The Corris Railway Society’s Model Railway Exhibition will take place at Y Plas in Machynlleth on the Saturday and Sunday of August Bank Holiday Weekend, August 24th and 25th with the doors open from 10.00 to 4.30 pm each day. Visitors will find a mixture of model layouts, some inspiring nostalgia for older generations, sales stands and a craft stall.
As might be expected narrow gauge models feature quite prominently in the line-up ranging from the large scale 16mm (with live steam and battery power) and a Gn15 scale representation of an estate railway serving a dubious cash crop, through to the ever popular 009. One of the rather less common narrow gauge scales, OOn3, is used to depict Crosby station (closed in 1968) on the Isle of Man Railway and Roarkes Landing represents American practice in Hon30.
O, OO and N gauge layouts will also feature. A couple of these layouts demonstrate the opportunities in minimum space in modern housing, being designed to fit on an ironing board and a window cill respectively, and those of a certain age will have memories of catalogues and toy shop windows evoked by Tri-ang TT and Trix Twin layouts. A chance to see those things that youngsters in years past wanted to have but couldn’t get the pocket money to stretch to. On a similar theme there will be a display of tinplate toys.
Trade wise the show will welcome back Nick and Dee Lowe selling railway ephemera and Martin Parry’s huge selection of models both new and second-hand with the majority being OO scale. Kate Packham also returns with her wide selection of jewellery and decorative items made from recycled glass (the organiser’s lady wife usually makes a bee-line for this) and the Corris will have a sales stand and a tombola, plus a fund raiser for the Falcon locomotive selling a range of donated items.
Refreshments and light snacks are sold and there is free parking close by. Admission costs £4.00 for adults, £3.50 for seniors £2 for children and £10 for a family (2 adults and 2 children). Plus trains will be running on the revived section of the Corris Railway, some four miles north of Machynlleth on August 24th, 25th, 26th and 27th.