BLOG: Autumn appearances

Photo: West Coast Cement is Hornby Magazine's latest 'OO' gauge layout. See it at Warley on November 24/25.


It is literally only a few days since we packed up at the Great Electric Train Show, but already our thoughts are focused on the next two exhibitions for Hornby Magazine – the Spalding Model Railway Exhibition in Lincolnshire on November 3/4 and the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham on November 24/25.

We’ll be taking two different layouts out to these shows with the Spalding show being the next chance to see Twelve Trees Junction in action – and potentially the last chance to see it until 2020, as it doesn’t currently feature in our plans for the 2019 show season. We are looking forward to putting this substantial 24ft x 10ft layout together for the weekend where it will form part of the Hornby Magazine isle in the main hall.

Twelve Trees Junction has one more outing in 2018 at the Spalding exhibition on November 3/4.

Little has changed on this layout since we took it to the Great Central Railway Model Event in June, but you can expect to see some new items of stock running on it at Spalding. This will include Bachmann’s new Brighton ‘H2’ 4-4-2 and, maybe – just maybe, my long running project to complete the Ayjay Models Bulleid Tin-HAL two-car unit. I should say that the delay in this is purely down to me having time to complete the paint work, but it really is close to completion with just the roofs to do followed by detail painting of the jumper cables and door handles prior to adding transfers and preparation for service. Finger’s crossed for that one.

Even if it doesn’t make it to the show we still have plenty of stock to run and you can expected to see Bulleid ‘Pacifics’ in original and rebuilt forms, Maunsell ‘King Arthur’, ‘Lord Nelson’ and ‘Schools’ classes alongside Drummond ‘700s’, ‘T9s’ and ‘M7s’, Wainwright ‘H’ and ‘C’ classes and a selection of BR Standards on the steam front. Add to that a list of Class 33s, 73s and Electric Multiple Units and we will be keeping the scenic section very busy with passing trains.

See Twelve Trees at the Spalding exhibition on November 3/4.

Three weeks after Spalding we will be back on the road again – this time heading for the Warley show at the NEC in Birmingham. And, to make things more interesting, we will be showing a brand new layout at the event: West Coast Cement. This is our Yearbook project layout which reuses the cement works from Shortley Bridge and Felton Cement Works in a brand new 20ft x 10ft continuous run layout with overhead electrics. Making it stand out from our layout crowd is the period selected too – West Coast Cement will model the 1995-2005 period and we’ve been busy in the background preparing stock with decoders, sound and the first stages of weathering ready for its debut show.

You can read the full story on West Coast Cement in the Hornby Magazine Yearbook – on sale from November 24 at Warley on the Hornby Magazine stand.

We’re looking forward to meeting lots of Hornby Magazine readers at the forthcoming events and particularly to seeing what new products manufacturers have in store at Warley. As always we will be reporting on everything new from Warley in our January dated issue – on sale on the second Thursday in December.

Happy modelling!

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