October is a month for indulging in the things you loved as a child. Pretending to be someone you are not and dressing up in costume, stepping on crisp leaves just to hear the satisfying crunch, indulging in sweets and using Halloween as an excuse… and playing with toys.
The annual Heavy Equipment Model (HEM) show, held at the end of this whimsical month in Turf Moor, Lancashire, will appeal to hauliers who are kids at heart. Whether you have loved miniatures since you were a child playing with model trains or you just happen to have delivery work in the area and are looking for something fun to do with your downtime, this one-of-a-kind event is not to be missed.
The Models of the Model Heavy Goods Vehicle Show
If you’re a haulier who spends most of your working day behind the wheel of a heavy goods vehicle (HGV) as a part of your routine delivery work, you are used to being around enormous trucks. The HEM show turns the tables, showcasing miniatures of the powerful vehicles that you are routinely in control of.
Here you will see tiny trucks and little lorries, as well as a plethora of other pint-sized replicas of heavy haulage vehicles, cranes and construction equipment. Each miniature has been created with the utmost care, expertly crafted by some of the most talented hands around. The finished products reflect the time and dedication the artist took to their craft and are exceptionally highly detailed and accurate, so much so that you’d think they were the real thing if they weren’t so small.
The people who tend to attend the HEM show are who you would expect. Hauliers, couriers and others who have careers to do with delivery work frequent here, as well as truck enthusiasts and those who are mad for miniatures.
Great for Gifts
With the holidays right around the corner, the HEM show is a great place to get gifts for friends and colleagues in the industry. Whether you’re looking for a little something for Christmas or a birthday, these miniscule models make fantastic presents for anyone in the delivery work industry.
Bigger Can Be Better
Not so into miniatures? The HEM show is still worth a visit. Each year they feature and display full-sized HGVs outside – perfect for anyone who prefers the real thing or wants to sneakily compare them with the minis. These vehicles are a mixture of vintage and modern, giving you an up close and personal look at how delivery work was completed in the past and how it is completed today.
If you’re in the logistics industry and the Lancashire area at the end of October, why not stop by the annual Heavy Equipment Model show and see all the terrific and tiny HGVs on display?
Norman Dulwich is a Correspondent for Haulage Exchange, the leading online trade network for the road transport industry. Connecting logistics professionals across the UK and Europe through their website, Haulage Exchange provides services for matching delivery work with available drivers. Over 5,400 member companies are networked together through the Exchange to fill empty capacity, get new clients and form long-lasting business relationships.