Warley 2010

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Warley 2010

Postby Grahame » Fri Sep 24, 2010 1:05 am

Only two months to go until the big 'un. Who will be going?

However, I've been having a look at who and what will be there (layouts, trade, demos, etc.,) and notice that there seems to be shortage of the traditional N gauge suppliers. From the list (link below) I can't see Plus Daughters, Osborns, Townfoot, CJM, Mercig, ERG, TPM/ATM, N Train, It's N Gauge, Union Mills, etc.

http://www.thewarleyshow.co.uk/trade.htm

Are our smaller specialist traders being priced out of it?
Is TINGS taking over as the biggie?
Or is it just too early?
It all begs the question - is it still worth going?

G.

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Re: Warley 2010

Postby Flakmunky » Fri Sep 24, 2010 7:15 am

My ticket arrived yesterday. I'll be going on the Saturday and it'll be my first one so I will have nothing to compare it to.

I'm hoping there will be a lot of traders there with some good bargains?

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Re: Warley 2010

Postby Bufferstop » Fri Sep 24, 2010 10:09 am

If last year was anything to go on the Advance Ticket early admission is now the main opening. The few who pay at the door just tag on the end. I arrived at 9:15, the queue was about six across and stretched from the top of the steps round to Hall 3. Got in about 10:05.
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Re: Warley 2010

Postby ElDavo » Fri Sep 24, 2010 10:43 am

I'll be there both days operating our club O gauge layout, Abbotstone. Don't recall ever seeing any great bargains at Warley though there have always been lots of people looking or them! It would take a whole day just to look at all the layouts ley alone all the trade.

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Re: Warley 2010

Postby Zunnan » Fri Sep 24, 2010 10:50 am

Haven't been to Warley for the past 2 years, and don't intend on going this year either. Its an overcrowded, over priced cess pit of the rude and ignorant.

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Re: Warley 2010

Postby Mirrlees » Fri Sep 24, 2010 11:18 am

I'll be on Pengwne Crossing for both days. At least I will be able to pick up my snow ploughs their.
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Re: Warley 2010

Postby sishades » Fri Sep 24, 2010 12:16 pm

I will not be attending due to the above reasons but I am planning on going to Spalding and Peterborough. In my new toy of course.
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Re: Warley 2010

Postby 0121modeller » Fri Sep 24, 2010 12:19 pm

I'll be going, I missed it last year due to us moving house etc.
N.E.C. is'nt too far from me though :D , I will catch train there... as parking the car is too expensive.

I agree, it is very overcrowded, the venue being central england with good road & rail networks makes it so popular for all, but so near to christmas though :( expensive time.
IMO would be better to re-schedule future warley/NEC venues to an earlier month ?..., Ideally a bank holiday period woud help ease over the crowding at stands.

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Re: Warley 2010

Postby Grahame » Fri Sep 24, 2010 12:38 pm

0121modeller wrote:Ideally a bank holiday period woud help ease over the crowding at stands.


I'd have thought that a bank holiday weekend date would be even more crowded, not less. Other events on such weekends that I've attended in the past are always popular and well attended. People seem to make a bigger effort to go away to things if they've got an extra day off work to travel and/or recover.

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Re: Warley 2010

Postby b308 » Fri Sep 24, 2010 1:03 pm

I won't be going as there's little of interest for me... specialised exhibitions are much more worthwhile, and as Zunan and Sishades have said its not a pleasent place to be...

It used to be such a cracking exhibition as well... when it was held in Warley! :wink:

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Re: Warley 2010

Postby Bufferstop » Fri Sep 24, 2010 2:20 pm

To those who weren't there last year, despite the huge crowd waiting to get in, once inside it wasn't as crowded as in previous years. At least it didn't seem so to me. I adopted a different tactic which seemed to work. Having acquired my customary "Charity wagon" I headed for the furthest point in the hall then made my leisurely way back. For my part I'm not so interested in bargains, more the chance to get a hands on look at stuff that's normally only available (to me) on-line. The aisles were definitely wider and the refreshment areas larger than before. The one thing that was different but probably made the place less claustrophobic was very few of the layouts and small stands having high level fascia boards. I would imagine that for many exhibitors they were an expense to have and to transport, that they could manage without.
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Re: Warley 2010

Postby 44007 » Fri Sep 24, 2010 11:38 pm

Having talked to a couple of trade stand holders at INGS they were saying that Warley would cost close to a grand to attend if you include hotels petrol etc so not surprising that so few specialist N Gauge suppliers are attending particularly the likes of CJM, Mercig and Millifields who basically sell their time rather than a product that they just get from a supplier. In general this seems to be a complaint across the board with less and less specialist traders attending shows. At the moment a large amount of the fees paid by the trade is used to pay for the model layouts on show including all the operators hotels, meal and travel expenses. In some respects this is a little harsh on some of the specialist traders as I know that I for one have made trips to certain exhibitions just because the likes of BH Enterprises and N Brass have been there. No easy solutions I know but probably worth a debate and would be interesting to hear from a trade point of view if there are any out there.

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Re: Warley 2010

Postby Benn » Wed Sep 29, 2010 11:52 pm

I haven't yet made my mind up whether I'm going... Last year I wasn't that impressed on the N Gauge front traderwise, it was mostly off the shelf stuff at prices that didn't tempt me, I managed to spend about £25 with the traders, my main purchase being a Dapol/Signal Box 'Test Car 1' RTC Autocoach, compare that to the £200+ I parted with at TINGS, resulting in a full rucsac!!
For me, TINGS is now very firmly 'the big one', I've been for the past three years and it's an event I really look forward to. :)

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Re: Warley 2010

Postby its-n-gauge » Sun Oct 03, 2010 10:35 pm

I will be there with the Crianlarich layout which is based on 1986/87, At the moment the layout is undergoing a face lift to get it up to standard for the event, also i am currently converting some new DCC ready 37/0s into large logo 37/4s in time for the event, unfortually i will not be trading there, however i am sure that our products will be on a couple of trade stands at the event.
I was told by Colin from Bachmann during T.I.N.G.S that the class 03 will be on display at Warley although it will not be in the shops untill early next year and im sure there will be a few other surprises that we dont know about making a debut at the event.

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Re: Warley 2010

Postby BROADTRAIN1979 » Thu Oct 07, 2010 12:43 am

Hi, have mentioned this, on another thread. Got my tickets, for the nec ,in august. My first time so, hoping, it should be good :)
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