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2014 7mm Festival and earlier events

Christmas Open Day 2014
28th December 2014, 
A freezing cold morning during the Christmas holidays we haul ourselves out of bed. Although cold the sun was shining
and the ice began to melt down at the clubrooms. As the lift door opened the smell of bacon sandwiches filled the air..
drawing me into the happy atmosphere that is the Christmas open day.
People of all ages were buzzing around showing off their latest acquisition's which have arrived over the festive break.
Layouts in all gauges were coming to life with engines and rolling stock going about their business... Laughing and jollity
filled the room. What a fantastic atmosphere even this early in the morning, with a cup of tea in hand I made a tour of the


The Gauge One Garden layout had new staff running the engines - I think this will be on next years present list...

Next we have a few different views of some of the clubs 7mm Layouts




With refreshment provided by the 1st Denholme Scout group every one had an enjoyable day, questions
were asked and information given from both young and mature modellers


We are one of the clubs which have quite a few lady modellers, so ladies don't feel left out if you want to have a go
you will be made welcome

As you can see all ages were happy to attend the show, look, buy and discuss all things 7mm.
I think even the traders enjoyed the day

with demonstration stands including the new laser cut locos from one of our younger members Jack Sharples

With visiting layouts and club layouts available

and even something from our ladies on the test track! - We hope to see you next year 

Manorlands Open Day



It was an early start with bacon sandwiches supplied by the Keighley Sea Cadets, along with beverages,
sandwiches and dinners. Cakes were there to tempt the sweet toothed amongst us but on such a hot day
it was harder to stop things melting including the staff who services were given for free giving all the takings
raised over the counter towards the charity

The tombola had a large mixture of prizes, and again the staff running the stall gave their time and effort for free raising another splendid amount towards the final total

Along with the volunteer layout operators who put on a great show despite the weather, the heat was taking effect on the track but the show must go on and everyone put on a good show


Keighley 7mm Festival 2014

12th October 2014 a dry Sunday in an unassuming mill in Keighley, inside the satanic mill there was a real
buzz, the top floor was full of interesting layouts, depicting every area of the country. People came from far
and wide to see a lot of traders and to discuss all things 7mm. It was busy from the first door opening to
late afternoon

Models on display included this impressive mill which resides on the new section of Ravensbeck, there were a
few old favourites on show at this years open day such as Pucklechurch

Runswick Bay made a welcome display and never fails to impress those who look at the work that has gone into making
this an award winning layout. The awe inspiring viaduct that carries the engines across the valley

Night                                                                                                            Day


There was also support from the 7mm Society and the 7mm Narrow Gauge Society. With trade support including Connoisseur Models and John Taylor along with a few others


Here is a 7mm crane that was on display along with a few other models in the larger scales from the demonstrations stands.....

Although not 7mm - this loco was part of a weathering demonstration at the festival, showing how with a little imagination
grime can be added along with tools, sheeting and general muck...

 If you missed it this year we hope to see you next time............

Open Day raising funds for Manorlands 2014

It was a hot and sticky day for the open day raising funds for Sue Ryder's Manorlands, based in the West
Yorkshire village of Oxenhope. Giving specialist palliative care and treatment at home, or in the hospice,
for people and their families who are suffering from serious illnesses. Specialist palliative care gives medical,
nursing, and psychological care and treatment to people living with or affected by a serious illnesses. Focusing
on helping to resolve these problems whilst supporting family, carers and close friends

The day started early with bacon butties supplied with lashings of tea and coffee by Keighley Sea Cadets who
gave their services for free to increase the funds raised. They made dinners and sandwiches, despite the hot 
weather, and trying to stop the sweet treats from melting so there was more to sell. The tombola stall also gave
their time and effort for free increasing the overall money, with plenty of goodies on offer it was busy all day

Neil Armitage manned a demonstration stand concentrating on track building in EM showing how to save
money by making your own turnouts and alongside the O gauge layout Coverdale was having sections of track
being built on site


