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An exclusive change to get up close and personal with one of the UK’s most popular exhibition layouts – The Model Railway Club’s 2mm scale “Copenhagen Fields“. Spend around 45 minutes meeting the team who have created the layout, hear about the journey over the last 4 decades and get a chance to look at the suburb modelling close up, go behind the scenes and drive the trains.
It can be really difficult to get close enough to see the details on Copenhagen Fields at an exhibition; it’s all rather frustrating for visitors to shows.  The MRC is therefore offering an opportunity for a small number of people to get a personal viewing of the layout fully up and running under exhibition conditions at Keen House. There will be no front barriers and you will be able to get behind the scenes, even under them, to find out how the layout is built and see parts if it that are never visible under normal show conditions. There could even be opportunities to drive the Flying Scotsman through Belle Isle, Copenhagen tunnel and the Holloway Bank on the journey north to Edinburgh, or carefully bring the Silver Jubilee into the Cross. The public also never see the best view from the operating panels at each end, looking along the length of the layout. Many new features have been added over the last twelve months; notably, York Road tube station and the Kings Cross goods sheds. Visitors observing the big scene will also hear about the area’s history and the tricks, tips and tales of layout construction and exhibiting will be explained – effectively 45 minute guided tours by Tim Watson and the CF team who will do their best to answer any questions arising in our small group discussions.
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Please note – the event is subject to Covid restrictions in place at the time. Safety of everyone attending is a priority and should restrictions remain in place we reserve the right change the date. We will offer full refunds should anyone not be able to make any change of date due to Covid.
Keen House is Covid safe, and we will ensure appropriate ventilation and cleaning takes place through each day. Attendees are required to follow any guidance that may be in place, including the wearing of face coverings to protect all of those attending including our members. If you are exempt, please let us know in advance.
The same rate applies for all attendees – however if you have children under 12 who you would like to bring, please contact us in advance through the Contact page.
If you wish to cancel for any reason, we will endeavour to resell your place in which case we will give a refund less 20% to cover processing costs. We are unable to offer refunds if we can’t resell the place.
Keen House is partially accessible – there is wheelchair access to the layout room and our reception. However there are 2 flights of stairs to the toilets, and anyone with accessibility needs should take this into consideration before booking. Please advise us in advance so we can ensure ramps are deployed.


This event began 27/07/19 and repeats every year forever

Blyth & Tyne Model Railway Societys Annual Exhibition
John Spence Community High School, Preston Road, North Shields, Tyne & Wear. NE29 9PU
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    • 04 December 2021
      In light of the recent increase of Covid Risk, it is requested that all visitors and exhibitors at the show wear a facemask or appropriate face visor (if medically exempted from wearing a facemask). It is intended to reduce the risk of transmitting Covid to an absolute minimum, and your assistance in keeping the show as risk-free as possible will be appreciated by all.
    • 04 December 2021 10:00 Until 16:00
      On Saturday 4th December 2021, the Railway Studies Collection, located within Newton Abbot library, will be holding a Railway Studies and Modellers Show. 
      There are currently 9 visiting layouts confirmed so far and numerous trade and exhibition stands.

