38th Uckfield Model Railway Exhibition - 21st/22nd October 2023


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Incorporating Scalefour Southeast and the Iain Rice Extravaganza

Organised by the Uckfield Model Railway Club.

Civic Approach
East Sussex
TN22 1AE

Saturday 21st October 2023
Sunday 22nd October 2023

Open 10am till 5pm both days.

The 2023 Uckfield Model Railway Exhibition will once again be featuring a selection of some of the best quality layouts around. There will be full trade support as well as Demonstration and Society stands. Licensed Restaurant within the Civic Centre will be open throughout the weekend. There will be bacon/sausage baps for early arrivals to purchase - from 9am.

This year see the inclusion of Scalefour Southeast, a new Scalefour Society regional event. Featuring the Society's Publicity Stand and the Scalefour Stores, along with five P4 layouts and a full schedule of demonstrations that should appeal to railway modellers of all scales and skills.

As a tribute to the well known railway modeller and author who passed away last year, we will be holding the Iain Rice Extravaganza featuring no less than five 4mm/ft finescale layouts which were constructed by him or in which he was a major contributor. Those confirmed as attending include Butley Mills, Debenham Cade's Green, Hepton Wharf, Trerice and Longwood Edge. We also expect to have on display a selection of Iain's North Cornwall stock, built for his layout Tregarrick. This will probably be the only time these layouts will appear together - an opportunity not to be missed.

The show has its usual eclectic mix of layouts, with of the 20 layouts scheduled to attend there will no less than 13 different scale/gauge combinations represented. Standard, broad and narrow gauge British. Irish, Continental and American prototypes.

List of layouts expected:

Northport Quay - 7mm/ft scale 36.75mm gauge (0-36.75)
Compact Irish broad gauge terminus by David Holman, Kent - second exhibition.
Wenford Dries - 7mm/ft scale 31.5mm gauge (finescale 0)
Minimum space Cornish industrial layout by Pete Matcham, London - exhibition debut.
Bedlam Brewery - 7mm/ft scale 16.5mm gauge (0-16.5)
Narrow gauge industrial brewery scene by Andrew Dancy, East Sussex.
Tony's Forest - 7mm/ft scale 14mm gauge (0-14)
Narrow gauge forestry layout by Robin Edwards, Gloucestershire.
Arcadia - 1:64 scale 0.884in gauge (S)
Light railway terminus inspired by the Rother Valley Railway, constructed by Richard Barton, Herefordshire - BRM Mar. 2023.
Debenham, Cade's Green - 4mm/ft scale 18.83mm gauge (P4)
Iain Rice's home layout portraying a Great Eastern byway. presented by the North Norfolk Area Group of the Scalefour Society - MRJ 250.
Faringdon - 4mm/ft scale 18.83mm gauge (P4)
Prototypical Oxfordshire GWR branch line terminus by Rex Davidson, Shropshire - BRM Jun. 2018 and MRJs 77, 240, 270, 273, 275 & 280.
Hepton Wharf - 4mm/ft scale 18.83mm gauge (P4)
L&Y branch line layout constructed as a 'build a layout in a weekend' challenge at the 1983 Scaleforum, presented by the South Hants MRC.
Longwood Edge - 4mm/ft scale 18.83mm gauge (P4)
Joint LNWR and L&Y large cameo layout built by Iain Rice and Don Leeper, presented by the South Hants MRC - second exhibition.
Trerice - 4mm/ft scale 18.83mm gauge (P4)
Cornish industrial scene constructed by Iain Rice, presented by the East Somerset Modellers - MRJ 213.
Butley Mills - 4mm/ft scale 18.2mm gauge (EM)
Iain Rice's East Suffolk Light Railway layout, renovated, modified and regauged by Andy Vincent, Hampshire - MRJ 9.
Shwt - 4mm/ft scale 18.2mm gauge (EM)
BR late crest (1965) western region South Wales backwater by the TLF Group, South Glamorgan - BRM Jul. 2020 and Model Rail's GBMR No 8.
Ewe - 4mm/ft scale 16.5mm gauge (00)
Bucolic East Anglian minimum space layout by Rob Gunstone, Cardiff - BRM Oct. 2022.
College Halt - 4mm/ft scale 16.5mm gauge (00)
Light Railway through station by the Uckfield College Model Railway Club - BRM Nov. 2023.
Rodmell Green - 4mm/ft scale 9mm gauge (00-9)
Small narrow gauge cement works railway by Allen Etheridge, West Sussex - exhibition debut.
Kamiack Falls - 3.5mm/ft scale 16.5mm gauge (H0)
1970s Burlington Northern single track American scene by Antony Quinlan & Graeme Wheeler, Middlesex - CM Apr. & Jul. 2022.
Cessy-en-Bois - 3.5mm/ft scale 16.5mm gauge (H0)
French SNCF goods yard layout built by Chris Baker, displayed by Oly Turner & Chris Matthews, Kent - exhibition debut - CM Oct. 2023.
Foxbury - 3mm/ft scale 12mm gauges (TT)
Mid 1950s former GWR terminus layout set in the Cotswolds by Bob Brown, Gloucestershire - RM Apr. 2022.
Banbury - 1:148 scale 9mm gauge (British N)
Present day busy cross country through station by Ian Lampkin, Surrey - RM Railway of the Month Nov. 2014.
Moretonhampstead - 2mm/ft scale 9.42mm gauge (2mm finescale)
Prototypical Devon GWR branch line terminus by Peter Warren, Suffolk - MRJ 285.

