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The Swindon Railway Festival

Saturday 11th and Sunday 12thSeptember 2010

 

‘Pete Waterman, plus Hornby and Bachmann road shows and model railways galore, will entertain families and railway enthusiasts alike’.

 

In the early 1800s various schemes to link the prosperous commercial centres of London and Bristol were proposed. On 31 August1835 an ambitious scheme spearheaded by a group of Bristol Merchant Venturers,and led by the emerging engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, was passed by Parliament and the Great Western Railway was born.

 

"With 2010 being the 175th Anniversary of the formation of the Great Western Railway, all the stops are being pulled out for a bumper event!"

Also there is the rare opportunity to see the amazing British Steam Car, holder of the Official Land Speed Record (August 2009). The record breaking car will be at the Museum to make her last public tour appearance before retiring to the Beaulieu Motor Museum. Visitors to the festival will have the chance to sit in the cockpit and meet to the record-breaking crew.

Layouts attending-

Yeoton Wharf (3mm scale - Broad Gauge)

Gatacombe (7mm scale – Broad Gauge)

Teignhouse sidings/Bob Harper (7mm scale – Broad Gauge)

Lelant sidings (7mmscale - Broad Gauge)

Cheltenham Engine shed (4mm scale – Broad Gauge)

Western View (the full layout!) (7mm scale - Standard Gauge)

Knockley Gate (7mm scale– Standard Gauge)

Hadley Road/Paul Jones (7mmscale – Standard gauge)

John Coulter/Cambrian Layout (S Scale – Standard Gauge)

Newham Goods Truro (EM/4mm scale – Standard Gauge)

Hendre lane/ western region! (4mm scale – Standard Gauge)

Llaffan/western region! (4mm scale – Standard Gauge)

The Long Line/Mark Henshaw (N/2.06mm scale – Standard Gauge)

 

More Highlights include:

Traction Engine Display courtesy of Hatch Heritage and Steam Engineers

Vintage Steam Bus (TBC)

Café

BBQ

Real Ale Bar – selling STEAM’s GWR175 celebration beer‘Chuffin Ale’

 

Demonstrations-

Display of 7mm scale Steam rail motors

East Midlands O Gauge test track operating DCC sound equipped ‘modern image’

Mike Little/7mm finescale modelling- Loco’s and stock

Sean Bolan/Artist display of Broad Gauge paintings

Broad Gauge Society stand

Canon Brian Armen/photographic display of his 7mm layout

Phill Abbott/how to research and build models of the‘Absorbed railways’

Andy Duncan/soldering

Dave Murdoch/7mm scale locomotive construction

Bob Kinsey/4mm modelling

Mick eastern/Working Bristol Harbour Dock Crane

Mike Edge/4mm kit construction ’Judith Edge Kits’

Barry Oliver/Weathering

Andy Ross/Narrow Gauge railways and Trams

Fred Lewis/7mm Locomotive construction

Brian Daniels/7mm Diesel Locomotives Inc ’ working tamping machine’

Derek Mundy/Signals

Chris Baston/Applying transfers

John Emerson/7mm wagon construction

 

Traders-

Hornby Hobbies

Bachmann Europe

Just Like The Real Thing

Kernow Model Centre

Oakwood Press

More to follow…

Opening hours-

Saturday 10am to 5pm

Sunday 10am to 5pm

 

Adults- £8.00

Concessions- £5.50

Family (2 + 2) - £24.00

Family (2 + 3) £27.00

Under 2s FREE

 

And if all that’s not enough, there is the 70,000 sq ft Museum containing countless exhibits of GWR infrastructure and rolling stock.

The museum has a souvenir shop and cafe/snack bar and opposite (100yrds) is the Swindon Designer Outlet set in the splendidly restored Victorian buildings of the Great Western Railway works including a large central food court dominated by a Great Western locomotive. Stores include L K Bennett, Ted Baker, Hobbs, Timberland, Charles Tyrwhitt, Marks and Spencer Outlet, Gap Outlet, Phase Eight, Tommy Hilfiger and many more. You will also find children’s clothing, sportswear, jewellery, footware, toys, books and luggage. The 'At Home' department offers a wide variety of home furnishings,china, crystalware and kitchenware shops that include the Christy, Portmeirion,Professional Cookware Company, Waterford Wedgwood and Ponden Mill.

 

To get there, exit Junction 16 of the M4 or Junction 11A of the M5 and follow the brown tourist information road signs to the 'Outlet Centre'and/or STEAM.

 

Further Information/Contact

STEAM – Museum of the Great Western Railway

Kemble Drive

Swindon

SN2 2TA

 

Tel: 01793 466 646

Fax: 01793 466 615

Textphone: 01793 466 618

 

Steam Museum website: www.steam-museum.org.uk

(Site details will be updated as information becomes available)

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  • 3 months later...

