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Ulster Model Railway Club are hosting their Model Railway Exhibition on August 25th and 26th 2018 in the Methodist College. See their Facebook page for details. There are 22 layouts booked with other displays and five trader stands.

Wexford Model Railway Club will be represented with the Llanuwchllyn in N layout.

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1 hour ago, GNRi1959 said:

Anybody know what time the Belfast show ends on Sunday  - I'll be in the area and will call before I head for home.

According to their Facebook page the show is on until 5 both days. 

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Just back from show, really enjoyed it.

Had the privilege of getting behind the scenes of Gerrys amazing N-gauge layout 'Llanuwchllyn' and seeing Killagen on its last ever outing. As always it was nice to speak to Kieran, Gerry and Dave. Also, had a very friendly chat with Ian at Killagen. Congratulations to the organisers and thank you to the modellers for putting all the time and effort to be there.

Tony

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Over now, but for the record, here was the list

 

Belfast Model Railway Show 2018

Exhibits

 

Silburn – Ulster Model Railway Club

This year the Ulster Club’s OO layout is appearing as Silburn, set somewhere in GB and featuring a double track main line and branch line. A wide range of steam and diesel trains will be shown during the Show.

Killagan – NCC Group

A model of a country station between Ballymena and Ballymoney on the former main line from Belfast to Portrush / Londonderry. It is set in the UTA era 1949 – 1968

Ballymerg - The Model Electronic Railway Group

Ballymerg demonstrates some of the MERG electronic modules. A number of other modules for the control of model railways will also be on display.

Blue motion – Warren Fowles

During British Rail’s blue era, two overhead electrics ply their trade, assisted by two diesels.

Lambeth Road – North Down Model Railway Society

The layout shows London Underground and BR standard gauge exchange lines and includes a workshop facility.

Broadway Industrial Park – Peter McVicar

An American style switching layout set in the mid 90’s using locos from Union Pacific and Southern Pacific. Industrial parks are where businesses are built with rail connections to the rest of the country.

All locos are DCC controlled. Any questions please ask.

Irish T Trak – Michael O’Connor

An Irish themed continuous double loop featuring Irish themed modules running a range of Irish stock from steam to modern diesel and railcars reflecting most major operators, CIE, GNR. GSR, LMS, NCC, MGWR, UTA

LLanuwchllyn – Gerry and Jenna Byrne

Llanuwchllyn is a passing station on the Llangollen line in North Wales. It has been preserved as a narrow gauge line. The layout features the station in its standard form in the BR days in the 1960’s.

Felddorf – South Dublin MRC

A 750mm narrow gauge railway serving an isolated agricultural area in Germany.

 

 

 

Swanbourne Vale Light Railway – John Izzard

A freelance light railway set in the county of Buckinghamshire which runs between the villages of Swanbourne and Linslade. There is a mix of RTR and kit-built stock in use on the layout. All the buildings are scratchbuilt.

Scenes of Continental Europe – Roland Palmer

An HO layout depicting different typical European scenes

 

Models for Heroes – Veteran Support Charity

Models for Heroes supply model kits, tools etc to the UK’s recovery charities. Scale modelling is a beneficial hobby which supports the treatment of veteran and ex-service personnel with particular health issues.

Jia Miaville – Brian Chambers

The layout represents a small sleepy hamlet served by a branch line with another mainline running.

Road Runner – Les and Leanne Conn

Road Runner is a narrow gauge railway featuring Road Runner and Will E Coyote. New this year is P.O.O.P (Patented Olfactory Obfuscation Products) – it’s the bagging factory for a cat litter mine. The mind boggles!!

 

Ardmore – Model Railway Society of Ireland

 

Ardmore is an O.Gauge layout depicting a country branch line terminus, with turntable at end of passenger platforms.  There is also a goods yard, cattle dock and engine servicing facilities at the nearby engine shed

 

Quarry Hill / Janestown – First Bangor MRC

This memorial OO Scale digital layout depicts a typical British steam era and is named after two members deceased partner and spouse. It consists of a double loop main line, a branch line and necessary sidings with control of trains and points by the Digitrax system.

Attractions for the public are the long track runs for the trains, the smoking locomotives  with sound and the camera train, displaying the drivers view around the layout on a monitor.

Glenash – First Bangor MRC

This is an N Gauge American based club layout, but built to suit all operators with enough license to run American, Continental or British outline rolling stock. The layout consists of two linked ovals for continuous running. The inner one has two passing loops and numerous sidings enabling shunting and storage to take place. A station serves both tracks at the front of the layout. An eye catching feature is a ‘Tomytec’ bus driving around the road circuit and stopping to pick up children at the local school.

Robert’s Bridge – Robert McDougall

 

Robert’s layout has grown and he shows us again just how much you can put into a 6’ x 4’space. Fascinating!

 

Galloway Road – John Gough

 

Galloway Road is an “N” gauge layout representing a small passing station in Dumfries & Galloway. The original Port Road was closed in 1965 but reopened as a heritage line in 1968. An end on connection through Dumfries to the West Coast Mainline at Carlisle allows the Port Road Preservation Society to operate a diverse range of mainly LMS passenger and goods stock.

