Poole Model Railway Exhibition 2018


Poster A42018

Although predominantly English layouts, 16 this year, we will be having two US N scale layouts there.  Horse Thief Bridge and the NTRAK (built Neil Lancaster).  Although the star of the show, and not to be missed is the huge Bournemouth West which is a scratch built layout recreating the former station in OO with full length trains.
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Model of the Month

This is a new event for our meetings, to encourage members and visitors to bring along models that they have scratch built, have built from kits or have converted or otherwise added value to the model. Its a great way to exhibit and exchange modelling ideas and techniques (“Sharing Knowhow !”) . For the first attempt there was a small but excellent selection of models and much murmuring amongst observers that next month they would bring an entry.


Here are the entries, and the coloured slips are placed alongside their favourite model by those present at the meeting. The model with most slips wins.

The first winner of Model of the Month for September 2018 was Clive with his weathered P.R.R boxcar with a visible interior.

Other entries included an On30 Section House with interior built from a Mount Blue kit, an HO Chicago Harbor Belt weathered Gondola with a scrap load and two HO weathered coil cars, with added details – cut levers and metal stirrup steps. The coil cars were weathered with water colour, airbrush and chalks

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September 2018 meeting

Both layouts in use today. The expansion of the continuous run layout has started, and the photo below shows the work in progress

bearwood cotinuos run 8.9.18 (1)

The Fremo was also up and running and the slide show below features some of the newer modules.

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June Bearwood meeting 2018

Sorry I’ve been absent for a couple of months, here we should catch up a little.

The Fremo module set up was very popular. Looking at the photographs there is a Lance Mindheim influence in some of the architecture and colours. The new version of the Nomad Depot module made its debut and the Burritos across the track are ace.


the continuous run layout was also busy



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February 2018 meeting at Bearwood

bw feb 18 plan

Module plan for February above and here an example of one of the switch lists used on the day.  Bearwood February JMRI switch list  This list was used by the crew that picked up Train 4 and lists the tasks required, car by car, that the crew need to perform during the return trip between Far Out and North Brook. It takes about 90 to 120 minutes to complete. Great fun but after 2 hours you need a break to cool the brain.

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BW FEB 18 (8)

a big Freemo day, a U shaped layout with three trains active out on the modules or building in the yard. It was the first outing for Tom’s North Brook module set (above)which worked really well in terms of both reliability and operations.

a busy day on the continuous run layout, lots of modern heavy hauling and intermodal traffic and a distinct Canadian atmosphere.



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January 2018 meeting at Bearwood


No FREEMO activity this month, but the continuous run layout was up and running OK. We also had John Levesley’s little On30 inglenook layout 65th Street Pier Cold Store.

We also had a guesting British layout, owned by two of our members. taking advantage of the opportunity to set it up for testing.

Good to have a visitor from the Gosport Group; Bryan was working locally in Bournemouth so popped in for the day before an evening shift

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Bearwood meeting December 2017

Here are some photos of the large Freemo HO modular layout being set up in advance of a days running.

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The floor plan below didn’t match the day only in that the continuous run layout wasn’t set up.

Dec 2017 module plan



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