Record entries for Hollycombe Model Weekend on Sat 1st and Sun 2nd Sept!
Modellers of many disciplines will gather at the Hollycombe Working Steam Museum over the weekend of 1st-2nd September for the museum’s Model Weekend. The event, held on the museum’s site near Liphook on the Hampshire/West Sussex border, has grown rapidly in the few years that it has been held, and this weekend, just after the Great Dorset Steam Fair, is proving very popular with exhibitors.
Currently there are some 37 miniature traction engines booked in, ranging from a 2in. scale Fowler BB1 ploughing engine with 6 furrow anti-balance plough right up to a 6” half size shown traction engine.
A working miniature display area is planned with a 3” Marshall portable driving a baler and a 4.5” Burrell traction engine driving a rack saw bench, cutting timber. The popular Grand Parade and line up of the miniature steamers is planned each afternoon in front of the station building, creating a wonderful photo opportunity.
Eight model railway layouts of various scales will compete for attention – from N, G, OO and 16mm Live Steam, with support coming from the Solent & West Sussex Group of The G Scale Society, the Astolat Model Railway group from Guildford and Ian Redman’s Small ‘N’ Working N Gauuge Model railway layouts. There will also be a large number of working fairground models; circus and fire engine models, plus model lorries, buses and planes, and even a model-knitted village!
The resident Liphook Modellers Club will have their clubhouse open with a display of some of their members models, whilst there will be a number of visiting engines running on the museum’s 7¼in. gauge Garden Railway.
New for 2018 will de displays from the Southern Armour Group, with various radio controlled military models touring the site, plus the presence of the Portsmouth Model Boat Display team, who will be bringing their WW2 French village model tank battle display, complete with pyrotechnics, with shows planned each afternoon.
‘The Hollycombe Model Weekend gives an opportunity for a great day out’ says Hollycombe Trustee Brian Gooding. ‘A number of the exhibits are under cover and can be enjoyed whatever the weather. With the schools about to go back we hope everyone will enjoy the ‘last hurrah’ of the summer holidays.’
There is no added charge to visit the Model Weekend, and Hollycombe’s Fairground and Steam Railway rides will be open. Families can experience the world’s first white-knuckle ride, the Razzle Dazzle, and famous ‘Big Wheel’, which offers fabulous views over the South Downs National Park. Other steam rides include the recently restored Steam Boat and Gallopers, and with perennial favourites the Hall of Mirrors, Austin Cars and Chair-o-Planes, Hollycombe will offer an enjoyable stroll down Memory Lane.
Admission to Hollycombe is £16 adults; £14 seniors or £12 child, with family saver tickets available, offering unlimited rides on the Fairground. Tickets for the Model Weekend entitle complimentary return visits to Hollycombe on most open days for one year, including the atmospheric Fairground at Night staged on Saturdays 15, 22 and 29 September and 6, 13, and 20 October 2018. For more info, please call 01428 724900, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.hollycombe.co.uk