Gloucestershire Transport Events 2017

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

The coaches were painted sky blue - and again this was unheard of at the time as every other coach was painted green or red! Harry, however, wanted the vehicles to be in the same colour as his milk lorriesThe 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 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.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.








Weston Super Mare Model Railway Show at will be held at The Campus, BS24 7DX on 10 September 2017.

Lydney Model Railway Show will be held at Dean Academy, Lydney, on 23 and 24 September 2017


A few technically minded Dwarfs in the Blue Mountains have developed Middle Earth’s first steam locomotives and a railway to link their mines to other communities. The Hobbits were not keen on the technology at first but they are now accepting it, especially as it brings in new supplies of pipe weed and wine. When visiting Hobbiton End, look out for the town band on the platform, the cool store dug into the rockface and the memorial built to Frodo Baggins, the ring bearer himself. It measures 8 x 2 ft.A Model Railway Exhibition for the Three Counties and South Wales organised by the M5/M50 Narrow Gauge Modellers will be held at Tewkesbury School, Ashchurch Road, GL20 8DF ( close to M5 Jcn 9)  from 1000 to 1630 on Saturday 7 October 2017.  Adults £6.00 /  5-15 year olds £3.00.  Full details can be found here but Hobbiton is one of the layouts confirmed.






The Gloucester Model Railway Show will be held at Thomas Keble School, Eastcombe, Stroud, on 21 and 22 October 2017


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)






Thornbury Model Railway Show will be held at The Chantry, Thornbury, on 18 and 19 November 2017.





















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.Hucclecote Model Railway Show 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 18 June 2018.  Admission £4.00, accompanied children free.  Runport St Nicola featured in the 2017 show but at the time of writing attractions have yet to be announced.















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