Warley National Model Railway Exhibition, the UK’s Premier Model Railway show, opens its doors on the in November as usual. The world renowned event is also a fun day out for local families, and the largest model railway show in the UK. This year sees over 90 model railway layouts on show. As usual there will be a huge trade interest with all the major model manufacturers and most of the smaller ones on hand.
Notable features of the Exhibition are as follows:
– 90 working, inspirational, model railway layouts in all popular scale gauge combinations (some not quite so common!). Most are new to the Show or extended layouts, representing model railway prototypes from three centuries! There will be 19 layouts representing overseas prototypes. There will be 5 layouts celebrating ’50 years of the 3mm Society’.
– We are pleased to welcome six layouts from outside the U.K., to add to the variety and quality on display for the benefit of our visitors. We welcome our exhibitors from other parts of Europe, – Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, and Holland this year. This reflects the organisers’ commitment to the continued development and enhancement of the Exhibition. These layouts from overseas have proved extremely popular at the Show in recent years, as they are rarely, if ever, seen in the UK.
– A number of layouts will be grouped to form a ‘Micro Layout’ display – inspirational layouts in small spaces.
– Our prototype inspiration this year is the LNWR Coal Tank No. 1054, which was built at Crewe in 1888, and the first locomotive saved for preservation following an appeal in 1960! It was shedded at Aston for part of its life, and has starred in the TV series ‘Peaky Blinders’, and the film ‘Testament of Youth’. A must see for all followers of ‘The Premier Line’. There will also be a progress report on the restoration of 45596 ‘Bahamas’.
– As usual there will be a number of Warley MRC’s own layouts on show with layouts from a number of Warley members!
– in a DVD presentation we will be showing ‘WARLEY MRC CLUB LAYOUTS’ featuring a number of scales and gauges, including a display of locomotives and stock built by Warley MRC members.
– Once again, there will be an opportunity to experience Pete Waterman’s ‘Building Leamington Spa’ presentation in the DVD Cinema, presented by Pete, with a DVD of the layout, and including a display of some of the models featuring on this superb O gauge line, owned by the Waterman Railways Heritage Trust.
– For the younger enthusiasts Junior Modellers corner will include a number of layouts built with younger modellers in mind, including the Warley MRC ‘Awdry St. Nicolas’, children’s layout, ‘Watney and Worsted’, the Warley MRC juniors layout, and from Charlie Wright, ‘Tidmouth Drive a Train’. Walter Turner will be showing his Playmobil Christmas Collection.
– Following the success of the Junior Modellers Workshop, initiated some years ago at the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition, this feature continues to enable junior modellers to ‘have a go’.
– Trade representation will include in excess of 150 traders which is the largest model railway trade gathering in the United Kingdom. In addition to the sponsors of the Exhibition, namely Bachmann Europe, PECO, Graham Farish, Ian Allan and Hornby, also present will be Dapol, Heljan, and Oxford Die-cast together with a large selection of specialist manufacturers and suppliers to the hobby. The Exhibition is known to be the “modellers’ marketplace” in the midst of the modelling season. The Small Suppliers Forum, sponsored by the Model Railway Journal, encourages smaller manufacturers to promote themselves at the Show, featuring a number of trade exhibitors with us for the first time this year.
– Demonstrations are an established feature of this Exhibition. Again there will be around 25 demonstrators prepared to show their skills and instruct modellers of all levels of ability. Some of these demonstrations will be “Shows You How” demonstrations looking at some of the basic aspects of model railway construction, together with well-known experts looking at specific subjects and sharing their skills. There will also be an opportunity to ‘have a go’ with a number of hands on demonstrations covering a wide number of model railway skills. This year we are also focusing on the theme ‘Turning Dreams into Reality’ with will include a programme of presentations by well known and experienced modellers in the Demo Theatre.
– the multi-gauge test track, now a regular feature, returns, enabling models to be tested, whether bought at the show or brought from home for testing.
– Static Models are again to the fore with Showcases of models from various Clubs.
– Competitions will be held for the Bachmann Cup for the best layout in 4mm/3.5mm scale, the Calvert Trophy for the best N Gauge or 2mm scale layout, the Hornby Hobbies Modern Image Trophy for the best Modern Image layout in any scale, the Virgin 7mm Trophy for the best 7mm scale layout, the Michael Heaven trophy for exhibits in scales larger than 7mm, and the Glascott Narrow Gauge Trophy for an exhibit modelled in narrow gauge. Both the Signalling Record Society and the Glyn Humphries trophies will be presented. The Railway Modeller Trophy, for the best layout in Show as judged by the ‘Railway Modeller’ will also be awarded.
– in association with Bachmann Europe PLC, we have commissioned a tank wagon in the name of ‘MASTICO – W.H. Keys Limited’ – another local private owner wagon as the company was based in West Bromwich and Portishead docks. Two versions will be available, one in ex-works condition, and another weathered, with differing running numbers. The limited production run will be 500 of each, and they will only be available at the Exhibition and will retail at £15 each. 100 of each will be available for sale on the Sunday of the Show.
– Advance Tickets. The arrangements for advance ticket applications are again in place this year, and application for tickets in advance are an attractive alternative to payment on the door.
– Advance ticket holders will be allowed entry to the Exhibition from 9.15 a.m. On both the Saturday and Sunday of the Exhibition. This will help to ease congestion and means that advance ticket holders have the opportunity to be well inside the hall before other visitors are allowed in. There will be a separate queuing system for advance ticket holders.
Advance ticket prices are as follows:
Adult Tickets – One day admission at £12.50 each – (Age 17+ years)
Adult Tickets – Two day admission at £21.50 each – (Age 17+ years)
Child Tickets – One day admission at £ 7.00 each – (Age 5 to 16 years)
Child Tickets – Two day admission at £12.00 each – (Age 5 to 16 years)
Family Tickets (2 adults + 3 children) – One day admission at £34.00 each
Advance copy of Guide – £6.50 including post and packing.
The admission price on the door on the day will be as follows:
Adult Tickets – One day admission at £14.00 each – (Age 17+ years)
Adult Tickets – Two day admission at £24.50 each – (Age 17+ years)
Child Tickets – One day admission at £ 8.50 each – (Age 5 to 16 years)
Child Tickets – Two day admission at £15.00 each – (Age 5 to 16 years)
Family Tickets (2 adults + 3 children) – One day admission at £41.50 each
Advance tickets can be purchased by enclosing your remittance (payable to Warley MRC Exhibitions Limited) with a stamped address DL envelope, to arrive no later than 13th November, to:
Warley National Model Railway Exhibition Advance Ticket Sales
28 Radstock Road, Willenhall, West Midlands WV12 5EQ.