Model Railway Clubs
Are you organising a model railway show?
Ideas for Really Special Show Souvenier
I am prepared to go to shows and given sufficient warning - like 4 months - can produce a wagon for the event. Normally this takes the form of an authentic wagon from the area. See the various wagons I have done for Banbury, Loddon Vale (Berkshire), Penmorfa, Shirehampton (Bristol) and Mirfield, Yorkshire.
The club should undertake to buy at least 30 of the wagons produced - which are on very favourable terms. The club then offers them for sale to their members at whatever price they feel is fair and the remainder they take with them to other exhibitions for sale to the public. This raises funds for the club concerned. All I ask for is favourable terms for attending the show.
- The type of wagons available are:-
5 Plank coal wagon
7 Plank coal wagon (also in N)
9 Plank coal wagon
Lime (or Salt) wagon
Gunpowder Van (also in N)
Container on Conflat wagon
6 wheel tank wagon
Authentic wagons sell much better than ones bearing the name of the show - ie a wagon with
on it will not sell as well as one like
Bliss Tweed Mills
(Sorry Banbury - but I had to use someone as an example!)
Anyone thinking of doing this should give as much notice as possible
This page shows details of the Model Railway Clubs I have close dealings with and the limited edition wagons produced for each of them, if appropriate, in alphabetical order.
This is a well established club in the southern Oxfordshire town, for which I was invited in 2009, when I produced an Abingdon Gas Company, 7-plank wagon in 00. Later in the same year, for the East Berkshire N-Gauge show, I did the same wagon in N. I think all the known authentic wagons that feature Abingdon, have been done by now, so no new one for 2012. I will have to look further afield.
The Aeron Valley Railway Society are a loosly group bunch of enthusiasts, some of whom are railway modellers. Their annual show is held in Aberaeron on the west coast of Wales. However this years show will be on Sunday August 12 in Llwyncelyn, just to the south of the town. Many holiday makers go to this event which coincides with the Welsh Cob Society Show in the town - Welsh Cobs being horses not bread!
A list of the wagons for this event are shown below and intended for 2012 is a wagon to commemorate the closure of the "Cardi Bach" fifty years ago (that was the line from Whitland to Cardigan).
- Wm Hubbard of Aberaeron 200 - 7 plank coal wagon (August 2007)
- Thomas Rees Saunders of Pembroke - 7 plank coal wagon (August 2008)
- Bonvilles Court Coal of Saundersfoot - 7 plank coal wagon (August 2009)
- Cardigan Mercantile 900 - 7 plank coal wagon (July 2010)
- Wm Hubbard of Aberaeron 100 - another of this popular wagon - this time to commemorate the centenary of the railway reaching the town. (July 2011) ALSO done in N.
Based in the town of Banbury, this club has been going for a long time - celebrating their 30th Annual show in 2010. All their shows are titled "BANRAIL" followed by the year.
The club were the first to invite me to attend their show in 2002, but it was the following year that I produced the first wagon for them.
Wagons produced for the club have been...
- Bliss Tweed Mills of Chipping Norton in 00 7 plank coal wagon (October 2003)
- Derbyshire Fumeless Coke (H O White of Banbury) 7 plank wagon (October 2004)
- J U Freeman of Banbury 7 plank coal wagon (October 2005)
- Bliss Tweed Mills of Chipping Norton in N (October 2005)
- Hunt Edmonds Brewery 7 plank coal wagon (October 2006)
- Palmer & Son of Banbury 7 plank coal wagon (October 2007)
- Collett £ Sons of Bourton on the Water - two wagons (Sept 2008)
- Banbury Gas Company 7 plank coal wagon (Sept 2009)
- Ministry of Munitions (Sept 2010)
- Welford of Aynho (Sept 2011)
- Banbury Co-operative Society (Planned for Sept 2012)
KENAVON RAILWAY SOCIETY (East Berkshire)
This is almost a branch of the Loddon Vale group (they'll swing for me when they read this) as many of the members of this enthusiastic N-gauge group are also members of Loddon Vale. Each September they hold a show in the area of Reading known as Earley. I was first invited to their show in September 2009 when I produced the N-gauge version of the Abingdon wagon. The 2010 show was organised by the Loddon Vale MRC (see below) - with whom there has always been a close relationship.
