex 2018

Postby dcockling » Sun May 20, 2018 4:53 pm

Looking forward to it...hope to see many of you there.
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Re: Railex 2018

Postby David Bigcheeseplant » Tue May 22, 2018 6:12 am

We have 3 P4 layouts this year including Kyle of Sutherland which I am not sure that has been exhibited before.

www.railex.org.uk gives full details of the show, including the timetable of our free routemaster bus that departs Aylesbury railway station car park. You will be able to purchace tickets and programmes on the bus too.

David

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Re: Railex 2018

Postby Terry Bendall » Tue May 22, 2018 2:22 pm

David Bigcheeseplant wrote:We have 3 P4 layouts this year including Kyle of Sutherland which I am not sure that has been exhibited before.


Kyle of Sutherland was shown at Scaleforum 2012 at an early stage of construction. I am looking forward to seeing progress since then.

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Re: Railex 2018

Postby David Bigcheeseplant » Fri May 25, 2018 8:08 am

Just a late minute update, due to unforeseen circumstances the layout Ellemere has had to withdraw, the space has been taken by Mega Point Controllers.

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Re: Railex 2018

Postby kelly » Fri May 25, 2018 10:02 am

Looking forward to the show. Will be popping down on the Sunday (the last day of my 30s incidently). Always a worthwhile visit (on the list along with ExpoEMs and Scalefour shows as must visit each year).
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Re: Railex 2018

Postby Horsetan » Sun May 27, 2018 11:35 am

Turned out alright on the Saturday. Hall was packed in the morning, and humidity levels did rise. For the first time ever, I could park the car without having to go to the overspill car park.

Couldn't get near Hornsey Broadway until mid-afternoon.

Burntisland very good and keeps on expanding like The Galaxy Song, though the cellophane waters in the harbour looked decidedly choppy, and one of the shunting horses appears to only have two legs.

The rest of it was alright, and the trade support good as it always is. Couple of useful frets snaffled from Rumney Models. NB: anyone wanting to try their bogie kit for the Class 47 should note that Justin plans to withdraw it... and possibly some of his other diesel bogies. There is still no sprung bogie on the market for the Dapol Western and I wonder if Penbits might have a go at it one day?
That would be an ecumenical matter.

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Re: Railex 2018

Postby Tony Wilkins » Mon May 28, 2018 8:24 pm

I visited Sunday, it was busy then too. I ended up in the overflow car park for the first time.
Hornsey Broadway was equally popular with the visitors keeping a large crowd entertained all day. Interesting layout, capturing the atmosphere of the area even if it was something of a collage of snippets from the local area and took some historical liberties. It certainly entertained, which rather begs the question what people want from exhibition layouts?
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Re: Railex 2018

Postby Terry Bendall » Tue May 29, 2018 7:20 am

Tony Wilkins wrote:It certainly entertained, which rather begs the question what people want from exhibition layouts?Regards


Probably all of the above and more. Different people can take different things from a layout and any layout can be enjoyed from many different perspectives.

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Re: Railex 2018

Postby Le Corbusier » Tue May 29, 2018 9:07 pm

Managed to sneak over for a couple of hours on Sunday morning. :)

I got to see Burntisland for the first time in the flesh .... which was a treat. I found myself captivated by the locos and stock. :D I hadn't realised what a beautiful set of scratch built offerings they were - oh to have had dedicated lighting, a top notch camera with the skill set to go with it, and dedicated time to photo the various trains close up in-situ.

Oh ... and I thought the rest of the model was pretty good as well. :thumb

You can tell I am a dedicated pre-grouping fan ;)

Thoroughly enjoyed my canter around the rest of the hall as well.
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Re: Railex 2018

Postby Captain Kernow » Thu May 31, 2018 2:37 pm

Tony Wilkins wrote:Hornsey Broadway was equally popular with the visitors keeping a large crowd entertained all day. Interesting layout, capturing the atmosphere of the area even if it was something of a collage of snippets from the local area and took some historical liberties.

I'm not quite sure if you are saying that this is a bad thing?

