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Cradley Heath Model Railway club exhibition 2018 13/10/2018

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Cradley Heath Community Centre
Reddal Hill Road
Cradley Heath
West Midlands
B64 5JG
Car Park Post Code: B64 5JY

Adult: £5.00
Child (Age 4-14): £2.50
Child (Under 4): Free
Family (2 Adults + up to 2 Children): £11.00
No Unaccompanied Children Please

Saturday 13/10/2018

opening time 10.00


Campbell’s Quarry
Su & Saint Paul
Bourton Yard
Shropshire Minerals Light Railway
Long Lane WRD
Illie Town
Tipton Hills
Gibben Quarry
Waterfall Junction
Brettell Road
Marks End


Kevin's Trains
Ian's Trains
P&G Models
12 Volts DC
John Sutton Books & Models

CHMRC Modelling Demonstration
Dan Haines O Gauge Model Building
John Campbell 16mm Narrow Gauge Display

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Highlights of this years show


Jim Smith Wright's Brettell Road, just a few miles from the real Brettell road

as featured in Model Railway Journal 257




John Campbell's Campbell's quarry, working sand digger action




Mark Dale's study of the Zittau junction station of Bertsdorf, as featured in the January 2018 addition of the Continental modeller





Trev Hurley's Long Lane WRD




Look forward to seeing you all
















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Nice to hear that some of you are travelling a fair distance to attend our exhibition. I hope that you will be pleased with what we have booked in for the show.

It would also be nice to meet some of you for the first time.

Make yourselves known to me I'm the exhibition manager.

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I've exhibited at this Show 3 times since the first one. I could only manage a 'flying visit' this time around (jobs to do, SWMBO to please; you know how it is!!) but thoroughly enjoyed  the show.

Highlights for me:-


Bourton Yard by Paul Challenor; US modern outline HO scale. Some superb weathering of stock and buildings alike. Nice to hear that my O Scale "Portway Center" was an inspiration to Paul when it was exhibited here a few years ago.


Brettel Road by Jim Smith-Wright; UK 1960s 4mm/P4 scale. A sure-fire "Show stopper" of a layout, with unusual 'night time' presentation. Having done 12 years on nightshift in all weathers myself, I appreciated some of the modelling that gave that damp, cold evening feel to the layout!!


Corscale-on-Severn by Ned Williams; UK coarse/3-rail O Gauge tinplate. Not my usual cup of tea, except for certain layouts on RMweb, and at Exhibitions!! As unrealistic as that awful 3rd rail is, and as shiny as those tinplate trains are, they generate atmosphere by the bucket-load - as they clatter round the layout, they sure as heck sound like a real train!! Great fun!!

Worth also mentioning Ned is a local historian and will be presenting a talk - the second of such - about the Black Country railways and their history, at the Reddal Hill Community Centre (where the Show was today!!) on Fri 16th November, 7 -- 10pm. Admission £1.  The first talk Ned gave was so enjoyable CHMRC persuaded him back for a second one!! :good:

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Popped in. It’s a good show that has grown but is still a local show with some stars.


For me Brettell Rd was a delight. Will spend time on the website. It’s one of those where you have to look carefully for the extra details. Loved the rain soundtrack.


Campbell’s quarry was also good. Again a case of taking the time to realise you are looking at 2 working diggers that work in different ways to to modern hydraulics.

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A sincere thank you to Cradley Heath MRC and in particular Dukedog for a super show. Great venue and catering, excellent support for car parking and a cracking mix of layouts. I also have to make a special mention of thanks to Jim S-W and Simon for the behind-the-scenes peek they generously afforded me on Brettell Road.

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