This group is also closely linked to the Loddon Vale and Earley groups. Originally set up to try and cosmetically restore a Huntley & Palmers Locomotive, the group has had to amend their aims as the owner of the locomotive decided to sell it to move somewhere else (who knows where it's gone??) Now the group, who are all members of the Cholsey & Wallingford Railway, where the loco was based, have decided that they want to support the railway in general.
I have attended the groups show before, in 2008, and was asked back for 2010 when I released the "George West" of Reading wagon. No local wagon due for 2012 though - again, running short of local ideas.
EARLEY N-Gauge Group (East Berkshire)
Because the Earley show is the same weekend as Banbury, I try to release an N and 00 wagon for both events. 2010 saw the production of a "Ministry of Munitions" wagon, but only in 00. The N-gauge version didn't get done in the end.
LODDON VALE (East Berkshire)
This club is based in the Reading, Wokingham area of Berkshire. They normally have their annual show in the early part of May and this year it will be on May 12 The first show I attended was in May 2003.
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Wagons produced for the club have been....
- Isaiah Gadd of Wokingham 7 plank coal wagon produced in December 2003
- Earnest Reeves of Wokingham SR Conflat wagon with container (May 2004)
- Huntley & Palmers of Reading 7 plank coal wagon in N and 00 (May 2005)
- Drake & Mount of Bracknell 5 plank coal wagon (May 2005)
- Fear Bros of Staines 7 plank coal wagon in N (May 2006)
- G W Talbot of Reading 7 plank coal wagon (May 2006)
Toomers of Reading 7 plank coal wagon (April 2007)
Isaiah Gadd of Wokingham N-gauge 7 plank coal wagon (April 2007)
- Horlicks of Slough 7 plank coal wagon in N and 00 (April 2008)
Woolcombers of Reading 7 plank coal wagon in N and 00 (April 2009)
Porter & Son of Marlow two 8-plank coal wagons in 00 (April 2010)
Maidenhead Co-operative - 7 plank coal wagon (April 2011)
Alexander Bros, of Hungerford - 7-plank coal wagon (April 2012
This show is being organised to raise funds for the local church choir in Mirfield, Yorkshire. There is actually no model railway club. However there is a model railway show later in the year, in the town, which is primarily Continental railways. The first of these 'church' shows was on May 22nd 2010 and I produced a wagon for the event, in both N and 00 gauges. The show is on again this year, but sadly I won't be there.
- Edward Sutcliffe of Mirfield 7 plank coal wagon in N and 00 (May 2010)
Formed only recently, 2005 saw the first of this clubs show, which they intend to be an annual event. One of the founder members used to live in Berkshire and he invited me to come to Shirehampton and I produced a wagon for them, which set a trend.
W Vincent & Son of Bristol Harbour 7 plank coal wagon (October 2005)
Whitwill, Cole & Co of Bristol 7 plank wagon. (October 2006)
Pountney of Bristol Pottery - 7 plank wagon (August 2008)
Since then, however, I have not been contacted by the club and I suspect that it has ceased to be! Does anyone know anything?
CORRIS (Machynlleth, Mid-Wales)
This club is actually part of the Corris Railway Society who hold their annual show over the August Bank Holiday weekend - a three day event. I have produced a wagon specifically for the show in 2009. Perhaps it will catch on with this group.
Corris Railway 5 plank wagon in 00 (August 2009)
Wm Jones of Pontrhythallt - 7 plank coal wagon (August 2011)
Pugh of Machynlleth - 7-plank coal wagon due for August 2012