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I just wondered if anyone is planning on visiting the Warley Show at the NEC next month ?

Not sure if I am going myself just yet but if a few are planning to go it may be possible to arrange a meet up what do you think ?

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I can't attend myself this year but I feel sure there will be other members there.

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I shall probably be there both days.

Charmouth will be on the Midland Counties/Ian Allan stand (A30) as a static exhibit.

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Well I will be there both days with Mount Pleasant, my old 00 micro.
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I'm not sure yet, but if I go I'll get back onto this thread.

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Sorry can't make it this year

For those that do go, don't forget to take your camera ;-)

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Well in-spite of a damaged tendon in my right shoulder I have completed an add-on traverser to Mount Pleasant so it will be easier to operate. I will be on Stand E16 all weekend - wearing an 0 gauge guild polo shirt (I know Mount pleasant is 00). So if anyone is around please drop by and say :hi

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Sue and I will be there on the Saturday - never been before, should be interesting...

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I'll be there helping/hindering with County Gate.  Heck what am I doing here I need to pack a bag!

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I'll not be attending Warley I gave up rugby in my 30's and I've never been a fan of blood sports. As for parking the car, I cannot afford to sell a kidney yet with Christmas coming up.

I hope all those that do attend enjoy the show.

Ancaster member of The Self Preservation Society.

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Dave from your post i assume the Warley parking is rather expensive how much is it actually?

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Standard charge is £8 unless they set a different rate for the Warley exhibition.

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Cheers Dave

At £8 to park your car the day at the exhibition is quite expensive really mind you its supposed to be quite large so i suppose its value for money really.

Good news is its free parking at our Carn Brea show next year:lol::lol: 

cheers Brian

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I don't want to put people off attending what is an excellent show, it is large, there will be a lot of good exhibits there as well as a full quota of trade stands. The Warley Team obviously put a lot of effort into it and should be commended.

However, a couple of words of advice.

1. Whilst walking from the car park, if you see a young child carrying one of those plastic stools to stand on, get your wife or partner to distract the father whilst you grab the kid's stool and run for it! You'll need it, I'm 6'2"and I saw very little when I used to attend.

2. Avoid the blokes with rucksacs, I've no reason to suspect they contain suicide devices but I strongly believe the wearers are Taliban trained and are capabale of killing and maiming with said items whilst purporting to be checking out the exhibits.

3.If Bachmann are running their reject sales stand where they sell off returns and second quality models consider strongly whether you really need that miss painted coach body. I've heard the stand is sponsored by The Warley St. Johns Ambulance recruitment team and Birmingham Blood Transfussion team. You may not recognise them but there could also be members of 'a certain regiment' based at Hereford in muffty, they use the Bachmann stand to hone their hand to hand combat skills for Helman Province.

At least that's my experience, of course, I could be wrong.

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I was all set to go but then thankfully remembered it is SWMBO's birthday tomorrow so have just managed to stop myself making one almighty political  error as I dont think I would ever have been forgiven for expecting her to spend the day at the NEC.

I have never been by car usually opting for the train as its just as cheap and not as far to walk to the hall as from some of the car parks. It has been interesting on the occasions when the Clothes Show has been held at the same time in an adjoining hall and having to make your way through huge crowds of attractive young ladies to get to the show :twisted:

There was a piece on the BBC Midlands Tv news programme last night about the event which was done at the Warley Clubs HQ in Oldbury and they said they were expecting 20000 plus visitors so it will be busy.

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That's it; I have had a change of heart. £10 each to get in (£20.00) £8 to park the car, £40 in petrol and I will be queuing with 10.000 other people all trying to look at 75 layouts and 120 trade sands - that's nuts!

Do I need any more model railway stuff - well YES, of coarse. Do I have to go to the NEC to get it? NO. Would I like to see the layouts? YES. Am I going to be able to see the layouts? Doesn’t look like it. I think I will stick to the smaller exhibitions and spend the £68 on something that will not raise the blood pressure.
 
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henryparrot wrote: Cheers Dave

At £8 to park your car the day at the exhibition is quite expensive really mind you its supposed to be quite large so i suppose its value for money really.

Good news is its free parking at our Carn Brea show next year:lol::lol: 

cheers Brian


Or use the free parking at Marston Green or Hampton in Arden and get a £1.50 anytime return (4 minute journey, runs every 30 min).
It is less walking from Birmingham International to the hall than it is from the car to the shuttle bus too!:doublethumb

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Well I've read it all now, I have been attending the Warley Show for the last 30 odd years and have NEVER been disappointed. For all the Doom and gloom often sprouted on forums I have never experienced half of what has been posted. Yes it is busy, yes people do use back-packs, yes people do smell, yes the car parking is expensive. However, try parking at International at peak periods and Virgin charge £10.00. Go to other National Exhibition centres and check charges, Olympia, Wembley etc. "Don't Whinge"
Mike a happy Warley punter.