Apologies to the immediate events but i thought that now was time for a thread bump.

 

Counting down in weeks now- so we are not far off panic stations!- With some huge jobs yet to be done on the layout!

 

Unfortunatly some of the internet and printed publicity has my Long line layout marked as 'fully completed', which is an error beyond my control-sorry. The old addage goes that a layout is never complete- true- but 'The Long Line' is nowhere near finished! With still some considerable way to go!

 

I will however be taking 73ft (longest to date) including the River bridge section (seen only at Bristol and in Hornby mag sept 2010) on the UP end. On top of which a large amount of detailing has been done since its 1st outing a year ago, so hopefully there will be lots more to look at.... amidst the trains.

 

If you go - give us a nod,

 

Mark

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Apologies to the immediate events but i thought that now was time for a thread bump.

 

Counting down in weeks now- so we are not far off panic stations!- With some huge jobs yet to be done on the layout!

 

Unfortunatly some of the internet and printed publicity has my Long line layout marked as 'fully completed', which is an error beyond my control-sorry. The old addage goes that a layout is never complete- true- but 'The Long Line' is nowhere near finished! With still some considerable way to go!

 

I will however be taking 73ft (longest to date) including the River bridge section (seen only at Bristol and in Hornby mag sept 2010) on the UP end. On top of which a large amount of detailing has been done since its 1st outing a year ago, so hopefully there will be lots more to look at.... amidst the trains.

 

If you go - give us a nod,

 

Mark

 

 

You say longest to date, does that imply that you have plans to make it even longer!!

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Yes... It will be 106ft 8in long and at least 2.5 times as deep, having an optional scenic addition accross the entire front (dims.pending vehicle pack space/enthusiasm etc). The project is composed of eight sections....I-Viaduct and branch/J-Junction/K-War dept sidings/L-village/M-Station/N-Loop and cutting/O-River Bridge/P-Quarry sidings and tunnel, of which five (K-O) are nearing completion/exhibitable. The baseboards for P are built.

 

The eight scenic sections along with the two scenic depths and two lenghts of cassette table on either end make for 229 physical options in 3 running periods.

 

Rumours abound that sections L and M -Full depth, will be launched at Wigan in the distant future, the completed project is booked to 1st attend Warley in 2014 after which i shall be getting very drunk and having a sleep! ....Then i can get back to the propper job in hand a 1:148th scale model of Hatton Junction, a taste of which i will probably have on my demo at Wigan this year.

 

cheers

 

Mark

Do you have any further information on the Cambrian layout that is attending, it is one I don't seem to have come across.

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<br />Really looking forward to this weekends show.<br />Looks like a good list of layouts and a real ale bar.<img src='http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/public/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':D' /> <br /><br />Keith.<br />
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Yes and not having to drive to the digs i shall be making full use of this saturday!

 

Landy brimming over with layout and resting prior to a very early depart fri am, see you all soon.

 

Mark

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Hi,

 

Thanks for posting the pics, and for your kind words re the layout.

 

I had a great time at the show - already looking forward to the next one!

Thanks to all the guys involved in organising a super event.

There was me thinking a diesel layout would be unwelcome at "STEAM" :lol:

Also, thanks to Rouse for his help running the layout!

 

Marc

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Many thanks to all those who either assisted in the prior publicity/running of the event or visited the show over the weekend... over four and a half thousand of you!... most of whom seemed to come on saturday!

 

It was, as implied a busy old weekend amidst the exhibits of the museum and i would like to voice thanks to the 'Long Liners' who put in a sterling effort in keeping my own unfinished project alive.. cheers.

 

Work has already started on 2011, and good 'western' layouts regardless of period, will always be an important part of the show.

 

(on behalf of the organising team) Hope you enjoyed it and cheers to all who came,

 

Mark

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Many thanks to all those who either assisted in the prior publicity/running of the event.....

 

 

....Work has already started on 2011, and good 'western' layouts regardless of period, will always be an important part of the show.

 

(on behalf of the organising team) Hope you enjoyed it and cheers to all who came,

 

Mark

 

Mark,

 

I really did enjoy the event - Even more than I expected!

I'm pleased that the numbers were good.

Saturday was absolutely heaving! And that's a great thing for the museum.

More than that, everyone attending the event seemed genuinely interested in the whole show.

I really don't know how many good folk I had a great chat with over the two days - but I met some really friendly, appreciative, interesting people.

 

I'm already looking forward to next years' event,

and if you need a layout - I'd be more than pleased to bring along any one of my layouts,

which will shortly number four in total.

 

A big "well done" to everyone involved.

See you next year

 

Marc :D

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