There is a distinct Borders flavour to this weekend’s Hawick and District Railway Society Border Rail Model Railway Exhibition.
Two of the visiting layouts feature local places, with Edinburgh and Lothians MRC exhibiting the 28ft long ‘Newcastleton’, depicting the station and the level crossing in days of steam on the Waverley route. The Border Counties line branched off the Waverley route at Riccarton Junction and meandered through many little stations including ‘Kielder Forest’, which is on show by the Northeast and Borders Area EM Group.
Also visiting is ‘Brucklay’, which has been featured in the model railway press, and is set in the west country of British railways in the late sixties. A little further north, ‘Scorbiton’ is a town in the Shropshire countryside in the 1980s with a fine mix of diesel-hauled trains passing through the bustling station.
‘Carron Grove’ is a busy station in Scotland in N gauge, and with a four-road station and nearby motive power depot there should be lots to see. There are also four fine layouts on show from club members including ‘Glenkomish 2’ set in New Zealand, and ‘Nalastram’, a freight terminal and terminal station running trains similar to those on the North Berwick branch just a few years ago.
For the historians, Alex Cunningham has a moving display of his old Hornby 3 rail collection entitled ‘Grandad’s Trains’, and then there is the ‘Magic Roundabout’ attending its 30th Border Rail event and still loved by the kids.
The show, which is being held in the old baths, is open tomorrow (Saturday) 10am to 5pm and 10am to 4pm on Sunday. There will be several trade stands and cafeteria facilities. Entry is £3.50 for adults, £2.50 for pensioners, and £2 for children.