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      Post #67955, posted on 08-20-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Jennings' question in the other thread about WestJet got me Googling about attending Telford and it doesn't seem to be that convenient to get to that place, so out of the way from any major airport. Why would they choose such a place in the middle of nowhere with the closest airport, Birmingham, being about 50 miles away?

      So, I did an Expedia search with several combinations from Oakland and San Francisco and on Norwegian Air flying from Oakland to Gatwick direct. Either way, not a quick hop to the The International Centre, Telford, no matter which airport I land at, with Gatwick being even further away with a 4 hour train ride to get to Telford. So, for those of you who attend from the US every year, how do you guys get to a hotel near Telford? What's the quickest and most convenient option?

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      Post #67956, posted on 08-20-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      I've always just rented a car and driven. Once you're out of London it's not a bad drive at all. Except that you're on the wrong side of the road, driving while jet lagged

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      Post #67958, posted on 08-20-2017 GMT-5 hours    
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      Why would they choose such a place in the middle of nowhere with the closest airport, Birmingham, being about 50 miles away?
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      For the simple and, to us Brits, obvious reason that all except a small handful of people attending the show will arrive by road and rail.

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      Post #67959, posted on 08-20-2017 GMT-5 hours    
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      Why would they choose such a place in the middle of nowhere with the closest airport, Birmingham, being about 50 miles away?
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      For the simple and, to us Brits, obvious reason that all except a small handful of people attending the show will arrive by road and rail.



      As Dave says, for us in the UK it is a logical choice. Situated in the middle of the country and well connected to the motorway network, it is easy for most people to get to and the International Centre is ideal for the IPMS nationals. If you are flying in from overseas, the best airport to get to Telford from is Manchester, only just over an hour's drive away. All this makes me realise how lucky I am to live just 30 minutes' drive from Telford!

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      Post #67961, posted on 08-20-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Ok, thanks for the info. If I do end up making it over, I will probably fly Aer Lingus and connect to Birmingham via Dublin. Not 100% sure at this time though...

      How many of you are definitely going to attend? Let's have a show of hands please.

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      Post #67962, posted on 08-21-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      I checked Orbitz for air fares from Phoenix around lunchtime today. Great deal on Westjet (PHX - YYZ - LGW) for $611 round trip. Checked back a couple of hours later, same EXACT flights - $886!!

      Pulled up Orbitz in Safari and Firefox, ran the exact same search parameters simultaneously, and Safari (which had cookies from my previous visit) was still $886, and Firefox was $749.

      Tell me airline pricing isn't a gigantic freaking SCAM! I'm going to try again on Wednesday from the public library.

      So.. I *may* be going, or I may not.

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      Post #67963, posted on 08-21-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      I'm in talks to work on the East coast for at least 6 months. If I do, BWI will be my home airport. If things work out I'll try to make it. Gotta start burning my AAdvantage miles...

      Jennings, Did you search using a private window? When looking for mileage run fares I always do. I've been told if you don't and look again later the price can go up. How or why I don't remember...

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      Post #67966, posted on 08-21-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      It would seem from some of the above posts that perhaps 'Telford' has become a victim of it's own success. It is, after all, the IPMS UK nationals, held annually in Telford, Shropshire and is the premier event in the IPMS UK's calendar. It is to the credit of the organisers that the event has proved to be such a popular and well-attended event year upon year that it has unwittingly achieved the status of Olympic or World Cup proportions, attracting visitors from further and further afield. I started attending many years ago when it was held at Newark Air Museum. Now if you really want to visit somewhere that is in the middle of nowhere..........

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      Post #67967, posted on 08-21-2017 GMT-5 hours    
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      Ok, thanks for the info. If I do end up making it over, I will probably fly Aer Lingus and connect to Birmingham via Dublin. Not 100% sure at this time though...

      How many of you are definitely going to attend? Let's have a show of hands please.



      Me...

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      Post #67968, posted on 08-21-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi everybody,

      Birmingham airport has a 45min rides by train directly to Telford.

      To have a car is the best idea. Because you can also visit the Royal Air Force Museum in Cosford nearby, the IronBridge in Telford, ...
      With my friends from IPMS Avon I stay in Shewsbury near to Telford for the nights. This is a really nice Tudor-City with a lot of historic buildings and nice pubs.

      Every three or four years I am in Telford - and this year: Hands up !!!!

