Train fans make tracks to Kirrie

Fourth vintage railway exhibition.
Fourth vintage railway exhibition.

Steam railways are a thing of the past for most people but there is still great enthusiasm for those mechanical, steam-driven giants which dominated the transport system throughout the 20th century.

The fourth Kirriemuir Vintage Railway Get-Together exhibition on Saturday, April 18 will give fans the opportunity to run and demonstrate models and toys spanning a whole century.

Organiser Dale Smith has pulled together members of various organisations including the Hornby Railway Collectors Association (HRCA), the Train Collectors Society (TCS), the Bassett-Lowke Society (BLS) and ACE Trains Owners Club (ATOC) to name but a few.

Vic Michel, from Edinburgh, will display the first comprehensive, Bing Tabletop railway layout in Scotland with early production from the 1920s and 1930s.

Also in OO gauge, John Emery Barker, plans to run immediate post-war, pre-nationalisation Hornby Dublo with all of the buildings and accessories from the range.

From Carmyllie, Jim Clark’s Hornby AcHo from France runs very smoothly and his ever expanding collection is a delight. Jim will also have a static display of garden railways G-scale items.

Sticking with the ‘big boys’, Alan Furneaux and Henry Johnstone combine live steam and electric railways in entertaining style.

Graeme Pascall, from the Glasgow area, specialises in pre-war Hornby Series with the emphasis on bright and colourful.

A self-confessed serial variation collector, Graeme has amassed a huge collection only part of which can be on show at any one time.

For some these layouts and displays are considered to be heaven on earth and members of the public attending the exhibition often enjoy reminiscing about their own memories and possessions from these earlier times.

Several traders including Allister Hughes, Chris and Jane Reeve, Derek Strickland and ACE Trains, will also have items for sale during the course of the day.

The exhibition, which will e held in the Guide Halls, Roods, Kirriemuir, will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Further information about the Kirriemuir Vintage Railway Get-together, is available by contacting Dale Smith by telephoning 01575 574128.