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St. James Northampton, Model Railway Exhibition

Visited the show in Northampton organised by the 3mm Society Northampton group to raise funds for St. James church. Thanks to an accident on the worlds longest car park known as the M25 we got up there later than anticipated and after spending 15 minutes looking for somewhere to park Mr P and I made it to the venue. Churches make ideal venues for model railway exhibitions, plenty of space and usually a good kitchen on hand. The only downside really is that they can only used on a Saturday as some other bloke uses them on Sundays!

There was a fair smattering of layouts. Steve Fackerell had come all the way up from Dorset with Hennock and tried to hid from the camera


I featured Hennock on my blog about the Warley show and is indeed a fine layout. One of the layouts that took Mr.P’s fancy was Petton originally built by Mark Haynes but now owned by Geoff Tew. Measuring 4ft x 1ft 6ins this is indeed a compact layout built to 12mm gauge, 3mm scale running both kit built stock & modified Triang









Next up was Hemyock Road, Mark Haynes current layout based on the old GWR branch line to Hemyock. The layout is built to 3mm standards, with 12mm gauge soldered track, open top baseboard, scratch built buildings and again running kit built stock and the odd Triang item. Very impressed with the layout and I have asked Mark to bring it along to the AGM in May.















Lastly 2 layouts owned by Kevin West – Triang 1957 to 1967 and Sabins End. Triang 1957 to 1967 demonstrates just a sample of the items produced by Triang during those years to TT scale. Running on the Triang Type A track there is a vast amount of stock and demonstrates how TT stood for Table Top. A lovely layout, must admit I was getting high on the fumes from those Triang motors!










Kevins other layout Sabins End will be appearing at the BRM show at Ally Pally in March. Again to 12mm gauge, this TT layout depicts a small country terminus station somewhere in England, again running kit built & modified Triang. The building kits are by Bilteezi.

An interesting layout ably demonstrating what can be done with TT.






Last but not least, Peter Stratford was also attending with the 3mm Society publicity stand and demo. Being camera shy did not get any pictures of him – may be next time.

A good afternoon, despite the M25 & well done to the Northampton Group and thanks to Mr. Preece for his company.

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LNWR 6 Wheel Brakevan

Looking back at my records it is July 2012 since I last did anything to this kit. Had the opportunity to get the last bits for it at Watford so decided to see what I could do. Here are the results, stepboards added from brass angle with notches cut out with disc in the mini drill and then stays added from plastic strip. Handrails added from very thin plastic rod. Tissue paper added to the roof for that canvas effect and finally chimney from plastic rod. A good afternoons work. Now to paint and glaze.



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3mm Northampton exhibition

St James Church in association with the Northants Group of the 3mm Society are holding their first model railway exhibition on Saturday 22nd February.

The show is being held at

St James Church,

St James Road,




5mins walk from Northampton railway station.


Opening times – 10.00 – 16.00


Admission – Adult £3.00

                   Children £2.00 (under 5 free).


3mm scale layouts include:-

Hennock – Steve Fackrell

Hemyock Road – Mark Haynes

Sabins End – Kevin West

Tri-ang TT Display layout – Kevin West

& a working diorama by Martin Richie


There will also be layouts in other scales, trade support, refreshments and a bring and buy/secondhand sale.



The casualties of exhibiting…post Watford thoughts

Lovely layout. Nice to see it in the flesh so to speak at Watford last weekend. Very popular hence no pics as always people round it.

GrahamMuz: Fisherton Sarum & Canute Road Quay

There are some who will wonder why we do it… we spend hours building a layout and its rolling stock to then transport it miles around the country, set it up, intensively operate it then pack it all away again and transport it back home.  No matter how careful we are some damage will inevitably occur to something along the way.  The reason why I do it, is for the enjoyment of exhibiting something I have built, have fun operating the layout with my family and friends and to meet a wide range of fellow modellers, many of whom have a common interest in all things Southern, and it is great that they take the time to show an interest in what I have done.

Last week Fisherton Sarum was at the excellent Watford Finescale exhibition, amongst a very high calibre of other layouts,  it was a very enjoyable…

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Watford Finescale Show

The next Watford Finescale Show will be held on 14th/15th February 2015 at Parmiters School, High Elms Lane, Watford, Hertfordshire.  WD25 0UU (Google Maps)

Show Opening Times
Saturday 10:30 to 17:30
Sunday 10:00 to 16:30
The Watford Finescale Show has come and gone for another year. The show was well received by our visitors, and we have had a lot of good comment on the content of the exhibition, and the way it was presented.

Our numbers were down on Saturday, but given the appalling weather over night, that was not surprising. Can we please thank all of you that braved the dreadful conditions to get to the show; we hope you thought it worthwhile.

May we also thank our layout owners and traders for their continued support of the event. It was not easy for them to get to the show and we were very fortunate that only one trader had to drop out. Thanks guys for your faith in us.

Planning is starting on next year’s Watford Finescale Show and the dates for 2015 are 14th & 15th February. Make a note in your diaries and we hope to see you there.

We will be adding information to this site as the show develops; so do keep an eye on it to keep up to date with plans for next year.


Kent and East Sussex Gala

As part of the celebrations to celebrate the 40th anniversary of reopening of the Kent & East Sussex Railway, the railway will be holding a three day gala over the late spring bank holiday weekend; 24/25/26th May 2014. As well as featuring six members of the “home” steam fleet, representing classes of engine that have run on the line since 1974, there will also be a welcome return appearance by Sentinal 0-4-0 vertical boilered tank locomotive “Gervase” – the only chance to see this unique loco in the South of England this year. ‘Gervase’ previously worked on the internal railway system at a sand…