Trade expected at the present time:

C&L Finescale Track Building Systems - suppliers of finescale trackwork and components
Cambrian Model Rail - 4mm wagon kits and 16mmNG parts, stockists of straight wire from Eileen's Emporium
Compass Model Railways - local model shop with very extensive range of accessories and ready to run rolling stock
Dart Castings - miniature figures and model railway vehicle detailing parts
Dingo Servo Mounts - servo mounts and control boards
Golden Arrow Productions - resin kits for Southern prototypes and suppliers of bowpens for lining
Green Scene - all your scenic needs
Matthew Cousins GRA - railway artist, known for his views of the Bluebell Railway
Model Railway Developments - detailing components and accessories
Monk's Gate Models - detailed scenic accessories for 7mm scale
Plus Daughters - N gauge specialist stocking British, Continental and American ready to run
Rail-Books - all the latest books and publications
Roger Jones - second hand ready to run
Roxey Mouldings - etched kits in both 4mm and 7mm scales
Scalefour Stores - supplies for the discerning modeller including 4mm Dingham couplings
Severn Models - etched scenic buildings and accessories in 2mm, 4mm and 7mm scales
Squires Model & Craft Tools - wide range of tools, glues and raw materials for the modeller
South Eastern Finecast - 4mm scale locomotive kits and scenic builders sheets
The Wagon Yard - specialist in N and 00 rolling stock
W.M. Collectables - extensive range of second hand ready to run


Roger Sawyer - Soldering For Beginners (Sat & Sun).
Paul Harding-Maggs - 2mm & 4mm scale scenery, buildings and figures (Sat & Sun)
Mike Ainsworth - Converting RTR Locomotives to P4 (Sat am & Sun pm).
Bob Cummings - Building P4 Turnouts, Including Ply & Rivet (Sat am).
James Walters - Moving to P4, Starting in 4mm Finescale (Sat am & Sun pm).
Chris Ellis - Alex Jackson Couplings (Sat pm).
Ben Mason - Locomotive & Wagon Suspension (Sat pm & Sun pm).
Jeremy Good - Converting RTR Wagons to P4 (Sat pm).
Jeremy Good - Introducing British Finescale P4 Turnout Kits (Sun am).
Roger Barron - Wagon Suspensions and Detailing (Sun am).
David Lowe - CAD and 3D Printing (Sun am).


