Perth Exhibition 2020 – CancelledToday, with a heavy heart but knowing it is the right thing to do, the Trustees of Scottish Model Engineering Trust along with the Exhibition Manager decided that it was no longer viable to run the Perth exhibition this year. The continued uncertainty and with peoples’ health and well being in mind meant that only one decision could be made. We will be back in 2021 however and have been planning a great show which we can all enjoy once the virus crisis has been resolved.

Following a message from Graham which was circulated to the members the Trust can announce that the new PMRG home is complete and has been given local authority approval for occupation. Following extensive work on the building electrics by Bob Scales and others the electrics were signed off a few days ago. As part of the electrical activity a new electrical power system for the Trust site has replaced the ageing generators with solar panels and a new standby generator. It is expected that the solar panels will reduce fuel costs and be powerful enough to run the electrical needs of the new PMRG building plus other items without the use of the generator. Special thanks to Phil Newman & John Curtis for all their work in getting the new facility up and running. In addition to the electrical work the entrance to the new building has been enhanced with…

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The last open day of 2019 was a huge success with record numbers of cars parked and visitors. Finally the weather was excellent for a change. Everyone had a great time. A warm thanks to all the volunteers who helped out on what was an exceptional day. Take a ride around our rail and steam lorry tracks.  

Stan from the PMRG gives an update on the progress of the new building.

The third open day of the year took place on the 4th August with a high risk of rain. We definately got off lightly as nearby some places had torrential thunderstorms. We had more visitors than the last rain affected open day which meant our takings were better than we could have expected given the weather forecast. The new model railway group building is coming along although it was not open on the day as it is awaiting a Building Warrant. Watch the video to find out more:-

A behind the scenes look at how the Perth Model Railway Show was setup on Friday 28th June 2019. Stan Moug the exhibition manager describes the history of the show and how a large event like this comes together. Once again the show that is the largest club run event in Scotland was a huge success maintaining its reputation as one of the friendliest shows in Britain.

A film crew from Channel 4 were present at the successful Perth Model Railway Show held at the Dewars Centre in Perth. As ever this popular show attracted a lot of visitors and enthusiasts who really enjoyed the friendly event. I was able to interview the director who told me what they were up to. Watch the full interview here.

Poor weather put a damper on the May Bank Holiday open day. For those people that came they were able to ride the trains without queuing for very long. The weather did improve over the day with afternoon rides taking place in bright sunshine. Takings were down to about half what we took at Easter but everone seemed to have a good time. Perth Model Railway Group showed another of their superb layouts. This one in N guage was modelled on a fictitous German town called Helmstadt.

Glorious weather on Easter Sunday 2019 greated our first Open Day of the year. Large crowds attended with many families bringing picnics. We nearly beat last May’s record day for rides and money collected. Perth Model Railway Group displayed one of their exhibition layouts which was a great success with children and adults alike. Lets hope the next Open Day on May 26th is as great a success. Watch the video below to find out what happened.

On the 1st April 2019 the Perth & District Model Railway Club joined the Scottish Model Engineering Trust. The club has changed its title to the Perth & District Model Railway Group. Located on the site of the Wester Pickston Railway about 3 miles out of Methven in Perthshire the group are building a new clubroom/workshop beside the Wester Pickston ticket office. The group will continue to run the very successful Perth Model Railway Show at the Dewars Centre on the last weekend in June. The Perth Model Railway Club web site has now been incorporated in the Scottish Model Engineering Trust website which has expanded to include sections for Miniature Road Vehicles and the Perth Model Railway Show. We now have to opportunity to establish a centre for modelling excellence and we look forward to many years of friendly growth and co-operation.