Barry and Penarth Model Railway Club Club Open Day will be held on Saturday 15th November, 2008
Date is confirmed - note the move from mid-October!
It will be held at the Cadoxton Conservative Club, Vere Street, Cadoxton, Barry. (CF63 2HU)
The exhibition will be open from 11.00am until 5.00pm. Admission £2.00, under 16s and OAPs £1.50.
Three of the club's fixed layouts will be on show and fully working. A replacement for Cadoc Bluff should also be working by the time of the Open Day. This is the one chance in the year to see them all alive and working. There will be at least six other layouts from N-gauge to O-gauge, including a number of personal layouts of club members.
The event will be supported by local traders. The club's special edition Dapol wagons will be on sale. Refreshments will be available.
The exhibition is held on the first and second floors of the Con. Club, which has no lift access - sorry.
The following club and members layouts are scheduled to appear:
The centrepiece in the concert room on the first floor will be:
Walkers Ridge - HO Canadian. Now bequeathed to the Club, this working diorama depicting a logging scene somewhere in the Canadian or American Rockies, was built by the late Brian Scoulding in memory of former club member Capt. Bill Walker R.F.A. (retired), who died in 2002. It has been extended to include the rarely modelled American 'wye' for reversing locos.
Tatchester , a GWR branch terminous in OO-gauge, recently acquired by Steve D., which serves as a suitable backdrop for his extensive collection of GWR railcars.
The Lavernock Light Railway - 7mm narrow gauge. This layout was built by the late Brian Scoulding, who named each of the locos after his grandchildren. It is now back in ownership of a club member, who has started to up-grade the scenery and add to the rolling stock.
Belecke-Warstein - European N-gauge. A new layout with a European flavour built by one of our newer members.
Sip 'nd Switch- American HO-gauge. A shunting puzzle built by another of our newer members.
Bear Bottom Lumber Company American On30 logging line. Another entirely new layout, built by a member.
The club's resident artist, Dave Woolnough, will also be present with his paints and paintings. He will be bringing Switchville & MiniSoda, a brand new HO-American shunting layout.
Upstairs on the top floor in the clubrooms will be:
Holton General, the club's main OO-gauge British outline layout. The bottom sections of the layout will be operating " EWS" modern image using Digital Comand Control (DCC), including sound chipped class 08, 37, 60, 66, & 67 locos from Piemanlarger.
The Upper section will run in 1960's mode to demonstrate the differences in passenger and freight handling over the past four decades.
Machynlleth, an N-gauge layout with this important Cambrian Railways junction station as it was in the 1950's. There is even a trace of the narrow gauge Corris Railway to be seen at the front of the layout. The room has some photos of the modern day station taken in Summer 2000. Surprisingly quite a lot of the trackplan and buildings still remains. Continuous improvements have been made to the scenery, including a full sheep dog trial, caravan park, cricket match and lots of tourists.
Tafsil, the club's main O-gauge layout, whereby the fixed boards (four road engine shed and curved viaduct sections) in three rooms are linked to the portable station boards operating as a country terminous. The traverser and the engine shed area is being completely re-wired to allow increased shunting operation. A wide variety of GWR steam will be in operation, including many locos taken over from the valleys railways at grouping. Look out for some migrants from other railways!!!
the Kingswell Fairground, which was donated to the club last year by the late Ray Kingswell. This is an extensive fairground mainly constructed from continental Faller kits, with fully working fairground rides and lots of lights and other details.
There will be a demonstration of Digital Comand Control (DCC) comparing Lenz, Digitrax and Bachmann systems with British and American outline models, including sound chips. An opportunity to talk to enthusiasts for this development of the hobby who are not trying to sell anything!!
For the first time at one of our Open Days there will be a demonstration of live steam G-scale
Traders will include Lord & Butler, Rickocraft and Robbies Rolling Stock
In addition, club member David Dacey will be selling some of his Dapol limited edition South Wales private owner coal wagons, as well as the club's own wagons.