National Festival of Railway Modelling 2019 - Layout details

Layout

Detail

 

Avyn -A -Llyin

Gauge: 009

Owner: Andrew Bailey

After six years success with the fictitious layout ‘Llandovnodd’, I decided to model the next fictitious village up the coast called Avyn-a-llyin.The layout has Welsh origins hence the name, although you will realise the name isn’t Welsh if you say it the English way. The grounds of the ruined castle on the hill now belong to the local golf club, who have constructed a very scenic golf course. The pier is of timber construction with each upright individually screwed into place. Most of the buildings are scratch built in linka and plasticard. Two of the roofs are genuine hand cut Welsh slate and three roofs are thatched with plumbers hemp in Pendon style. The sea is literally dozens of coats of non-drip varnish on a mixture of sand and ballast. The beach is real sand from our local sand quarry and is about 20mm deep. There are over 200 figures on the layout and in case you can’t find them, the nudists are at the back of the beach under the sea wall! The track is Peco crazy track with seep and Cobalt electrics and ballasted with a mix of granite, limestone and sand. Most of the stock is kit built with a few scratch built items.

Avyn-a-llyin was first exhibited in October 1989 and has since won numerous trophies. It has also appeared in the ‘Railway Modeller’, February 1992 edition and ‘Hornby Magazine’ March 2018 edition. Since 2012 the layout has been undergoing a gradual refurbishment to keep it looking fresh.

We hope you enjoy looking at the layout as we did building it. Please feel free to ask any questions and we will do our best to answer them.

Bewdley

Gauge: OO

Owner: Alisdair Macdonald

 

 

The model of Bewdley Station is set in the 1960’s.  At that time, it was a busy junction of four railway routes. To the north west one route ran to Bridgnorth, and onward to Coalport and Shrewsbury, while the second route headed westwards to Cleobury Mortimer, Tenbury Wells, Wofferton Junction and to Ludlow and Hereford. In the opposite, and south easterly direction, one line ran to Kidderminster, and the second headed for Stourport on Severn, Hartlebury and onwards to Droitwich and Worcester. 

The double track over the viaduct is in fact two single lines running parallel, one heading to Bridgnorth and Shrewsbury, the other to Tenbury Wells and Wofferton Junction. Bewdley is operated with the NCE DCC control system, and with routing settings using unique three-digit code macros which control the points and signal operations. To add to the layout authenticity the 1960’s working timetable has been followed for the local area. This allows for the correct train services and sequences of the period to be operated, using the correct locomotives and rolling stock.

All buildings have been scratch-built, and are based on the buildings seen around the Bewdley station area.

 

 

Binns Road, Toys of Yesteryear

Gauge: O

Owner: HRCA Chiltern Hills Vintage Train Group

 

Binns Road is a layout comprising mainly of Hornby trains (made by Meccano Ltd) which were generally sold as toys, although some were reasonably accurate representations of real life locomotives. These trains run on a course scale O gauge track on a 3 rail system.  The scale of the accessories was not always precise.  Some items, such as the luggage and porters’ barrows are larger than the people in the same range. Most of these trains were produced between 1920 and 1941, although there was some limited production from 1946 until the mid-1960s.  The rolling stock and most other accessories are also mostly produced by Hornby with a few modern additions, such as Ace and Darstaed.  The toy cars were first produced as part of the Hornby series and only gained the title of Dink Toys after a couple of years of production.  The layout has building from the construction toy called Bayko which was first produced in the 1930s by a company called Plimpton Engineering, which was then bought by Meccano. Also on the layout are figures and animals that were produced by Meccano and Brittens. The aeroplanes are special Aero Meccano sets from the 1930s which make up into several different types of aeroplanes.

Bluebell Cutting

Gauge: N

Owner: Steve Lowndes

 

Bluebell Cutting is a modern image layout, which features a double track mainline which passes over a canal with a regular flow of trains both passenger and freight.  Having travelled about with other people’s model railway layouts and also the club layout within the Alsager Railway Association, I was coerced into building a layout for myself. With this being my first attempt I wanted to keep things simple, so that if anything went wrong it would be easier to fix. By keeping it as 2 plain tracks on the front it allows for a regular flow of trains. The track used is Peco Code 80 and the base boards are made from 3/8” ply and 3”x1” PSE timber. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

Bodmin

Gauge: P4

Owner: North London S4 Goup

 

The model of this Cornish branch line terminus was built to exact scale length by members of the North London Group, and portrays the prototype as running in 1928 when GWR Prairie tanks and new 'B Set' coaches were introduced on the service. The branch was built in 1887 from the main line at Bodmin Road to Bodmin (later Bodmin General) station. In 1888 a further branch was completed from the terminus to Boscarne Junction where there was a junction with the LSWR line allowing lucrative traffic from the Cornish china clay mines to be carried. The GWR also negotiated running powers to Wadebridge, used primarily for passenger services. The line was extraordinarily busy for a branch line keeping three engines and two sets of coaches hard at work all day. Over 40 trains appear in the daily timetable which is based on the GWR service (working) time table for 1926. A feature is the carriage of loaded china clay wagons en-route from Boscarne Junction to Par or Fowey for onward shipment by sea, with the balancing of empties in the other direction.

