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Members' Day 2011 - Stafford - Full line-up announced.




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#1 Andy Y

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 14:18

I'm delighted with the line-up that we've got for this year at our new venue. Thank you to all of the 'exhibitors' who stepped forward to make this a mouth-watering must-see and I apologise for the 'delay' in confirming the line-up but there's been a lot more than usual to organise behind the scenes.

For anyone who has attended a Members' Day there's no need to explain the form but as there's a lot of new readers around it's maybe worth explaining that this isn't a full blown exhibition; it's a more relaxed and convivial occasion allowing you to get to know the layout builders, operators and other members. There isn't an entrance fee as such but I'll be kicking off a raffle in June that supports the costs of running the site and such events as this which everyone is able to partake in with a chance to win something in return.

Date: Saturday 02 July 2011

Venue: St Leonards Sports & Social Club, St Leonards Works, St Leonard's Ave, Stafford ST17 4LX

Open Hours: 10.00 - 16.00


Layouts:


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Widnes Vine Yard - Wirral Finescale Modellers
Paynestown - Barry Ten
Summat Colliery - Redgate Models
Rails, Wales, Rain & Steel - Marc Smith
Bradfield Gloucester Square - TheLaird
Once upon a Time in the West - OldGringo, 2manyspams and Indomitable
Felton Lane (Goods) - Worsdell Forever
Capstan Shunting - 49396
Bawdsey - PMP
Aberdeen Kirkhill - Dunedin, Flood and crew
Bury, Thorn & Sons - Ruston
Outon Road - RBE
Glenuig - Sixteen10by12s
Culreoch - Jamie
Welham Green - Dapol Dave
Highclere - Missy
Grime Street - Red Devil
Tremore - Northpoint
Waton - eldavo
Little Brickhill - 08221
Deesdale Road - Andrew P

Demos/Clinics
Signalling Clinic with The Stationmaster
Layout Planning Clinic with Paul Lunn
DCC Controller advice clinic - Ian (Morton)
Road Vehicles - Jim S-W
Railway Road Vehicles - Merfyn Jones
Structures demo & display - DesA
Il Dottore's structures - chris f
EM wheelset conversions - Tim
T gauge demo - Traction
Etched kit building demo/clinic - Halfwit
RR&Co Demo and clinic - Two Tone Green
Resin Casting Demo - Phil Traxson (get your hands dirty!)
1:13.7 Wagon Building - Happy Hippo


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If there any other additions to be made please contact me ASAP.

I've attached a provisional floorplan for those interested and adapt if necessary.

I've summarised other information found in the original announcement topic below.

On-site free parking
1.25 miles from Stafford station
Viable bus services from the station to and close to the venue.
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The No.2 is the only service to go past the venue but this meanings walking to the stop on Earl Street (500m from station) - timetable - this is, however, only an hourly service so I would recommend using the 74 (hourly) or 825 (half-hourly) services which go from the station past the end of St. Leonard's Avenue which leaves a 500m walk as shown below.

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Recommended routes to the venue:
From the south & M6 - http://goo.gl/maps/6kwY
From the north & M6 - http://goo.gl/maps/LRFo
From the east - http://goo.gl/maps/HHgb
From the west - http://goo.gl/maps/1pqG

Free Teas and Coffees available all day.
We will be providing breakfast and lunch for exhibitors and visitors will be able to 'enjoy' the same lunch option for a small donation (subject to exhibitors not scoffing it all ;)).
Tables are provided for those wishing to sit, socialise, eat and drink.

I do believe that although the new venue may not be as 'charismatic' with rolling stock around and a filthy floor but should prove to be a little more suitable and less last-minute headaches.

I would like to ask if there are any willing volunteers who could assist with the following.
Car parking (2) to assist in pointing exhibitors and visitors to the right spots (7.30 - 10.00)
Setting up (2 from 07.30 to 08.00) (4 people from 08.00) to assist with marking out and assisting unloading.
Clear-up (6) to assist in loading, tables, chairs and sweep-out.

Ian and I reviewed the bring and buy stand and didn't feel it merited tying someone up all day with the amount of purchases that were made.

I've not decided whether to have the bar open yet (say 12.00 - 3.00) as it will mean paying a member of staff and would invite feedback.

I'd like to encourage as many members to come along as possible; it will be a really enjoyable day.


As a footnote I'd like to thank Coombe Barton for his signature image which I shall be using until the date too and if anyone else wishes to it helps spread the message.

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#2 Worsdell forever

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 17:34

Wow what a line-up! Posted Image I think I'll be spending most of the day watching rather than operating... Posted ImagePosted Image

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 17:54

Great line up indeed, Must remember to book no work for the 2nd and make a journey north.

Graham.

