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Advance notice that the 10th annual Model Railway Easter Exhibition is being held at St Joseph's Community Centre in Wexford on Easter Sunday 1st April and Bank Holiday Monday 2nd April 2018. Already 25 layouts have been booked - many new to show - as well as 11 traders and counting. The exhibition will run from noon to 6 pm on the Sunday and 11 am to 5 pm on the Monday. Looking forward to meeting you all there! More details closer to the event...

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As Carlsberg might say, WMRC layout exhibition is probably the best in ROI :)

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We will have a stand at the show and will have IRM goodies for sale on the day (as well as some pre-production models all going well!) 

Look forward to our trip to the sunny south east! 

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Always one of the better exhibitions and hopefully one that I will attend again this year all going well..:trains:

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That WWII Saving Private Ryan dio is unreal and the chap that built it knows everything about the equipment on show and makes for a very interesting chat if you are interested in Armour.

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Preparations are well underway for the Wexford Model Railway Exhibition at Easter. Here is how the line-up is looking so far: 26 layouts (15 new to show); 7 model displays (4 new to show) and 14 traders (5 new to show):

Model Railway Layouts:

Swanbourne Vale Light Railway O gauge: John Izzard

Taylor's Yard (16mm narrow gauge) and Sandown Valley Railway (O gauge): East London MRG

Rosslare Strand OO: SDMRC

Castlefinn OO9: MRSI {Exhibit withdrawn}

Galloway Road N: Ulster MRC

A Country Scene N and Airborne 1941 N: Garrison MRC

Kemberton T-Trak: Midlands MRC

Ballyredmond OO: Eamonn Redmond

Percy & the Circus Train: Bobby Joe & John O'Toole

HOe narrow gauge layout: Nigel Harris WMRC

Badger's Heath OO: Paul Shannon WMRC

Ballinrobe OO: David McCabe WMRC

Llangollen N: Gerry Byrne WMRC

Joseph's Bridge OO: Tommy Nolan WMRC

Ballygannon OO: Patrick Nolan WMRC

Thomas OO: Seán & Mark Allen WMRC

O Gauge Work-in-Progress: WMRC

Scully's Dock OO: WMRC

Bushville HO: WMRC

MacMine Junction OO: WMRC

Bridge Street OO: WMRC

Two Hornby Interactive Layouts OO: WMRC

Z scale layouts: Walter Oberle

Traders: Sean Ryan; PW Models; Brian Collins; Martin O'Hanlon; GModelscene; Model Rail Baseboards; ECM Trains; Marks Models; Model Rail Accessories; Irish Railway Models; Provincial Wagons; Weir Park Books; Walter Oberle; Top Choice Embroidery.

Other Displays: Go-Pro Cab-view of model railways video show; Vintage Hornby O Gauge; Live steam working models; Viking diorama; St Joseph's Warhammer Club; Model Die-cast; RNLI; Exhibition Raffle; WMRC information stand; Second-hand models stall.

Station Café will be offering hot and cold drinks, home-made cakes, savouries, sweet treats to all visitors and exhibitors.

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26 layouts - thats seriously impressive.  :-bd  Promises to be a superb exhibition in a great venue using the large open hall space instead of numerous pokey classrooms. 

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 I will be bringing "Ballyredmond" and hope to run sound chipped 001,141,071,201 locos with a selection of freight wagons and MK3 Push Pull passenger stock.

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4 hours ago, enniscorthyman said:

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Looking forward to seeing Ballyredmond and others..... the hotel is booked for the after party....:cheers:

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Excellent and tastefully edited video.  Looking forward to visiting the exhibition.  Really impressed with the number of layouts.

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Popped down to Wexford on Friday.  Preparations for the Easter exhibition seemed in full flight.  hyper.gif

All I can say is wow, visitors are going to be blown away with what will be at the show.  It is great to see the clubs come together with so many layouts and exhibitors to promote the hobby an entertaining and innovative way.  

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Looking forward to my first visit next Sunday with a pre production Tara and decorated British wagons under my arm along with lots of bubbles and IRM Cards for sale!