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Go to other National Exhibition centres and check charges,


Alexandra Palace,  where the London Festival of Railway Modelling is held, is a  major venue and has free parking.

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I was a regular attendee at the Warley shows even long before it moved to the NEC and it's always been a good show. There's no doubt about the quality of the layouts and the trade representation.
The last Warley show I attended was in 2002 and I haven't been since mostly for the reasons already outlined above.

I was thinking of going this year but when i worked it all out it was going to cost me at least 25quid even before I got through the door!
I can buy half a dozen Coopercraft or Parkside kits for that money!
As for the layouts on show, I have no doubt I shall see most of them at other venues if of course I haven't seen them before.

I just read this on another forum

"Warley.......loads of people 3-5 deep everywhere you turned manic!!"

'nuff said!

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Anybody take any photo's ?

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Three photos that have been processed to compensate for the martian lighting of hall 5.

Something unusual, Willesden Junction. An 009 layout set behind the lines in WWI.






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Thats alovely 009 layout Ian very nicely done

I assume during WW1 because of the static nature of trench warfare the narrow gauge lines were quite extensive in France and Belguim.

Thanks for posting those piccys

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I had heard of this layout but these are the first pictures I have seen - very interesting . Thanks for posting them .

I have often thought a layout based on railways behind the allied lines in WW2 would be an interesting proposition as a number of UK locomotives such as Dean Goods were taken over to supply motive power.

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A bit more work with PhotoPaint.

This is Dagnell End an OO layout by Redditch MRC depicting the 1960s at a fictional station on the Hounslow loop. (18' long scenic section)






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I was contentedly examining Willesden Junction above when very young man appeared at my side quickly followed by his dad. "Wow, what's going on here, Dad" asked the young man innocently. "That's only Dad's Army, that is! C'mon!" said the ignoramus. Talk about mis-educating our kids. :shock: :cry: :???: 

Very interesting layout and thoroughly enjoyed the show but sorry didn't take any pictures myself.

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For the first time I went to the Warley Show. I was in the UK for a few days and decided at the last minute to go on the Saturday. I'm really sorry I didn't see the guys who were manning the stands etc but not having access to the internet I wasn't able to remind myself who was where and on what stand. I knew Mike was there but couldn't see anyone operating an "O" gauge layout with a badge saying  "Mike" pinned to his chest - I suppose I could have asked but I didn't want carting off for importuning.  

First time views? - well sure it was busy and pricey (the show guide was £4 on top of everything else) and certainly I was bashed about quite a bit by inconsiderate guys with rucksacks, however I enjoyed it enormously. I was there from 1030 until chucking out time at 1800 hours and could have stayed longer. Perhaps its a bit different for me because I need to get supplies whenever I am in the UK and actualy getting a lot of traders together saved me a considerable amount of postage, especially on small items e.g. solder, paint etc. The crush eased by lunchtime and in the afternoon it was very confortable with easy access to layouts and stalls.

Sorry I didn't have my camera with me because there were some terrific layouts. The WWI layout that Ian has referred to was awesome and so many were mind blowing however the one that attracted my attention (I kept going back to it) was County Gate. I am gobsmacked to read above that Dave R is involved with this layout because in my eyes it is the absolute Dog's B....x.  This superb model which is, I think, based on the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway is a fabulous exercise in scenic modelling which you should try and see if it comes to a show near you.

I also liked the "experts" working at tables who were very accommodating of my questions. I wanted a word with Norman Solomon (THE Norman Solomon) about hand built trackwork but sadly some guy had collared him and I couldn't get a word in, but the fact that I could have done if I had had the time to wait is impressive.

Would I go again? Yes I think so but perhaps not for a season or two - I wouldn't want to get bored with it. We'll see!

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Les wrote: ...however the one that attracted my attention (I kept going back to it) was County Gate. I am gobsmacked to read above that Dave R is involved with this layout because in my eyes it is the absolute Dog's B....x.  This superb model which is, I think, based on the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway is a fabulous exercise in scenic modelling which you should try and see if it comes to a show near you.
The coalyard at County gate (not taken at the NEC I might add).



and the viaduct...


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Les wrote: ... however the one that attracted my attention (I kept going back to it) was County Gate. I am gobsmacked to read above that Dave R is involved with this layout because in my eyes it is the absolute Dog's B....x.  This superb model which is, I think, based on the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway is a fabulous exercise in scenic modelling which you should try and see if it comes to a show near you. ...

Can't claim any credit for County Gate unfortunately, it's all the work of John de Frayssinet. I just help out when it comes to showing it.

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Les wrote: is the absolute Dog's B....x. 
 

I am thoroughly confused here Les.  The only word I can get to fit here is quite rude and I am sure you would never utter such a thing :twisted:


                 

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