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I sit at the Alsager Model Railway Show pondering the RAILstuff show season drawing to a close and am having a few moments to think back on all the events that I have attended this year and especially in the last few months. The overriding thought in my mind is just how much the model shows are a critical part of our hobby, and crucial not only to the here and now, but also the future. So what have been my show highlights of 2022? 1. Great Electric Train Show - Milton KeynesThis show while not a community/club event, had...

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Last updated 16th June 22. June: 11: 7mm Exhibition, Burton-on-Trent25-26: Keighley Model Railway Show, Yorkshire July:2-3: Railex Buxton, Pavilion Gardens, Buxton9-10: Ruddington Model Railway Show, Great Central Railway September:3-4: Liverpool Model Railway Show, Liverpool10-11: Leigh Model Railway Show, Leigh17: Trent Valley Model Railway, Lichfield24-25: Stafford Model Railway Circle Exhibition, Stafford October:1-2: Wigan Model Railway Show, Wigan8-9: Great Electric Train Show, Milton Keynes15-16: Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, Wirksworth29-30: Great British Model Railway Show, British Motor Museum, Warwickshire November:12-13: Alsager Model Railway Show, Crewe27: Toy & Train Collectors Fair, Bolton December:27: Toy & Train Collectors Fair, NEC

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NEWS RELEASE: Wednesday 27th April 2022 RAILstuff launch ‘Scenery makes your railway’ campaign   Model railway scenics and accessories retailer RAILstuff are today launching a campaign focused on how important scenery is to creating a great model railway layout. The “Scenery makes your railway” campaign invites modellers to share stories and pictures of their favourite scenic project, and the transformation from track on a board to a more realistic scene. RAILstuff are also tapping into the debate around rising costs of locomotives in the hobby by discussing the strong value of scenic items in comparison and the benefit they can...

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So here's a blog I've agonised over writing or indeed how to write it... Before I say anything, let me make something really crystal clear - I love model shops... there's nothing quite like walking in and spending ages having a really good look around, getting ideas, picking bits up, getting advice. If you have a good local model shop then please support them. My love for these shops is also one of the reasons that I don't stock and sell locos and rolling stock - they are much better placed to do that and deserve the support. But... just...

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The London Festival of Railway Modelling 2022 A week or so on from our debut at Alexandra Palace and now seems like a good time to talk about the show from a trader's point of view. Arriving on the Friday to set-up I have to say the organisation of the unloading and how simple it was for exhibitors was way beyond our expectations - we were able to drive in to the hall, unload, and then move the van before starting the set-up proper. The aim as always was to get as much product out, neatly arranged, in the smallest...

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