Open Days

Open Day 2018, 2019 and Beyond

This informal event which is always popular, especially with the children who can run trains or race slot cars, is intended to continue as an annual event. Open Days were scheduled for 2020 and 2021 but both had to be cancelled. We expect to hold another Open Day in March or April 2022. Refreshments are always on offer at our Open Days as will sales of secondhand locomotives, other rolling stock and model railway accessories.

Open Day 2016

As a more informal event than the annual exhibition, the Club held an Open Day on Saturday 22nd October 2016, showcasing our layout and model building activities and with our 'running layout', Carfax Junction, in operation. Children and the 'young at heart' had a go at running trains or racing slot cars, a new attraction which was very popular. Refreshments including cakes and hot and cold drinks were available throughout the day and the second-hand stall did a good trade.

Open Day 2013

The Club's Open Day, held at St Leonard's Church Hall on 27th April, was a popular event with more visitors than in 2012. It combined the usual mix of Club and members' layouts with invited guests from other clubs and a selection of traders.

Layouts in N, HO, OO, On30 and O gauges provided a variety of action as did the working buses and lorries on Mahala Town. Ian Redman displayed an updated collection of briefcase and lunch box layouts which was the focus of attention for many.

Families with small children were much in evidence and the Burgess Hill Club's hump shunting layout provided a different challenge to visitors young and 'young at heart'. As usual, the secondhand sales stands did brisk business as bargains were snapped up.


Open Day 2012

The Club's Open Day on 28th April, the first at St Leonard's Church Hall, was a great success. This year's larger venue allowed us to combine 10 layout stands with with a variety of traders and a dedicated refreshment area.

The layouts included Carfax Junction, Thomas in N, OO and G gauges and Ian Redman's fine collection of N gauge layouts in briefcases, lunch boxes and CD cases. A 'train set' running a collection of Tri-ang models from the 1950s and 1960s was on display and Mahala Town, a layout with working buses and lorries, fascinated many visitors. We also had guest layouts from the Brighton, Sompting and Uckfield clubs.

It was encouraging to see so many families with small children and the Club has been able to recruit new members as a result of the interest shown on the day.


Open Day 2011

In 2011, the Club's Open Day was held on 7th May with many of the same layouts as the previous year including Carfax Junction, the Club's dual gauge test track which now been enhanced with a number of scenery modules.

A notable addition was Ian Redman's 'Small N Working' collection of layouts in briefcases, lunch boxes, CD cases and even a coconut shell! Club members' layouts, Road Hill, Thomas and TramWorld were also on show supplemented by a number of invited layouts.

Attendance was significantly higher than in 2010 with many more children who showed great fascination for the working models. Trade stalls also provided some notable bargains in both new and second-hand items


Open Day 2010

The Club held its first Open Day on 24th April 2010 which showcased the Club's and members' layouts and included a 1960's Hornby Dublo layout and a secondhand models stall.

Members of the public were encouraged to bring their own models to run on the Club's dual gauge modular layout and the Thomas the Tank Engine themed layout proved popular with the young visitors.

There was a very encouraging level of attendance for the Open Day which resulted in a number of new members for the Club.