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expoEM Spring 2022 - a Showcase of the Best in 4mm Railway Modelling

 

The flagship event of the EM Gauge Society is back for 2022 and will take place over the weekend of May 14th/15th at the now well-established venue of Bracknell Leisure Centre. On display will be at least eight finescale layouts representing the best in 4mm scale modelling. In addition there will also be an opportunity to view the winning entries in the ‘Chairman’s Challenge EMGS Track Competition’. Plus we still have our guest layout feature, this year in the form of Foston Mills in 7mm scale. As usual there will be plenty of opportunity to stock up on modelling supplies with a good range of specialist traders in attendance. In addition there will be a variety of ‘Show you how’ demonstrations and other special interest society stands. There will also be the EM and P4 test track, the EMGS trade stand - selling amongst other things, the Society’s range of EM track and points, in addition to the ever popular members’ second hand sales.

 

Venue:                                                             Opening times:

Bracknell Leisure Centre                               Saturday 14th May:     10.30am to 5.30pm

Bagshot Road                                                  Sunday 15th May:        10.00am to 4.30pm

Bracknell, Berkshire

RG12 9SE

 

Layouts

 

Dewerstone (EM) – GWR 1930s – Steve Sims

Dunelm (EM) - Mike Fishwick

Kirkmellington (EM) – Scottish Colliery Branch 1970s – Graham Bucknell

Plumpton Green (P4) – LSBR c. 1910 - Barry Luck

Pwllheli (P4) - Privatisation era 2000-2012 N. Wales - Ian & Jonathan Buckie

Sidmouth (P4) – BR (S) 1950s East Devon – Richard Harper

South Pelaw (EM) – BR North Eastern 1950s - South Pelaw Group

Westcliff (EM) – GWR ‘what might have been’ 1920s – Richard Butler

Whitewater (EM) - 1950s/1960s Southern Region, North Cornwall - Mike Fishwick

 

Plus - six of the Chairman's Challenge competition layouts will also be featured (all EM gauge).

Chitterne - Richard Simpson

Lochty - Andrew Cundy

Quarry Lane - Gwynne Chivers

Severn Lane - Alan Jones

Stonehouse St James - Andrew Ullyott

West End Drift - Graham Hudson

 

Guest Layout – Foston Mills – NER East Yorkshire (7mm scale)

 

Plus the EMGS test track with three EM circuits and one P4.

 

Trade

 

247 Developments, Alan Gibson, Bill Hudson Transport Books, Branchlines, Brassmasters, C&L Finescale Track Building Systems Ltd., Dingo Servo Mounts, Eileen's Emporium, High Level Kits, Isinglass Models, Judith Edge Models, London Road Models, Mike King (Southern drawings), Model Railway Developments, Prickley Pear Products, Roger Carpenter Photographs, Roxey Mouldings, Steam Age, Stoneybridge Structures & Model Sounds, Sutton Locomotive Works, Transport Treasury Publishing, Wild Swan Books Ltd.

 

Demonstrators and other displays

 

Karl Crowther - Signal Construction. 
Tony Gee - EM the Manchester Way (Featuring Some of Sid Stubbs Rolling Stock). 
Vernon Harrod - Kit and Scratch-Built Coaches and Other Rolling Stock. 
Chris Hewitt - Resin Casting and Molding. 
Ray Hodson - Resistance Soldering. 
Mick Moore - Wagons and Their Loads (See MRJ 238/39/241). 
Ian Rathbone - Painting & Lining. 
Roger Sawyer - Soldering For Beginners. 
Phil Tattershall - Bull-Head Trackwork Construction. 
Graham Vickery - Architectural Modelling. 
Geoff Kent - Modelling in Plasticard.

 

Great Western Study Group

LSWR Circle

MERG (Model Electronic Railway Group)

Missenden Railway Modellers

Pendon Museum

 

Location: Within easy reach of both the M3 (Junction 3) and M4 (Junction 10). Follow the brown signs for Bracknell Leisure Centre. SAT NAV - RG12 9SE

Bracknell Railway Station is ¾ mile away.

Free on-site parking, Catering and Level Access

 

Admission Prices (valid for both days):

2-Day visitor ticket      £10.00

EMGS Members          £8.00

 

Contact:

Email: expoem@emgs.org

Website: www.emgs.org

 

N.B. Information correct at time of preparation; all exhibits subject to final confirmation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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12 hours ago, woodenhead said:

But for those of us in the North - Good news - Expo EM North returns in August at Wakefield.

That is good news. With the Scalefour Society having apparently abandoned "the North", this could be very welcome.

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9 hours ago, Michael Edge said:

You seem to have left us off - Judith Edge kits will be at Bracknell as well.

Sorry about that Mike. I've amended the OP (#1) by adding Judith Edge Models. The owner of 'Brixham' has given notice that it has had to be withdrawn. A replacement layout will be booked and added to the list in due course.

