Kirriemuir Vintage Railway Show 13th April 2019

Kirriemuir Vintage Railway Show 13th April 2019

For those with an interest in a miniature world long gone 2019 is a significant landmark. This year the Hornby Railway Collectors Association (HRCA) celebrates the 50th anniversary of it’s founding in 1969, just a few short years after the demise of the original Meccano Hornby label. Members of the Scottish section HRCA will be taking the opportunity to showcase a range of the early products from Meccano including 1920s and 1930s Hornby Series O-gauge in both clockwork and electric and of course the later Hornby Dublo. Many men and women of a certain age, well remember the sturdy solidity and all round quality of the Hornby ranges and it is always a great pleasure to see and hear folk reminiscing about the toys and models of their youth. This is where the HRCA comes in. Local organiser and one of the founders of the Scottish section, Dale Smith has put together a great exhibition of the products that the public loves to see assisted by member friends from throughout Scotland. The exhibition will take place in the Guide Halls, Roods, Kirriemuir on Saturday 13th April. In order to tell a fuller story, the layouts on show will also record some earlier miniature railways such as pre First World War Gauge 1, various rival Exley and Leeds Model Company and two contemporaries of Hornby Dublo: Trix and Triang. Bringing the picture up-to-date will be a beautiful little N-gauge layout and current O-gauge production represented by ACE Trains and others. There will also be a small number of trading stalls for those who are inspired to start collecting. Most of the exhibitors would not describe themselves as railway modellers. They are collectors who have built layouts of traditional toys and models, in most cases in unaltered, original condition. Inspired by the wonderful Trans-Atlantic Liner exhibition at the V & A in Dundee, the organiser’s layout is entitles, “The Streamliners” and features iconic A4s and Coronation Class locomotives. During the 1930s there was a period of intense competition between the LNER and the LMS railway companies and Dale attempts to recreate this with beautiful streamlined locos pulling gorgeous rakes of high quality coaches, all in O-gauge. Look out for lovely LMS maroons, fabulous LNER teaks, BR Mk1 blood and custards and the maroon and gold streamlined coaches which were displayed in the USA but only ran for about a week in Britain. Some of the locos carry local names or have strong associations with Scotland. The bull-nosed Duchess of Hamilton is always popular but the most requested runner is sure to be the A4 Union of South Africa. The original, retired from service in the 1960s, has been looked after and preserved by a prominent Fife farmer. The layouts are populated with every household name from the toy world; Triang Minic, Spot-On, Dinky, Corgi, Britains, Bayko Light Construction buildings and many others. The combination of all of these and more, bring a unique atmosphere to the exhibition in Kirriemuir. The displays truly are vintage and there for all to enjoy. The exhibition on Saturday 13th April is in the Guide Halls, Kirriemuir, and is open from 10.00am – 4.00pm. Entry £2.00, £5.00 families. For more information telephone the organiser on 01575-574128

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