The ruling gradient on the line was 1 in 40 up from Bodmin Road and a similar gradient from Boscarne Junction, which restricted train weights due to small engines and brakes only on the locomotive and brake van. Operation is to scale speeds with automatic ‘Alex Jackson’ couplings and follows correct operating practice. The layout is fully signaled and there is a visual display informing the viewing public of the purpose of the move and how this relates to the prototype GWR working time-table.

Brent Eleigh West Suffolk Light Railway

Gauge: 009

Owner: Peter Rednall

 

Brent Eleigh is a small village lying between Sudbury and Bildeston in West Suffolk. Following the 1896 Light Railway Act, a line was surveyed by Colonel Stephens to link Hadleigh with Long Melford with the intention of developing the agricultural economy of the local area. The railway was never built but this layout represents a narrow gauge version of what might have been. With a little tweaking of the route, a junction has been modelled at Brent Eleigh to allow trains to diverge to nearby Lavenham. On leaving the station the ‘main line’ loops and crosses over itself in Himalaya Darjeeling style to gain the necessary height to carry it out of the valley and onto higher land for the journey to Long Melford. Most of the buildings adjacent to the station are modelled on those in the village though a great deal of licence has been taken in relocating them. The model is set in springtime in the early 1950’s by which time the company has acquired a variety of both steam and diesel motive power together with rolling stock from other lines which have closed. Road competition has yet to make serious inroads though cost cutting measures are being enforced.

 

Burnham on Sea

Gauge: N

Owner: Alastair Knox

 

Burnham on Sea is my attempt to model an actual place, using photos, magazines and books for information. Construction of the baseboards is from plywood with Sundeala tops, with integral legs from 2”X 1”. Buildings are scratchbuilt by me from Plasticard with the exception of the Queen’s Hotel on the seafront which was made by Ken Ball, and some Metcalfe terraces. Track is Peco Finescale (code 55), turnouts are electrofrog, control is by AMR.  Electromagnets are scattered about in strategic places for uncoupling. The aim is to have a small S & D terminus with hands free shunting. The long platform at the front was the excursion one, and specials ran into Burnham for a few years after regular services were withdrawn. The layout featured in the Dec 2011 and March 2016 issues of British Railway Modelling. Feel free to ask any questions, we hope we can answer them!

 

Chrilvinton Road

Gauge: N

Owner: Kevin Leggett

 

Chrilvinton Road depicts one of those typical small GWR branch lines connected to main line just south of Turo.  Due to disputes with the local landowner the station was built about 1 mile from the village. With the GWR’s generous schemes freight was always the main stay of the branch with animals always on the move to market. After the 1950s the car and the lorry soon took away the passengers and the freight so the branch closed in 1963. The layout represents the twilight years of operation with both GWR and BR engines providing the motive power. The village fair is in full swing raising funds for the castle’s upkeep and a local dairy is operating from the old factory site.

The name ‘Chrilvinton’ comes from…….. well you will just have to ask one of the operators!!

 

Devonport Road

Gauge: OO

Owner: John Anderson

 

Devonport Road, situated in the suburbs of Plymouth, is one of those typical neglected commuter stations. It was once a junction of the Southern “Withered Arm” with the Great Western Cattewater Branch, but has seen better days with passengers now only served by the trains to Gunnislake.

The Great Western platforms are now a parcels depot, and the sidings in front of the station are busy with the shunting of parcels vans. The once vast good yards are now gone and the sidings that remain are used by the railway engineers; and many of their weird and wonderful wagons can be seen.

There is however a steady stream of trip freights to the fuel and general goods terminals at Cattewater; and also those trains serving Devonport Naval Dockyard, including ones carrying nuclear flasks and also rolling stock for repair.

Dolfriog

Gauge: 009 (9mm) in 4mm Scale

Owner: Richard Wallace

A multi-level six track Welsh mountainside series of copper mines near Beddgelert, locally known as ’Mynydd Copr’, within Snowdonia, at the turn of the century. The model railway has six separate operational tracks one in Hof 6.5mm gauge, four in 009/HOe 9mm gauge on three levels and one in Hon3z a (Zahnradbahn) a 10.5mm a rack railway, all separately controlled providing variable speed control. A copper mine grotto and lake with lighting shows the depth and manner of copper mining in the area. The layout was built by Jim & Lyn Owers, and is designed to sit on a 6-foot-wide table, being only 3 foot wide by 2 foot deep.