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On 07/04/2022 at 18:58, woodenhead said:

As always a good selection of layouts to see, too far for me though I am afraid.

 

But for those of us in the North - Good news - Expo EM North returns in August at Wakefield.

A new thread will be set up for expoEM Summer shortly, just as soon as most of the exhibitors, donstrators, Society stands and traders have confirmed their attendance.

 

The dates are 20th & 21st August, at Kettlethorpe High School, Wakefield, all being well. Unfortunately, the Crocodile Sisters have given word that they are unable to do the catering.

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On 08/04/2022 at 07:38, Torper said:

That is good news. With the Scalefour Society having apparently abandoned "the North", this could be very welcome.

I agree that the absence of a "Scalefour North" event is a disappointment, although if I understand correctly, there's been no deliberate policy of abandonment. I gather that one or more of the key organisers had to step down (with replacements being found on that occasion) a while before the Covid pandemic wiped out the planned 2020 show. Before circumstances improved enough to make it possible to again run a safe show, fate intervened once more, at least one main organiser again dropped out and could not be replaced in time for this year's event to be planned and staged. As far as I know, there may still be no viable organising committee, much as others might like a show to take place. 

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Not wanting the discussion about Scalefour North to detract from this thread’s original purpose of promoting ExpoEM Spring I thought I would confirm that Scalefour North will be back in 2023.


Unfortunately there was no organising team for 2022. However, the Crewe Area Group have taken on the task and Scalefour North or Scalefour Crewe will be back in June 2023. More details on the Scalefour Society website and its own thread in due course. 
 

I’m looking forward to ExpoEM Spring in a few weeks time and hope this is a successful show for the EMGS. 
 

Jeremy

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22 hours ago, mike morley said:

What is or isn't the current situation with the old overflow car park across the other side of the roundabout?

The last time I looked at the old overflow car park was four years ago, it was gated and chained up. The office block was disused and had possibly changed ownership, I can't exactly recall after so much time.

 

From looking at Google maps, 'L'avenir Apartments' occupies the site now, "a selection of luxury one and two bedroom apartments for sale and to rent".

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Alan Austin of Ambis Engineering has contacted us to say that unfortunately he will be unable to attend expoEM Spring this year due to ‘logistical and medical issues’. Post#1 has been amended accordingly.

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John Chivers has contacted us to say that unfortunately he will be unable to attend expoEM Spring next weekend with 'Shwt'. Post#1 has been amended accordingly.

 

To quote expoEM Spring manager Tony Sullivan, " It never rains but it pours".

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Although not included in the list of demonstrators, there will be an appearance by representatives of the "Retford Mob", in the form of Geoff Kent, Vernon Harrod, Mick Moore and yours truly showing various aspects of what we get up to.

 

I will have some models that came from the collection of the late Sid Stubbs on display, along with a small section of a layout I am building to what I hope are the "Manchester EM" standards to run some of them on. Some of them are pretty ancient and very likely date back to the 1940s. 

 

The group of EM modellers at Manchester club devised their own standards for track and wheels quite a long time before the EMGS was formed and having been introduced to them recently, it is clear just how highly skilled and far ahead of their time they were. The quality, especially of the wheels and running gear, is well up to (and beyond) what I do in the present day and there is much that can still be learned from what they achieved.

 

Tony Gee  

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On 09/05/2022 at 18:06, MartinWales said:

Indeed! Some really nice stuff promised for Members Sales-Be there or miss out!!

There will also be an opportunity to buy not one but two EM layouts for sale at the show! 

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I notice that Dave Hammersley posted on the Roxey Facebook this week that he first exhibited Roxey Mouldings at the EMGS May Meeting in Marsham Street in 1972. Which means he will be celebrating 50 years in business this weekend!

 

Is there any other company which has been trading continuously in the same original ownership for longer?

 

Unfortunately i will be on the Isle of Man, having been first introduced to the delights of the railways there by Dave over 30 years ago.

 

Jon

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On 09/05/2022 at 22:06, t-b-g said:

Although not included in the list of demonstrators, there will be an appearance by representatives of the "Retford Mob", in the form of Geoff Kent, Vernon Harrod, Mick Moore and yours truly showing various aspects of what we get up to.

 

I will have some models that came from the collection of the late Sid Stubbs on display, along with a small section of a layout I am building to what I hope are the "Manchester EM" standards to run some of them on. Some of them are pretty ancient and very likely date back to the 1940s. 

 

The group of EM modellers at Manchester club devised their own standards for track and wheels quite a long time before the EMGS was formed and having been introduced to them recently, it is clear just how highly skilled and far ahead of their time they were. The quality, especially of the wheels and running gear, is well up to (and beyond) what I do in the present day and there is much that can still be learned from what they achieved.

 

Tony Gee  

Thanks for the information about the Manchester EM standards Tony and that ever so subtle reminder! The OP has been amended giving details of all the demonstrations that should be at Bracknell this coming weekend.

 

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