We are having a stand at this weekend’s Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition at the Warwickshire Event Centre from
Thursday October 18th to Sunday 21st October. The venue is near Leamington Spa at the junction of the A425 and B4455, postcode CV31 1XN.
This time we will be exhibiting something very special, a model of the full-size, built by the loco designer himself. In 9 1/2” gauge (the precursor to 10 1/4”) this model built by the designer of the original, in this case an LB&SCR K-Class 2-6-0 designed by L. B. Billinton in 1913. After retirement Billinton built a one sixth replica of the engine he considered his finest design, the model was completed sometime in the 1940s with the intention being to run it on a railway around the estate, a plan cut short by the second war. It was last exhibited at the 1950 Model Engineer Exhibition so this will be a rare opportunity to see and inspect a unique piece of model engineering.
The Ten & a Quarter Inch Gauge Railway Society is an internet based organisation for everyone interested in miniature railways between 8 and 12½ inches. The track gauge of 10¼ inches allows for a wide variety of trains to be constructed and run. The history of this gauge started with private railways and quickly became an option for pleasure railways open to the public.
We will provide a source of information and support for railways principally of 10¼ inch gauge but also for those railways between 8 inch gauge and up to and including 12½ inch gauge who have so far not been covered by other groups.
There are now a number of 10¼ inch gauge public railways which carry very significant passenger numbers. They are spread across the UK from Scotland to Cornwall.