Fife Modellers Cross the Forth as Model Railway Exhibition returns to Edinburgh

Ray Nolton, a resident of Dalgetty Bay and member of the Scalefour Society’s East of Scotland 4mm Group, has built a highly detailed model of a typical rail served Scottish industrial site, as it might have looked in the 1950s/60s, called ‘Union Mills’

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Although Ray has adopted a scale of 1:76, the most popular scale for model railways, all of Ray’s track has been hand built and uses an accurate track gauge for the scale, without some of the compromises of ready to run models.

This model railway layout will be on display in Edinburgh on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 June 2024, where the Edinburgh and Lothians Miniature Railway Club (E&LMRC) are holding their first model railway exhibition for many years in the Senior School Assembly Hall at George Watson’s College, Colinton Road, Edinburgh.

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Ray’s work will be on display between 10am and 5pm each day and Ray said, “I’m really looking forward to exhibiting at this event”.

A locomotive leaves Union Mills with no traffic today.A locomotive leaves Union Mills with no traffic today.
A locomotive leaves Union Mills with no traffic today.

The Glenrothes Model Railway Club (MRC) will also be attending the same exhibition, with their recreation of a fictional part of the East Coast Mainline known as Levenbank, in a smaller scale than Ray has used, which has allowed them to portray a large expansive scene with four tracks, catering for both faster and slower moving trains at the same time.

John Richmond, the E&LMRC Treasurer, and fellow Dalgetty Bay resident, said:“We have attended the annual Glenrothes MRC show for many years and will be exhibiting again this year at The Lomond Centre, Glenrothes on the 11/12 May 2024, so it’s great that the members of Glenrothes MRC are able to display their craftsmanship at our own new venture in Edinburgh as well."

In total, this new exhibition in Edinburgh will feature 13 layouts from across Scotland in five different scales/gauges with six traders and two societies also attending.

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Overview of the United Mills yard with a train ready to depart.Overview of the United Mills yard with a train ready to depart.
Overview of the United Mills yard with a train ready to depart.
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club’s secretary said: “I ’ m grateful to all our traders for their support and confidence in launching this new exhibition in Edinburgh, allowing us to create a fun day out for collectors, enthusiasts, and families alike, with something on offer for all ages and interests."

One of these traders is Dunfermline-based Lathalmond Models.

Ross Cameron, owner of Lathalmond Models said: “it is great to be able to support Edinburgh & Lothians Miniature Railway Club in bringing a great hobby nearly back into the centre of the city. As a trader we have a selection of models to suit all ages and budget, so please come along, enjoy the layouts, and speak to the clubs who will be more than happy to help."

There will be a chance to operate one of the layouts yourself thanks to the Dundee Model Railway Club, who will be bringing ‘Dain’s Yard’: a small layout to allow you to practise your shunting skills.

Pipes being shunted at Union Mills.Pipes being shunted at Union Mills.
Pipes being shunted at Union Mills.
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The venue is fully accessible for all and there will be an on-site café serving a selection of hot and cold food and drinks to allow you to make this a great day out. T

here will also be a raffle with more than £400 worth of models from Rapido Trains UK as prizes, with the star prize being a Great Eastern Railway tram pack – will you be the lucky winner? The prototype was the inspiration for Toby the Tram Engine in the books about Thomas the Tank Engine: a character known to and loved by millions.

Tickets can be purchased on the day at a cost of £8 for Adults (16+), £3 for Children (5-15), and a Family ticket (2+2) will cost £18. However, advanced tickets can be purchased on-line at a discounted price through until May 31.

A free family ticket is also up for grabs on the organiser’s Facebook page. To enter, visit before the end of April. The lucky winner will be announced on May 2.

Shunting of Coal at Union Mills.Shunting of Coal at Union Mills.
Shunting of Coal at Union Mills.
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Full details of the layouts and traders that are attending are on the club’s website at

For enquiries about the Edinburgh show or membership of E&LMRC, please contact: David Laing. Hon Secretary, E&LMRC [email protected]

The Glenrothes Model Railway Club meet on Tuesday and Friday evenings at their clubroom on Woodmill Road, Glenrothes.

The Glenrothes Model Railway Exhibition is taking place at The Lomond Centre, Woodside Way, Glenrothes, on Saturday, May 11 between 10am and 4pm and on Sunday, May 12 between 10:30am and 4pm. Admission – Adults £6 and Kids go Free.

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