 

 

Brunig Bahn – Bill Evans

 

A demonstration showing that you can create an interesting LGB layout in a small space.

 

The International Plastic Modellers Association

 

The group will be providing a wide ranging display of model aircraft, military vehicles, figures and other models painstakingly built and decorated by members.

 

Moneygawn – Hugh and William Sweeney

 

A OO small goods layout based on the Hornby trackmat with an extension.

 

Coach building Demonstration – Raymond Wilson

 

Raymond will again be showing how to put together a brass coach from a kit. He will be happy to demonstrate the necessary skills and answer your questions.

 

Corlust Meccano Club

 

The Club will be erecting a large layout on the floor of the Hall. What shape it will be, we’ll only know when it’s finished! Great fun for children and parents!

 

 

Reculver Road – Brian Marshall

 

Brian is a member of the Colonel Stevens Society and will be showing a layout set in the South of England and built to the Colonel’s principles.  Other Society items will be on display.

 

Belfast and Co. Down Miniature Railway Society

 

The Society operates the Drumawhey miniature 7.1/2”railway near Newtownards and will have one of their locos on display and also a photographic display. They will also have a sales table offering secondhand models and books.

 

 

Trade stand – Joe Barlow

 

Joe will have a wide selection of plastic kits and modelling accessories for sale. Profits from sales will be donated to The Parkinsons Society.

 

Trade Stand – Sean Ryan

 

Sean will be selling second-hand N Gauge rolling stock and possibly some OO / HO models.

 

Trade Stand - Chris Dyer

 

Once again Chris will be tempting us with a wide range of UK and Irish model railways (including NIR) plus an extensive range of second-hand stock.

 

Trade Stand - GModelscene

 

Gabov will be selling lots of model railway accessories from Hornby, Faller, Piko, Javis etc.

 

Trade Stand – Times Past (Martin Gray)

 

Times past is a Bachmann stockist and carries a large range of Bachmann/Woodland Scenic items as well as being a Murphy models agent,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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27 minutes ago, steventrain said:

I enjoy trip to Saturday to see around the show for hour and I vote for Ardmore MRSI best layout.

It was a fantastic layout. I gave my vote to Killagen since it was its last time out before retiring to a new owner!

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20 hours ago, GNRi1959 said:

Just back from show, really enjoyed it.

Had the privilege of getting behind the scenes of Gerrys amazing N-gauge layout 'Llanuwchllyn' and seeing Killagen on its last ever outing. As always it was nice to speak to Kieran, Gerry and Dave. Also, had a very friendly chat with Ian at Killagen. Congratulations to the organisers and thank you to the modellers for putting all the time and effort to be there.

Tony

We had a great time representing Wexford Model Railway Club with Llanuwchllyn and enjoyed meeting Tony and many other people for a chat!

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2 minutes ago, Irishrailwayman said:

We had a great time representing Wexford Model Railway Club with Llanuwchllyn and enjoyed meeting Tony and many other people for a chat!

Impressively WMRC exhibited at two separate venues last weekend. :) Gerry with 'Llanuwchllyn' in Belfast, and the O gauge layout in Cork.  Does it have a name yet Gerry?

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8 minutes ago, Noel said:

Impressively WMRC exhibited at two separate venues last weekend. :) Gerry with 'Llanuwchllyn' in Belfast, and the O gauge layout in Cork.  Does it have a name yet Gerry?

Thanks Noel. Yes, the O gauge is called "Little Siddington" based on the names of many similarly laid out stations on the GWR Bristol-South Wales line.

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57 minutes ago, jhb171achill said:

Any photos of Little Siddington?

As Richard Dreyfus said in the movie Jaws - were gonna need a bigger camera! :) It is quite a large layout.

In all seriousness there are some photos of it under construction phases on WMRC's Facebook page last winter.  I'm sure somebody must have some recent pictures from the Cork show (for another thread).

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I was advised that each baseboard has its own custom designed control module PCB bus for DCC power distribution, short protection, signalling, point control and lighting. Each PCB has an array of status LEDs so any problem is limited to a short section of track on a single baseboard and instantly recognisable.  Clever dudes down there and fanatics for perfect fault free running. I'm reliably informed that 'hands' appearing out of the virtual sky to nudge stuck locos due to electrical continuity or baseboard join issues has been banned.

 

Links below to some FB pics

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1 hour ago, Irishrailwayman said:

The hall was spacious but I think they got over 400 visitors over the two days.

Large halls or function rooms similar to the school facility above seem to make better venues for model railway exhibitions than a maze of small class rooms off congested corridors.  Having visited both types of venue over the years, circulation seems at lot easier and more inviting.  One can see more and walk around most layouts easier than smaller individual rooms where layouts are often placed against a wall due to space constraints.  This limits viewing angles and causes congestion especially at the doorways of classrooms. I presume from a traders point of view they get a better and fairer slice of customer circulation if nearly everything is under the one roof. 

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