Models and Miniatures: 20th - 21st June 2015
Over the weekend of Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st June, we will be holding our very first 'Models & Miniatures' themed event with smaller scale model attractions up and down the line.
At Totnes Littlehempston station, a specially erected tent on the platform will host a Thomas the Tank Engine model railway display and there will be an OO gauge display in the 'Monster' van in the bay platform, as well as some Post Office memorabilia.
At Staverton station, the large waiting room will see "Products of Binns Road" - a striking display of Hornby O and OO gauge items made in Binns Road, Liverpool by the legendary Hornby company, as well as some of their Meccano products, along with a few other model brands. There will also be a second hand sales stand of model vehicles and railway items.
And at Buckfastleigh, the miniature railway around the grounds and South Devon Garden Railway Group will both be operating, along with a layout of the old Ashburton station in the museum, plus an OO gauge layout in the shop and an N gauge layout in the Refreshment Rooms.
Buckfastleigh will also host some quarter scale traction engines, two static seven and a quarter inch gauge steam locomotives and a rare OO9 gauge model railway layout. There will also be two dioramas in OO gauge with layouts of Buckfastleigh and Staverton stations.
There will be the chance to ride on a vintage omnibus around the Buckfastleigh site, which is suitable for up to 15 children in one go, at just £1 a ride. Our own red Routemaster London double-decker bus will also be running around the town.
And, in the Picnic coach, Paul Dimmock is bringing his 15ft x 6ft OO fine scale model railway layout, and the City of Plymouth Boat Club will be bringing a display too.
For this weekend only, there will be a second-hand, 'bring & buy' sale in our shop.
The blue two train timetable will be running featuring a mixture of steam and diesel power, and visitors will receive a map and programme of events upon arrival. All attractions are, of course, subject to availability.
Binns Road, Liverpool
Model railways have been popular with children of all ages now for over 100 years and, in 1914, Frank Hornby built a new factory in Binns Road in Liverpool in order to cope with the growing demand for his popular Meccano and model railway products.
For the next 60 years, Binns Road was the home of all of Hornby products and his models were the start of many a schoolboys' fascination with railways.