A brand new two-day model railway exhibition sponsored by Hornby Magazine takes place at the Statfold Narrow Gauge Museum in Staffordshire this April. MARK CHIVERS previews this all-new model railway event.
Event: Statfold Model Railway Event
When: April 9/10 2022
Where: Statfold Narrow Gauge Museum, Ashby Road, Tamworth, Staffordshire B79 0BU
Times: Sat 9.30am-5pm, Sun 9.30am-4pm
Prices: Adults £15 (£13), concessions £13.50 (£10.50), children £8 (£5), family (2+2) £40 (£35) – advance ticket prices in brackets
Features: 30 layouts, trade support, societies, unlimited train rides, ‘driver for a fiver’ experiences, free vintage bus link between venue and Tamworth railway station, refreshments, parking and disabled access.
Final preparations are underway for the inaugural Statfold Model Railway Event at the Statfold Narrow Gauge Museum in Tamworth on the weekend of April 9/10 2022.
Set in 1,000 acres of stunning Staffordshire countryside, the Statfold Narrow Gauge Museum near Tamworth was established in August 2017 and is home to the UK’s largest collection of working narrow gauge steam locomotives.
Above: Hornby Magazine is sponsoring a new two-day model railway exhibition at the Statfold Narrow Gauge Museum in Staffordshire on April 9/10 2022. Joey Evans.
Sponsored by Hornby Magazine and Tony's Trains of Rugby, this new two-day model railway show will feature more than 30 layouts including Hornby Magazine's recently completed ‘OO9’ layout Fairlie Syniad Da and ‘OO’ gauge Great Central Railway inspired Quorn Magna, plus Duxbury (‘OO’, BR 1960s), Southgate Park (‘OO’, BR NSE), Hackworth (Jutland St.) (‘OO’, BR 1950s), Halland (‘OO’, BR 1960s), Middle Elmton (‘N’, BR 1960s), Merstone and Ventnor West (‘OO’, Isle of Wight), Crewe Gresty Bridge (‘OO’, contemporary), Medway Quay (‘O’, 1950s) and more.
Above: Unlimited train rides behind the museum’s narrow gauge steam locomotives are included in the ticket price. Joey Evans.
As you might expect, narrow gauge modelling features highly too, with ‘OO9’ layouts Ridge Lane, Coleford, Tryffan Ddu and Tanybwlch set to attend, together with Campbell’s Quarry (16mm:ft).
The Hornby Magazine team will also be in attendance all weekend with special show-only offers on subscriptions, publications, DVDs and models, while Bachmann Europe will be showcasing its latest models and in-development projects.
A strong line-up of trade support has been assembled including Dave Angell Trains, Don Bishop Photography, Footplate Models, Invicta Model Rail, Malc’s Models, Nick Tozer Books, Scale Model Scenery, Tony’s Trains of Rugby, TTC Diecast, Videoscene, WM Collectables and many more.
Above: Hornby Magazine’s recently completed ‘OO9’ layout Fairlie Syniad Da will be making its exhibition debut at the Statfold Barn show. Richard Watson.
Train rides and access to the museum and roundhouse are also included in the ticket price, while six of the museum’s large collection of narrow gauge locomotives are due to be in steam. The museum’s Burton and Ashby No. 14 tram will also be running, so visitors can hop on and off the railway at leisure. You will also be able to try your hand at driving a locomotive with ‘driver for a fiver' experiences.
Above: As show sponsor, Hornby Magazine will be exhibiting two layouts at the event, including Quorn Magna, our latest Great Central Railway inspired ‘OO’ gauge project. Mike Wild.
For visitors planning to travel to the event by train, a complimentary vintage bus shuttle will also be running between Tamworth railway station and the museum.
Advance tickets are on sale now, priced at £13 for adults, £10.50 for concessions, £5 children and £35 for a family (2+2). On-the-day ticket prices will be £15, £13.50, £8 and £40 respectively.
Visit www.statfold.com for more information.
Above: There will be plenty to see and do across the Statfold Narrow Gauge Museum’s 1,000 acre site during the weekend of April 9/10 2022.