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47 minutes ago, Warbonnet said:

Looking forward to my first visit next Sunday with a pre production Tara and decorated British wagons under my arm along with lots of bubbles and IRM Cards for sale!

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Will you guys there on the Monday as well as the Sunday?

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6 hours ago, Noel said:

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Will you guys there on the Monday as well as the Sunday?

Yep, both days. Let’s hope the impending weather of doom forecast for next weekend doesn’t impact the show!

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You'll find a Provincial Wagons stand at the Show but regrettably not me.

Easter is a three-line whip in the family as I have to organise the Easter Egg Hunt (for my forty year kids!) in the garden of "Pettigo Fair" on Easter Sunday (after getting up for the 6.30am SONrise service, held on the banks of the Thames and then in a church that's mentioned in the Doomsday Book).

Having seen the list of layouts - well done Wexford - I know where I'd prefer to be!

Anthony McDonald will have a good selection of my kits with him, with an emphasis on CIE wagons. You'll have to wait for Raheny for my next new "CIE" wagon.

Best wishes to everyone for an enjoyable and successful exhibition.

Leslie

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On 25/3/2018 at 10:10 PM, Warbonnet said:

Yep, both days. Let’s hope the impending weather of doom forecast for next weekend doesn’t impact the show!

Cheers Fran. Look forward to seeing you there on the Monday. Its the busiest of the two days anyway. You will be blown away by the truly massive O gauge layout. Forget A class, an IRM 0 gauge 141 might become the new holy grail. :) 

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We’re all set for the Wexford Model Railway Club exhibition! There are some fantastic layouts on show! We’re at stand 7 with the following bubble special offers:

 

2 packs: €225 (save €25)

3 packs: €340 (save €35)

4 packs: €450 (save €50)

5 packs: €550 (save €75)

 

We can accept cash and all major credit cards!

 
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Another Fab day down the 'not so Sunny' south east. Some new layouts on show and some Familiar faces and nice chats.

The Large O Gauge layout will be some draw for sure when complete. Looked Fab and only track on the boards. There was a nice small O Gauge layout too which showed what can be done in 7ft! Perfect.

Came away with no gifts for myself this time.  A book on Trolly Buses for me Dad was about it. 

The Accurscale Hoppers were sublime, the detail under them was unreal.  A glass layout viewed from underneath is a must along with a Andrew Barcley Loco from Hattons and colliery and some serious weathering!

Definitely the premier Model Railway show in Ireland. Looking forward to next year.

Well done WMRC.

 

 

 

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Have only been to a few shows but can now see why so many comments about Wexford being the best one around, great show, lots of friendly people willing to share their knowledge with a few complete novices. Many thanks to Brendan Buckley of Garrison Model Club who let me in around their displays to take a few photos and see how a few things were put together and also for all the tips and advice. Got chatting to a few people from the Wexford Club who also shared a bit of their knowledge. Just need to get a room cleared in the other halves house and put up our baseboards and start putting all this new found knowledge into practise.

Started anoter thread with some photos from today 

 

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I’ve finally had some time to sit down after a crazy busy weekend in the (not so) sunny south east. I’d like to extend a sincere thanks to all the guys and girls of the Wexford club who looked after me tremendously over the weekend, including running out to get me sandwiches on both days as I was unable to leave the IRM stand. It was my first time at the exhibition and I was impressed by the organization and venue. Very well done. Sadly I didn’t get much of a look at the layouts but heard lots of positive comments about what was on show.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by the IRM stand to say hello, have a chat, check out the Tara and Accurascale hopper and of course those of you who made purchases.

Finally, I was approached by a large contingent from the club on Monday evening. Fearing I was getting evicted as they had found out what I got up to as a lad on holidays to Curricloe and Carne it turned out IRM had won an award for Best Model for the Tara!!! We’re blown away by it and thank the club sincerely! What a lovely bonus to finish off the weekend! 

