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  1. The most up to date details about the show can be found on both the CHMRC website: http://www.cradleyheathmrc.co.uk/ and the UK Model Shops site: http://www.ukmodelshops.co.uk/events/19720-CradleyHeathModelRailwayClubExhibition In addition to the usual display stands, we’ve got a slightly expanded outdoor display on the front car park, with a couple of Lister Autotrucks and what’s thought to be the smallest full size steam roller in the UK! Parking is in the usual place, around the Whiston Industries complex around the corner, or disabled parking at the front of the building (don’t forget your blue badge)
  2. Hi Guys & Girls If anyone on here reads the local papers The Express & Star and The Chronicle (At least the Dudley edition), please note there was an editorial error in their advert for our show. While the advert reads that our show is this Sunday, that is not the case, and it is, and always has been planned to be, this Saturday, 22nd October. Gotta love a good gremlin... Cheer Nyall
  3. Hi RMwebbers! Granted it's a bit short notice posting this topic, but better late than never eh! This Saturday (22nd Oct) is the 4th Annual Cradley Heath Model Railway Exhibition. The crucial bits of info are as follows: Opening Times: 10am - 5pm Admission: £4 Adult £3 Child £10 Family Address: Cradley Heath Community Centre Reddal Hill Road Cradley Heath West Midlands B64 5JG (Car parking postcode: B64 5JY) The show is being run again in the same wheelchair-friendly venue as our previous shows, and will feature the following attractions: Layouts: Steam On The Cambrian - Frank Collins (CHMRC Member) Charwell Drynogyth - Gary Hinson (CHMRC Member) Trinity Dock Street Bridge - Gavin Rose (CHMRC Member) Madeleina - Ned Williams The Old Mineral Line - Mike Wall Gottingen Sud - Piers Milne Midland, Ohio - Nick Palette Stiperstones - John Holland Victoria Bridge - Will Jarman Bridgnorth - Anthony Minchin Brandgeight - Peter Hardy Campbells Quarry - John Campbell Little Kidmore Wharf - Ken Jones Beedale Quarry - Dave Edwards Bournville Shed - Bournville Model Railway Club Gravelly Lane - Ben Powell Ryders Green Wharf - Peter Cullen Traders: HobbyRail Kevin's Trains Ian's Trains John Sutton Books Grainge & Hodder 12 Volts DC Demonstrators: Dave Foley Richard Ough Societies: 7mm Narrow Gauge Association, West Midlands Branch 009 Society & The West Midlands Narrow Gauge Group Tal-y-llyn Railway Preservation Society Also, the usual array of refreshments are on offer (including bacon butties in the morning and lovely home-made cakes & bread pudding), as well as the ability to test out new OO and N gauge purchases on our test track (DC & DCC on the OO gauge track, DC only on the N gauge track). For the same info, but on a webpage with a couple of pretty graphics to accompany it, please follow this link: http://www.cradleyheathmrc.co.uk/exhibition.html We hope to see you there! Nyall Rudge Vice Chairman, CHMRC
  4. Event Name: The 4th Annual Cradley Heath Model Railway Exhibition Classification: Exhibition Address: Cradley Heath Community Centre,Reddal Hill Road,Cradley Heath,West MidlandsB64 5JG Day 1: 22/10/2016 Opening times Day 1: 10:00 - 17:00 Prices: Adult - £4Child - £3Family - £10 Disability access: Yes Car parking: Yes Website: www.cradleyheathmrc.co.uk/exhibition Organising body: Cradley Heath Model Railway Club Organiser: David [email protected] This year marks our fourth exhibition, held at the same wheelchair-accessible venue as the past three exhibitions, and features the following: Layouts: Steam On The Cambrian - Frank Collins (CHMRC Member) Charwell Drynogyth - Gary Hinson (CHMRC Member) Trinity Dock Street Bridge - Gavin Rose (CHMRC Member) Madeleina - Ned Williams The Old Mineral Line - Mike Wall Gottingen Sud - Piers Milne Midland, Ohio - Nick Palette Stiperstones - John Holland Victoria Bridge - Will Jarman Bridgnorth - Anthony Minchin Brandgeight - Peter Hardy Campbells Quarry - John Campbell Little Kidmore Wharf - Ken