8 - 9 October 2022

Event Travel Notes

Solent Sky Visitor Information

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Solent Sky Tram Event Exhibitors


The Tramway Arms - ¾ Scale – Simon Cole

  • The Tramway Arms is a modular layout built to the large scale of 1:16, (3/4"=one foot). The track gauge is 3.5 inches wide, and the layout sets out to recreate the street running scenes of the first generation of British tramways. The tram models are accurate examples of prototypes that once ran in cities such as Portsmouth and Southampton. The models collect their operating power (24v max) from the overhead wire in a similar fashion to the real trams that these models are based upon.

  • The layout is operated by members of the Sussex, Solent and West of England Area Groups of the Tramway and Light Railway Society, who will be pleased to answer any questions you may have.

Gordon Bartlet - ¾ Scale

  • This layout is also built to the large scale of 1:16, (3/4"=one foot), but is narrow gauge using a track gauge of 2⅝”. There will be a number of models running including Bournemouth 85, Poole 3, Taunton 6, Exeter 16, Llandudno 4 and Karachi 103. Some of these trams run using live overhead others are battery powered.

Florin Street - 4mm – Andy Burrows

  • Florin Street is an attempt to capture the feel of Leeds Tramways around Sovereign Street in the years 1948-54. During this time the Corporation fleet consisted of over 400 tramcars, with a large variety of types, including rebuilt and experimental cars, and second-hand examples from Hull, London, Manchester, Southampton and Sunderland. In this post-war era, the livery was changed from blue to red, with many variations applied to the fleet, giving Leeds one of the most diverse and interesting fleets in the UK. This event may be the last outing for this layout.

Whiteleaf – G (1:22.5) – Adrian Nicholes

  • The Whiteleaf Tramway is our attempt in an indoor setting, to show a G Scale garden tramway. It is built to G Scale which is 1:22.5 and using 45mm gauge track, represents a metre gauge or three foot gauge tramway.

  • The layout is owned by the Buckinghamshire Garden Railway Society and the trams by Society members.

  • It portrays a tramway that runs through the streets and then sets off through the countryside. This was very common in Europe, carrying both passengers and freight between communities..

Camwells View - 4mm – Alan Kirkman

  • A new layout depicting part of the vast Birmingham tramway network.

Tramway Museum – 4mm – Brian Robinson

  • The layout runs trams which are models of some of the preserved trams in the country, and many of the buildings have been rescued from towns around England, including Southampton, Fordingbridge and York.

New Walmington Pier – 4mm – Dave Carson

  • Set in Edwardian times the layout depicts a small pier tramway with a working carousel at the Pier Head. A narrow gauge Southend Pier 1890 "Toastrack" Car provides the service.

Jager Strassenbahn - 3 – HO (3.5mm scale) – Andrew Hunt

  • This metre gauge (12mm track gauge) layout represents a freelance continental small suburban centre with a circular route from the main city situated some distance behind the layout, and a small three track depot situated on the track at the rear of the layout.

  • Trams are mainly 4 & 6 axle. Museum and works cars, which are mainly 2 & 4 axle, have several outings along the tracks. Especially look out for the overhead cleaner/track scrubber.

The Havergo Railway – OO – Richard Little

  • A model railway layout where children can have a go at driving the trains

Society Stalls

Spitfire Makers - information

  • A charitable trust set up to research and collect memories from the Spitfire Makers and their descendants of Spitfire manufacture and associated WW2 stories, to raise public awareness of the roles played by both women and men, civilian and military, in supplying the Spitfire parts and planes during WW2, to commemorate sites of Spitfire production and the people who became Spitfire Makers by producing memorial plaques and / or education boards to inform the public about these sites.

Hythe Pier Heritage Association – sales & information

  • A Community Benefit Society. Our objectives are to secure the long-term future of the pier and its historic railway. Through a series of projects, we are preserving and restoring the pier, associated buildings, the unique pier railway and also ensuring that information about the heritage of the pier and train is readily available. Their stand will feature a model of the Pier as well as information and sales items.

Tramway & Light Railway Society – Book sales and information

  • The TLRS caters for tram and light rail interests in all their forms and is the leading Society in the field of tramway modelling. We publish a magazine "Tramfare" and our various Area Groups hold meetings regularly throughout the country.

Police & Fire team – Alan House – selling a selection of books, models and tools.

Southampton Tram Project – in the tram shed.

  • Selling a selection of books, models and second-hand items to raise funds for the restoration of the trams.

Trade Stalls

KW Trams

  • selling model tram and road vehicle kits in OO and O gauges.

TLRS Estates Service

  • Selling second-hand models, books and other transport related items

National Trolleybus Association

  • Selling a large range of bus, tram and trolleybus books along with other transport related books