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The Bachmann Collectors' Club part of Bachmann Europe Plc will sponsor the Train Collectors Society Exhibition next Summer. The largest single gathering of historical operating layouts under one roof in the UK had been under threat from rising costs. The event to be held in Sandy, Bedfordshire on Saturday June 30th and Sunday July 1st 2007 brings together train collectors of all marques and since it was established in 1999 has become the leading exhibition of its type in the UK.

Encompassing a wide range of models produced over the past 100 years or so, the exhibition features operating vintage layouts in all scales, specialist traders and is supported by leading collectors clubs including those devoted to Bassett - Lowke, Hornby, Kitmaster, Tri-ang, Trix Twin and Wrenn.

David Ramsay, Chairman of the Train Collectors Society (TCS) explained "collecting and operating vintage model railways is a very important part of TCS activities. We also research and record the history of this fascinating hobby. The support from Bachmann has secured the 2007 event, which attracts train collectors from all across the world. Exhibitions like this are not just about collecting models but more importantly the operation of models, many of which have been lovingly restored. Some of these trains are 100 years old and still giving good service".

David continued "we in the Train Collectors Society recognise that a new generation of collectors are coming on stream whose interest is centred around the vast array of top quality products that are now currently available. The support of Bachmann who will be attending with a display of their products is therefore even more poignant. It marks a new era for us - train collecting is not just about yesterday but today and tomorrow".

Dennis Lovett, Public Relations Manager for Bachmann Europe Plc said "as a current model railway manufacturer we recognise the many developments that have taken place over many years and we are very proud to stand alongside those who went before us. Two of our leading brands, Graham Farish and Liliput, both have a long history and an equally exciting future. We are delighted to have been given the opportunity to wave the flag on behalf of the modern model railway industry. Today's model trains after all, are the collectables of tomorrow".

Further details of the exhibition will be released in due course. Sandy station is served by First Capital Connect services from both London Kings Cross and Peterborough, which offers connecting services to many other parts of the country. The Train Collectors Society offer a free vintage bus link between the station and the venue. The venue, Sandy Upper School offers substantial free parking and Sandy is on the A1 trunk road.
 

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You get to see more loco action per square foot at that exhibition than at any other in the country. It really is the "Warley Show" for collectors and those interested in model railway history.

Bachmann sponsorship will take the show to the next level and they are to be congratulated for taking the initiative. I have a sneeky feeling that Dennis Lovett had some influence in this decision as he is a British model railway history guru.

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Gary
 

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Yes it's a good event. I happened to be in UK when the 2006 event was held and as it was only about a 20 minute drive up the A1 from where we were staying I spent a pleasant couple of hours there. I must say I was pleasantly surprised it was much better than I had anticipated.

As we will not be in UK until late July in 2007 I am going to miss the event next year but perhaps 2008.
 
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