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 19:11

I must say that I'm honored to be invited again to bring Summat :thankyou: I've also agreed a little extra space at the side to also bring Fourgig East in whatever state it's in by July. At least members will be able to view the O gauge Scalescenes buildings :)

The 2-8-2 and Standard Eight will slo be in attendance, if there's anything that I have built over the years that anyone particularly wants to see just let me know and I'll bring it along 8)

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 19:17

At least members will be able to view the O gauge Scalescenes buildings :)


That'll mean Scalescenes products will be in evidence from 1:450 scale through to 1:43. Posted Image




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Posted 13 May 2011 - 19:19

Yes, the T gauge footbridge will look good under my O gauge one :lol:

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 19:23

It looks increasingly unlikely that I'll be able make this event (date in New Jersey on the 4th, natch) - I'll certainly contribute to the raffle if I may, Andy?

All the best, Pete.

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 19:26

Of course you may, some prizes found their way stateside from last year's raffle and down under the year before!

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 19:40

Ha, under it Ian???

You mean inside it!
I actually think the T-gauge warehouse could even fit inside one of the staircases in 'O'

Sounds like it's going to be a fun day, need to find things to bring now as T-gauge doesn't fill a lot of space!

Yes, the T gauge footbridge will look good under my O gauge one :lol:



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Posted 13 May 2011 - 19:49

Really looking forward to going, got my train tickets through the post last week. Interested to see the layout planning clinic and hopefully get some ideas.
Should be a good day.

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 20:04

I would like to ask if there are any willing volunteers who could assist with the following.
Car parking (2) to assist in pointing exhibitors and visitors to the right spots (7.30 - 10.00)
Setting up (2 from 07.30 to 08.00) (4 people from 08.00) to assist with marking out and assisting unloading.
Clear-up (6) to assist in loading, tables, chairs and sweep-out.

Ian and I reviewed the bring and buy stand and didn't feel it merited tying someone up all day with the amount of purchases that were made.


Firstly Andy & all involved, love the slideshow. If that can't sell an event, nothing can!

I'll chuck my name into the ring for my (much missed last year - not!:laugh: ) efforts with car parking & unloading. Also, if there's any second thoughts regarding the sales stand, 'd be more than happy to put a 1/2 day shift in behind it if it would help?

Dave

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 20:30

As usual there is an open invite for anyone who wants to have a go of Widnes (barring any problems :help: ) :yes:

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 21:45

Firstly Andy & all involved, love the slideshow. If that can't sell an event, nothing can!

I'll chuck my name into the ring for my (much missed last year - not!:laugh: ) efforts with car parking & unloading. Also, if there's any second thoughts regarding the sales stand, 'd be more than happy to put a 1/2 day shift in behind it if it would help?

Dave


Thanks Dave, much appreciated!




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Posted 13 May 2011 - 22:16

Hi Andy,

I can help set up from 7.30 if you still need people?

Thought I would get your attention this way knowing how many pm's you will have

cheers
Simon

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 22:18

Thank you Simon, that would be really appreciated - that's the early risers club of 2 sorted. :)

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 22:19

(barring any problems :help: ) :yes:


Did I mention about the radio transmitter mounted on the roof? ;)



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Posted 13 May 2011 - 22:40

Hi Andy and all,
I'll be happy to lend a hand clearing away - I won't be able to get there until after at least 10 o'clock!!! (not a mornin' person, you see!).
Looks like being a great day!
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Posted 13 May 2011 - 22:57

Thanks John, that's really appreciated!

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 22:59

I've had to eat humble pie and admit I'd overlooked a couple of fine layouts as part of the discussed plans which have now been addressed and added taking it up to a whopping 17 layouts!

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 23:41

All being well the three members of the Leaford crew will be in attendance, and I'd love another go Beast.:yes:

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Posted 14 May 2011 - 08:26

taking it up to a whopping 17 layouts!

don't forget to update the floor plan ;-)

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Posted 14 May 2011 - 10:09

"I'll bill it as a DCC Controller advice clinic", he said.

So what you'll be getting is a couple of ovals of track and an Inglenook with DCC operated points. Lenz 90 (2 handsets), Dynamis (2 handsets), Digitrax Zephyr (with DC 'jump throttle'), Gaugemaster Prodigy (wired and wireless handset) and Bachmann E-Z and command companion on a table that can be connected to one or more of the tracks. This gives the ability to try different controllers and the multi-operator freindliness of each.

Meanwhile a towering pile of assorted new and pre-loved paraphernalia will provide retail therapy for those whose beer vouchers are burning a hole in their pocket. A marketplace-style donation to RMweb funds will be forthcoming if anyone is foolish enough to purchase!

And if anyone cares to bring along an NCE PowerCab for people to play with, I'd be happy to include that in the mix.


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Posted 14 May 2011 - 12:32

Following discussions last night you will be seeing at least one car load of the usual Manchester / Rochdale suspects.

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Posted 14 May 2011 - 14:06

Certainly a line up that would tempt me to make the trip south even without a carload of layout... all killer, no filler right enough :yes:

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 02:32

Will be visiting from the USA so will try and make it for this - never thought I would get to attend one and looks like a great line up of layouts. Hope to see you there...

PS - I'll put a vote in for the bar! :drinks:






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