BLOG: Scottish Inspiration


Despite the best efforts of mother nature (Storm Doris) to hinder my journey to Glasgow, this time last week I was  inside the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre staffing the Hornby Magazine stand at Model Rail Scotland. If you stopped by for a chat or collared me whilst I was viewing the exhibits, it was great to meet you!

Hosted by the Association of Model Railway Societies in Scotland (AMRSS), this premier show in the exhibition calendar has been a favourite of mine for as long as I can remember. With more than 50 layouts on display, there were a few that were new to my eyes and plenty of Scottish examples, which is one of my areas of modelling interest.

Eye-catching cameo on Bonnybridge Model Railway Club’s ‘OO’ gauge layout, Kinnaird.

East of Scotland 4mm Group’s ‘P4’ Burntisland 1883 proved popular with the viewing public.

Doug Kightley’s sensational model of the Forth Rail Bridge in ‘T’ gauge, formed from over 1300 3D printed parts

From south of the border there was a good selection of layouts too, including a few diesel and electric era layouts that caught my eye with Tonbridge West Yard – a favourite of mine which I had the pleasure of seeing at the Hornby Magazine sponsored Great Electric Train Show in 2015 – was the star on this front. Plus it had ‘Jaffa Cakes’ in the form of this 4-CEP…

‘Jaffa Cake’ liveried 4-CEP Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) stabled on Paul Wade’s ‘OO’ gauge Tonbridge West Yard.

Nick Gurney’s 6ft x 1ft ‘OO’ gauge layout, The Sidings, showed what can be achieved in a small space.

Manufacturers including Bachmann, Hornby, Oxford Rail and Peco were also at the show again this year, with numerous examples of models in development and imminent arrivals on display, guaranteeing plenty to see for the huge crowds that turned up across the three days.

Oxford Diecast’s recently announced 1:76 Scale road/rail Land Rover in Network Rail livery.

For me though, it’s not all about the exhibition – it’s also the journey to and from the event that excites me, offering a great chance to update my photographic library with images of multiple units, locomotives and railway infrastructure for potential modelling projects. There is so much to see and it is ever-evolving with new technology and rolling stock sweeping in all the time. Thankfully, there are still many reminders of the railway’s heritage to see and I’ve included a few that caught my eye on my travels last week.

New style LED signalling at Peterborough

Class 334 EMU 334023 approaches Edinburgh Waverley from Princes Street Gardens as a Class 158 passes in the opposite direction (25/02/17)

Former Edinburgh Waverley signalbox, now boarded up, blends into the wall at this famous location. Note the complex track layout here with three-way point, diamond crossover, single slip and double-slip all visible (25/02/17)

Class 67 67003 in Arriva Trains blue rests between duties at Edinburgh Waverley (25/02/17). These sidings at the east end of the station usually stable locomotives used on Caledonian Sleeper services.

Interesting detail – wheel chocks in place on Class 67 67003 at Edinburgh Waverley (25/02/17)

Close inspection of the permanent way in the locomotive holding sidings at Edinburgh Waverley reveals both bullhead and flat bottom profile rail and associated rail fastenings. A prototype for all situations. (See Hornby Magazine’s Equipment Guide in the April 2017 issue (HM118) which looks at available flexible track components with bullhead and flat bottom rail profile – on sale from Thursday March 9 2017)

Even modern stations accumulate large amounts of detritus, as seen here beneath the buffer stops at Edinburgh Waverley station with a discarded tin of grease, Not to be moved sign, metal poles and a modern red tail lamp – another potential modelling cameo…

Edinburgh Waverley boasts some impressive scissor crossing track formations, which offers maximum flexibility and enables more than one train to be accommodated on the station’s longer platforms. Here Virgin Trains East Coast’s 1700 Edinburgh Waverley to London Kings Cross service prepares to depart (25/02/17)

So, next time you take a train journey, don’t forget your camera!

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The new series of blogs from the Hornby Magazine Editorial team give you an insight into the people, the projects and more. Hornby Magazine Editor Mike Wild’s next blog will be live on March 17 2017 and you can expect more from Assistant Editor Mark Chivers’ on April 7 2017.

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