Model Railway Exhibition -
29th/30th June 2013
first time in a number of years, Honeywood Museum played host to a Model
Railways exhibition over the weekend of 29th and 30th June. Featuring
Croydon Model Railway Society and
Carshalton & Sutton
Model Railway Club the weekend was a great success, as the two reports
(with thanks to Peter Wood of the Croydon MRS) clearly illustrate!!
‘Tramlink’ at Honeywood Museum, Carshalton David
By all accounts the railway themed weekend of 29th
/30th June at the Honeywood Museum was a
great success. Jane Howard, the Curator, seemed well
pleased at the ‘close of play’ on the Sunday evening
and may well wish to hold a similar exhibition
The event was held in collaboration with Carshalton
& Sutton Model Railway Club, who exhibited one of
their layouts, and Croydon MRS who exhibited
‘Hemlock’, Avon Sidings’ and ‘Croydon Tramlink’ and
Ray Butler’s private layout ‘Tarttila’.
Spread throughout a number of rooms on two floors,
the museum provides a fascinating history of
Carshalton and its surrounding area. On the railway
theme there was an interesting display of early 20th
Century photos of the railway through Waddon,
Carshalton and Sutton, assembled on the snooker
table in the largest room on the ground floor. In
the same room was ‘Avon Sidings’ which seemed to be
providing plenty of entertainment for the younger
visitors attempting the ‘shunting puzzle’.
Honeywood Museum overlooks the
well-known ponds at Carshalton
The railway theme
was continued on the back lawn under a large gazebo
where a plentiful supply of paints, paint brushes
and paper glue was available to ‘youngsters’ of all
ages to colour outline pictures of various trains,
or glue pre-cut card parts together to build their
own loco. This area was well patronised throughout
the event, as observed by the ‘Tramlink’ team in the
room overlooking the garden.
The ‘Tramlink’ layout, not having been out for over
two years, needed much TLC before being exhibited.
It ran almost faultlessly during the two days and
was well received by a steady flow of visitors, with
plenty of questions asked, especially regarding
possible extensions to the Croydon system. These
were prompted by the fact that various extensions
have already been completed or are in progress on
other UK systems, particularly in Manchester.
Probably the only answer to that question at the
moment is that our neighbouring boroughs and Boris
(Mayor of London) fully support an extension to
Crystal Palace provided the money is available. But
when and where is that money? Answers on a
Hardly anybody commented on our tram remaining
in the original red/white livery. I think they
accepted that the diorama was a snapshot in time.
One visitor proudly pointed to his office window on
the fourth floor of St Anne House.
I wish to thank Ron H, Don C, Kieran H and Peter W
for their support in transporting and manning the
layout at various times throughout the two-day
at Honeywood with ‘Hemlock’ Richard Preece
For me the weekend
started just after lunch on Friday when I arrived at
the club, though I wasn’t the first there. Mike and
I had to pack Hemlock and then load it in the car.
When Avon Sidings was loaded they went off to clear
the area and we helped load Tramlink and then
followed them to avoid the Friday afternoon traffic.
Unfortunately this did not work as we got caught by
traffic lights and then I missed Ron showing me a
We actually reached our destination first but as
they had two cars we moved off to find somewhere to
park which we found in a pub car park. So we took
advantage of their beer festival and arrived at the
museum at booked arrival time and unloaded Hemlock
and were helped up the dogleg staircase to our room,
where, with help, we put Hemlock up, and then headed
off to a prior engagement.
I decided to go by bus Saturday morning and had
cleaned the track by the time Mike arrived with the
stock and a controller. We finished the set up and
got things working well by the time the Museum
opened its doors.
We had a lot of interest from the visitors and were
kept going by frequent cups of drink and biscuits.
Unfortunately we had under estimated the available
members so we had to have a short break sitting
outside the French windows on the dwarf wall to have
a sandwich break. We did have visitors in the
afternoon from the club but didn’t manage to
persuade them to have a go so that one of us could
have a break and in my case rest my voice from
answering lots of questions.
<<< This a glimpse of Oak Hill
Depot, a fine 4mm DCC layout
Sunday I took the
car to bring the layout back in the evening and was
much the same as Saturday though with I thought not
so many visitors.
We were grateful for Alan coming up to rather
apprehensively take over operating so that we could
have alternative lunch breaks and have a little
longer break We eventually managed to prize the
controller out of his hand in the middle of the
afternoon, we tend to watch and can usually spot
when someone is getting tired.
Highlights or worries over the weekend were the two
boys with their parents who did not seem to
understand “do not touch”, however their parents
eventually managed to regain control and took them
With some help from Chris and Neil and the Curator
we managed to get Hemlock dropped and down so that
she could close up at 6:00pm.
We then drove back to the Club and managed to get
the cars unloaded and we were all away by 7.00 pm. I
think a good weekend was had by all.
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