We had a couple of traders at the show, who seemed to be doing good business over the day.
Direct Train Spares from Burnley brought along their Rolling Road Cradle units in all gauges these
units allows DCC loco's to be run in without having to put them on a layout. They also had a large
selection of lighting, new LED lights come in various sizes, colours and fitted into their lamp units 
gave a colourful display. You can find more on their website
  The new SG4 small gearbox

John Taylor from Uncommon Kits brought along his extra large goodies of parts, wagons and engines 
but had a surprise in store for the smaller gauges as he had a new product which consisted of a motor
complete with gears and mount all fitted and ready to go. Looking very substantial a lot of the smaller
 loco kit builders were very interested in this small gearbox. You can contact John via email for more information

Spring Open Day 11th May 2014

So what do you do after Easter and a Bank holiday - You come along to our open day to burn off some steam
(or diesel). With a full turnout of layouts running in all scales and gauges. You cant fail to find something of
interest, all areas are covered across the country and era's. From finescale to ready to run there is something
for every one no matter of age or ability. Today we had a new trader in attendance who seemed to do well
from just the members sales.. he was Ellis Clark Trains selling second hand stock

You can contact him at or email
Despite the cold wet weather a few brave soles ventured out to the warmth of the clubrooms to enjoy
escaping for a few hours, a cup of tea and sticky bun provided by the scouts. Thank you to all that came
along to have a look you are very welcome... and we hope to see you again

Keighley Post Christmas Open Day 2013

Well the festive season is over and we have all opened our presents, eaten too much, visited relatives, as the boredom sets in... 
whilst wishing you could escape and run your latest present. Well the Post Christmas open day was as usual a busy day.
The weather held up and we had visitors of all ages just escaping the normal festive blues


It was a little exciting for the juniors as a photographer turned up from the Telegraph and Argus our local Bradford
paper to promote the event. Here he is trying to organise the group. Aireworth one of our oldest layouts was doing
a good job of flying the flag for the local area can you spot where these views are in Keighley


Cowgill was running well, and with a lot more scenery since the last open day.... it is beginning to look more like the
Settle & Carlisle area now


This year we had a demonstration stand on painted figures which included some rather famous figures


A more unusual layout is the continental Eidiger-Eller a DCC layout based in Germany. This layout depicts the
German scenery and sound one can be whisked away overseas from the atmosphere of this layout

Again the Visitors were mixed from families to old engineers


The test track was well used and the traders didn't do too bad either




Setting up the position of the camera for another shot - Small adjustments for that perfect shot

Each picture is taken approximately 5 - 6 times with different focus settings and exposure levels



Here you can see a rail level shot being set up                       Final checks made and the position of the stock in exactly the right place

Just how different the eye view is compared to the camera view

My feeble attempt at taking the gypsy scene. 
All in all it took 5 hours to photograph the layout, with a lot of small adjustments and tweaks it was done. Lastly may I
thank Derek Shaw from the Railway Modeller for his meticulous attention to detail and patience, we now look forward
to the disc containing all his work ready to marry it up to the text, then it will all be sent for editing and we will be able
to see the final product in a few months



Dudley Moor EM
The Arthur Towers (Chairman's Choice) shield 2012 was awarded to Dudley Moore from Keighley Model Railway club





Cowgill Photo Shoot for Railway Modeller
Sunday April 6th was a day to remember. This was D-Day in the Cowgill calendar, after months of work it was time to
unleash her to public viewing. Today was the day she would be photographed for the Railway Modeller. I thought I
would share the process with you just to let you know what goes on behind the scenes of one small article in the magazine. 
For the last couple of weeks planning and preparation has gone into getting everything ready for one day. Everybody has
had a job to do: Mike and Neil were preparing the stock, David and Toni were preparing the scenery and Harry was busy
doing the draft write up, Matt and Jack were doing as they were told and testing each piece of stock. Derek the Railway
Modeller photographer turned up on time, and all his professional equipment was transported up to the layout [thank
goodness for the lift]. Over a cuppa it was decided where Derek would start the shoot and stock… Then it was time to
get all the professional gear in the correct position. 2 large lamps gave pure light to the starter section, the cameras
were put into position and then the stock moved to exactly the right location. Derek also came with his own plain
back scene which created a blank screen instead of all the busy background that would normally be there