Open Day December 15th 2018


For this year’s Open Day Show we made a return to the Barn at Clevedon, having last exhibited here in 2014. This year’s show was once again deemed a success, with many thanks going to all those who’ve supported the event, especially:


  • The Open Day Show team for all their hard work in making the show a success
  • The Barn, Clevedon for the venue
  • The Catering team
  • All our club members who brought their layouts and rolling stock to display
  • All the club members, family members and friends who turned out to man the doors, shift tables & chairs and help out where needed
  • All you members of the public who paid to come to the show – our very special thanks to you!


As well as the return to Clevedon, we also had a return to the rainy weather during setup, however the weather didn’t dampen our spirits. Once the show opened at 10am, there was a steady flow of visitors all day, although it did seem busier during the morning. A lot of time was spent talking to the visitors who had come along to see the layouts and hopefully we will have inspired some more modellers with ideas for their own model railways. We’ll be happy to welcome any who might like to join the Nailsea and District Model Railway Club.


Having entered the show, immediately to the left were some modelling demonstrations. Amongst these were David working on some of his EM gauge items, James demonstrating some loco maintenance and DCC programming and, for part of the morning, Victoria Jane painting some OO gauge figures. Alongside these was ‘Keith’s bits and pieces’, selling pre-owned model railway items with profits going to Weston Hospice. Opposite the demonstrations was a display of working track machines and cranes in HO scale on layouts ‘Glb Bitterfeld’ and ‘Bw Bitterfeld’.


Towards the wall opposite the entrance was OO gauge shunting layout, ‘Wheal Nook’, with two N gauge layouts alongside. The first of these was ‘Stanley Yard’, an N gauge shunting puzzle built into the top of a toolbox, closely followed by ‘Cedar Gap’, an N gauge North American layout that was built in just three months. Opposite these was two versions of the ‘Morella Light Railway’, the original OO-9 layout that was previously owned by Don Dickson and a new version in the process of being built by Don’s daughter. Beside those was Scale 7 shunting layout, ‘Pol Sands’. With the three layouts of ‘Wheal Nook’, ‘Stanley Yard’ and ‘Pol Sands’ having very similar track layouts, the three different scales showed how the scenery and size can make similar layouts all have a different feel to them.


Facing ‘Pol Sands’ was OO gauge layout, ‘Rowthorne’, which is based on a real location on the Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire border, featuring both steam and diesel traction from the 1960s. Our second trader, ‘Modelmania’, was located in the corner of the room with a selection of new model railway items, including rolling stock and scenics. Club HO scale layout, ‘New Mexico Railroad Museum’, was next, facing G scale layout ‘Paley Green Tramway’ which had a Christmas theme to it. In the next corner was ‘CSM Junction’, part of a work in progress layout inspired by the railroads of Colorado and New Mexico. Half of the section on display was mostly complete, with the other part-started half showing the construction method for creating the hilly landscape. Alongside this was ‘the Charm of the L&B’, a OO-9 narrow gauge layout built in less than three weeks on top of a lazy susan, allowing the entire layout to be rotated round easily to give alternative viewing angles.


Having doubled in length since it’s last appearance at a show hosted by the Nailsea and District Model Railway Club, ‘Shed 101’ displayed a BR depot set during the 1960s and 1970s featuring a range of locomotives. The previously seen sections of the layout, featuring a steam traction depot that has been modernised with a diesel shed and fueling facilities, have had more scenic details added, while the newer section of the layout depicts a turntable and old steam loco shed that is awaiting demolition following the completition of modernising the depot complex.


We hope that everyone who visited our 2018 Open Day Show enjoyed their visit and came away with ideas and inspiration for their own modelling projects. For those that couldn’t make it, there are a selection of photos taken on the day in the gallery below.


2018 Open Day


We’re now looking forward to our Annual Exhibition in April 2019!

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