It’s back, it’s bigger, it’s better! More space! More layouts! Following the success of Manchester Model Railway Society’s relaunched city centre exhibition in 2015, the Society has today released details of the attractions at this year’s show. The exhibition will be on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th December 2016, and will again be held in the Barnes Wallis building of the University of Manchester’s northern campus, a mere 250m from Piccadilly Station. More exhibition space has been hired this year and, in addition, the catering area has been almost doubled in size and will open for longer, serving a much wider variety of food throughout the day. Exhibition coordinator, Philip Sweet, said: “We have listened carefully to the feedback from last year’s visitors and are acting on it to make the exhibition bigger and better than ever. In line with their wishes we have increased the exhibition space, improved the catering and have invited more layouts – there should be twenty this year, two more than in 2015. One thing which has not changed is the quality of the layouts; most of them have been featured in one or more of the national railway modelling magazines in the last 18 months. The variety of traders this year will be even greater and we are arranging a number of activities designed for families and children. With Manchester’s acclaimed Christmas street markets nearby, our show is the perfect destination for your Christmas shopping” The Society website contains details and pictures of all the layouts, and much more information about the exhibition. Exhibition - To be kept informed of developments as the Exhibition takes shape, join our mailing list by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org Layouts are as follows; Layout Name Scale/ Gauge Location Era Format Arigna Town Ob36.75 Ireland 1950s Fiddle-terminus Crimson Road OO Midlands 21st cent Dewsbury Midland OO Yorkshire continuous run Elcot Road P4 Croydon area 1988 fiddle-terminus Forthtal 3.5mm Hoe (9mm) Germany/Austria Modern Fiddle to terminus Grime Street 4mm tram Leeds 1948-54 Heatherly N England 2000-2016 Continuous run. Kepier Colliery OO Durham 1960S Fiddle-works Llantwyn OO9 Wales 1930s Continuos Melton Mowbray (North) N Midlands 48-53 & 57-62 continuous run Murfitt TT East Scotland Museum of Transport OO/others England Present continuous Northern Vale OO England 2015 Fiddle terminus Portchllin P4 West Scotland 1974 fiddle-throughfiddle Salmon Pastures OO Sheffield 1930s Fiddle to MPD Seabury Town O (FS) England 1960s Fiddle -terminus Shasta Z USA 1990s continuous Sodor North Western OO Sodorish Continuous The End of the Line O/On14 Forest of Dean 1960s Fiddle-terminus The World's End OO Yorkshire Present day continuous run Water Street Sidings O NE England 1910 Fiddle -terminus Trade, Societies and more details to follow.