THE Christmas show - Manchester 2 & 3 December 2017!

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Allegheny1600
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THE Christmas show - Manchester 2 & 3 December 2017!

Postby Allegheny1600 » Sun Jul 09, 2017 2:54 pm

Christmas is coming!

For many railway modellers Christmas means a trip to
Manchester. With just 150 days until THE Christmas Model
Railway Show opens, the Manchester Model Railway Society is
proud to reveal today the line up of layouts and other
attractions for this popular exhibition. The exhibition will again
be held in the comfortable and well appointed surroundings of
the Barnes Wallis building on the University of Manchester’s
northern campus, a mere 250m from Piccadilly Station. It
remains the ONLY model rail exhibition to be held in the centre
of a major UK city.

The exhibition caters for the whole family. As well as an impressive selection
of high quality layouts, most of which have featured in the specialist modelling
press, there will be a number of activities for children, a wide and varied range
of traders, demonstrations of modelling techniques and other, less common,
attractions.
Exhibition coordinator, Philip Sweet said:
We try to be innovative. Last year we hosted a film première, this
year we have an art exhibition. We are showcasing the work of
talented local transport artist Roger Markland, whose paintings of
railway scenes are highly regarded. There will also be a small display
of material linked to Sir William Stanier, Chief Mechanical Engineer of
the LMS who was our Honorary President for 27 years.
Our unique city centre location makes it easy for visitors to reach us
from all over the country. We have one of the most comfortable
venues on the exhibition circuit, and we are flattered that over 6% of
last year’s visitors travelled in excess of 100 miles to attend. We are
also proud that 75% of our visitors used public transport to attend
the exhibition – including 53% by train!
It’s not just the visitors who travel a long way, this year there are
layouts from as far afield as Cornwall, Surrey, Somerset, and
Cambridgeshire, so there is a rich variety of layouts which are rarely
seen in the north of England.


The Society website contains details and pictures of all the layouts, and much
more information about the exhibition. http://www.mmrs.co.uk/exhibition
To be kept informed of developments as the Exhibition takes shape, join
our mailing list by emailing: exhibition@mmrs.co.uk
My other club's exhibition: viewtopic.php?f=50&t=51861

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Re: THE Christmas show - Manchester 2 & 3 December 2017!

Postby Allegheny1600 » Wed Aug 02, 2017 2:50 pm

Full Steam Ahead!

Preparations for THE Christmas Model Railway Show are
running smoothly as the Manchester Model Railway Society
prepares for the 82nd public exhibition in its 92 year history.
The exhibition will again be held in the comfortable and well
appointed surroundings of the Barnes Wallis building, less than
3 minutes walk from Piccadilly Station.

The exhibition will feature some of the best finescale layouts in the country,
most of which have appeared in the pages of the various specialist modelling
magazines in the last two years. The layouts represent railways in Denmark,
France, Ireland and the USA as well as the UK, and vary in size from 1/148
scale to 1/36 scale. There will also be some static exhibits in the larger 1/16
scale.
As well as the layouts, there will be hands-on activities for both children and
adults and a wide range of traders eager to sell both specialist modelling
supplies and presents for Christmas.
The comfortable venue, with its easy access by public transport and close
proximity to the celebrated Manchester Christmas Street Markets, make it
an ideal pre-Christmas trip for all the family – especially as children are
admitted free.

The exhibition is open on Saturday 2nd (10:00-17:30) and Sunday 3rd
December (10:00-16:30).
Admission is £9 on the door, but reduced price
advanced tickets will be available on-line from 1st September.

The Society website contains details and pictures of all the layouts, and much
more information about the many other attractions at the exhibition.
http://www.mmrs.co.uk/exhibition

To be kept informed of developments as the Exhibition takes shape, join
our mailing list by emailing: exhibition@mmrs.co.uk
My other club's exhibition: viewtopic.php?f=50&t=51861

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Re: THE Christmas show - Manchester 2 & 3 December 2017!

Postby Allegheny1600 » Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:29 pm

Hi All,
Advance tickets are now on sale here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-chri ... =ehomecard

Please see website for details of traders: http://www.mmrs.co.uk/traders2017/

And layouts booked: http://www.mmrs.co.uk/exhibition/layouts2017/

It’s sure to be a great show.
John.
My other club's exhibition: viewtopic.php?f=50&t=51861

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Re: THE Christmas show - Manchester 2 & 3 December 2017!

Postby m.levin » Sat Sep 23, 2017 4:34 am

I will hopefully be going, want some items for a number of traders at the show.

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Re: THE Christmas show - Manchester 2 & 3 December 2017!

Postby Allegheny1600 » Sat Sep 23, 2017 3:23 pm

Glad to hear that, buddy.
Don't forget to make a list. Even that is no guarantee for me, though! In that, I'm still likely to forget things or even, the list itself!
Cheers,
John.
My other club's exhibition: viewtopic.php?f=50&t=51861

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Re: THE Christmas show - Manchester 2 & 3 December 2017!

Postby m.levin » Sat Sep 23, 2017 3:38 pm

I will have a list, as it will be a quick in and quick out, don't enjoy going to shows, not because of the show, but more the select few that visit these shows, model railways do have a small following of socially scared ignorant old weird Scotter driving pricks!