Jones Beedale Quarry - Dave Edwards Bournville Shed - Bournville Model Railway Club Gravelly Lane - Ben Powell Ryders Green Wharf - Peter Cullen Traders: HobbyRail Kevin's Trains Ian's Trains John Sutton Books Grainge & Hodder 12 Volts DC Demonstrators: Dave Foley Richard Ough Societies: 7mm Narrow Gauge Association, West Midlands Branch 009 Society & The West Midlands Narrow Gauge Group Tal-y-llyn Railway Preservation Society Also, the usual array of refreshments are on offer, as well as the ability to test out new OO and N gauge purchases on our test track (DC & DCC on the OO gauge track, DC only on the N gauge track)
  5. Only a week and a half to go now, and everything's busying up for us at the Cradley Heath MRC. We can confirm that our new layout 'Halfpenny Green' will be making it's first exhibition appearance at our show this year. Now that the final few stands have been confirmed (in all fairness, they've been confirmed for a short while now, but I've only just had chance to post about them!), the list of attendees looks like this now: Primrose Hill (0) - Black Country industrial scene, exhibited by Mike Bragg (see previous post) Halfpenny Green (00) - West Midlands Branch Line Terminus, exhibited by the Cradley Heath Model Railway Club Deesle Park (00) - 1980s traction depot, exhibited by Les Plews Bourn Valley (00) - large modular layout, exhibited by the Bournville Model Railway Club Hogsmead on Sodor (00) - Child-orientated layout, exhibited by the Stafford Railway Circle Test Track (00) - Layout where you can test out your new purchases, Exhibited by the Cradley Heath Model Railway Club Rhywle yn Lloegr (009) - industrial narrow gauge scene, exhibited by Matthew Sanders Llantwy (009) - narrow gauge in a country town, exhibited by David Jeanes Goodmonnton Works Railway (009) - Estate railway set in Somerset, exhibited by Steve Mann Charlotte's Miniature Railway - Railway set in a public park, exhibited by Charlotte Sanders Warsaw, Indiana (H0) - American industrial district, exhibited by Nick Palette Colorado Bluff (H0) - American desert town, exhibited by the Cradley Heath Model Railway Club (in use as a test track for testing purchased DCC locomotives) Irgendwo (H0m) - Swiss village scene in the Albula Valley, exhibited by Dave Edwards El Cremallera (Nm) - Spanish metre gauge, exhibited by Piers Milne EM Gauge Modelling, a demonstration of how to convert 00 gauge rolling stock to EM gauge. Demonstration by Richard Ough Evergreen Scrapyard WIP & Plasticard Scratch Building, a display of a work-in-progress scrap yard layout and the modelling that goes into the construction of the layout and rolling stock, mostly from plasticard. Demonstrated by David Foley Scrtach Building Track, a demonstration of the construction of pointwork and crossovers on one of our work-in-progress layouts. Demonstration by the Cradley Heath Model Railway Club Talyllyn Railway Society, a display of information about the world's first preserved railway 7mm Narrow Gauge Modelling, a display of the art of narrow gauge modelling. Demonstrated by the West Midlands Area Group of the 7mm Narrow Gauge Association The 009 Society, a display of members' models and information. Demonstrated by the 009 Society - West midlands Narrow Gauge Group HobbyRail - Suppliers of major brands of railway models and kits, plus other services Kevin's Trains - Quality used 00 gauge rolling stock, scenery and accessories Ian's Trains - Used model railways and accessories NetworkConnections1 - Model vehicles in various scales 12 Volts DC - Retailer of electronic components, modules and tools Grainge and Hodder - Photo etching and laser cutting services, including modular baseboards Buffer Books - High quality second hand railway books 1/2 Scale Burrell Traction Engine - Displayed and giving rides for a small fee on the front car park. Co-ordinated by Oliver Huxley Oh, and I nearly forgot, The Worshipful the Mayor of Sandwell, Councillor Mrs Barbara Price will be there to open the event, as well as joining us for lunch!
