Open Day December 4th 2016


This year’s Open Day Show saw a change of venue from previous years, but was once again a success. Many thanks go 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
  • Yatton Village Hall 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!


It was a cold start to the day with plenty of frost about in the morning while unloading the various layouts and displays from vehicles, but we all had a great time. Set-up was completed on time for the first visitors at 10am and the temperature inside the hall was much better than outside. There was a fairly steady flow of visitors of all ages for much of the day, although it did seem busier in the morning than the afternoon. Plenty of people enjoyed seeing the layouts and talking to the club members, so hopefully we will have inspired some more modellers with ideas for their own model railway and we’ll be happy to welcome any who might like to join the Nailsea and District Model Railway Club.


Turning to the right after entering the hall revealed examples of what can be modelled in a small space. First was the ‘Morella Light Railway’, which depicts a narrow gauge quarry railway to OO-9 scale, the layout being built on an old tea tray that fits in a space just 3 feet by 2 feet. Alongside that was ‘Dixon’s Gate’, the Club’s work in progress N gauge layout, and the club display board featuring photos of club activities and models. Opposite ‘Keith’s Bits and Pieces’, which was one of the two traders selling various model railway items, was ‘Pol Sands’, a Scale 7 shunting layout based in the North Cornwall area.


Beside that, dropping back down in scale to N gauge, was the 12 feet length of ‘Hambleside East’, operating 1960s Southern Region stock. A modelling demonstration of EM gauge items was set-up on a table beside the Club’s OO gauge shunting layout, ‘Nailsea Wharf’, which performed well despite not being fully wired up yet.


Facing the stage at the end of the hall was ‘Shed 101’, a DCC operated layout depicting a British Rail depot complete with lighting and sound, while on the stage itself was a display of Gauge 1 locos. Behind these were a few display cases containing some smaller models from club members on static display. In the corner beside the stage, continuing with the larger scales, was a small display of live steam garden railway models.


The next work in progress layout on display was ‘Portbury Parkway’, a fictional layout based in a real location to show what might have been if the Portishead branchline had re-opened as far as the Sheepway bridge and a 1990s light rail project had gone ahead. In 3mm scale, opposite ‘Portbury Parkway’, was ‘Mendip’, displaying a scale that isn’t as small as N gauge, but allows more to fit in the space than OO.


Another fairly compact N gauge layout being operated was ‘Lower Clifton’, the blend between scenic structures and backscene giving a realistic effect of depth to the display. Alongside this was a demonstration of various HO scale track machines and a crane, all with realistic operating features that aren’t very often seen on model railways. The ‘New Mexico Railroad Museum’ is another Club layout which made a return appearance at this year’s open day, with a few additional details added since it’s last outing. Finally, ‘Richard’s Railways’, the second trader selling model railway items at the show, brings an end to the circuit of the hall.


We hope that everyone who visited our 2016 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.


2016 Open Day


We’re now looking forward to our Annual Exhibition in March 2017!

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