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Re: THE Christmas show - Manchester 2 & 3 December 2017!

Postby Allegheny1600 » Thu Sep 28, 2017 12:23 pm

Annascaul (OOn3, 4mm=1ft, 12mm gauge)

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Photo (c) Paul Titmuss

Annascaul (Abhainn an Scail) is a station on the 3ft gauge Tralee & Dingle Light Railway, County Kerry, which opened in 1891 to passengers and goods traffic. Spring 1939 saw the end of passenger trains and the daily goods was discontinued in 1946. This left the once monthly cattle trains as the only source of revenue and these services came to an end in June 1953.

The station was one of two intermediate passing places on the railway. Collecting information for the model has not proved to be as easy as first anticipated and new facts are still coming to light. Lots of photos were taken here by railfans but buildings were obscured by stock and steam and the infrastructure was definitely not of prime concern.

Four trains run representing the T & D. Watch out for others though from Irish lines, the Isle of Man and even French metre gauge.
My other club's exhibition: viewtopic.php?f=50&t=51861

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Re: THE Christmas show - Manchester 2 & 3 December 2017!

Postby Allegheny1600 » Wed Oct 04, 2017 12:03 pm

Banbury (N scale, 2mm=1ft, 9mm gauge)

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CC Ian Lampkin

Banbury station lies on a busy cross-country route between Birmingham and Didcot, where it joins the Great Western Mainline. The Chiltern Railways mainline towards London Marylebone diverges a few miles South at Aynho Junction. There is a lot of freight traffic, mainly container s to and from Southampton. Chiltern Trains operate the majority of passenger services but Cross Country trains have two an hour each way and First Great Western have a local service that terminates at Banbury. Until January 2011 there were Wrexham and Shropshire loco hauled passenger trains. Chiltern Trains have now introduced loco hauled trains on weekdays between London and Birmingham.

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CC Ian Lampkin

Peco fine-scale code 55 track has been used with SEEP solenoids to operate the turnouts. All buildings have been scratch built from plastic sheet and are as close to scale as can be from scaling from photographs. Great use of Google maps and Google Streets has been made to check proportions and locations of buildings relative to each other. Rolling stock and locomotives have been detailed and are from manufacturers such as Graham Farish and Dapol.

Control is via Digitrax Digital Command Control. Turnouts are also controlled via stationary decoders. To control both the trains and turnouts, we use iPods and iPhones running an app called Wi Throttle. This then communicates with the DCC system via a wireless router connected to a laptop that runs the free software JMRI. The laptop is connected to the DCC command station using an interface called Loco Buffer. Touchscreen PC’s are used for the track plan and turnout control and showing their status.
My other club's exhibition: viewtopic.php?f=50&t=51861

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Re: THE Christmas show - Manchester 2 & 3 December 2017!

Postby Allegheny1600 » Fri Oct 06, 2017 1:47 pm

International Rail in Manchester!

With just 8 weeks until THE Christmas Model Railway Show
opens, the Manchester Model Railway Society is delighted to
announce that it has been chosen by the Italian company
JellyModels for the launch of its product range in the UK.
Despite its name, the company is a manufacturer of very rigid
high precision specialist models!


JellyModels is just one of over twenty specialist traders who will be attending
the event but the stars of the show, as always, will be the visiting model railway
layouts. Most of the layouts have appeared in the national modelling press
recently, so the exhibition offers a great chance to see some of the best model
railways in the country at a comfortable and convenient venue.

The exhibition caters for the whole family. As well as an impressive selection
of high quality layouts, there will be a number of activities for children, a wide
and varied range of traders, demonstrations of modelling techniques and
other, less common, attractions.

Exhibition coordinator, Philip Sweet said:
“The choice of THE Christmas Model Railway Show for this product launch
reflects the reputation for innovation, and the continuing high regard with
which the Manchester Model Railway Society is held. I think we were also
chosen because our exhibition is a very friendly, family show in
comfortable surroundings which is very easy to get to. Our excellent
transport links – we’re about 250m from Piccadilly station meant that 6%
of our visitors last year travelled over 100 miles to see us and 75% of our
visitors used public transport.”


In addition to the models and traders, this year’s exhibition will feature
the work of talented local transport artist Roger Markland, whose
paintings of railway scenes are highly regarded, and a small display of
material linked to Sir William Stanier, Chief Mechanical Engineer of the
LMS who was the Society’s Honorary President for 27 years.

Children are admitted free and advance tickets are now on sale from the
Society’s website. As last year, there are activities for children, including the
chance to win a complete model railway set!

The exhibition opens on Saturday 2nd December at 10am (though advance
ticket holders will be admitted earlier) and continues on Sunday 3rd, at the
comfortable and well-appointed surroundings of the Barnes Wallis building on
the University of Manchester’s northern campus on Sackville Street. It remains
the ONLY model rail exhibition to be held in the centre of a major UK city.

The Society website contains details and pictures of all the layouts and much
more information about the exhibition. http://www.mmrs.co.uk/exhibition

To be kept informed of developments as the Exhibition takes shape, join
our mailing list by emailing: exhibition@mmrs.co.uk
My other club's exhibition: viewtopic.php?f=50&t=51861


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