  6. As prompted by Tony B above, here is a list of the currently confirmed exhibitors, traders and demonstrators: Primrose Hill (0) - Black Country industrial scene, exhibited by Mike Bragg (see previous post) Deesle Park (00) - 1980s traction depot, exhibited by Les Plews Bourn Valley (00) - large modular layout, exhibited by the Bournville Model Railway Club Hogsmead on Sodor (00) - Child-orientated layout, exhibited by the Stafford Railway Circle Rhywle yn Lloegr (I think I've spelt that right!) (009) - industrial narrow gauge scene, exhibited by Matthew Sanders Llantwy (009) - narrow gauge in a country town, exhibited by David Jeanes Goodmonnton Works Railway (009) - Estate railway set in Somerset, exhibited by Steve Mann Charlotte's Miniature Railway - Railway set in a public park, exhibited by Matthew Sanders Warsaw, Indiana (H0) - American industrial district, exhibited by Nick Palette Irgendwo (H0m) - Swiss village scene in the Albula Valley, exhibited by Dave Edwards El Cremallera (Nm) - Info to follow..., exhibited by Piers Milne Evergreen Scrapyard WIP & Plasticard Scratch Building, a display of a work-in-progress scrap yard layout and the modelling that goes into the construction of the layout and rolling stock, mostly from plasticard. Demonstrated by David Foley 7mm Narrow Gauge Modelling, a display of the art of narrow gauge modelling. Demonstrated by the West Midlands Area Group of the 7mm Narrow Gauge Association Hobbyrail - Suppliers of major brands of railway models and kits, plus other services Kevin's Trains - Quality used 00 gauge rolling stock, scenery and accessories NetworkConnections1 - Model vehicles in various scales 12 Volts DC - Retailer of electronic components, modules and tools Grainge and Hodder - Photo etching and laser cutting services, including modular baseboards Buffer Books - High quality second hand railway books 1/2 scale Traction Engine - Displayed and giving rides for s small fee on the front car park. Operated by Oliver Huxley There are one or two other entities to add to the list, but they will be added in the due course when I have nudged the club's Secretary for the information on them! Might have to get a couple of pints down his neck before he co-operates...
  7. Hi all We at the Cradley Heath Model Railway Club are holding our third exhibition on Saturday 17th October 2015. See our Exhibition Web Page for all of the necessary information regarding this year's show. This year sees 10+ layouts, 6 traders and several demonstrators attending our show, which is based around several rooms in the Cradley Heath Community Centre. In addition to these, there are several attractions that are new to us this year. While the last two years, exhibitors have used our club room as their rest room, this year another room has been secured for an exhibitors rest room, meaning that we are opening our club room to the public. Visitors can see what it is like to be a member of the CHMRC, as well as being able to try out any newly purchased locos on our resident layouts. (at the moment, that is limited to 00/HO gauge locomotives, but provisions may be made for other scales in the due course) Another special attraction this year will be a half-scale model traction engine giving rides on the front car park for a small fee. Our final new feature this year has coincided with the launch of our new website @ www.cradleyheathmrc.co.uk New for 2015 - Pre-book and save! If you pre-book your tickets now, you will save £1 off adult and child tickets and £2 off family tickets. Please see our Exhibition Page Here for information on how to obtain your reduced-rate tickets. Pre-booked ticket sales end at midnight 27th September, so grab them while you can. Our on-the-door entry fees are the same price as last year, which are as follows: Adult - £4 (Ages 15 and up) Child - £3 (Ages 4 to 14. Ages 3 and under go free) Family - £10 (2 adults and 2 children) Address: Cradley Heath Community Centre Reddal Hill Road Cradley Heath West Midlands B64 5JG Carpark Postcode: B64 5JY Car parking is once again based around the Whiston Industries complex near to the exhibition. It is free of charge and stewarded all day. Disabled badge holders can use the car park at the front of the venue, although spaces are limited. We look forward to seeing you there, and if you have any queries, please feel free to reply on this thread, or send us an email to [email protected] where we will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible. Kindest Regards Nyall Rudge CHMRC Vice Chairman