Iain Rice's North Cornwall Stock for Tregarrick - display stand
Uckfield Model Railway Club - membership and information stand
Bentley Miniature Railway - 7.25 inch gauge ground level line in the East Sussex countryside - publicity stand.
Scalefour Society - membership stand and Scalefour Jubilee Layout Challenge display

Public access to the Civic Centre is via either the free High Street car park (Civic Approach), or the Tesco Superstore. The venue is also only three minutes walk away from both the railway and bus stations.

Additional car parking at the station car park - with kind arrangement of Network Rail and APCOA this is now free over the weekend.

More information and layout pictures at Uckfield Model Railway Exhibition 2023
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Flying Squad
That's a really cracking selection of layouts - one I would have been interested in, if you weren't a 5+hr drive away!!:'(

Steve 73A

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Scalefour South East
Part of the Uckfield Model Railway Exhibition
21st & 22nd October 2023

Have you got Scaleforum 'blues' after the brilliant show last weekend?

Looking for your next inspiration?

Then Scalefour South East is for you with the Scalefour Stores, demonstrations by local Area Groups and the Society Stand in attendance.
Part of the excellent Uckfield exhibition. and with a special tribute to the late Iain Rice with at least 5 of his layouts, it's not to be missed.

Download the guide attached.

Please note that there is one change from the Guide listing.

Unfortunately Robin Marsh is unable to present his Weathering demonstration on the Sunday morning (10:00 – 13:30).

I am very pleased that another member of the Marshlink Finescale Area Group has stepped in to fill the slot.

David Lowe will be showing his modelling using CAD and 3D Printing.

See you there :thumb


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Western Thunderer
I find amongst very fine company indeed. As well as looking forward to operating EWE, I'm looking forward to seeing the Iain Rice related exhibits.

Here's a reminder of the modest contribution that myself and Ewe will be making.



Hope to see some of you there.



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Please note that there is one change from the Guide listing.

Unfortunately Robin Marsh is unable to present his Weathering demonstration on the Sunday morning (10:00 – 13:30).

I am very pleased that another member of the Marshlink Finescale Area Group has stepped in to fill the slot.

David Lowe will be showing his modelling using CAD and 3D Printing.

OP updated.


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Unfortunately the Uckfield College MRC's layout Ettington Verso is not going to be ready for the show, so they are going to be bringing College Halt instead. An eight page article on the layout features in the latest issue of BRM (November 2023).

OP updated.


Western Thunderer
Unfortunately I can't be there, but if the operation is as quarter as good as the modelling it will be excellent indeed. I have a real soft spot for French railways (say's the bloke whose Avatar is taken alongside the Strasbourg to Colmar line!) and this model is just so evocative of them, truly great modelling.

Have a great exhibition



Western Thunderer
This layout is justification alone for the drive to get there. Hoping very much we can make it.

What Simon said. If I can get over there (we've a newborn in the house, Uckfield for an afternoon should be ok, assuming I can find transport...).



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Just been asked by BCN-Pete to update the Wenford Dries entry in the OP with its correct gauge. It is actually 31.5mm (finescale 0) so as to improve the appearance and running whilst still using ready-to-run stock.

Just checked the Exhibition Guide proof copy and it's correctly listed there - phew!

Talking of the Guide, it's grown to 40 pages this year and has a track-plan and photograph for every one of the twenty layouts - only a £1 on the door.



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Just a reminder that if the town centre car parks are busy the Uckfield Railway Station Car Park, which is a short walk away from the Civic Centre, will be free to use over the weekend courtesy of Network Rail and APCOA.

See below a map of the centre of Uckfield and the relative locations of the station car park - and of course the station - and the Civic Centre.

directions from station.jpg

Regards Adrian

Joe's Garage

Western Thunderer
Sounds like it will be a great exhibition, but like others I am too far away.
A lovely ensemble of IR's work, but I was intrigued to find out where the Boston and Albany HO US layout went. Does anyone know, "something" Bluff I believe.