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AIMREC to open interim exhibition area in the centre of Ashford

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From Kent Online




AIMREC - the Ashford International Model Railway Excellence Centre - is set to move into Unit 2 of Elwick Place, Ashford after signing a 12-month contract for the premises.


Staff will spend around six weeks setting up a number of interactive model railway sets in the 3,541 sq ft space.


It will use the Elwick Place unit as a marketing suite to promote their longer-term places to create a permanent model railway entertainment and educational centre in the town - giving potential investors a glimpse into what the project could look like. The suite will be then open to the public free of charge on weekends.


"While AIMREC’s board continues to seek a permanent home for a model railway experience that has the potential to draw tens of thousands of visitors to Ashford every year, this temporary arrangement gives them a chance to show off what they can offer.



AIMREC website


I know from talking to Cliff Parsons that several very exciting developments may take place and this is a great stepping stone towards the ultimate goal.

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52 minutes ago, Geoff Endacott said:

Excellence or Education?


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Their website quotes the acronym as excellence, but yes, education will occur if people see C21 modelling standards  in place of R1 curves and big flanges. 

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I've no idea what will happen to Roy Jackson's layout "Retford" (by all accounts that is still to be decided), but wouldn't AIMREC be a fitting home?  Options must be very limited for a layout of that size....

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