      The aim of the show is to increase awareness of this fascinating collection, the second largest in the UK. Doors open at 10am and whilst there is no entry fee, all donations will be gratefully received on the door and will go towards the upkeep and continued development of the Railway Studies Collection. 
      Michelle Pearson, Customer Service Assistant at Newton Abbot Library said: “We have invited a selection of well-known traders including model railway suppliers, railwayana, DVD publishers, railway societies and preserved railways to attend. We will also have a ‘white glove experience’  exploring some of our oldest and rarest titles in the Collection, and some special themed children’s activities for any young enthusiasts.” 
      She added, “We are keen to promote local businesses, and all trade stands will be free to attend, though donations to the collection would be appreciated. In addition, we will have a number of N, OO, HO and garden rail exhibitors in attendance.” 
      The library are still welcoming traders and exhibitors; for all enquiries, please contact Newton Abbot Library on 01626 886223, or email at [email protected] 
      The show will be open from 10am to 4pm. There is an excellent café within the library and easy access to the show on the first floor via a lift or stairs. The library is a 15 minute walk from Newton Abbot Railway Station, a 5 minute walk from the bus station, and there is ample paid parking nearby. 
      Newton Abbot Library is part of a network of 54 libraries in Devon and Torbay, and four Devon mobile libraries, run by Libraries Unlimited, an independent staff and community owned charity. Join the library for free by filling out the online form, 'Join the Library - Devon', at devonlibraries.org.uk.
      The Railway Studies Collection: 
      The Railway Studies Collection is located on the first floor of the impressive Passmore Edwards Centre, built in 1904 as a Science, Art and Technical School.  The building now is home to Newton Abbot Library, run by the charity Libraries Unlimited (charity number 1170092). 
      The Railway Studies Collection is a vast collection of books, documents and photographs.  The development of the Collection, over 20 years ago, was instigated by David St. John Thomas of David and Charles Publishers, and believed to be one of the largest collections of its type outside of the National Railway Museum in York.    We are in the continued process of cataloguing and archiving the vast collection, which includes 1000s of photographs and many original blueprint documents, maps, timetables etc.  The Railway Studies Collection is a valuable resource for anyone interested in today’s railways, railway history and modelling, and, with the aid of donations and bequests, continues to grow and develop. In addition to Libraries Unlimited staff, we have a dedicated team of volunteers, the Friends of the Railway Studies Collection, whose knowledge of all things railway is second to none.  The Friends group run talks, meet regularly at the library and are keen to recruit more, keen volunteers to help the next generation of railway enthusiasts to enjoy the collection
    • 11 December 2021 Until 12 December 2021
      Updated 23 September 2021
      With very great regret, the decision has been taken to cancel this year’s exhibition.  This decision was not taken lightly and all possible avenues were explored (including postponing the exhibition by four months) to offer a safe environment for our visitors, exhibitors, traders and members, whilst still ensuring that the considerable expense of staging the show was covered. 
      As the only model railway society to stage an exhibition in the centre of a major UK city, we are very dependent on public transport, with over 70% of our visitors arriving by train, tram and bus.  At present, public confidence in using these modes of transport is greatly reduced. This, together with the continuing uncertainty about how covid infection rates will change during the autumn means that the Society cannot guarantee that their visitor income will be enough to cover the large cost of staging the exhibition.
      However, despite this disappointment, plans are already in place for our next four exhibitions, leading to our centenary exhibition in 2025.
      The 83rd public exhibition of the Manchester Model Railway Society will now take place over the weekend of December 10th/11th 2022 at our new, spacious venue in central Manchester – the Sugden Centre, M1 7HL.
      To receive further information about THE Christmas Model Railway Show – Manchester 2022!   please sign up to our mailing list, by visiting: http://www.mmrs.co.uk/exhibition/
    • 11 December 2021 10:00 Until 15:00
      Yiewsley Baptist Church Hall (side entrance), 74 Colham Avenue, Yiewsley, Hillingdon, London UB7 8HF. 
      Entrance £5.  Open 10.00 – 15.00hrs.
      Bring your O, OO or N gauge locos and trains to run on our clubs’ three separate test tracks. 
      DC and DCC available, but sorry no “live steam”.
      Please note that this is NOT an exhibition, but a good opportunity to meet fellow friendly modellers, chat, and test out your models.
      Expert help is on hand from knowledgeable club members if you have any problems with your models. Refreshments will be available all day.
      This event will be subject to any further government Covid restrictions which may, or may not, be imposed.
      Nearest station: West Drayton (12 minutes’ walk).  Local bus services 222, 350, U1, U3 & U5. Website http://www.hillingdonrailwaymodellers.co.uk or phone Peter on 020 8368 4090.
    • 12 December 2021
      The Bexleyheath Model Railway Show which ran in Dec and those who attended know had a great footfall has had to be moved 2 miles up the road and we have renamed it Woolwich Model Railway Show. Reason for move was the massive free parking for exhibitors and visitors now cost £14 per day per car. However we have found an amazing historical building used as a radar post in WW2 which has a licenced bar and full wheelchair access over a number of rooms, so that internal footfall can be done with ease.
      Times 10am to 4pm
      We are outside the new ULEZ congestion zone and have great transport links.
      PREPAID TICKET DISCOUNT available until midnight on the day before show Adults £4 Child £3 Family £12 (Prepaid ticket holders get access 15 mins before show start from 9.45am) This can be bought from www.modelrailwaysigns.com 

      20 layouts, 18 traders, Licenced bar and cafe.  (note: there is a WW2 interactive exhibition on the first floor plus a small part of our exhibition however this is not wheelchair accessible so wheelchair users only pay £2 entry on the day )
      Tickets on door Adults £5, child aged 3 to 16 £4 Family ticket (Max 2 adults, 2 children or 1 adult 3 children) £15
      PREPAID TICKET DISCOUNT available until midnight on the day before show Adults £4 Child £3 Family £12 (Prepaid ticket holders get access 15 mins before show start from 9.45am)
      Pre booked tickets will be on sale from 1st Dec 2021
      Please note: We are outside the new ULEZ congestion zone so no problems arriving in pre 2005 cars
      Parking is street around the roads close to the venue. Please if poss arrive by public transport. On site parking reserved for exhibitors only
      If coming via Tube NORTH GREENWICH TUBE then bus 486 to top of Shooters Hill (Eaglesfield Road) then 5 mins walk
      If coming via BR WELLING STATION then bus 486 or 89 to top of Shooters Hill (Eaglesfield Road) then 5 mins walk
      If coming via DLR Woolwich Arsenal DLR then bus 244 to Eaglesfield Road and then 5 mins walk
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