- Annual exhibition
We like to think our exhibition, on or about the last weekend of September, compares well with others in the North West. In addition to having a good mix of exhibits, trade stands and displays for the mainly family-based visitors, we try to look after our exhibitors and traders as well as we can, as without them nothing happens. Exhibition manager Tony plans up to three years in advance to create the event, which is held at Birkdale High School.
Information on our 2012 event is on the Exhibition details tab above.
New for 2012, Merseyside Transport Trust will operate a free heritage bus service every half-hour between Ainsdale station and the exhibition. For details on the Trust's activities, visit their website.
Click on the tab above for a map, or click here for map in a new page.
Some photos are here.
It's a great day out for all ages, with something for everyone, and the exhibition has become a regular fixture in the Southport leisure calendar. It is sponsored by the Southport Visiter newspaper. We also acknowledge the support of Rydal Self Drive.
An addition to a wide variety of layouts, there are a number of traders selling rolling stock, layout building materials, memorabilia, DVDs, etc., and a good selection of railway society stands. There is also a cafe and, weather permitting, live steam train rides courtesy of Southport Model Engineers.
Click here for the article in the Southport Visiter.
- Exhibition details
Event: 39th Annual Model Railway Exhibition presented by Southport Model Railway Society
Dates: Saturday and Sunday 29th and 30th September 2012
Venue: Birkdale High School, Windy Harbour Rd, Southport, Merseyside PR8 3DT
(see below re car park access)
Times: Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm
Family (2+2): £14
The show guide is included in the admission price.
20+ societies & demonstrations
Live steam train rides (weather permitting)
Refreshments are available all day.
Click on the map tab above, or click here for map in a new page.
The exhibition will be signposted from major routes into Southport.
Merseyside Transport Trust will operate a free heritage bus service every half-hour between Ainsdale station and the exhibition.
CAR PARK ACCESS
Access to the public car park is from the A565 Liverpool Road opposite Nixon’s Lane
(a left turn coming from Liverpool). The relevant postcode is PR8 3ES.
A one-way system will operate, with vehicles entering opposite Nixon's Lane and exiting via Windy Harbour Rd.
- Bus service
Merseyside Transport Trust will operate a free heritage bus service between Ainsdale station and the exhibition, on both days.
Two buses will operate a half-hourly service in each direction.
The first bus from Ainsdale station will leave at 10.18, the last at 15.48.
The first bus from the exhibition will leave at 10.33, the last at 17.03.
Blitzschnell-Bahn Peter Clare, Southport MRS 32 x 4 Ho Digital sound demonstration NEW Caerneirion Road Geoff Lord, Bury 12x7 7mm narrow gauge Circle Line Terry Tasker, Southport 4.5 circle N Coniston Road Depot Robin Gubba, Leyland 7.5 x 2.5 N Dienw Warrington MRS 12 x 2 OO9 (North Wales) Dublo's Done Miles Rowland, Manchester 7 x 4 OO plus T'was Thomas NEW Railways of the World Austin Moss, Burscough 40 x14 G Scale NEW Glenbogle Harry Moore, Liverpool 36 x 4 3/8ths tramway plus TLRS display Goldmire Quarry Maurice Bramley, Barrow 24 x 10 G scale High Peaks Railroad John Parkinson, Gwynedd 5 x 2 Includes demo & dioramas Jager Strabenbahn Andrew Hunt, Calne 16 x 2 HOe tramway (German inter-urban) Monsal Dale Southport MRS 15 x 6 N NEW Oak Ridge Canyon George Woolnough, Ruthin 13 x 8 HO and HOn30 Oldham King Street Parcels David Hampson, Bacup 22 x 3 O digital sound Royston St Davids Rainhill MRC 20 x 11 7mm SMRS Modular Southport MRS 12 x 10 OO The Long Line Mark Henshaw, Poynton 43x2 N Dol-ffanog Tim Birch, Leeds 6x2 5.5mm plus display stand T'was Thomas Miles Rowland, Manchester 5 x 3 OO plus sales stand Walmer Bridge Derek Pratt, Southport MRS 12 x 6 16mm live steam narrow gauge NEW Total 20
5.5mm Association 5.5mm products Cheshire All Components Ltd Tools and electronics Powys NEW Dave's Railway Films DVDs Malpas Help For Heroes via S'port Hobby Scene Southport Hoyles Model Railways Scenics & Industrials Chorley NEW Mad about Trains New & second hand Worksop Kytes Lights Lighting Bognor Regis World of Motion New & secondhand Birkenhead Merseyside Transport Trust Heritage Buses, etc. Burscough NEW Bus Service L & D Madden HO American, trucks cars & G Manchester Bolton MRC Books Bookstall Bolton NEW S M T F New & second hand Stockport Southport Hobby Scene Hobby Shop Southport Southport Model Railway Club Stand Southport Sweets of Yesteryear Sweets Leeds NEW Trackside Signs Station & trackside signages Hampshire NEW Tri-ang Society Tri-ang Manchester Vintage Travel Prints Travel posters Liverpool NEW Warrington Totems Nameplates & shed plates Warrington
Display/publicity Malcolm Savage, Wirral Cumbrian Railway Association Display/publicity Philip Tuer, Carlisle The Dem Team Demonstrations John Holden et al. Double O Society Display/publicity David Heller, New Brighton EM Gauge Society Display/publicity Chris Hewitt, Liverpool Friends of 502 Group Display/publicity Duncan Reed, Heywood John Ireland Demonstrations John from Bolton Peter Leyland Model/display/demonstrations Peter Leyland, St Helens Merseyside Transport Trust Publicity Burscough NEW for 2012 Modellers Clinic Demonstrations Dave Greenwood, Runcorn OPSTA Display/publicity Roger Bell Plain Loco Display Arthur Pollard, Ormskirk Bob Rowlands Demonstrations Liverpool Scenic Dioramas Demonstrations John Parkinson, Blaenau Ffestiniog Scenery by Recycling Display/demonstrations George Nutter Southport Model Engineers Display/publicity Gwen Badderley Southport Model Engineers Live steam rides Paul Southport Model Railway Society Display/publicity Includes tombola Talyllyn Railway Preservation Society Display/publicity Mark Churchill, Southport West Lancashire Light Railway Display/publicity TK & DP Windmill Farm Miniature Railway Display/publicity Austin Moss, Burscough
- 2011 Cup winners
2011 CUP WINNERS
Each year at the exhibition we award cups to the best layouts on show.
The winners for 2011 were:
Best Layout: Rowlands Castle
Best N Gauge: Tetfield-Under-Bolt
Best Scenics: Shallowford Park
Best Rolling Stock: Southport and Birkdale Tramway
Best Southport member's model with five or more axles - Derek Pratt's coal hutch carrier.
Details of the 2012 members' competition are here.