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. Continue reading


Latest Freemo news…

Normally we’d leave announcements on our Freemo engagements to our sister RSTowerFreemo site, but on the 5th/6th June our Freemo modules will be in operation at the Exe MRS show at Exeter, see their website for more details.

We’re debuting several new modules this year including Gillsburgh by Ian Smith as well as established modules such as Neil Rogers’ Oakdale, they will form a 60′ long end-to-end run between a pair of small yards, frequent local passenger and freight moves should feature.

We’re a little bit short of staff this year so RS Tower and it’s big trains are not featuring as part of this display, but we’re planning lots of operation so it’s still well coming for a look and a chat about modules, DCC, operations or any of the other things we get up to. And if anyone wants to come for a play let us know! 🙂

We’re working on a major showing with both RS Tower and a substantial Freemo presence combined for the 2011 Exeter show, it will be worth making a note in your diaries as we’ll be creating something that will be able to absorb lots of operators!

We’re on our way to Wembl….er Alexandra Palace!

Don’t forget this coming weekend we’re headed up to London to the London Festival of Railway Modelling – if you’re visiting the show come and say hi!

We’ll have RS Tower plus five modules including Oakdale and Dale Yard working at the show – with lots of interesting motive power and operations to see.

This is likely to be the only non-local public running for RS Tower during 2010 so feel free to come and ask questions about the layout, modular railroading, operations or, well, just about anything else!

See you there!

Alexandra Palace exhibition info:

With our New Year’s open house finished our next public show is the London Festival of Railway Modelling at Alexandra Palace in North London, 27th & 28th March 2010. Continue reading

New Years Day operating session & open house

The RS Tower team will be holding an open house & operating session on the 1st January 2010 in the basement of The Salvation Army hall, Friars Gate, Exeter, EX2 4AZ between 10am and 4.30pm.

The entrance to the venue is in Lucky Lane. There is some nearby street parking available (in meter bays) but plenty of nearby parking is available at the Cathedral & Quay car park, there is a step-free walking route from the top deck of the car park to the venue and blue badge holders can also park here free.

Our large RS Tower layout plus a modular branch line will be set up and running all day, showing off it’s large American trains.

There will be the opportunity to come and talk with the team about our approach to model railroading in general, modular model railroading, car card systems, digital control or other subjects, or to come and take part.

Entry is free but there will be a box available to make a donation to The Salvation Army

Please feel free to forward this to any person/group you think might be interested!

Tolworth pics

A few images from last weekends trip to Tolworth…

A CP SD40-2 rolls an intermodal down the street running trackage

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Tolworth show info:

Justa quick reminder time is whizzing by and it will soon be time for Tolworth show, which will take place on the 14th and 15th November – Tolworth is in the South West suburbs of London & easily reachable by public transport (bus links from Surbiton station) or by car from the nearby A3.

The show website is at: http://www.metropolitanrailway.co.uk/showtrain.htm and as you can see there looks to be a good spread of layouts and traders – there’s even some specialist US outline traders which is always nice.

Era and railroad-wise we’re majoring on Union Pacific and Soo line options circa 1995-1999 at this show, expect all the usual variety of stock and operations – a Union Pacific excursion may even bring big steam to the area during the course of the show.

We should have the car cards in use here as well so please come and ask if you have questions.

Don’t forget to keep checking our exhibitions page for more info on upcoming shows, we are now due to be back in London at the Alexandra Palace show in March and we’ll have more shows to add soon!