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      Post #67970, posted on 08-21-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      I've been going to Telford for the last five years. I stay in London and take the train from London Euston to Telford via Virgin and London Midland trains via Birmingham. The station is Telford Central. It is a about a 10 minute walk from the station to the exhibition center. You can book the train direct from the Virgin Trains or London Midland Train website. Remember to take the credit card you book the trains on with you to collect the tickets at the ticket kiosk at the station. Presently, the lowest fare is 24 pounds round trip. General admission is 10 pounds and general admission starts after 11 p.m. It is about a two to two and half hour train ride with connection. The only problem I've encountered is if there is a lot of rain on the tracks, which slows/delays everything. I make it a day trip and spend the rest of the time in and around London.

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      Post #67971, posted on 08-22-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Everything you need to know is here: http://ipmsuk.org/ipms-scale-modelworld/

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      Post #67972, posted on 08-22-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      I didn't realize it was over a weekend... That makes it much more possible!

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      Post #67973, posted on 08-22-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Jennings who says that we drive on the wrong side of the road ? if you check the populations of the countrys who drive on the "Right" against the populations of the countrys who drive on the left ! I think you will find we do drive on the Correct side of the road, anyway back to Telford , even us Brits find going to Telford a pain in the B*T , but the IPMS UK commmittee has tryed to find alternatives but as yet are unable to find an alternative that is value for money , with the floor area that is required for this venue, that is as you say a victim of its success.

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      Post #67974, posted on 08-22-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      I've decided I'm going to do 10 days on the beach in Belize this year rather than Telford. I'd really like to go next year, as it will be the 100th anniversary of the 1918 armistice, and the show is held over Remembrance Day weekend. If you've never been in the UK on Remembrance Day (Veteran's Day in the US, formerly Armistice Day), it's a moving experience. The entire country comes to a stop (literally) at the stroke of 11:00 a.m. on November 11th for two minutes of silence. Never seen anything like it. I'd wager not one American out of ten thousand has any idea what the significance of the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month is, much less be bothered to stop what they're doing and be silent for two minutes.

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      Post #67977, posted on 08-23-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      I would be very happy to meet as many AC members as possible at Telford. This place is by far the best for airliner modellers I have seen so far. You will be able to meet and talk to most of the garage producers, kit and decal wise. And remember Apple started right there, in a garage!

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      Post #67984, posted on 08-24-2017 GMT-5 hours    
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      I've decided I'm going to do 10 days on the beach in Belize this year rather than Telford. I'd really like to go next year, as it will be the 100th anniversary of the 1918 armistice, and the show is held over Remembrance Day weekend. If you've never been in the UK on Remembrance Day (Veteran's Day in the US, formerly Armistice Day), it's a moving experience. The entire country comes to a stop (literally) at the stroke of 11:00 a.m. on November 11th for two minutes of silence. Never seen anything like it. I'd wager not one American out of ten thousand has any idea what the significance of the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month is, much less be bothered to stop what they're doing and be silent for two minutes.



      This Yank understands. Long ago in another life my former partner wanted to adopt a second shelter cat; when it came time to name him a minor argument broke out, as I wanted to name him Poppy; instead he became McCrae, a name every Canadian (at least, if not more of the world) should find familiar, as he came home from quarantine on the morning of 11 November 2010, after having been found by animal control in a field of wildflowers two weeks prior. Alas, there is no Flanders, Alaska, but the timing seemed all to appropriate to choose any other name.

      We now return to our regularly scheduled discussion of the IPMS UK Nationals...

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      Post #67989, posted on 08-24-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi all,

      As ususal, I will share a table with Mika Jernfors/Arctic Decals.

      Happy modelling,

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      Post #67994, posted on 08-24-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Me, i'm going for sure......

      I'm entertaining Berlin Uwe along with the rest of the IPMS Avon crowd.

      I don't know what accommodation will be available in Telford now.

      Shrewsbury is a great place to stay, especially if you're going to be around for a bit longer than just the weekend.

      Highly recommended show, great place to catch up with modelling friends.

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      Post #67997, posted on 08-24-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      I hope to go sometime in the next 5 years, want to meet as many of you guys and gals I can. I will save the tips here and plan accordingly!

      Keep em separated!
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      Post #68013, posted on 08-26-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      While you guys are having fun in Telford, here's where I'll be