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  1. Excellent. That gives me something to plan for next year. Thanks Chris.
  2. I am looking forward (as I do every year) to visiting the show tomorrow. I was wondering if any of the organisers could tell me what the date of the show is in 2020? I have something booked for 21st & 22nd November 2020, so was hoping that if you go by the plan of having the show on the last full weekend in November that I should be able to make it next year (27th & 28th). Apart from in 2015 when I had a really nasty flu bug, I have not missed a show since I started going 10 years.
  3. I'm sure I clicked I'm sure I clicked on the Warley thread. I was using my phone, so may have clicked the wrong one. I am definitely going to Peterborough this year as I couldn't make it last year due to doing shift cover at work. I am really looking forward to it
  4. I know it is a bit early, but what date is the Warley Show next year? The reason I ask is that I have something planned next year so will miss it if it is on the 21st and 22nd November. Do you follow the rule of the last full weekend in November? If so then I should make it.
  5. A new addition to the show traders. South Eastern Finecast are also attending.
  6. Has been added to the calendar. Sorry!!!
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    Event Name: Chatham Model Railway Exhibition 2018 Classification: Exhibition Address: The Victory Academy, Magpie Hall Road, Chatham, ME4 5JB Day 1: Saturday 2nd June 2018 Opening times Day 1: 10am to 5pm Day 2: Sunday 3rd June 2018 Opening times Day 2: 10am to 4pm Prices: Adults £6, Children free with paying adult Disability access: Yes Car parking: Yes Website: https://www.chatham-mrc.com/show/ Organising body: Chatham & District MRC Located at the Victory Academy in Magpie Hall Road, Chatham, it is about 10 minutes from the M2 Junction 3, 20 minutes from the M20 Junction 6, about 10 minutes drive from Chatham Railway Station or about 5 minutes from the A2 Chatham Hill / New Road by the Luton Arches. There is free parking next to the Academy for 250 cars, plus free on street parking nearby. There is also limited disabled parking within the grounds, so please make yourself known to the show staff at the gate if you require entry. By bus, the 164 bus runs from the Chatham Waterfront Bus Station to the Academy every 20 minutes at 10, 30 & 50 minutes past the hour, taking around 7 minutes. On Sunday, the service is hourly at 15 minutes past the hour. Returning to the bus station, you will need to catch the bus from the bus stop you get off at, as it does not return the opposite way. The 176 bus runs from both Chatham Waterfront Bus Station at 08, 28 & 48 minutes past, or Chatham Railway Station at 11, 31 & 51 past to the top of Magpie Hall Road with a 10-15 minute walk. Return service is at 02, 22 & 42 minutes past. By train, the nearest station is Chatham, and there is a free shuttle bus service to the show. There is a regular train service from London Victoria, St Pancras International on Southeastern High Speed, and the newly introduced Thameslink Service from Luton, via St Albans, St Pancras International, Blackfriars, London Bridge, Greenwich, Woolwich Arsenal, Dartford and Gravesend. Entry is £6 per adult and under 16's can get in for free with a paying adult. With 19 layouts, 20 traders and 4 societies, it makes for a good value show.
  8. Don't forget it is only one week to go until the Chatham & District M.R.C's Annual Model Railway Exhibition. The show is around 10 minutes drive from the M2 Junction 3 and around 20 minutes from the M20 Junction 6. For those of you who choose to come by train, there is a free shuttle bus service from Chatham Station to the show, with a good rail service, including the newly introduced Thameslink services from Luton. Also children can enter for free with a full paying adult,so if you want something to do during half term, then you can all make a day of it before they have to go back to school.
  9. I had hoped to come to the show today, but I have had something to do first thing, and I have now checked on the Internet and there are several train cancelled, so it would be difficult to get there in time. I have to travel from Sittingbourne in Kent. It's a shame as I have been to this show every year for the past 3 years. Hope you have a good one!
  10. If you decide to travel by train on Saturday 11th June, and have to pass through London, there are no trains to or from Cannon Street, which are being diverted into either Charing Cross or London Victoria. Therefore it is recommended that you pick up a service from St Pancras International, Stratford International, London Victoria, Charing Cross or Waterloo East, where you can get a direct service to and from Gillingham anyway. On Sunday 12th June only, there are more engineering works meaning the best way is to travel from London Victoria as there is a replacement bus service between Dartford / Ebbsfleet International and Rochester. This also affects the Medway Valley Line between Maidstone West and Strood.
  11. Thanks for the update Banbury. This may be a bit too late, but for anyone trying to travel tonight, there has been an accident on the M26 at junction 2A, with queues now back as far as the Clacket Services on the M25. If any traders or exhibitors are just planning to leave now, avoid these roads at all costs.
  12. Banbury is the only n gauge layout attending this year. We did try to get some more layouts, and had hoped that our club layout would be ready,but unfortunately it was not meant to be. Banbury is a high quality layout, and we do have several traders who deal with n gauge. I hope that doesn't put you off from coming, as we have more than 30 quality layouts in attendance. Hope to see you there.
  13. In reply to the railway situation, it was a good idea mentioning the possibility of travelling from Waterloo East. All Gillingham services usually depart from Platform D. This weekend's services are pretty good as there is hardly any disruptions on the railway, (The Medway Valley line between Paddock Wood and Maidstone West has a replacement bus service both days, and on Sunday a replacement bus service between Plumstead and Dartford, with Charing Cross to Gillingham services diverted via Bexleyheath, but this should not delay the service too much or at all), so we are very lucky in that respect for anyone travelling by train. Over most of the weekends since the new year, the trains through the Medway Town have been heavily disrupted due to several things occurring on the line (ongoing construction of the new Rochester Station, a new bay platform at Rainham, extension of Strood Station to accommodate 12-car trains, and the big one is Part 2 of the resignalling of the Kent Coast line all the way from Sittingbourne to Strood, Longfield and the Medway Valley line from Strood to Maidstone and Paddock Wood which should have been completed by Easter, but has been delayed due to commissioning problems). If you are lucky, you could also possibly spot one the of two Class 375 3-car Electrostars (375301 and 375306) which have been repainted in the same colours as the Class 395 Javelin High Speed Trains, with a small difference being that at it's First Class section, it has a yellow rectangle over the window between the doors and the driver's cab. Eventually all of the Southeastern Class 375 Electrostars will be painted this colour, but the plan is to get the 3-car units done first. Also if you are travelling by train on the North Kent line on Saturday between Woolwich Arsenal and Abbey Wood, you can see the progress being made on the Crossrail project, or the work being carried out at London Bridge for Thameslink upgrade, as Platforms 5 and 6 have now been demolished.
  14. Sorry to hear this. I hope that it is nothing too serious, and hope to see you at the 2017 show. All the best, Rich.
  15. We have now got confirmation that the parking WILL BE FREE on Saturday and Sunday. This will be obvious by the Pay and Display machines in the car park being covered up over the weekend. Note that a the car park is run by Medway Council, and that it will also be used by other people either using the Leisure Centre facilities or to go shopping in the town. This does mean that the car park will generally get busy around mid to late morning on Saturday, but usually on either early Saturday morning,Saturday afternoon or Sunday is generally quieter. There are some car parks, as well as parking spaces on the roads which are Pay and Display within a short distance of the Leisure Centre with reasonable rates, but these can not be refunded. Some of the road in the area are permit parking only so you will be unable to park there.
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