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Event Information:

  • Sat

    expoEM Summer 2024

    10:30 amBaildon Recreation Centre, Shipley, BD17 5JH

    expoEM Summer 2024
    A Showcase of the Best in 4mm Railway Modelling

    Due to circumstances beyond our control, and at very short notice, we are no longer able to hold this year’s expoEM Summer at the previously planned and advertised venue in Wakefield.  We are delighted to report that, with the support of Shipley Model Railway Society (SMRS), we have secured an alternate venue at the Baildon Recreation Centre in Shipley. The dates remain as previously established, namely the weekend of 17th/18th 2024. This is the home of the SMRS and some will know that for many years this was the venue for their own annual exhibition.

    On display will be ten finescale layouts representing the best in 4mm scale railway modelling. As usual there will be plenty of opportunity to stock up on modelling supplies with a good range of specialist traders in attendance. In addition, there will be a variety of ‘Show you how’ demonstrations and other special interest society stands. There will also be the EM and P4 test track which now has DCC plus a OO test facility. The EMGS Trade Officer will be in attendance selling amongst other things, the Society’s range of EM track and points, plus the British Finescale pointwork kits. In addition, the ever-popular members’ sales stand will as usual be selling a diverse range of second-hand models, kits and bits. Society apparel will also be available in the form of polo shirts, sweatshirts and modellers aprons.

    NEW Venue

    Baildon Recreation Centre
    Green Lane 
    BD17 5JH

    Opening times:
    Saturday 17th August: 10.30am to 5.00pm
    Sunday 18th August: 10.00am to 4.00pm

    Admission Prices (valid for both days)
    2-Day visitor ticket £11.00
    EMGS Members £9.00
    Accompanied children under 16 - FREE


    Across the Yard (EM) - small North Eastern Railway goods yard - Paul & Nicola Gallon
    Angel Bank (EM) – light railway based on Bitterley Junction in Shropshire - Chris Hewitt
    Braynerts Sidings (P4) - small industrial complex shunting puzzle - Paul Gittins
    Clayton (EM) - GNR Bradford-Queensbury line 1928-1935 (layout under construction) - Shipley MRS
    Eastwood (P4) - LYR station on the Calder Valley Line - South Hants MRC
    High House Colliery (P4) - Cumberland coal mine as operated by the NCB, late 1960s - Roger France
    Llawryglyn (EM) – Cambrian Railways branch in 1910 to 1912 - Richard Loydell
    Merthyr Riverside (EM) – Brecon & Merthyr Railway freight only branch, 1920s - Rob Kinsey
    Roundtrees Sidings (EM) - Tyne & Wear Metro line between 1982 and 1987 - Blyth and Tyne MRS

    Guest Layout

    Guest Layout - Castlefinn  00n3 (12 mm gauge, 4mm ft scale) - 3’ gauge County Donegal Railways station - Chester MRC


    The EMGS EM & P4 Test Track with both DC and DCC running, plus OO test facility.


    Tony Gee – Signalling & Constructing Signals in 4mm scale
    Vernon Harrod - Kit & Scratchbuilt Rolling Stock
    Pete Hill - Converting R-T-R locomotives and Scratchbuilding
    John James – Split frame Chassis Loco Construction
    Geoff Kent - Modelling using Plastikard
    Mick Moore - Scratchbuilding Wagons & Wagon Loads
    Pete Sutherland - Modelling Trees

    Special Interest / Line Societies

    Cumbrian Railways Association
    Great Central Railway Society
    Great Northern Railway Society
    North Eastern Railway Association

    Trade Support

    247 Developments          Alan Gibson
    Bill Hudson Transport Books          C & L Finescale
    CSP Models          Dave Bradwell
    High Level          London Road Models
    Nick Tozer Railway Books          Pre-Grouping Railways
    Squires Tools          Stoneybridge Structures & Model Sounds

    EMGS Trade Stand and Society Apparel

    As usual the EMGS Trade Officer will be there with the stand. However he will not be able to bring all the items stocked because of transport logistics. He will be happy to bring along any pre-ordered items for payment on the day, BUT these must be ordered with a deadline to reach him by 7 days prior to the show. He will be able to take cash, cheques and cards as payment at the show.

    Good stock of polo shirts plus sweatshirts for those winter day - Prices held.

    Accessibility -  Please Note:

    Unfortunately, the leisure centre doesn’t have a lift to the upper floors. All the layouts (with the exception of Clayton), traders and members’ sales will be on the ground floor with level access. Demonstrators, café facilities, toilets and some of the society stands will be located on the first floor or above which are only accessible via the stairs. There will be a portable accessible toilet provided at ground floor level. There will also be a Rest Room off the main hall for the consumption of refreshments.  EMGS marshalls will be available to assist any visitors unable to use stairs to obtain refreshments from the first floor catering area.

    Getting there

    Public Transport

    By bus

    By bus from Shipley, frequent services operated by First Bradford, TLC Travel and the Keighley Bus Company.
    Or use this website. It gives details of buses that stop nearest the venue click on this link:-

    Trains serving Shipley station run to and from Skipton, Ilkley, Leeds and Bradford Forster Square.
    Shipley Railway Station is a 17 minute walk (0.7 mile) via Otley Rd/A6038.

    Details of train times can be found clicking on this link:-

    Live departures from Shipley | National Rail

    Travel by car

    From the M62 J26 take the M606 towards Bradford, then continue on the A650 which becomes Canal Road/A6037 to Shipley, then turn right onto Otley Road/A6038. In Shipley cross the A657, then turn left onto Green Lane. Baildon Recreation Centre is on the left hand side.

    SAT NAV - BD17 5JH

    Free on-site and street parking



    Catering provided by Shipley MRS

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    N.B. Information correct at time of preparation, all exhibits subject to final confirmation.

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