|Posted on June 27, 2012 at 11:20 AM|
It is nearly Showtime again, but this time Leeds WeeklynHill spreads it wings and ventures into new (but familiar) territory, for thefirst time Leeds Weeklyn Hill will actually exist in Leeds! We are off to theMiddleton Railway’s excellent show to stand alongside some of Leeds oldIndustrial Locomotives. There will be 14 layouts there from N to O gauge and a few traders to tempt you. In addition there will be full size trains running - even the chance to drive one if you have a spare fiver!
One personal highlight will be the chance to see (albeitnon-operationally) the Railways LNER Sentinel Shunter No; 54, this engine hasbeen a personal favourite of mine since reading about its amazing feat oftackling the NYMR’s 1 in 49 gradient pulling a single coach. It was thisthat lead to me producing a model of the Sentinel for Microsoft Train Simulatorand naturally when Model Rail produced the model in collaboration with Dapol it was a forgone conclusion No; 54 would be produce one day.
This model was unsurprisingly purchased as soon as announcedand thanks to Howes Models is fitted with a sound chip. This model will be onthe layout all weekend but is not planned as part of the sequence, instead itwill be on prominent display on the cleaning road and will only move on receiptof a donation – I should point out here all money received will be given to the Middleton Railway to aid the restoration of the real No; 54 so if you do attend the show please donate as you will be helping a good cause.
Full details can be found on Middleton Railway's Website well worth attending if you are in the area.