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And the winners are:

John Izzard Best O Gauge Layout Award:

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Brendan Butler and John O'Toole Garrison Model Club: Best N Gauge (Stephen McNally Memorial) Award

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South Dublin Model Railway Club took two prizes away Best OO Gauge Layout and Best Layout Scenery Awards!

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and, as noted above, Fran Burke with the amazing new Tara Wagons won the Best Model Award:

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For anyone who missed the Exhibition, a few photos and a big thanks to the exhibitors, traders, WMRC volunteers and all our 637 visitors for making this the most successful exhibition here to date!

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Wexford Easter Model Rail & Transport Show 2018
The 10th Annual Wexford Model Rail & Transport Show took place over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend. Here is a selection of pictures from layouts which were on display at the show.

Click the image below to view the gallery.

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Fab> John Izzard Best O Gauge Layout Award:

A Well Deserved and a very nice Gent to talk to. Got some nice info re O Gauge and kit sourcing and building 

You cant forget that waistcoat either!

Congrats to the others also.

 

 

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22 minutes ago, Georgeconna said:

Fab> John Izzard Best O Gauge Layout Award:

A Well Deserved and a very nice Gent to talk to. Got some nice info re O Gauge and kit sourcing and building 

You cant forget that waistcoat either!

Congrats to the others also.

It was also great to talk to you too George.  Hope to meet you again at a show in the future.

Regards

John

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Well done John , lovely layout

and well done Fran, lovely wagon

Edit;- Oh and well done dartstation on your award for the SDMRC layout

Eoin

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A small selection of photos from WMRC Layout Exhibition. An absolutely fabulous venue. Really enjoyed the exhibition, but what struck me more than the superb exhibits and trade stands was the friendliness of exhibitors and organisers who were delighted to engage with visitors and the public.  The large cafe seemed a huge success and wonderful place for both visitors and exhibitors to enjoy hospitality, socialise, enjoy a rest break from touring the exhibits and have a chat over a snack or coffee.

There were a number of layouts designed for children to operate. Below one of the 'Thomas' layouts being driven by children.

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Superb on site catering in the Station Cafe right beside the main exhibition hall. Great place for visitors to rest the legs.

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Fantastic venue reminds of the days decades ago when Dublin shows used to be in RDS halls.

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Large O gauge layout under construction - I understand WMRC had been working around the clock for the past few weeks to get this ambitious layout ready for the show.  The baseboard and electronics integration was impressive.  Looking forward to watching this layout evolve.

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N gauge layout - the detailed scenes and multiple landscape levels made this alive

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'Rosslare Strand' layout was stunning

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Love the way this layout had two visually interesting sections at each end before track returned behind the back scene to fiddle yard, one with a cliff face and beach, the other with steep rocky faced cutting.

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Military trains caught my eye - Menacing Tiger tanks hiding in the under growth.

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Next three pics are of the fabulous cement factory layout.

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There were many more fab layouts which I spent time enjoying rather than taking photos.

Superb hospitality and catering in the Station Cafe

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Great show, well worth the trip down. This was our first visit to this exhibition and to say we enjoyed it is an understatement. Great team effort and more than anything a really friendly and engaging bunch of folk participating. Seriously impressed with the organisation and especially the large venue.

Great to see clubs come together with exhibits and show the hobby off so well to the public.

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I have to take my hat off to everyone involved in organising and exhibiting. It's a long jaunt from here but maybe someday i'll make it. Thanks for posting the photographs which were a pleasure to view and get plenty of ideas from.

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Cafe was wonderful, Nice and bright, Twas like being at a birthday party when we walked in, 2 Suasage Rolls, 2 Teas and a Mini Twix, €4.20. It is nice not to be financially raped once in a while. 

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Well done to all concerned, I enjoyed the exhibition and chatting to various friends-it was well worth the four hour 182 mile trip..:tumbsup:

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Thanks for those of you who bought kits from Anthony at the weekend.

Thanks, too, to those on the site who kindly posted piccies which shows that I missed a good show.

Well done Wexford.

Leslie

(Provincial wagons)

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