G1MRA Exhibition Shepshed

G1MRA Exhibition Shepshed

Some of you may think that Gauge 1 is only for the rich, with an express locomotive and it’s train running around a large garden, but this is not the case having seen the cost of kits and ready to run rolling stock. It is amazing that you could purchase a Mark 1 ready to run coach for £200.00, while in 0 gauge you would be lucky to be able to purchase a kit for that amount. Wagon kits were about the same price as our 0 gauge equivalents.

What was very noticeable was the increase in the production of lazer cut wooden kits.

KA Lasercraft produce a very nice Gauge 1 LNER Teak effect coach and matching chassis kit, these could be purchased ready for finishing or as a kit.

Tenmille Products also use later technology and produce some very good wagon kits, coaches, track, signals and structures.


Agenoria Models had on show various etched kits for a number of locomotives and wagons all of which can be made into superb finished models.

Classic –Loco showed a range of Gauge 1 products and releases exclusive to them. On show was their New Schools class, an Un-rebuilt Merchant Navy, and a surprise Diesel. They also produce a large selection of line side products, a Scammel Scarab and some figures.

The Gauge 1 Model Railway Company had on display their range of ready to run meths powered steam locomotives and also the good value fully finished ready to run Mark 1 coaches offered in a variety of liveries.

MSC Models had on show a range of electric motor/gearbox units for Gauge1 modellers. All are available with final drives for ¼ inch and 3/16 inch diameter axles. A display of a working chassis was on show.

Also were models by Aster Hobbies UK suppliers of limited edition model steam locomotives for over 40 years and Mercian models with their selection of etched brass locomotives and rolling stock.

Crossing Gate Models with a selection of single gate, single track and double gate, and double track versions. They also had on display accessories, platform edging and railway related vehicles.

Peter Spoerer Model Engineers are makers and a specialist supplier of of radio control and sound cards for Gauge 1Garden Railways. They had on display their Plug’N’PlayR/C system which is easy to use and specially designed for model railway use.

For people who are not born engineers was Barrett Steam Models who supply you with ready built components which all you need to do is assembly and a small amount of modelling to end up with a live steam locomotive.

Finescale Brass and Golden Age Models were also present with their ready to run locomotives and coaches.

For the real enthusiast Custom Carriages, a company supplying models incorporating as much detail as possible, where a fine example was a LNWR West Coast dining car which even had the tables set for lunch. A Magnificent model, also on show were examples of GWR and LMS coaches.


Completing the the line up was specialist engineering companies producing all the various components need to build your own models.

In the link corridor between the two exhibition halls could be found Just the Ticket suppliers of materials and tools for the miniature engineer, Peter Allott Model Engineering with a selection of pre-formed aluminium coach bodies with all the necessary parts to complete a finished coach, SM Models with a range of carry boxes and the like, Peter Roger a builder of bespoke exhibition quality railway carriages and alongside him was TMS Models with a fine selection of ready to run locomotives and carriages.

In both of the exhibition halls were examples of what can be achieved, there was the layout by the G1MRA North West Group’s layout Withnell Junction with it’s loco depot, station and coal mine.

In the other hall was a portable layout operated by Bekonscot Model Village, where examples of live steam and electric powered model locomotives were running. One highlight on this layout was a live steam Midland Railway Deeley Compound hauling a rake of Midland era Clerestory coaches, and the other was two vintage London & Birmingham locomotives pulling a train made up of vintage stock.


Also in this hall was a layout built in a scale of 16mm to the foot, running on 32mm track, presented by the Bedfordshire Area Group of the Association of 16mm Narrow Gauge Modellers. The layout demonstrated what could be achieved in a small space in this scale with live steam and battery powered locomotives.

There was a fine display of models built by the late John Barrett, together with their latest offering. John was the founder of Barrett Engineering which was one of the first commercial producers of steam locomotives. This company is now managed and run by his son Steve.

At the entrance to this hall was a display of vintage and tinplate models presented by The Tinplate Group. Many of the models date back to the 1930’s and were produced in Germany and the UK. A very evocative collection from yesteryear.


I think the G1MRA should be congratulated on presenting a well balanced exhibition. Being an 0 gauge modeller I went along with an open mind and came away with was the impression that with Gauge1 you get more value for money.

Great Show… Congratuations

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