Following an act of vandalism and cancellation due to the pandemic, Market Deeping Model Railway Club’s Stamford Model Railway Exhibition returns for the first time in three years. HORNBY MAGAZINE previews the show’s resumption.
Above: Hornby Magazine’s ‘OO’ gauge West Coast Cement exhibition layout will be attending this year’s Stamford Model Railway Exhibition on May 14/15 2022.
STAMFORD Model Railway Exhibition is set to return on the weekend of May 14/15 2022 at Stamford Welland Academy in the Lincolnshire town. Hosted by Market Deeping Model Railway Club, this previously annual model railway exhibition was last due to be held in 2019 when it suffered from vandalism the night before the show was due to open which led to a high-profile crowd funding campaign raising more than £100,000, including a £10,000 personal donation from Sir Rod Stewart.
This year’s event is taking place across two days for the first time and is set to be the club’s biggest show ever. It will feature more than 20 layouts including Hornby Magazine’s modern-era ‘OO’ gauge West Coast Main Line exhibition layout, West Coast Cement. This will be the layout’s first outing in two years and is set to feature a series of upgrades to its appearance and improvements to the motive power and rolling stock.
Further layout highlights at this year’s show include Allville Yard East (‘HO’), Bantry (‘OO’), Billingborough (‘OO’), Kinross (‘OO’), Spirit of Swindon (‘N’), Witham (‘OO’) and a host of Market Deeping Model Railway Club’s own layouts including Butterwick, Canons Cross (‘OO’), Deeping Road MPD (‘OO’) and Euston Station (‘OO’), reflecting the LNWR site as it was in the 1870s.
Amongst the line-up of traders at this year’s show are Brushes4Models, Frizinghall Model Railways, Hobbytools4U, Keith's Models, Layouts4U, Lcut Creative, P&D Marsh, Squires Model and Craft Tools, Trains4U and Wrenn Specialist.
The show will also feature a selection of demonstrations and societies including the Model Electronic Railway Group (MERG), Nene Valley Railway and the P2 Preservation Society.
Above: As the layout’s name suggests, West Coast Cement features a railserved cement terminal alongside the WCML.
Tickets are priced at £6 for adults, £3 for under 18s and £15 for a family ticket (2+3) and will be available on the door on the day or in advance (see website).