  8. Hi knowledgeable folks of RMWeb! I purchased the Bachmann "The Shakespeare Express" train pack recently, and after wiping the drool from my chin caused by the model of 4965 'Rood Ashton Hall', I set thinking about adding to the three supplied coaches from Vintage Trains' railtour rake of coaches. Looking over a thread on a similar topic in the Bachmann sub-forum tantalised me even more. The thread can be found here. I have four Bachmann Mk2 TSOs, a Mk2 BSO and a Mk1 Pullman that would be suitable for lengthening the train. The Pullman coaches in the set do not match the colour of the existing Pullman coach I own, which is from the first run that Bachmann did with a white roof, as the 'umber and cream' of the Shakespeare coaches are the same shade of choc and cream as the Mk1 BSK in the pack. Unfortunately, I do not have any Bachmann Mk1s in choc and cream to compare the colours with, but I'm guessing they have colour matched the models with the real things. The Mk2s are all in blue and grey, so will need repainting completely. I would be eternally grateful if anyone would be able to advise me on the following: I intend on repainting the Mk2s, and probably the Pullman, into choc and cream, so which paints do you think are a good match for BR choc and cream? I don't mind whether the paints are acrylic or enamel as I can work with either. What would be the best choice for lining the Mk2s? I've looked at Fox Transfers, Modelmaster & HMRS pressfix and all of them seem to do the gold/black lining that'll be required, so which is deemed to be the better option out of those or in fact any other manufacturer that may do them? Same goes for lettering, orange cantrail stripe, window stickers, etc. Which are well recommended from personal experience? What would be the best choice for lining out the Pullman? I was unable to find a Mk1 Pullman lining sheet like the lining sheets for regular coach lining. Are there any plain gold or straw lining sheets that can be chopped about? Obviously, a lot of what I'm asking would be down to personal preference, but seeing as I'm not experienced in painting coaches and which shades match well to the real thing, I'm starting out a bit blind. I'll make sure to practise on an old coach before committing to my best models! Thank you for reading, and I hope I haven't come across as sounding needy and ungrateful as I do appreciate the advice that is imparted by the members of this site, and I hope to learn a great deal from the knowledge that you all share.
  9. Hi Graham, I agree, the old station would have been just the ticket, even if they were only to keep half of the building and shorten it or somehing, it would have been a great transport hub for Stourbridge, but that's just typical of people recently, not thinking before knocking stuff down. I've not got much else to report about Stourbridge Town, but I'm hoping to get a good shift on next week. I hav completed all of the windows on the rear of the building now, so the rear section is now oficially complete, save for the little canopy over the entrance! Oh, and have a nice time away, Graham!! Cheers, Nyall
  10. Hi Graham Thanks for the words of kindness they are very much appreciated. To be honest, you may say it's detailed, but it's just a bit of plasticard, some painted lines and some holes cut out really! It doesn't look quite as pretty when observed up close, especially the left hand door, which i stuck in place a bit wonky... I really do admire your work, despite the size variations and such, as it shows that even though it may not look identical to the original, it still has a nice air about it that make you think "ooh, that's Stourbridge Town Station" when you look at it. Besides, if you're happy with it, that's all that matters, it doesn'treally matter whether it matches millimetre for millimetre. Mine certainly has it's inaccuracies which you don't notice when you're actually making it but show up when you stand back and look at it! In regards posters, I may create one or two cutom ones just for the layout, and use some of the excellent pre-made ones from the Station Signs website ( http://www.stationsi...o.uk/index.html ). Actually, whilst on the subject, I had bought some of their signs to place on Stourbridge, but the totems and running in boards and things like that, but i don't think they had much BR signage, I think it was more GWR signage, but I can always track some down at a leter date. Good luck with the rest of your layout, and well done on what you've already done! Nyall
  11. Hi, Graham Wow, that looks great! Really captures the essence of the real thing there, plus being large scale, it looks like it has a great physical presence to it! Well done and that you for posting those pictures! I'm progressing quite well with my own model, and have almost completed the rear of the building, as I will show you in the below attachment. Cheers Nyall
