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Bluebell Railway Model Railway Weekend

24th & 25th June 2017

Pat Pettett

CRAIG WEATHERLEY shows us what he saw at this recent event at a local preserved railway.

At the beginning of 2017 we were asked by the Bluebell Railway to help out at their upcoming Model Railway weekend in June, and as a Southern steam fanatic I decided to take up the offer and go and look at trains all weekend! Sorry... I meant help work in their shop demoing some of our products, such as the upcoming layout control system UNITY, and other controllers and modules in our range. The Bluebell Railway is very important to us so helping out that weekend was a must.

Bluebell Model Railway Show

Our demo stand in the shop at Sheffield Park station.

During the show I had a chance to have a look around at some of the amazing model railways on display and have a chat with some of the other people involved. The layouts that attended covered O, N, and OO Scales, and a model tram system.

Here are some pictures of some of the model railways which caught my eye

Bluebell Model Railway Show

Bluebell Model Railway Show

Bluebell Model Railway Show

Bluebell Model Railway Show

Bluebell Model Railway Show

Here is a full list of layouts that attended:

  • Pulborough P4 Scale
  • Rosegamps Hill OO Scale
  • Bohemia & Albion Road OO Scale
  • Atlantic Road N Scale
  • Ashington OO Scale
  • Kings Walk & Queens End 2 and 3 Rail OO Scale
  • N.E. Where N Scale
  • Small N Working N Scale
  • Strathmore L.I.P.
  • Mathew Cousins O Scale
  • Polar Express O Scale
  • Tramway Arms 3 1/2 Gauge Trams
  • Invicta 'gauge 1' Live Steam & Electric
  • Gellillydian Station OO9 Scale
  • East Surrey N Gauge Modular Layout
  • Forest View OO Scale + Train Sim
  • Frimley North OO Scale
  • East Grimley OO Scale
  • Langley Halt O Scale
  • Berry Town N Scale
  • The 9f Club Model Railway OO Scale
  • Borton Yard (Modern Image) N Scale

Obviously we canít talk about the Bluebell Railway without mentioning the full size locomotives which were in service on the day. During the weekend there were three services on the line; an H Class running to East Grinstead, a Q Class also running to East Grinstead, and lastly shuttle service between Sheffield Park and Horsted Keynes which was being pulled two small tank engines (Baxter and Bluebell).

Below are some pictures of the locos on roster over the weekend.

Bluebell Model Railway Show

SECR Class P No. 323 'Bluebell'

Bluebell Model Railway Show

Fletcher Jennings 0-4-0T 'Captain Baxter'

Bluebell Model Railway Show

BR Q Class No. 30541

Bluebell Model Railway Show

SECR Class H No. 263

At one point during the weekend I was lucky enough to ride the footplate of the H class locomotive on the service to East Grinstead. This for me was the highlight of the whole event (after talking to all of the happy customers of course? Ed.).

Bluebell Model Railway Show

Some pictures and a video of my time on the footplate.

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