Railway exhibition a Kirrie first?

This Sunday will see what is believed to be Kirriemuir’s first dedicated railway exhibition in the Guide Hall, Kirriemuir.

Members of the Hornby Railway Collectors Association (HRCA), the Train Collectors Society (TCS), the Bassett-Lowke Society (BLS) and the Ace Train Owners Club (ATOC) will come together for a day to run and display parts of their collections.

As organiser Dale Smith explained, the members of some of these groups are thin on the ground in Scotland and this is an opportunity for those of us who live north of the central belt to meet and cooperate in a joint event.

Very often these clubs meet in isolation and they rarely open their doors to the public so this is a chance for members of the public to come in and see what the collecting hobby is all about.

One thing that it is not about is railway modelling because these groups, often with very specialist interests, collect and run old models and toys usually just as they are found.

Some restoration may be carried out to get a loco, coach or wagon back on the tracks, but often collectors are happy to keep their treasures as found, warts and all.

Travelling from Edinburgh, Alan Furneaux will run a simple layout of Bowman locos and rolling stock made between 1925 and 1935 when Bowman loco production ceased.

Although nominally O-gauge, Bowman bodies are closer to Gauge 1 in appearance.

John Emery-Barker from Newmills in Fife has developed a small, pre-war, Hornby Dublo layout concentrating on items made between 1938 and 1941 when the Meccano factory was turned over to war effort production.

For those who like their trains larger, Graham Pascall has a busy and colourful pre-war Hornby O-gauge layout in both clockwork and electric.

Graham has a taste for the unusual and is always happy to talk trains with those who are interested in obscure and sometimes rare items.

There may also be some American Lionel trains on Graham’s layout.

Post-war, pre-nationalisation will feature on Jim Clark’s Hornby Dublo display with an emphasis on consistent running of perfect items. Jim will also display a selection of G scale garden railway items.

A very well-known figure in the hobby, Nicholas Oddy, plans to show a range of the larger scales in a static display, ranging from the mundane to the esoteric heights of Gauge 3.

As a member of a number of societies, local collector Dale Smith will run a range of O-gauge including pre and post-war items as well as contemporary Ace Trains.

Bassett-Lowke, Exley, Hornby, Leeds Model Company (LMC), Bing, Barritt and a host of other manufacturers can be seen on Dale’s layout.

However, as the agent for Ace Trains in Scotland since it’s founding in the 1990s, Dale has had access to to many of the very low production rarities which are so popular with collectors.

One such, the wartime black NE A4 William Whitelaw will show it’s paces during the show.

Dale will also display a selection of pre and post-war Bayko Light Construction buildings and sets which have been a passion of his for over thirty five years, since his art college days.

Entry to the show is £1, with access for the public from 11 am to 3 pm. For further info about the show, telephone 01575-574128.