Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Roy Cropper's model railway goes on public display

(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog November 2015, reposted to this blog with permission.)

Coronation Street fans with a soft spot for Roy Cropper may be interested in a unique opportunity to see his model railway layout in operation.

Since the storyline around Roy's obsession with his model railway following Hayley's death finished last year, a small section (about 6ft by 2ft) of the layout has been included in the Granada Studio Tours display.

Next month, for the first time ever, the entire layout, about 13 ft square, will be on public display and will be working.

Roy's layout will be at "THE Christmas Model Railway Show - Manchester 2015!" on Saturday December 5th and Sunday December 6th, 2015 at the Barnes Wallis building, Altrincham Street, Manchester M1 7JR.

When Granada planned the story line, they contacted the Manchester Model Railway Society for help and advice. Now MMRS members are refurbishing the television prop ready for it to appear at their annual exhibition. Since Granada Studio Tours will shortly be closing down, this is probably the only occasion EVER that the layout will appear in public in its complete form.

The exhibition venue is only 3 minutes walk from Manchester Piccadilly railway station and further details of opening times and admission price etc, can be found on the MMRS website -

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