The Club's annual exhibition at the Civic Hall, Holmfirth had a different emphasis as 2017 is our 50th anniversary and to celebrate we managed to exhibit several of our home layouts along with some exceptional visiting layouts from far and wide. We had a successful show with increased visitor numbers.
The clubs roster was spearheaded by one of our largest creations “ Port Madoc “ and presented by our 16mm group, “ old hands “ at the exhibition game. It proved to be a popular attraction, being a larger gauge and having very attractive live steam locomotives.
“ Lydgate “ a very well modelled 7mm end to end layout from our 7mm group, was in the main hall, with the winner of the best in show for this year, “ Millsbridge “. This layout is unusual, being presented using a proscenium arch. A very atmospheric 2mm fine scale layout.
Another home layout was Ryan Beeney's Lower Brow, his first time exhibiting and he brought along some of his 4mm sound chipped locomotives.
One of our older layouts was another 4mm fine scale layout - “ Hebden Bridge “ presented in the lesser hall along with Bridgenorton Levels, a well modelled Blue Era 7mm. Many sound equipped blue diesels in evidence and unusual use of mirrors giving an already large layout that extra dimension. Well modelled by Ian Alcroft and Dave Oliver.
The visitors were;
On the stage of the main hall we had a very interesting little layout “ Yellowthreads Treat “. It is based on the Hong Kong tram system. Very colourful and a hive of activity. Upstairs in the lesser hall were a fine 2mm layout “ Stamford East “ depicting the Lincolnshire town in the 60's and a great “ Rumbling Bridge” Scottish 4mm layout. Bags of scenery depicting the highlands, modelled in 4mm scale. We also had an unusual visitor in “ Up the Line “ depicting a first world war supply chain line near the front. Extremely well modelled with realistic battle ground sounds. Another unusual layout was “ Bricks and Pipes “ depicting a narrow gauge system within a brick making facility. As usual we had “ Thomas “ with us which the kids enjoyed and were able to have a play as well as some dads having a go,
We were supported by a good range of traders, selling books, second hand railway equipment and kits. We were able to have Pennine Models from Haworth with us this year who brought an impressive range of new model railway items for sale. Another stalwart of our exhibition was Peter Barsby from the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, promoting that great railway in North Yorkshire. Bespoke signs and printers were able to come along again this year and they was able to supply any sort of sign in any size from house names to vehicle lettering in the smaller scales.
In our demonstration gallery Julie Peckham was busy making Metcalf kits, Graham Beckwith demonstrated his skill at figure painting and Jeramy was showing an impressive range of scratch built models. There was a good showing from the National Association of Road Transport with some very fine and unusual models. Not forgetting Mr Davies who again was demonstrating how to make wagons and wagon loads.
Unfortunately our landlords at the Civic Trust let us down by withdrawing some catering facilities at the last minute and so we were unable to supply our usual refreshments and for this the club apologise to anyone expecting to be fed.
Visitors to our Holmfirth show were invited to vote on the best layout there, and we're delighted that they chose our own 2mm layout "Millsbridge". Well done, boys!
Springfield Junction slideshow - click on thumbnails
There's always something to be done to a layout - that's the fun of modelling - and one of the outstanding jobs was to get the platform lighting working on Moorbrook station. That was done on 10th October. At the same time, interior lighting was fitted to the station, now illuminating the fact that the rooms are empty! Maybe the next job....?.
HRM celebrated it’s fiftieth birthday with an evening of fine dining at Meltham Golf Club, where it is fair to say that we were presented with excellent food by the very efficient and friendly staff. I think everybody there was suitably impressed with the quality and portions. Members and their guests were greeted by the Chairman, Rodger Schofield and MC for the night Graham Beckwith.
Following the food, there was time for some amusement before the official presentations as Graham read out the popular monologue ‘Albert and the Lion’, which brought back happy seaside memories for some, and was a totally new experience for others.
Chairman Rodger Schofield then gave a short talk on the history of HRM, the club having originated with an inaugural meeting at the Albert Hotel in Huddersfield, on the 7th of September 1967.
The presentations were to follow: Life membership was bestowed by the HRM Board on Mr David Moorhouse, and on one of the original founding members Mr David Booth, who also received a 50th anniversary plaque. The tables were turned on Rodger, our Chairman, as following some subterfuge by Board Members, he also was presented with Life Membership and a 50th anniversary plaque by Treasurer Andrew Wilkinson.
The table centre pieces were raffled amongst the ladies in attendance, as a thank you for all the help we get at shows and events, and of course for putting up with our railway modelling time. It was good to see how we all scrubbed up for a night out.
A big thank you to Andrew Wilkinson for all his hard work in organising a great night out for all HRM members and their guests.
Overall the show went well and ran smoothly. We had a good turnout of members to help set up and to help with the catering and greeters taking the money. I was able to attract 14 very high standard layouts, all of which ran as planned.
The winner of the best in show went to That Dam Railway which depicted the building of a dam inspired by the building of the dam in the Elan Valley near Abergavenny. Modelled in 009 scale it had a narrow gauge railway from the quarry and a shanty town for the workers. Unfortunately no photos were taken of it, but if any readers have one or two, we'd be pleased to receive them for inclusion.
Grateful thanks from the HRM Board of Directors to everyone who helped make the 2016 Exhibition such a success.
Thanks go to:
The Exhibition Managers: Tony Peckham, and Graham Harpham.
Our Catering Staff and their assistants:- Anne Wilkinson, Yvonne Groom, Lisa Groom, Michelle Charlesworth, Cheryl Lake, Lynne Brook, Ann Macdonald and Edie Munday ably supported at times when needed by HRM members Bernard Smith, Eric Mapes, Robert Groom, Steve Brook and Rodger Schofield. It was a full team effort!
All layout operators and their assistants. The club exhibitors and demonstrators.
The barriers team and their leader John Fox.
The Door Staff
Thanks also to John Entwisle who shot and produced the You-tube video. Links from this site.
The last month, September, has seen progress made in great leaps and bounds towards having a completed circuit of Moorbrook possible by the time of HRM’s Pie and Peas Night at the end of November. That promises to be our grand opening with a ribbon to break and all that. It doesn’t seem long since we had only bare track on the scenic side.
Complemented by the skillful use of recovered buildings from the old layout ‘Longroyd Bridge’. Lately the team have turned their hand to track painting, oh yes, the rust, then ballasting and painting the results in suitable mud and rust colours.
John Rushworth checks for 'missed bits' on rusty trailsides (above) while Graham Beckwith paints ballast in the station, and the lads, Harry (L) and Henry, have been learning to paint track and glue down ballast (below)