In Pictures: Rail Road 2014, Astley Sports College, Dukinfield

Highlights of this year’s model railway and transport show organised by the Tame Valley Scout Council

A Guy double decker in Ashton-under-Lyne Corporation's 1940s - 1950s livery.

In the last decade or so, I have tried and failed to visit my most local model railway exhibition. By local I mean anything less than two bus journeys in this context. Like on foot from Chez Vall or a single bus journey. After a 25 year hiatus, I decided to visit the Tame Valley Scout Council’s Rail Road 2014 exhibition, at Astley Sports College. The last time I went, it was on at the Jubilee Hall – a fantastic though alas, priced out of the reach of our fellows – venue.

Neither the alternative venue nor the displays disappointed. There was quite a good selection including a Z gauge layout in a briefcase. There was also representation from the Tameside Transport Collection.

This year’s event aimed to raise enough money to take eight Scouts to Japan for next year’s Jamboree. Rail Road has been part of the Tameside model railway enthusiasts’ scene since 1983. The first exhibition took place in Hyde, before moving to Dukinfield in 1984, using the Jubilee Hall. Of late, Rail Road’s exhibitions – including this year’s – have been held at Astley Sports College (which many older readers may remember as Dukinfield Astley High School, Astley Grammar School, or under less savoury colloquialisms).

Seen below are East of the M60‘s highlights of Rail Road 2014. Time for me to keep quiet and leave the pictures to do the talking.

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Havirov Lucina (HO gauge, Fred and Sylva Davidson).
Havirov Lucina (HO gauge, Fred and Sylva Davidson).
Holcombe Brook (EM gauge).
Holcombe Brook (EM gauge).
Z gauge layout.
Briefcase Wonder: the Z gauge layout.
A model SHMD double decker Daimler in the pre-Second World War streamline livery.
A model SHMD double decker Daimler in the pre-Second World War streamline livery.
Eniware (OO9 gauge layout)
Eniware, a superb OO9 gauge layout by Gerald Southern.
Hornby O gauge tinplate layout.
John Rothwell’s Hornby O gauge tinplate layout, an ever-present feature of Rail Road since 1983.
Daimler CVG6 and a Crossley SD42/7.
Tameside Transport Collection’s Daimler CVG6 and a Crossley SD42/7.

S.V., 06 April 2014.

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2 thoughts on “In Pictures: Rail Road 2014, Astley Sports College, Dukinfield

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    1. Hi Ady,

      Still pretty much alive and well. I remember my first visit to Rail Road – around 1985, when they used the Jubilee Hall! They used to have the preserved vehicles on the outside facing King Street. One regular visitor was Greater Manchester Transport’s Exhibus (now part of SELNEC Preservation Society’s collection).

      As with my first visit, a chance for visitors to play on the Scalextric set (which on my first visit used the Lesser Jubilee Hall), and the O Gauge Hornby layout.

      Considering how long it has been held in Dukinfield, Rail Road is very much a Dukinfield institution. For me, today’s visit broke a 25 year duck.

      Bye for now,

      Stuart.

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