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News: Great Electric Train Show

Published 5 October 2015, 20:56

Final preparations are underway for this weekend's third Great Electric Train Show, sponsored by Hornby Magazine, at the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon, Warwickshire

The show line-up is complete and promises a star-studded roster of 27 layouts, more than 30 traders and an exciting mix of quality demonstrations.

Continuing the high standard of layouts, topping the bill this year is Shipley Model Railway Society's Leicester South GC (HM79) which models the Great Central Main Line in the 1950s. Also appearing is Southampton Model Railway Society's impressive Ackthorpe (HM39), also in 4mm scale, which models a colliery site in the late 1960s with a combination of Midland and Eastern Region motive power.

Similarly modelling the BR steam and transition era in 'OO' is Peter Midwinter's Bridge of Muir (HM96), Bob Vaughan's compact Gas Lane (HM29), Redditch MRC's Oakenshaw (HM89), Nick Skelton's Rumbling Bridge (HM94), Abbotswood Junction by Phil and James Bullock (HM89), Lutterworth Railway Society's Stamford East (HM90) and Hornby Magazine's Shortley Bridge and Felton Cement Works.

Other recent additions to the line-up include Sydney Gardens by the Park Keepers, modelling the famous stretch of line on the approach to Bath on the Western Region in 'OO' and Meacham in 'N' gauge from the Leamington and Warwick Model Railway Society.

These will be joined by modern traction layouts including Paul Wade's Tonbridge West Yard in 4mm scale, making a welcome return to the exhibition circuit this year, Widnes Vine Yard by the Wirral Finescale Railway Modellers in 4mm scale, Burnshaw North Western in 'N' gauge by Dave Forshaw, Hornby Magazine's new 'N' gauge project layout, West Riding Power and more.

Pre-nationalisation hasn't been forgotten, with Graham Muspratt's Fisherton Sarum (HM22) and Gloucester MRC's Cheltenham South and Leckhampton portraying the era.

'O' gauge will be represented by Lincoln and District MRC's stunning Aisthorpe (HM95), Mike Bisset's St Marnock Shed (HM65) and Nigel Adams' The MPD. 3mm scale is also represented with Paul Hopkins' Redford Junction (HM77) joining the line-up.

A special feature for this year's show is a Double O Gauge Association area which will feature four selected layouts. In the dedicated area will be Belmont Road by Colin Snowdon (HM86), Manston Airport by Andy Hopper (HM85), Chillingbourne by Chris White (HM91) and Blacklade by Stephen Siddle.

The Skills Zone demonstration area has been expanded to cover three rooms this year with demonstrators including Tim Shackleton and Mick Bonwick on the subject of weathering, with opportunities to try your hand at weathering under expert guidance, Paul Chetter showing his latest DCC sound projects (Sunday only) and the 82G Loco Group demonstrating locomotive and rolling stock construction. Plus, as a special feature this year, Alan Buttler of Modelu will be providing a 3D laser scanning demonstration where you will be able to be scanned with footplate equipment and the option to be recreated in miniature!

In the main halls further demonstrations will be available on tree making with Ceynix Trees and in the use of static grasses with Greenscene.

An extensive line-up of traders have been gathered including show supporters Bachmann Europe and Hornby Hobbies who will be displaying their latest pre-production samples and the teams will be on hand to answer questions about their respective ranges. Also, Bachmann's Collector's Club is visiting the show the first time together with Gaugemaster, Locomotion Models and Train-Tech to extend the variety.

Returning to the Great Electric Train Show are well known stands including Cheltenham Model Centre, DCC Supplies, DC Kits, Digitrains, Golden Age Models, Grimy Times, Lord and Butler, Sankey Scenics and more together with specialists including ADM Turntables, H & A Models, P&D Marsh Models, Skytrex and Ten Commandments. See the Traders section for the full list of traders attending this year's event.

The Hornby Magazine stand will also be there with a selection of show-only offers on subscriptions, together with our limited edition models, modelling accessories and publications. Hornby Magazine's editorial team will also be on hand across the weekend.

Tickets will be available on-the-day priced at adults £12, concessions £10, children £8 and family (2+3) £34.

Tickets include a free souvenir show guide and freedom of the Heritage Motor Centre's impressive collection of British motoring history. Make sure you plan your visit so you don't miss the stunning motor vehicles on display.

A free bus service will be operating on SATURDAY ONLY between Leamington Spa railway station and the Heritage Motor Centre. You can download a copy of the bus timetable from the Visitors section of the website. Buses will leave from the front of Leamington Spa railway station and will be clearly labelled.

Doors open 10am both days (9.30am for advance ticket holders), with a busy weekend of railway modelling guaranteed!

We look forward to welcoming you to The Great Electric Train Show in Gaydon, Warwickshire this weekend!

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