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Page updated ... February 01

Layout retired

Perth and District Model Railway Club has retired its N Scale exhibition layout Burlington Central after its final appearance took place at Warley last year. During its 10 year life on the circuit, it attended 40 exhibitions and club members were pleased with the reception it received wherever it went.

The club is planning to build a replacement layout, possibly ready in 2014, and Burlington Central has been put up for sale—offers around 800 are being invited—as the club is reluctant to break it up. Anyone who is interested in purchasing it should contact our Secretary (

Club raises 25K for charity

BURNHAM and District Model Railway Club report that to date they have raised 25,553.40 in support of local community organisations, including Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and Tenovus Cancer Care of Cardiff (also see News item).

Sales of the club's limited edition OO gauge models have remained buoyant during 2013 and prices during 2014 are not expected to rise, though any increase in postage costs remains dependent on the Royal Mail.

The club is planning a mix of new releases for 2014, totalling some 30 in all and covering the area from Kent to Cornwall. Hopefully there will be something for everyone, says Martin Dean, the club's newsletter editor.

Change of address

THE EM Gauge Society have advised that from February 5 the new address for the Trade Officer, Mr W (Bill) Wyatt-Millington, will be 37 Gort Road, East Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO32 6HW. Orders sent to the old address will be forwarded by the Royal Mail to the new address for the next three months.

Weather forces date change

LEAMINGTON & Warwick Model Railway Society 's annual exhibition has been moved from its traditional date in January to the second full weekend in March. The decision was made as a result of the weather conditions in January 2013, which severely affected visitor numbers, the second time in the past five years that the weather has had a significant impact.

The event, which is being held over the weekend March 8/9, is being held at Hall 2, Stoneleigh Park Exhibition & Conference Centre. The society hopes to have at least the same total and overall mix of 20+ layouts, 30+ traders, and a total of 75+ attractions as were booked for 2013.

Venue changed

NORTH Down Model Railway Society's April exhibition will be staged at a new venue in 2014, the new Bangor Grammar School on Gransha Road, Bangor. The exhibition, which takes place over the weekend April 12/13, will be held in the modern surroundings of the school's atrium and assembly Hall, which will give approximately the same floor space of previous exhibitions.

Bits and pieces...

THE highlight of Chichester and District Society of Model Engineers' annual 'Bits and Pieces' evening was the presentation of the Page Cup to member Paul East, of Bognor, in recognition of the significant contribution he had made to the society through his engineering skills during the past year.

The Page Cup was given by Laurie Page, a founder member of the society, and has been awarded annually for more than 50 years, the winner being chosen by a vote of members.

The evening was a chance for constructors to show off their skills and to keep other members up to date with their projects

Mr East showed a ‘former’, for shaping the front of a model steam locomotive that he is building, and a 'locomotive lifting table', so that he could raise his heavy locomotive and work underneath it in safety.