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36th Uckfield Model Railway Exhibition - 16th/17th October 2021


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Organised by the Uckfield Model Railway Club.

Civic Approach
East Sussex
TN22 1AE

Saturday 16th October 2021
Sunday 17th October 2021

Open 10am till 5pm both days.

The 2021 Uckfield Model Railway Exhibition will once again be featuring a selection of some of the best quality layouts around. There will be full trade support as well as Demonstration and Society stands. Licensed Restaurant within the Civic Centre will be open throughout the weekend. There will be bacon/sausage baps for early arrivals to purchase - from 9am.


Highlights include part of John Greenwood's West Country grand plan in 2mm/ft finescale, Wadebridge to Padstow, travelling all the way from Cornwall. Paul Windle will be bringing his new 00-9 layout, Axebridge down from the the north-east, the first time exhibited in the south of the country. We have the debut of Belmullet, the new 7mm/ft scale Irish broad gauge layout from David Holman. Also we have the current Continental Modeller's Railway of the Month, Horsethief Bridge, a portrayal of the BNSF by Antony Quinlan in American N. Finally we have the winner from the Wild Swan Cameo Competition for you to enjoy, Newton Heath Works.


Special precautions are being put in place by the organisers and the venue to reduce the risks associated with the pandemic. These include increased ventilation, hand sanitizer stations, optional track and trace registration, suggested one way circulation route in the main hall and primarily the request that visitors and exhibitors wear face coverings whilst moving around the venue.

Of the 14 layouts scheduled to attend there will no less than 12 different scale/gauge combinations represented. Standard, broad and narrow gauge British, Irish, American and Continental prototypes.


List of layouts expected:

Belmullet - 7mm/ft scale 36.75mm gauge
Irish broad gauge terminus layout by David Holman, Kent - debut exhibition.
Sherton Abbas - 7mm/ft scale 31.5mm gauge (finescale 0)
Exquisite Edwardian era (circa 1905) GWR branch line terminus by David Stone, South Wales - RM Aug. 2019.
Newton Heath Works - 7mm/ft scale 32mm & 16.5mm gauges (0 & 0-16.5)
Isle of Purbeck industrial clay works cameo layout by Martin Finney & Mike Baker, Dorset - winner in Wild Swan Cameo Competition, featured in MRJ 275.
Clearwater Harbor - 1:48 scale 16.5mm gauge (On30)
Fictitious North American narrow gauge line by Steve Waterfield, Surrey - CM Oct. 2019.
Great Bardfield - 4mm/ft scale 18.83mm gauge (P4)
Rural Essex through station set in the BR 1950s and 1960s period by David Hawkins, Hampshire - BRM
LLawryglyn - 4mm/ft scale 18.2mm gauge (EM)
1910-12 Cambrian Railway terminus with lead mine feeder by Richard Loydall, Warwickshire - RM Jul. 2013, BRM Sep. 2017.
Llandowdno - 4mm/ft scale 16.5mm gauge (00)
Small GWR terminus by Stephen Dowding, East Sussex - debut exhibition.
Framnock Bay - 4mm/ft scale 16.5mm gauge (00)
Compact  BR terminus with extensive sidings built by the host Club to fit a bay window in their clubrooms  - second exhibition.

Axebridge - 4mm/ft scale 9mm gauge (00-9)
Compact narrow gauge industrial scene by Paul Windle, Yorkshire - RM Oct. 2020.
Marmagne - 3.5mm/ft scale 16.5mm gauge (H0)
SNCF rural branch line station in France built by Roger Nicholls and exhibited by Tony Durose, Derbyshire - CM Mar. 2005.
Southwark Bridge - 1:148 scale 9mm gauge (British N)
Fictitious  South London terminus set in the mid 1960s to mid 1970s by Graham Bridge, Kent - N Gauge Society Journal.
Wadebridge to Padstow - 2mm/ft scale 9.42mm gauge (2mm finescale)
Extensive model of the westernmost extremity of the Southern Railway by John Greenwood, Cornwall - MRJ 235.

Modbury - 2mm/ft scale 9.42mm gauge (2mm finescale)
GWR might have been through station c. 1906 constructed by Ian Smith, Leicestershire.
Horsethief Bridge - 1:160 scale 9mm gauge (American N)
BNSF Columbia River line in the American Pacific north-west by Antony Quinlan, Middlesex - CM Oct. 2021.


