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East Beds MRS Biggleswade Annual Show 17th Feb 2018





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#1 TrickyDickie

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Posted 30 December 2017 - 17:52

This year we open and close the show 30 minutes earlier than in past years

 

New Opening Times are 10am to 4.30pm

 

Venue as usual is: Stratton School, Eagle Farm Road, Biggleswade, SG18 8JB

 

 

Layouts attending are:

 

Rolvenden P4

Margaret’s Hill 7mm

Rosneath N

Lochaber 7mm

Loughborough Road OO

Ryders Green Wharf OO9

Red Hook Bay HO

East Sternham OO

Richmond Surrey P4

Mariposa Yard HO

Ebridge Mill OO

Billingborough OO

Wellmich am Rhein N

Condicote OO

Hobbs Row Halt OO9

Maloja HOm

Milton Camel EM

Finchley Road OO

 

Traders, Societies & Demos attending are:

 

Modelling Tools UK

Railway Memories (DVDs)

Model World

GNR Society

Model Scenery Supplies

Book Law Publications

Elaine’s Trains

Model Roads & Tramways

Model Bus Federation

Tony Wright Demonstration

Friends of National Railway Museum

H & A Models

Sandy Transport Society

EBMRS Second hand Emporium

 


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#2 Bungus the Fogeyman

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Posted 30 December 2017 - 18:32

Just one thing Dick me old mate......what date is this shenanigans taking place?

Disgusting of Market Harborough
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#3 johnb

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Posted 30 December 2017 - 18:38

Just one thing Dick me old mate......what date is this shenanigans taking place?

Disgusting of Market Harborough

I noticed the same thing, then I saw that it's in the topic heading!!

 

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#4 chris p bacon

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Posted 30 December 2017 - 18:58

You beat me to it Dick, I was waiting until the New Year.

 

Saturday the 17th February, I'll be the door 'muscle' as usual.


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#5 tanatvalley

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Posted 30 December 2017 - 22:22

Saturday the 18th February, I'll be the door 'muscle' as usual.


Saturday is the 17th.

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Posted 31 December 2017 - 00:32

Saturday is the 17th.

 

Ta, edited now.

 

That'll teach me to do the work calendar at the same time as post.



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Posted 13 February 2018 - 22:04

This Saturday.

I'll be there helping to operate 'Richmond'

 

 

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 00:15

This Saturday.

I'll be there helping to operate 'Richmond'

 

 

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Looking forward to seeing this one 'in the flesh' as well as 'Rolvenden' 

 

Once the doors open I don't get much time so have to make the most of set up.


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#9 PenrithBeacon

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Posted 17 February 2018 - 22:02

An enjoyable show, thanks
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Posted 18 February 2018 - 10:20

I was there in the unusual role of exhibitor, in my capacity as a member of the project team for Milton Camel.  Despite feverish and intensive efforts earlier in the week the layout was exhibited as 'work in progress'.  Spectators were able to watch repairs to the track and application of scatter to the landscape [none of that electric grass stuff for us!] and we answered lots of questions.  As an exhibitor I was able to enjoy a fine salad lunch followed by trifle and sufficient cuppas to make me function as normal, whatever that is.

 

Fortunately there was time to enjoy the show in the normal manner.  As usual I travelled to and from Biggleswade on the bus.  I could do it in a third of the time by car but I've got a bus pass and I'm gonna use it.  My first stop was the second-hand stall which at this show is always worth a look.  I let the Airfix auto trailer go but at £5 it was keenly priced and I know where it went.  My haul comprised several little packets of odds and sods, one of which contained enough etched grab handles from PC to do up all my Mk 1s. [I should live so long ...]

 

Of the layouts, I was pleased to see two in P4, which is two more than many a larger show would offer.  Robin Gay's Rolvenden is a firm favourite on the circuit, with its distinctive hop poles, working windmill and eclectic mix of Colonel Stephens rolling stock.  The other, Richmond, was new to me.  I'm no aficionado of the London and South Western but I do know the present day Richmond and I would rather see the pre-electric station than today's brash and busy concrete edifice.  I deduce from the clues available to me that Richmond is a cousin of Clarendon, a firm favourite of mine, and when it makes some more progress it will be even more worth watching.

 

Elsewhere in the hall Alan Paley's LMS themed Loughborough Road was in good form, with some familiar faces at the controls.  What I like most but this layout is its gentle arc where far too many would have chosen a straight line. The home club showed its ambitious new project, Finchley Road.  Based on what was on show this layout will score very highly on the buildings.  It is far from inevitable that faithful reproductions of real buildings are arranged in a natural way but these guys have cracked it.  I hope that the same attention is given to the stock.  The milk train had been weathered very convincingly, so that augurs well.   One to watch, for sure.

 

The venue is configured in such a way that it is convenient to put the trade in the corridor and the layouts in the hall.  I am surprised that other shows do not keep the two separate.  The trade section was well balanced and was able to supply kits and tools, books and new and pre-owned models with space still available for society stands.

 

All in all, another good show.  I will, said he with trepidation, be interested to learn what others thought of Milton Camel.  Gulp ...

 

Chris


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Posted 18 February 2018 - 10:53

Being on the door all day I always ask for comments as people leave. All comments were positive with the 2 P4 layouts scoring very highly.  

 

For me, I liked Richmond but Rolvenden just pipped it to the post, that might have something to do with Robin giving me the controls for a spin with a superb Manning Wardle (his next project....watch this space....or go to Scaleforum).

 

For a one day show we try and have really good quality layouts and Dick and Alastair work very hard in that respect tracking them down. All the layouts present had admirers which shows the get it right and we hope the exhibitors (and traders) had a good day as well as all those who attended.

 

Next years date is  16th February 2019.


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#12 Jub45565

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Posted 18 February 2018 - 11:45

Very enjoyable day out operating Rolvenden. Whilst (in standard gauge) a modeller of the late 50s, it was good to see a much wider mix!

All 3 in progress layouts were looking good & well worth keeping an eye out for in the future!

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Posted 18 February 2018 - 12:06

A manky cold meant I had to bale out on this show, it sounds as if I've missed out big time.
Hugely annoyed at myself.

I'm glad everyone had fun, I look forward to pics?

KR,
Bern

edit;Note to self, quarantine from the 10th, Feb, 2019

Edited by Finsbury, 18 February 2018 - 12:09 .

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Posted 18 February 2018 - 13:09

Agree with other comments that this was a great one day show with a good range of layouts and useful trade support I left with a number of scenic items.  

 

Chris - Had a chat with the builders of Milton Camel - about how to make the scenery look believable - so will be interested to see how it develops

 

Nick



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Posted 18 February 2018 - 13:25

Looking forward to seeing this one 'in the flesh' as well as 'Rolvenden' 

 

Once the doors open I don't get much time so have to make the most of set up.

 

What a horrible thought. Makes one feel sorry for his good lady

 

Crispy in the FLESH.    :no:  :no:  :no:  :no:  :no:

 

Regards,Del.


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#16 chrisf

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Posted 18 February 2018 - 13:33

Agree with other comments that this was a great one day show with a good range of layouts and useful trade support I left with a number of scenic items.  

 

Chris - Had a chat with the builders of Milton Camel - about how to make the scenery look believable - so will be interested to see how it develops

 

Nick

 

Thanks, Nick.  I am sorry to have missed you and your good advice!

 

Chris