Highlights of this year’s model railway and transport show organised by the Tame Valley Scout Council
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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S.V., 06 April 2014.