Come and see RAIL EXPRESS at the National Model Railway Exhibition.
RAIL EXPRESS is busy preparing for the National Model Railway Exhibition which is being staged at Birmingham’s NEC complex on November 22nd & 23rd. REM will again be attending in force and, as well as offering the usual magazine-related items, is hosting two demonstration/displays.
Richard Oldfield & David Faulkner will be present to discuss Mostyn, the ‘P4’ layout which is the subject of our long-running constructional serial whilst Brian Daniels will be displaying a selection of ‘O’ gauge diesel that have recently featured in the magazine. All will be available for informal discussion on any subject relating to their specialist interest areas.
The editorial team of Philip Sutton and Gareth Bayer, plus visiting contributors, will also be on hand to talk about the magazine in general and will welcome any constructive feedback on content and how to improve the product.
Jamie Walsh is heading up the magazine’s promotional side and there will be a wide selection of merchandise available. Principally this will include the latest issue just delivered from the printers (RE151) and the launch of Terry Moors ‘Crewe & Cheshire Railways’ book which is also ‘hot off the press’.
As well as a competition and subscription offers, magazine binders and back issues will be on a special multiple discount deals.
What you can see
On the layout front, there are ten exhibits that are directly based on the era: Oldham King Street – ‘O’ by David Hampson, Victoria Park – ‘O’ by Ian Futers, Saffron Street – ‘P4’ by Risborough & District MRC, Addiston South – ‘EM’ by Paul Egleton, Aneilan Road & Dovington Camp – ‘OO’ by P. Taylor, Ashington – ‘OO’ by Worthing MRC, Llywdd Town – ‘OO’ by George Woodcock, Loughborough Midland – ‘OO’ by Soar Valley MRC, Law Junction – ‘N’ by East Neuk MRC, and Magram TMD – ‘N’ by SM Marriott.
But, with a grand total of 75 layouts attending, there are sure to be many more that catch your eye. Chris Gilbert’s ‘HO’ CSX Miami, for example, looks to be an incredibly well observed US switching layout, while the Scalefour Society Norfolk & Suffolk Area Group’s ‘P4’ Coldfair Green could almost be the dictionary definition of bucolic.
For many people though, the Warley show is all about buying stuff. Where else in the UK can you find such a selection of companies dedicated to railway modelling products under one roof? There are far too many to list, but notable traders include: R-T-R manufacturers – Bachmann Europe/Graham Farish, Dapol, Heljan and Hornby, detail parts expert Shawplan Model Products, kit producers DC Kits and Parkside Dundas, retailers Moray’s Models and Railwayania, sound specialist South West Digital, as well as companies like Bufferstop Shop, Eileen’s Emporium, Modern Structures in Miniature, Phoenix Precision Paints, Train Crazy and Video 125.