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Roy Slaymaker Award 2014

Each year the Association presents an award in honour of the late Roy Slaymaker. Roy spent many years promoting the model railway hobby . He was a person who worked mostly in the background and his tireless efforts in support of others often went unrecognised. The award is intended for those who have similarly contributed to the hobby.

This year, 2014, the award was made to Barrie Walls. Barrie has spent many years on the exhibition circuit with his 0 gauge layout Wallsea Main based on March in Cambridgeshire, and subsequently with his son’s layout Upwole. As a former railwayman he sought to portray the Eastern Region of BR in the early 1950s that he worked on, building up an extensive knowledge of the locomotives of the former LNER. The vast majority of the locomotives and stock that he operates have been scratchbuilt at home.

Once he stopped exhibiting he further developed Wallsea Main on home ground so that a full 24 hour timetable could be operated based on “closing” the East Coast main line and diverting all services through March (Wallsea). All train movements have appropriately allocated locos, rolling stock which matches the prototype as far as space allows, and correct head and tail lamps. The signals and track are all interlocked and there is block working between the two ends of the line. This railway is regularly operated by two and sometimes three teams of operators in addition to Barrie’s family and for many years has been open to visits from various model railway groups.

The award was presented at one such visit, by the Kings Lynn 0 Gauge Group (the Kl0ggies). The attached photographs show the award being presented by Phil Abbott and Bob Pearman, respectively Marketing and Promotions Manager, and Treasurer of the ALSRM, shown on the left and right respectively in the two photos with Barrie and his wife Rose in the centre. In the second photo these were joined by Bruce Pinchbeck, the Chairman, and John Hobden, the M&GP Chairman, of the Gauge 0 Guild.

Last update 15 June 2014

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