Thursday, October 11, 2012

Railex bombshell.

Well, this will put the cat amongst the pigeons (or among those with large layouts).

 (posted on the NZ railchat group, but from what I've heard its true)

Dear Railway Enthusiasts
This is a preamble broadcast update to all on my RailEx address book, relating to The Lower Hutt City Council formally cancelling the availability of The Lower Hutt Town hall for our upcoming exhibition. This follows their evaluation of  a recent earthquake assessment report.
This does NOT affect the neighbouring Horticultural Hall which we have generally used in tandem to host the RailEx when in Lower Hutt.  
The RailEx committee had been aware of the report and had made enquiries that indicated any impact would not likely affect this years show, and I had indicated this  understood status in communications over the last month. However, yesterday we received formal notified that the Town Hall was to be closed for use, effective immediately.
A meeting of the RailEx committee this evening has resolved to proceed with RailEx 2012 using the reduced footprint of only the Horticultural Hall. Advertising had just started with billboards being erected this week/weekend and newspaper advertising committed for next weeks print schedule
This will necessitate a reduction in the number of exhibitors and the available space for others.
For those who have been involved with the lead up to this years show, please expect a more specific notification of how this situation may affect your exhibits 
Peter Clapcott
Secretary RailEx2012

Still not sure where this leaves the MMW/NZ120 modular group, but I'd imaging in a slightly better position than those with a layout the size of a small south pacific nation.

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