It certainly captured the atmosphere, in bucket loads and deservedly won an award.
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Re: Railex 2018

Postby Captain Kernow » Thu May 31, 2018 2:38 pm

My favourite layouts, however, were the smaller ones, specifically 'The Mill' and (kind of like its larger cousin) 'Hebble Vale Goods', together with the sublime 'Croft Depot'.

Oh dear, I've just realised that the first two aren't even P4. Tut tut!
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Re: Railex 2018

Postby Tony Wilkins » Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:01 pm

Captain Kernow wrote:
Tony Wilkins wrote:Hornsey Broadway was equally popular with the visitors keeping a large crowd entertained all day. Interesting layout, capturing the atmosphere of the area even if it was something of a collage of snippets from the local area and took some historical liberties.

I'm not quite sure if you are saying that this is a bad thing?

It certainly captured the atmosphere, in bucket loads and deservedly won an award.


It is no bad thing in itself provided this is made clear to the viewers. I felt the impression could easily be gained from the presentation, by those unfamiliar with the area, that it was rather nearer reality than was the case. Even so, I for one thoroughly enjoyed watching it for quite some time and I give them due credit for what they have achieved. I hope I can do half as well with my current project Brimsdown.
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Re: Railex 2018

Postby Mike Garwood » Fri Jun 01, 2018 7:08 pm

Anyone like to post some photos, for those of us... #tied up in a caravan in Folkestone! #

#edit : not allowed out, not enough brownie points, I blame the painting and decorating gremlins

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Re: Railex 2018

Postby Re6/6 » Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:52 pm

Mike, snaps of all the layouts here:

http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index. ... may/page-9 from post #220.
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Re: Railex 2018

Postby tmcsean » Sat Jun 02, 2018 11:45 am

Captain Kernow wrote:My favourite layouts, however, were the smaller ones, specifically 'The Mill' and (kind of like its larger cousin) 'Hebble Vale Goods', together with the sublime 'Croft Depot'.

Oh dear, I've just realised that the first two aren't even P4. Tut tut!


My view was rather different. As someone living in a smallish terraced house in central London I can completely understand the under to build layouts with a viewing area about the size of a modern TV set. They are fun to build and can be made presentable in a short time. They also work really well in photographs - and as I write this I am looking at my own 27x12" model-posing diorama which I am quite proud of. However, for me they don't work as exhibitions layout unless they are built by master-modellers (eg Exmouth Quay and the Gravetts' work). So often there is, necessarily maybe, a contrived air to the location, especially with regard to getting trains on and off stage.

It's personal preference, but the only small layout I spent any real time watching was the fabulous Foxcote, which was so lovely you could eat it.

Tony

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Re: Railex 2018

Postby Mike Garwood » Sat Jun 02, 2018 2:04 pm

Thanks John

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Re: Railex 2018

Postby Captain Kernow » Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:05 pm

tmcsean wrote:
Captain Kernow wrote:My favourite layouts, however, were the smaller ones, specifically 'The Mill' and (kind of like its larger cousin) 'Hebble Vale Goods', together with the sublime 'Croft Depot'.

Oh dear, I've just realised that the first two aren't even P4. Tut tut!


My view was rather different. As someone living in a smallish terraced house in central London I can completely understand the under to build layouts with a viewing area about the size of a modern TV set. They are fun to build and can be made presentable in a short time. They also work really well in photographs - and as I write this I am looking at my own 27x12" model-posing diorama which I am quite proud of. However, for me they don't work as exhibitions layout unless they are built by master-modellers (eg Exmouth Quay and the Gravetts' work). So often there is, necessarily maybe, a contrived air to the location, especially with regard to getting trains on and off stage.

It's personal preference, but the only small layout I spent any real time watching was the fabulous Foxcote, which was so lovely you could eat it.

Tony

I'd say that 'The Mill' and 'Hebble Vale Goods' are equally as good as some of the other 'master modellers' that you mention (all praise to both that you mention, though, plus Jerry Clifford for 'Foxcote').
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Re: Railex 2018

Postby Horsetan » Tue Dec 11, 2018 12:15 am

Roll on RailEx 2019?
That would be an ecumenical matter.


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