There will be something of an emphasis on larger scale and vintage models when the Corris Railway holds its annual Model Railway Exhibition on August 26th and 27th at The Plas in Machynlleth. Two of the O gauge exhibits “Matthews Yard” and “New Potosi Minerals” will be augmented by a layout featuring Chad Valley trains from the 1950’s when the Birmingham-based company set out to rival Hornby clockwork sets on the living room floor. Tri-ang’s Big-Big trains were a 1960’s attempt to revive commercial O gauge with battery powered models and a guest layout will feature these and the continuation of the range under the Novo brand name.
Also in action will be a 16 mm live steam layout and there will be a return of a Playmobil set-up which invites children to have a go at operating. Largest of all will be some 5 inch gauge models on static display. As the Corris Railway is reviving the Mid Wales narrow gauge line it is appropriate that there will be a narrow gauge presence in miniature with the “Colwyn Valley Light Railway” and “Barking Hatstand” holding the 009 flag alongside the O9 “Afon Adit”.
00 is represented by a Hornby layout featuring current and older models, there will be an HO layout and “Cobra Canyon” and “New Bridge Junction” are representing N gauge.
The layouts will be supported by a number of sales stands including a return by Kate Packham’s range of jewellery and other items made from recovered and stained glass. The Corris Railway will have a stand selling its own range of goods and another stand will sell a range of books and models in aid of the building of the next steam locomotive to work on the revived line. Refreshments including light meals will be available and there is free car parking available nearby. Opening times are 10.30 to 17.00 on both days with admission costing £4.00 for adults, £3.50 for seniors, £2.00 for children and a family ticket ( 2 adults and 2 children) will cost £10.00.