Crewe Heritage Centre's 2010 season kicks off with a gala weekend celebrating the 1980s. Including BR Blue trains (real and model), 1980s road vehicles, early computers (remember life before the interwebby?) and much more.
Among other layouts Cheshire Railway Modellers' OO modules will be at the event. The provisional line up for the layout is as follows:
1. Cheshire Lines Junction - The left hand fiddleyard with a short scenic section representing a town centre station.
2. Echo Beach - The line here runs along a sea wall inspired by Dawlish (attendance not confirmed yet).
3. Park Hall Halt - The real Park Hall Halt closed in 1966, but modellers' licence means it still sees trains in OO scale.
4. East Cheam - Urban scenery encroaches on the railway as it runs through South London.
5. Non-scenic fiddleyard section (to terminate loco hauled trains).
6. Scrappwood - A single track branch has been truncated here, so only DMUs can be seen this far along the line.
Photos of these, and other, modules can be seen on this link.
To celebrate our 2010 season's opening at the Heritage Centre there will be a Real Ale Bar in refreshments room in North Junction Signal Box manned by CAMRA members.
Mmmm, beer! This was pointed out to me by the event organiser, Rory Kenny, when I met him at the Heritage Centre yesterday to discuss this event. Unfortunately I will be driving and unable to avail myself of CAMRA's hospitality but I can tell those of you over 18 that Crewe bus station is within easy staggering distance of the venue, the railway station is a bit further though, especially if it's a case of two steps forward and one step back.