Our 8th 7mm Festival was held on Sunday 9th October to coincide once again with the KWVR Autumn Steam Gala. The day was one of the busiest yet with 10 superb layouts running, representing examples of 7mm modelling of all kinds. We also had many other items on offer, from refreshments, demonstrations and the major guild stands. Below are just a few pictures from the day.
Opening time... the public were waiting Our multi tracked test track
7mm Narrow Gauge Association - models and publications.
They brought along this impressive display, complete with extra detail.
The ever popular crowd pleaser! Watch pre-group long freights and full-length passenger trains run through a full scenic landscape, and even photograph your own loco at the head of one of our trains.
Scenic magnificence on this circular per-group North Eastern layout, set on the East coast of North Yorkshire.
Watch ironstone hoppers loading and coal wagons dispensing into the drops as they day fades slowly into night.
A bucolic branch line setting with superb scenics and buildings. The location exists, but the North Holderness Light Railway never got there in real life. This will be the last chance to see this layout in Keighley as it has been sold to a new owner in the south of England.
Bolton Priory (Skipton MRC)
1930's LNER period branch serving a small station in a rural setting. Guest layout from Skipton MRC.
The grit and glory years personified in this 1950's -1960's portrayal of Hellifield Shed on the Settle-Carlisle main line.
Suppose the Midland Railway had extended its Grassington branch up Wharfedale to link with the NER at Bishop Auckland. There was such a proposal - and this is what the result might have looked like! Coverdale is a work in progress and new
team members are always welcome.
Port Ross (Morecambe & Heysham MRC)
A day at the seaside! Lots of cameos to look at as the trains move on and off the set.
Schola Green (Morecambe & Heysham MRC)
A small layout depicting a station at the end of a branch line with lots of detail. The layout can be operated normally or automatically.
A 7mm narrow gauge excursion into fantasy! At least two other scale/gauges are featured on the layout, including a miniature railway which uses digital printing and Z gauge mechanisms.
A Pacific Coast arrow-gauge logging operation with geared locomotives hauling timber from the woods to a sawmill past rickety buildings across dodgy trackwork - just like the prototype! Built to a scale of On30, the layout features DCC and sound.
Additionally, our multi-gauge test track will also be available, of course, for test-running your stock.
A wide range of professionally painted figures of various types, including wargaming. Just a few of the figures and the new wagon loads including odd scenic items in Adam's range
Top-quality nickel-silver etched kits in the larger scales. Remaining stocks for a range of 7mm industrial locos will not be replenished when sold, so don't delay!
Connoisseur Models - Event sponsor
High-quality etched brass kits for a variety of popular locos, coaches and wagons.
Direct Train Spares
Electronic components, LEDs, DCC harnesses, rolling roads and much more!
Ellis Clark Trains
New and used 0 gauge model railway equipment. Ellis is a distributor for the new Darstaed range of ready-to-run wagons.
Haywood Railway - Event Sponsor
An extensive range of affordable coach kits for a wide variety of companies, wagon kits, sprung
wagon and coach buffers, wheels and other fittings.
As well as the supplying the obvious, this trader stocks an excellent range of tools and materials for the scratch builder.
Stockists of resin castings for windows, doors, and other architectural features, Scottish pre-group wagon kits,
motor/gearboxes and a lot more besides! www.invertrain.com
Quality cast-iron loco wheels, an extensive range of whitemetal castings for domes, buffers, etc and some lost-wax brass item for the scratch-builder or kit converter. www.ukmodelshops.co.uk/shops/643-JPLModels
The clue's in the name! A budget range of nickel-silver NER loco and wagon kits, including a very nice crane.
Halifax-based used high quality gauge 0 and gauge 1 locos and rolling stock from manufacturers such as Golden Age and LH Loveless, as well as high standard kit-built models. www.steamline.co.uk
The Tower Collection
Ian Atkinson has acquired Tower Models own range of kits in brass and pewter, whch can also be supplied RTR and with sound, if required. www.towercollections.com/
A wide range of scenic materials, including flocks, tree kits, scree/ballast and "water".
Also a couple of excellent books on how to best use them. www.treemendus-scenics.co.uk
Nuts & bolts, whitemetal kits, castings and brass etches. Also a custom profile milling service.
As per normal the demonstration area was very busy, with people waiting to see our advisors.
Weathering - Neil Armitage demonstrates his expert skills in airbrushing and dry-brushing
Loco clinic and Building - Simon Moore shows you how you can have that unbuilt kit made into something beautiful
DCC setup - Steve Ward shows you how to customise DCC settings, including sound
Etched kitbuilding and soldering - our friends from the Kendal MRC will show you how
Figure painting - Adam Boyes
Gauge O Guild - events, publications and membership details
Slim Gauge Circle - models, publications and membership details
All details correct at time of publishing