Trade expected at the present time:

C&L Finescale Track Building Systems - suppliers of finescale trackwork and components - Saturday Only

Classic Rail - high quality second user items in all popular scales - NEW for 2021 - Sunday Only
Coastal DCC - suppliers of DCC equipment from a very wide range of manufacturers

Compass Miniature Railways & Models - local model shop with very extensive range of accessories and ready to run rolling stock - NEW for 2021
Dingo Servo Mounts - servo control for turnouts and signals - NEW for 2021

Golden Arrow Productions - Resin kits for Southern prototypes and suppliers of bowpens for lining
Matthew Cousins GRA - railway artist, known for his views of the Bluebell Railway

Monk's Gate Models - detailed scenic accessories for 7mm/ft scale - NEW for 2021

Plus Daughters - N gauge specialist stocking British, Continental and American ready to run
Rail-Books - all the latest books and publications
Roger Jones - second hand ready to run

Severn Models - etched scenic buildings and accessories in 2mm, 4mm and 7mm scales
Simply Southern - southern outline wagons
Squires Model & Craft Tools - wide range of tools, glues and raw materials for the modeller
South Eastern Finecast - 4mm scale locomotive kit manufacturer

The Wagon Yard - specialist in N and 00 rolling stock - NEW for 2021
W.M. Collectables - extensive range of second hand ready to run

Public access to the Civic Centre is via either the free High Street car park (Civic Approach), or the Tesco Superstore. The venue is also only three minutes walk away from both the railway and bus stations.

Additional car parking at the station car park - £3 per day at weekend.

More information and layout pictures at http://www.uckfieldmrc.co.uk/exhibition.html



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One of the layouts attending is Newton Heath Works in 7mm/ft scale 32mm & 16.5mm gauges (0 & 0-16.5).


Built by Martin Finney and Mike Baker the layout won the Wild Swan Cameo Competition back in 2019 and featured in MRJ 275.





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Very much looking forward to this - hope it goes ahead and that I can get petrol by then! (I was supposed to be exhibiting a club layout at a local show at the end of October which has now been cancelled because the venue's covid RA limited the number of people in the hall at any one time to such a small number that the show ceased to be financially viable.)

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The Uckfield show is usually very good indeed but the numbers attending have, I think,  become too great for the size of the venue. A pity because otherwise it's brilliant; it's close to the railway station, it has a large car park and the catering is excellent. It just needs to be larger.

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4 minutes ago, PenrithBeacon said:

The Uckfield show is usually very good indeed but the numbers attending have, I think,  become too great for the size of the venue. 


I went in 2019; it was full, but not uncomfortably so. I forget if I went on the Saturday or the Sunday.

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I go every year and it is well worth the visit. I normally find that the Sunday is the quite day and its not too busy then. 

Looking forward to it after two years away...

Would recommend


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15 hours ago, steve W said:

Clearwater Harbor is almost ready, a few more bits to do. It will be good to get out again.



Looking forward to seeing the layout and meeting the team again.


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Another exhibit worth travelling to see is Wadebridge to Padstow - effectively two layouts in one.


Part of John Greenwood's grand plan to model the North Cornwall Railway between Wenfordbridge, Bodmin, Boscarne, Wadebridge and Padstow - all in 2mm/ft finescale. 


Travelling up from Cornwall for the weekend, this will a rare chance to see the layout(s) in the south east.


Padstow is pictured here in its embryonic state when last exhibited back in June 2019.





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Although slightly out of loading gauge this small locomotive may well make an appearance at Uckfield?




The exhibition weekend has finally arrived - wishing all our exhibitors a safe journey to sunny Sussex.





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13 hours ago, adrianmc said:

Although slightly out of loading gauge this small locomotive may well make an appearance at Uckfield?


I'm hoping to see the appropriate Cambrian Railways livestock vehicle too. As Dai Station says, "All livestock must be conveyed in the appropriate container".

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Excellent exhibition today, with a good range of layouts and lots of smiling faces behind them. People obviously happy to be exhibiting again! Well worth the long trip from the Fens. Thanks and congratulatiins to Adrian and all the team!



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17 hours ago, John M Upton said:

Is it cash only on the door or is card payment available?

Not only are they accepting cards, but it's contactless as well. Well done team. Another good show worth making the trip for what will probably be my only exhibition this year.

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Just come back, first exhibition I have been confident to take my slightly autistic five year old too and he really enjoyed it, watching pretty much every layout in the show.  It seems my wife has trained him to drag me away from the trade stands before I open my wallet so all I spent was the admission fee!!


Was there supposed to be a one way system around the main hall?  We followed the general flow (very busy, elbow to elbow in places) and it seemed to move along pretty well apart from the old chap in the mobility scooter who decided to drive in the opposite direction to that which everyone else was moving which caused some hilarity.

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A good day at the show. Excellent layouts (as now the norm for the Uckfield show), all worth spending time to stand and watch, and good to catch up with some of the Uckfield members. 



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