  12. Hi Graham I'm glad to hear that you are progressing well with your building. As for the detailing, I'm sure you could go as far as the hinges on the door hinges with G scale at least!!! Jokes aside, I'm sure whatever detailing you do to your model will only enhance it further. Thanks for the update! I enquired in the Stourbridge Library about information regarding the station, but the person who normally deals with that sort of thing was away so I think they're going to sort it out tomorrow, so I'll pop in to see what information they have. I'll keep you posted on my findings! Since the last picture, I've dressed the windows externally with the stone trimmings et al, plus added the bits that protrude slightly (unsure what they should be called, but the bits that protrude will suffice!) and am painting those bits up currently. I'll upload a pic or two once I've finished that bit. Nyall
  13. Hi Graham, (please, call me Nyall!!!) Next time I'm in Stourbridge, I'll venture over there and ask about it. 1879 County Express you say? I'll make a note of that. Thank you for the information. Your model is looking really nice, and I see what you mean about the chimneys. I'm not looking forward to building mine either to be honest, nor the fiddly little fence thing on top of the roof. But anyway, keep up the good work as it is certainly appreciated here! Right, I've been progressing a bit on the station building, concentrating on the back section that leads to the forecourt mainly, almost as a sort of test bed to practice my modelling on, being rather an amateur Seeing. As it's on the back, it won't be so noticeable if I cock it up. Basically, I bought some sheets of beige Slater's plasticard Flemish bond brick sheets (the wrong type of bond as it happens, but oh well!) and some Revell beige and reddish brown acrylic paints, painted the lines of differing coloured bricks onto the sheets of plastic, glued thinly cut strips of the brick sheets onto areas which stand out slightly, measured some dimensions of the building features at Kidderminster Town station due to it's resemblance to Stourbridge Town, did some cutting work with a craft knife, and came up with what can be seen in the following attachment: (Work remaining on that particular bit: making window sills and the stone arch things above the windows from plasticard, painting them and sticking them on, making windows and doors, painting them and sticking them in, then that side will be finished) Here is a pic in case anyone is wondering which bit I'm working on: http://www.flickr.co...ing/5345931424/ (the middle inbetween the two sections that protrude sligtly from the rest of the building. The image I'm working from in one of the Oakwood Press books I own has a better view of it, but I'm not sure if you're allowed to share scanned images on this forum)
  14. Hi Graham Wow! That looks remarkable! Thank you very much for sharing that. I know what to aim for in terms of looks at leas now, so thanks once again. Progress has been very minimal on Stroubridge Town (00 scale!) due to me being on holiday for the past week, but I'm aiming to get the progress back up to speed shortly.
  15. Hi Graham, A G-scale version of Stourbridge Town souns amazing and I would be only too grateful if you were to post some pictures of it as it progresses, then we can compare, contrast and gain ideas off each other as we go along! Currently, not much has progressed on Stourbridge Town ('00' scale!) since the last post, apart from I've purchased the brick sheets and the acrylic paints that shall be used to build and paint the main building itself. I'm going to measure up windows and doors at Stourbridge Town on Friday, all being well, to get some rough dimensions to work off for the doors and windows so that I can try to come up with a length of the building, as I am assuming that the doors and windows will be of a similar size, though the two stations probably had different architects. I'm assuming a Great Western doorway and/or window was quite standard accross the board. In fact, as Graham correctly pointed out, Kidderminster bears a striking resemblance to Stourbridge Town, despite it being based on Ross-On-Wye, and being made of red and black brick, so I may measure that up as well for a comparison whilst I'm in a train journey's reach from it. The dimensions of the features of either station may not be precise to those of Stourbridge Town, but so long as it looks right, it doesn't really matter if it's not down to the millionth of a millimetre!
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