Waterloo Beer Festival 2018

Keith Page and I had a great afternoon out yesterday at Waterloo Beer Festival in the magnificent Old Christ Church in Waterloo.

We sampled a number of excellent beers and ran into an old Derby Arms drinking chum in Mike Penn and his son Ste. Pictured here are Mike and Keith:-

My OPSTA mate Doug Macadam (Chairman of Southport & West Lancs CAMRA) was also on hand running the pub games stall although the England football match was distracting the attendees from playing them much.

This event is always well run; congratulations to the organisers.

Waterloo – An afternoon at Old Christ Church and its rather fine beer festival

A trip to Waterloo on the 133 bus was called for today so that Keith Page and I could enjoy what was on offer at Waterloo Beer Festival.

Old Christ Church (no longer a functioning church) is a great place for all kinds of events but it was the first time I had been to a beer festival there. A great afternoon was has had checking out porters, dark ales and stouts.

Boys Toys – At Old Christ Church Waterloo

Well you will not be surprised, if you know me that is, that I went along to this show in the former church now exhibition/performance venue in Waterloo, Crosby.

There were all kinds of ‘boys toys’ both inside and outside the building. Model trains were of course the draw for me and I was pleased to spot a Hornby tinplate layout, which is always a delight to see.

Dave Howel's Hornby O Gauge tin plate layout r

Meccano was also well represented and this model of what is in real life a huge (now preserved) Union Pacific EMD DDA40X 6,600 hp diesel loco was the stand out item for me:-

Meccano Union Pacific Diesel Loco

There were some interesting model boats too. Not my scene really but you have to admire the workmanship that goes into them. This is a model of the Mersey Ferry Snowdrop in dazzle paint:-

Model of Dazzel painted Mersey Ferry - Snowdrop r

An old Morris Traveller car look my eye outside as my old Dad had one in the 1960/70’s. Built like tanks they were with the wooden frames. Dad’s one probably saved his life when he was hit side on at speed at the A59-Northway/Hall Junction in Maghull in the days before it had traffic lights and red light jumping cameras.

Morris Traveller r

As I have mentioned in previous postings about Christ Church, it is a beautiful place and well worth a visit just to see the architecture:-

Christ Church (1) r

Click on any of the photos to enlarge them.

The photos of the Meccano diesel, Snowdrop ‘dazzle’ ferry and Morris Traveller are on my Flickr pages at:-


Liverpool Model Railway Show – Old Christ Church, Waterloo

This excellent show seems to come around more quickly every year!

The venue is stunning of course – Old Christ Church is a great re-use of a former building of worship. It has various events going on within it throughout the year and run by a trust.

Have a look at Trust’s web site www.oldchristchurch.moonfruit.com/

This is an inside shot:-


Now to the show itself; it was packed out when we got there at 11am on Saturday 26th April. I met a couple of old friends – One of the ‘Babes’ from a former quiz team of that name who used to attended the sadly now defunct weekly quizzes at Maghull Town Hall (she was serving tea!) and a friend of the Frank Hornby Trust – a Crosby-based model railway man.

We are lucky to have locally a chap who refurbishes/repairs exhibits for our display cases in Meadows Leisure Centre. Yesterday our good friend was exhibiting his wonderful Hornby ‘O’ Gauge tin plate railway and the photo below shows how popular it is with young and old alike.

David is the chap on the right of the photo

Dave is the chap on the right of the photo

Another excellent layout was called Oswaldtwistle Town – again in ‘O’ Gauge. Here is a shot of that:-

Oswaldtwistle Town in 'O' Gauge

Oswaldtwistle Town in ‘O’ Gauge

Jen and I had a great time; if you missed it this year keep an eye out for it in 2015.

Click to enlarge any of the photos which are amongst my Flickr shots at:-

Old Christ Church – Waterloo – Liverpool Model Railway Show

Jen and I went to have a look at this building, which is in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust, and the model railway show held within it last Sunday.


Have a look at Trust’s web site http://www.oldchristchurch.moonfruit.com/

Jen has a degree in building conservation and I am keen on model railways so there was something for both of us you might say. It is a Grade 2* Listed Building that has been brought back into full community use and had over 31,000 visitors in 2012.

Yes, I know, what’s an atheist doing going about a church you might ask? Well despite not having a religion I do like church architecture and this particular church, built of pink sandstone, is nice and well worth the time and effort of volunteers who keep it going.

As for the model railway show, it was excellent so here are a few photos:-




Little fingers fiddling with models clearly causes this threat or promise to be advertised on a model railway. I loved it.

Little fingers fiddling with models clearly causes this threat or promise to be advertised on a model railway. I loved it.