Exeter show update…

The RS Tower layout will be appearing at the Exe MRS’s Exeter model railway exhibition in 2011 along with fourteen Freemo modules, most of which have either never been seen in public before or have been altered or upgraded since the last time they have been shown.

The RS Tower layout along with the modules will allow us to create a “walk around” layout design with around 120’ of scenic layout frontage showing many aspects of 1980s/90s US railroading in the Midwest, our usual lengthy trains will be in evidence at RS Tower and the modules will form a linear branch line from there to Oakdale via an expanded Dale Yard. Dale will be in use as a full classification yard for the first time, breaking up and building trains for various destinations on the layout.

Also being demonstrated will be our own interpretation of the car card and waybill method of traffic generation, as well as train dispatching (movement authorisation) by radio, both of which are things rarely seen at UK exhibitions.

We’ve never shown a layout this large before, and this will be a very rare chance to see such a large layout from our group as it involves a lot of preparation work and a large team of volunteers beyond our core group. We’d like to thank all our volunteers for their efforts, but particular mention should be made of the guys from the NMRA’s Western Union group in Plymouth for their assistance, advice and loan of their radio’s.

Whilst RS Tower and some modules will be attending other shows during 2011 this show will be your only chance to see our layout and modules in such a large setup and with such an emphasis on operations this year, a rare opportunity at a UK model railway exhibition. The Exe MRS show will take place on June 4th and 5th at the Matford Centre, Exeter. For more details see their club website at http://www.exemrs.co.uk/

The show also features many more great layouts and traders and is situated in an easy-t0-get-to venue on the outskirts of Exeter. In an inflation-busting move kids will be able to come in free with a paying adult this year – and Exeter is an excellent shopping venue or a good hub to visit other west country destinations, so easy to work into other plans.

We’re busy working on upgrading the scenery on RS Tower to be ready for Exeter, plus getting our modules ready for the event at present.

Once we have Exeter out of the way then there will be three more opportunities to see RS Tower during 2011, albeit without such a large modular presence.

In August we visit Pecorama for their steam spectacular event – the layout has never appeared before running in the transition era so another first.

In October we are out again twice in quick succession – a trip to Barrow-in-Furness for the Furness MRS show will be the furthest North it has appeared, and the following weekend we are down on the south coast at the NMRA’s convention in Bournmouth!

This will be a busy year – hope to catch up with some of you on the way!

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