Late show update!

We’re pleased to announce that we’ll be attending the Cranleigh Festival of Model Railways  on the 5th September only – click on the link to open the Cranleigh Rotary club website with details of opening times and admission prices.

Poster for Cranleigh Festival of Model Railways 2009

Poster for Cranleigh Festival of Model Railways 2009

The show is in Cranleigh village hall, Cranleigh is just south of Guildford – the show is in aid of the Chase Childrens Hospice.

If i’ve read their show plan correctly we’ll be set up in the Girl Guides HQ behind the village hall (no jokes please). 😉

We’ll be running our 60’s/70’s outline for this show, and Santa Fe, Rock Island and Soo Line power of the era should be dominant – come and say hi if you’re in the area!


Show dates update…

We are pleased to announce that we will be attending Tolworth Showtrain 2009 exhibition, at Tolworth Leisure Centre, Fullers Way North, Tolworth, Surrey, KT6 7LQ on November 14th and 15th 2009.

For detailed show info keep checking their show website at:

See you there! 🙂

PS – you can keep up to date of all future (and past) shows on our exhibtions page.

RS Tower modules blog…

After some great feedback on our chosen method of modular railroading, both with RS Tower at Exeter and operating as a “standalone” switching layout at Gillingham, a separate sister blog for the RS Tower modules has been launched at

Neil Rogers will be handling updates on that side of things – expect some changes on both sites over the coming weeks as we try and make them complement each other more effectively!

It already carries some images & video from Gillingham, and some thoughts on future module design as well…

After the Exe Show – thoughts…

Well the Exeter show has been and gone, the only “proper” exhibition outing in 2009 (we hope to have more for 2010 to tell you about soon!) – although we are considering doing another “open house” later in the year to keep our hand in – i’m interested in feedback on that, anyone want to come play trains for the weekend??

Here’s a quick vid to give an overview of the setup we used, for the first time we were able to have the Freemo-esque modules attached to form a decent length branch line at the show which was a nice way of adding a section of layout with a slower pace than the big mainline action.

Modules used were Dale Yard, Oakdale and two curves created and owned by Neil Rogers and Dale Creek created and owned by Liam Rogers.

Don’t forget that the modules on their own without the main RS Tower layout will be appearing at the Shaftesbury & Gillingham show in Gillingham (Dorset) this weekend.

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Car cards and waybills

A while back in a thread on operation on RM-Web the use of car cards and waybills came up, and that kicked off a thought process about how best to use them on an exhibition layout. Talking to the guys in the group and whilst some of us were okay moving given cars to an industry and then routing them back using just a bit of knowledge and concentration, others of us would benefit from something a bit more formal, we also have at least one guest operator at Exeter this summer who makes a very enthusiastic switch crew but probably doesn’t know an airslide from an autorack…so here goes…

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Open House Announcement

Saturday 23rd/Sunday 24th May (the weekend before we attend Exeter show) we will be holding an open-house at Hittisleigh village hall – Hittisleigh is located just a short distance from the A30, part way between Exeter and Okehampton:

Click here for the location on Google Maps – Be aware there is no credible public transport to this location due to it’s rural nature.

The venue will be open from 10.00AM until 4.30PM (or maybe even longer if we’re having fun!)

Admission is FREE! But donations to the upkeep of the hall are welcome.

The local village ladies will be selling tea’s, coffee’s and cakes – and if you’re dragging along a partner who isn’t into trains then there is a craft display a short walk to the North at the village church.

Happy Christmas to you all!

I figured that I’d better do a pre-Christmas update, as i’ve yet again been patently rubbish at writing these!

So – here we go:

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