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  • Sat

    expoEM Spring 2022

    10.30 - 17.30Bracknell Leisure Centre

    expoEM Spring
    Saturday 10.30am to 5.30pm 14th May
    Sunday 10.00am to 4.30pm 15th May
    Bracknell Leisure Centre

    Members £8.00 Visitors £10.00
    (Ticket is valid for both days)


    Confirmed Layouts as of March 2022

    • Dewerstone (EM)  GWR 1930s - Steve Sims
    • Sidmouth (P4) BR (S) 1950s East Devon - Richard Harper
    • Kirkmellington (EM) Scottish Colliery Branch 1970s - Graham Bucknell
    • South Pelaw (EM)   BR North Eastern 1950s - The South Pelaw Group
    • Plumpton Green (P4)  LBSCR c.1910 - Barry Luck
    • Westcliff (EM)   GWR ‘what might have been’ 1920s - Richard Butler
    • Pwllheli (P4)   GWR Cambrian line terminus 2000 - 2012 era - Ian & Jonathan Buckie
    The six finalists from the Chairman's Challenge

    Chitterne - Richard Simpson - Sarum Finescale Group
    Lochty - Andrew Cundick
    Quarry Lane - Gwynne Chivers
    Severn Lane - Alan Jones
    Stonehouse St James - Andrew Ullyott
    West End Drift - Graham Hudson

    Guest layout
    Foston Mills - 7mm  NER East Riding Yorkshire - Electric Loft Ladder Company
    247 Developments           Alan Gibson
    Bill Hudson Transport Books           Branchlines               Brassmasters
    C & L Finescale Track Building Systems                         Dingo Servo Mounts
    Eileen’s Emporium           High Level Kits        Isinglass Models
    Judith Edge Kits     London Road Models    Mike King (Southern drawings)
    Model Railway Developments           Prickley Pear Products
    Roger Carpenter Photographs Roxey Mouldings Steam Age
    Stoneybridge Structures & Model Sounds      Suttons Locomotive Works
    Transport Treasury Publishing        Wild Swan Books Ltd
    (Ambis Engineering is unable to attend due to medical & logistical reasons)
    EMGS Trade Stand and Society Apparel
    Visiting Societies
    Great Western Study Group     -     MERG (Model Electronic Railway Group)     -     Missenden Railway Modellers

    Karl Crowther - Signal construction
    Tony Gee - EM the Manchester way (Featuring some of Sid Stubbs rolling stock)
    Vernon Harrod - Kit and scratch-built Coaches and other rolling stock
    Chris Hewitt - Resin Casting and Moulding
    Ray Hodson - Resistance Soldering
    Mick Moore Wagons - and their loads (See MRJ 238/39/241)
    Ian Rathbone - Painting & Lining
    Roger Sawyer - Soldering for beginners
    Phil Tattershall - Bull-head Trackwork construction
    Graham Vickery - Architectural Modelling
    Geoff Kent - Modelling in plasticard

    EMGS Test Track
    Members Sales stand

    The Centre catering service will be offering sandwiches, paninis, tea, coffee etc. Regrettably there will be no hot food available as after privatisation the kitchen was closed down, as was the licensed bar.  As an alternative there is a Harvester pub, The Horse & Groom, by the roundabout at Devonshire Way. There is also a large Sainsbury’s Superstore on the A322 about 1/2 mile towards the M3 which has a Starbucks serving, we are told, their usual fare plus paninis, sandwiches, etc.  A short walk from the Centre is a petrol station which has a Waitrose shop attached stocking sandwiches, pies, confectionery etc.  A little further on there is KFC with upstairs seating available. The town centre has a number of eating places including The Old Manor, a Wetherspoons pub, although the town centre is quite a walk away.
    Failing that you could, of course, bring your own.

    Getting there

    By Car:
    M3 Junction 3 (5 miles) take the A322 - Bagshot and Bracknell direction.  M4 Junction 10 (4 miles) take the A329(M) and continue on A329 (Berkshire Way) to the “Twin Bridges Roundabout”. Take the A3095 exit (Devonshire Way) for 1/3 mile until the roundabout at Bagshot Road (A322). Follow the brown tourist signs to the “Sports Centre”. There is free car parking on site.
    By Train:
    The Sports & Leisure Centre is a short walk from Bracknell station (about 1/2 mile).  Direct services are provided by South Western Railways to/from London, Waterloo and Reading every 30 minutes during the weekend.  Connections at Reading for Cross Country and Great Western Railways services.
    It would be wise to check for engineering works especially for Sunday travel.
    By Bus:
    All routes operate from Bracknell Bus Station (adjacent to the railway station)  Saturday. Routes 4, 171 (return) 172 (out), 194 to and from the Sports/Leisure Centre: all routes operate every 20/30 minutes.  Sunday. Same routes operate to and from the Sports/Leisure Centre operating approximately hourly. Google Bracknell Bus Routes for more detail.
    Greenline Bus. Route 702 operates a direct service between London Victoria and Bracknell daily every hour. Check with Greenline Buses for times.



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