diary dates

  • TheNarrow Gauge North Group are staging the eighth Narrow Gauge North exhibition on March 10/11 2001. The event takes place at Lawnswood School at the junction of the A660 Leeds-Otley road and the A6120 Leeds Northern Ring Road, West Park (between Headingley and Lawnswood). There are 12 working layouts in various scale/gauge combinations from 9mm to G scale, plus a 71/4; gauge passenger carrying line with narrow gauge steam locomotive. All profits will be donated to the Sue Ryder Care Home, Wheatfields (the Headingley Hospice), a record £4,500 being presented last year. Admission is £3.00 adult, 50p accompanied children, and the exhibition is open from 10.30am-5.00pm on the Saturday and 10.30am-4.30pm on Sunday.

  • The Gauge O Guild Spring Convention takes place at the Rivermead Leisure Complex, Reading, on Saturday, March 17 2001. Several layouts will be present together with the Oxford Group's two-rail finescale test track (no live steam permitted), and a loco clinic with John Edwards and colleagues. Also at the event are demonstrations and workshops with Malcolm Mitchell, Carl Legg, Tony Reynalds and Derek Munday. The Spring Convention is open from 10.30am-5.00pm and admission is £3.00 for Guild members, £5.00 for non-members.

  • The East Midlands Model Railway Exhibition has moved to a new date and venue this year. The show is being held at the Harvey Haddon Sports Centre, Bilborough Park, Wigman Road, Bilborough, Nottingham on March 17/18 2001. Organised by the Nottingham (Bulwell) MRS, this year's show includes several layouts that have featured in BRM including Nigel Bowyer's Napier Street, Tebay from the Shipley MRS, Sheepwash by Ken Gibbons of the Hull MRS, Peter Leyland's Shaw Bridge and Michael Corp's 3mm scale West Harptree. Also making its debut is Percy Street, a new S7 layout by Ian Futers, while Llangennith, a 4mm scale OO gauge GWR branch line has been built by 13 year old Hannah Drew, with a little help from her Dad! In addition to the working layouts specialist traders and manufacturers will be in attendance, as well as modelling demonstrations including 'Wagons Roll'.
    Admission is £4.00 adult, £1.25 child (5-15)/OAP and £6.50 family (2+2). Doors are open from 9.30am-6.00pm on the Saturday and 9.30am-5.00pm on Sunday. For further details call 0115 952 9902 or visit: www.nbrms.freeserve.co.uk

  • Scalefour North takes place on the weekend of March 31 and April 1 2001. Once again the venue is Wakefield
    One of the layouts to be seen is Great Bardfield by David Hawkins
    College, Thornes Park Leisure Centre, Wakefield, where seven layouts including Adavoyle Junction and Great Bardfield will be on show, together with 29 traders, modelling demonstrations and a programme of lectures. The Thornes Park Centre has excellent car parking facilities and refreshments are available. Scalefour North is open from 10.00am-6.00pm on Saturday, and from 10.00am-4.00pm Sunday. Admission is £2.50 for Scalefour Society members, and £3.50 for non-members. Partners are admitted free.

  • Towards the end of last year the Association of Larger Scale Railway Modellers Ltd was formed to benefit modellers in the larger scales from gauge O upwards. The Association already has some 250 members and aims to keep modellers in touch with the trade, and the trade in touch with modellers. It is open to anyone interested in the larger scales from O, gauge 1, G scale and upwards, whether steam, electric or clockwork powered. Two annual shows are to be promoted, one in the north and one in the south (the first show is already booked for May 19 2001 at the Oasis Leisure Centre, Swindon), and two newsletters will be produced through the year. The annual subscription will be £5.00 for modellers and £25.00 for traders, members having free entry to shows. Traders who are members will be assured of a stand at all the Association shows, and benefit from a group advertising scheme. For further details and membership application forms please send an SAE to: Michael Price, Membership Secretary, Association of Larger Scale Modellers Ltd, South West Lodge, Hewell Lane, Tardebigge, Redditch, Worcs. B97 6QJ.

  • As Easter approaches it's time to look forward to the York Model Railway Show which this year will be held over three days from Saturday, April 14, to Monday, April 16. This year's show features 120 trade stands, 45 layouts and some 20 well known modellers providing demonstrations! There is free parking for 800 cars and a bus link will operate from York railway station. Full details of the York show in next month's BRM, but further information is available from the show website at: www.yorkshow.freeserve.co.uk

  • Model Rail Scotland 2001 The Association of Model Railway Societies in Scotland present Model Rail Scotland 2001 at the Scottish Exhibition Centre, Glasgow on February 23-25 2001. The show, sponsored by Hornby and BRM, features 30 layouts in N, TT, HO, OO, O, On and G scales, covering periods from the 1920s to the present day. The show is supported by 60 trade stands (including BRM), preservation societies and groups, and is open from 11.00am-7.00pm Friday, February 23, from 10,00am-6.0pm on Saturday, February 24, and from 10.00am-5.00pm Sunday, February 25. Last admission is one hour before closing each day. Admission prices are £6.00 adult, £3.00 child/OAP and £14.00 family. Show guides are on sale price £2.00. For further information, details of party rates and advance bookings call 0141 248 6509. You can also visit the Model Rail Scotland website at: www.modelrail-scotland.com or email: amrss@btinternet.com
    Layouts at Model Rail Scotland 2001:-
    G: Lego Railway; Mistleberg O: Douglas Road; Harviestoun; Port St. David On: Bobs up Mountain OO: Hewisbridge; Invermoray; Kyle of Minogue; Lochdubh; Modelrail Early Years; Monksbarn; Nairdrie; Quarryknowe; Ravenspark; Seaforth; Tinto Road; Trams of Yesteryear; West Ferry Junction HO: Ashoken; Austrian HO; Gordon's Creek; Industry Yard; Tavola TT: Smierwieda N: Brandywine Junction; Denholm; High Riggs; Gala Water; St. Fillans