CLUB NEWS

18.08.2018
Astolat MRC Open Day.

Once again the National Trust allowed us to hold our Open Day at our club room in Dapdune Wharf. Although the weather was not as nice as it has been recently there were still a good number of visitors and we hope they enjoyed the day.
There was plenty to see with 5 club members' layouts plus Whitmoor and the under-construction Savernake layout on show. The latter attracted a lot of interest and questions which we did our best to answer.
Our test track saw a lot of use and our loco doctor Brian was on hand to fix any stubborn locos. Our chosen charity this year was Prostate Cancer who beneftted from the donations made for old magazines and also from a raffle we held during our post-show BBQ in the evening after the crowds had gone. All went well and we all had a good time.
Many thanks to the Dapdune Wharf NT staff for helping us and allowing us to hold the event.

03-04.03.2018
Stafford Model Railway Exhibition 2018.

The Stafford Railway Circle were kind enough to invite us to take Priorsfield to their 2018 exhibition so off we went. A two day show with set up on the Friday afternoon meant 3 days away from home and a 300 mile round trip. But we were all looking forward to it, even when we were stuck in a huge traffic jam on the M40 at Warrick services on the way up there. But with all afternoon and evening on the Friday in which to set up it wasn't a problem.
We eventually arrived and saw what a big show this is. We were stand 100 of about 110 in three huge halls with plenty of space. Access was easy and we were able to drive our car into the hall and unload right next to the stand which was perfect. In no time at all we were set up and then we made our way to our overnight accommodation in the Premier Inn just down the road.
Despite horrible weather on the Saturday (rain, sleet, snow) there was a large crowd and we had a lot of interest in our layout. The weather on the Sunday was much better and again there was a large crowd of visitors. The show had an excellent selection of both large and small layouts and well worth making the trip to see.
Sunday evening packing up was easy and we were away at about 6pm, a spot of dinner on the way home and we got home safely at around 9:30. All in all a very good weekend and it was nice to take a layout 'up north' for a change.
Many thanks to the Stafford Railway Circle for inviting us and looking after us so well. Your arrangements were faultless and we enjoyed the show very much.

21.01.2018
Astolat 2018 Exhibition, Surrey Sports Park, Guildford.

Our annual exhibition was once again held at the Surrey Sports Park and was another great success. As last year our hosts were very helpful and provided us with everything we needed to put on a good show. Despite the wet weather we were all in and ready in plenty of time for the show opening at 10:00am.
A goodly crowd braved the rain and flowed in through the doors and the hall was nicely filled throughout most of the day, only tailing off late in the afternoon.
One lucky family with two young children who were enthusiastic about all things train were chosen at random and recieved a Hornby Junior Train Set, kindly donated by Hornby Railways. They went away very happy indeed.
Another award that was made during the day was our coveted Best in Show award which this year went to Schwungischer Platz, (No, I don't know how to pronouce it either!) a very fine German N gauge layout.
Brian, our resident Loco Doctor, was again kept busy all day fixing locos brought in by members of the public. Our free Historic bus service to and from the station again proved popular and our driver Richard Kirwin did sterling service ferrying them back and forth throughout the day. By 5pm, when the doors closed we had all had a good day.
Many thanks to the Surrey Sports Park for allowing us the use of their facitlies and also to all the club members and helpers who helped to make it a successful day. And also thanks to the many hundreds of enthusiastic visitors who braved the weather to come and see our show.