Gloucestershire Transport Events 2017

2017 looks like being an exciting year in Gloucestershire and the counties surrounding it as these transport events reveal.


Fairplay 1 also has the Maritime Mobile Service Identity 305542000. Each MMSI is a series of nine digits which are sent in digital form over a radio channel in order to uniquely identify ship stations, ship earth stations earth, coast stations, coast earth stations, and group calls. These identities are formed in such a way that the identity or part thereof can be used by telephone and telex subscribers connected to the general telecommunications network to call ships automatically. Within Fairplay 1’s MMSI, the first digit, 3, stands for North and Central America and the Carribbean ( including Antigua and Barbuda) while the three trailing zeros indicate that the ship is fitted with an Inmarsat B, C or M ship earth station, or it is expected to be so equipped in the foreseeable future.The South West Ship Show will be held at Gordano School Community Trust Sports Centre, St Mary’s Road, Portishead, Bristol, BS20 7QR on Saturday 22 April 2017.  Exhibitors and traders from across the UK will be present with books, photos, postcards, model boats, collectables, ephemera, boat kits and artwork.  Admission £ 3.00, Concessions £ 2.00, under 12s free.  Full details from







The 17th International Plastic Modelling Society (IPMS) Gloucester Show will be held at Churchdown Community Centre, Parton Road, Churchdown GL3 2JH from 1000 to 1630 on Sunday 14 May 2017.  Admission £3.50, £1.50 Senior Citizens and accompanied children aged 15 and under.  Expect the usual very high standard of Club displays, special interest groups, traders and refreshments.






The six Grumman Lunar Modules - originally termed Lunar Excursion Modules by NASA and often referred to as LEMs - that they used were all slightly different from each other and so the left hand side of my lunar diorama was an attempt to portray the typical equipment of an early Apollo (H-Class) Moon landing rather than replicate a specific mission down to the last footprint in the dust.StowRail 2017 will be held from 1030 to 1630 on Sunday 21 May 2017 at  St Edward’s Hall, The Square, Stow on the Wold, GL54 1JX  Adults £2.50, children under 16 free. Attractions will include the layouts Aldbourne, Dent, Derwent Road, El Cremallera, Made Upton, Rolvenden, and Ryedown Lane as well as Goes Like A Rocket (pictured)








Before the Manchester Ship Canal could be completed in 1894 the (fictional) aristocratic owner of the salt marshes between Ince and the River Mersey insisted on an aqueduct under, rather than a swing bridge over, the canal to be built to offer “free and unfettered” access between them and his oil refinery and model town of Runport St Nicola. A Midland Railway branch from there to Helsby then lined Runport St Nicola and its refinery with docks on the marshes. When the docks fell out of use in the 1990s they were filled in and the site became a regional airport for Liverpool and Cheshire – often used for diversionary landings from North America, Ireland and the Isle of Man. The variety of visible trains at the start of the 21st Century reflects this.Hucclecote Model Railway Exhibition will be held at Hucclecote Methodist Church, Caribrooke Road, Hucclecote, Gloucester GL3 3QP – on the Number 10 bus route from Gloucester to Cheltenham – from 1000 to 1700 on Saturday 17 June 2017.  Admission £3.00, accompanied Children £1.50.  Attractions will include a buffet and layouts in gauges 0 to N including Runport St Nicola, Hergest, Penbooney, Cherrington, Puggle Dock and Wellington Street.






The annual Model Steam Road Vehicle Society Rally will be held at Tewkesbury Rugby Club, Gander Lane, Tewkesbury, on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 June 2017.  Look out for Ming Ing (4mm scale) in the model tent.



The Gloucestershire Steam Extravaganza will be held at South Cerney Aerodrome, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, on  Friday 4, Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 August 2017.  Look out for Goes Like A Rocket in the Model Tent.




The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway will hold its third annual Heritage Diesel Weekend between Friday 24 and Sunday 26 July 2015. Among the attractions will be the Bury Hydraulic Group's blue liveried Class 35 Hymek D7076 and my 4mm scale diorama Ming Ing among a number of model railway layouts in the diesel locomotive shed at Toddington.The Autumn 2017 Cheltenham GWR Modellers Exhibition in aid of the Pied Piper Appeal and sponsored by Cheltenham Model Centre will be held at St. Margaret’s Hall, Coniston Road, Hatherley, Cheltenham, GL51 3NU from 1000 on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 October 2017. Admission: £4 adults, £2.50 children.  £9 family (2 adults + 2 children under 14 years). Layouts will include (0 Gauge) Mooreswater (P4 Gauge)  Allt-y-Graban Road, Hillside Exchange (00 Gauge) Alkerton Road, Bishop Street Yard, Elderdyke for Clogger, Minehead, Thomas.  (3mm)  Chipping Compton, Three Acres.  4mm static displays will include Ming Ing (pictured)



















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