Eurospoor - an event for train enthusiasts

Eurospoor - an event for train enthusiasts

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EUROSPOOR is Europe's largest model railway event and a must-attend event for model railway buffs. The 2016 edition takes place in the Jaarbeurs (trade fair centre) in Utrecht, the Netherlands on 28, 29 and 30 October.

If you have an affinity for trains you mustn't miss Eurospoor!

A surface area of 20,000 square meters will offer visitors the chance to view over 50 model railways belonging to clubs from the Netherlands as well as other countries, extensive model train collections, working miniatures smaller than your little finger (Z-gauge) and also enormous specimens weighing many kilograms each (gauge 1), model-making demonstrations, stands of representatives and retailers, a model railway market of 1000 meter length where train-lovers offer their used trains, accesories and collectors' items for sale or exchange.

Some highlights at Eurospoor2016:

'De 'Kempen' by Dutch model Railway club MSG Valkenswaard

The Valkenswaard Model Railway Group was founded in 1990 with the main objective of modelling the former station of Valkenswaard in HO scale. The station was part of the Eindhoven – Neerpelt line which connected with the Belgian Railway network. This layout was shown at many exhibitions at home and abroad, and subsequently described in several European model railway magazines.

By 2005 it was decided to make a new layout. The members were agreed that it should again be a purely Dutch layout with a pinch of Belgian influence – we are in the border region and Belgian stock was seen from time to time. So the subject which was chosen was De Kempen in southeast Brabant (south of Eindhoven) and it was also decided to model it as it might have looked in the 1950s and 1960s. This gave the group the freedom for some leeway in interpretation without disturbing the main theme.

A little history
The Kempen area extends roughly from Antwerp(B) to Helmond (NL). It covers the provinces of Antwerp, Belgian Limburg, south-eastern North Brabant, and the extreme north of Flemish Brabant. The landscape continues into Dutch Limburg, but is known locally there as the Peel.

The hallmark of the Kempen is its sandy soil, and until 1960 it was mostly covered with heather, oak forests, mashes and bogs. Now there are some woods, fens, meadows and pastures, which have been gradually formed on a small scale partly because of heavy fertilisation and ribbon development. The remains of the original landscape are often observed on the border between municipalities or among large areas of agricultural land, such as the Cartierheide between Eersel and Hapert and the Leenderheide south of Eindhoven.
More information and pics are to be found at the site of Modelspoorgroep Valkenswaard.

Eurospoor: Farkham


Its Summer 1990, England have just lost to West Germany in the World Cup,but in the quiet Midlands town of Farkham life goes on as normal. The town is served by an occasional passenger service with freight being the main traffic on this secondary railway line. Beyond the station and town centre, the land opens out to reveal a small freight yard served by trip workings and Speedlink services, whilst the main line gently curves away with a mixture of old and new buildings following its course.

The concept behind Farkham was to capture the atmosphere of an urban scene with the railway passing through. This has been attempted, by locating buildings and trees at the front of the layout to break-up the direct lines of sight between the viewer and the trains, so when looking at the model the trains will come in and out of view creating a series of interesting ‘cameos’. This encourages the viewer to look into the layout and not just at it and siting the twin tower blocks at the front, along with other large structures and trees, has created visual barriers to enable this.

The yard on the layout is portrayed in a run down, but still functioning state, very much how a number of freight terminals were in the late 1980s/early 1990s. Finally to create a realistic scene and make everything visually blend together, each item has been weathered to differing degrees, just like on the prototype. Trackwork on the layout is all hand built using C&L and Peco components and is to finescale 16.5mm gauge standards. The major aspect of the model is its buildings and structures and whilst some of these are modified kits, most have been scratch built. The rolling stock on the layout is detailed, repainted and weathered with a large number of kit and scratch built items.


Date & Time:
Friday 28 October 10.00 - 18.00
Saturday 29 October 9.30 - 17.30
Sunday 30 October 9.30 - 17.00

Jaarbeurs trade fair centre (Railway station at walking distance).
Jaarbeursplein 6
3521 AL Utrecht
Information EUROSPOOR, Tel. 0031.299.640354

Tickets are EUR 16 for adults and EUR 7 for children under the age of 12 online available here. Children younger than 3 years old have free admission.

For more information, go to

Photo credit (Farkham): Chris Nevard.

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