Enthusiasts making tracks to Kirriemuir

Preparations are well under way for the fifth annual Kirriemuir Vintage Railway Exhibition which this year will be held on Saturday, April 9.

The exhibition, in the Guide Halls, will bring together enthusiasts from widely different genres and from across Scotland.

Hornby Dublo collectors are always happy to see Vic Michel who is a trustee of the Brighton Toy and Model Museum and will bring the compact three-rail Dublo layout he built and exhibited recently at the SECC in Glasgow.

At the other end of the scale Alan Furneaux’s live steam O-gauge requires constant attention to keep things running smoothly. This is especially true of some of the older Bowman, Bar Knight and Bassett-Lowke engines some of which are now over eighty years old.

Graeme Pascall from Glasgow maintains a barely contained enthusiasm for his pet subject of Hornby O-gauge with all of the colour and excitement that tinplate railways generate. Catering for the two-rail fans, Jim Clark from Carmyllie will run not one, not two but three layouts with British outline Dublo, French acHO and Triang Rovex from the 1950s. Jim will also find time to talk about his G-scale garden railway and show some examples from that collection.

Dale Smith, event organiser, will host another O-gauge layout with the oddly titled ‘LMS – The Big Girls’, a reference to the various Princess and Duchess locomotives by ACE Trains, Bassett-Lowke and Hornby, all portraying the large mainline maroon locos which raced up and down the length of the country in the 1930s.

One of the features of Dale’s ever changing layouts is the wealth of period detail in the buildings, vehicles and little people who populate the landscape.

All of the exhibitors are members of the Hornby Railway Collectors Association (HRCA) but some are also members of additional groups too including the Bassett-Lowke Society, ACE Trains Owners Club, Train Collectors Society, Gauge O Guild and others.

For those who want a bargain, the trading tables will include first timer Alan Sangster from Cruden Bay who will be selling off books from the estate of the famous railway author OS Nock. Progress Products will have their range of reproduction pieces for repairing old Hornby O-gauge items and Dale will have a wide range of new ACE Trains and second hand railway items, toy soldiers and diecasts.

Light refreshments are available all day with nearby free car parking. Further information is avilable from Dale Smith by telephoning 01575 574128.