Durham Street

Gauge: O

Owner: Scarborough & District Railway Modellers

 

Durham Street is set at the end of that golden bygone era, when our magnificent steam locomotives were starting to be phased out for the ‘new-era’ diesels. The changes being introduced in the early 1960s meant our railways were never going to be the same again! Our layout attempts to show how one typical engine shed on the North Eastern Region was slowly adapting to the changes, still meeting the needs of the steam locos while, sometimes begrudgingly, servicing the needs of the diesels. The unusual use of the turntable demonstrates a clever space-saving solution to allow for the emptying of the ash pit.

Ealing Road

Gauge: OO

Owner: Missenden Modellers

 

Ealing Road was conceived and built by the Missenden Modellers team for the Channel 5 TV series ‘The Great Model Railway Challenge’. It appeared in the first episode, broadcast in October of 2018.  The main aim was always to demonstrate the innovative techniques the team had learned at the Missenden Abbey courses in Railway Modelling. The TV programme had the potential to bring these techniques to a wider audience and inspiring people with the potential of the hobby as an art form. All art is ultimately the creation of illusion. Ealing Road includes a forced perspective landscape with terraces of scratch-built houses in reducing scales and a 3D, lit, back-scene that matches the perspective lines of the terraces. The overall effect is to conjure the impression of close-packed, grimy, war-damaged Victorian slums stretching to the horizon. The theme of the heat was ‘Movies’ and the team opted to base theirs on a medley of the Ealing Studios films of the early fifties, regarded by many as the high point in British Cinema. The layout is set amid London Docks in the post-war period, loosely based on the London and Blackwall Railway, where several Ealing films were set. The main scenes depicted are The Ladykillers (on the left), Passport to Pimlico (on the right) with The Maggie (from the film of the same name) and the Cabinet Minister (Whiskey Galore) in the dock (front centre). All teams taking part in the GMRC were asked to include animation, so the layout features a working dockside crane, ship derricks, a lorry and occasional helicopter as well as lighting in most of the buildings and two distinct sound systems (a station announcer plus various sound effects). It is operated through a DCC system with sound, based around MERG controllers and CBus, and can run up to five trains simultaneously on three circuits, including a shuttle in the docks. Since filming, Ealing Road has improved to make it suitable to move and reassemble, the viaduct has now been made a permanant part of the baseboards and is much more finished than time allowed originally. The whole of the right hand scene of Passport to Pimlico has been remodelled and is now an accurate representation of the film set.  A host of detail has been added throughout.  A traverser has been added to add some more operational interest. 

 

Eu (Le Treport) Depot

Gauge: O

Owner: John and Peter Smith

 

Eu is a real town in northern France, just inland from the resort of Le Treport. We like to base our layouts in a real place, and who could resist a name like that? “What’s your layout called?”  “Er……..”

A line from Dieppe was built to Le Treport from Dieppe by the Ouest Railway; it closed in 1938 but we have assumed it remained open into the 1950’s and have given it a locomotive depot at Eu. Although it is an Ouest (Western) shed we have locomotives from further afield to give the look of a typical SNCF steam shed with examples of some of the large and impressive locomotives running in France at that time. We use DCC for control and all the locos have sound; several have smoke as well so the layout should be easy to find, just look for the cloud hanging over it! There is one diesel, a yard shunter, but other than that it’s all steam. The turntable has a sound decoder too with all the sounds of a real turntable, but also background noises such as passing trains, birdsong and even a thunder storm. The buildings on the layout are all built from scratch, including the street scene that hides the fiddle yard. We operate from the front and back so one of us will always be able to have a chat and to answer any questions.

 

Goathland in 00

Gauge: OO

Owner: Simon Denham

 

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is regarded as one of the country`s premier heritage railways, and Goathland is its most recognisable station, thanks to the filming of Heartbeat (Aidensfield), Harry Potter (Hogsmeade) and Simply Red's music video (Holding back the years). Check out the well-known characters from the TV series - you'll see Claude Greengrass in trouble, yet again, with the police. This iconic station has been faithfully reproduced. Even the current station master is impressed.  All trains on the layout depict those that have operated on NYMR over the years.  You’ll probably spot your favourite!

Hills of the North  - The Spirit of Shap

Gauge: OO

Owner: Graham Nicholas and friends

 

The mainline over Shap summit in the Cumbrian fells has been an irresistible draw for generations of railway enthusiasts. The layout attempts to recreate something of this atmosphere in the classic steam era, including a recreation of the banking arrangements that were employed to assist the heavier trains up the incline. The layout takes three places on the climb of Shap Bank and blends them into one continuous scenic presentation some 40 foot long. In the uphill direction, trains enter the scene under the Greenholme road bridge. This then transforms into the ‘classic’ location on the prolonged embankment at Shap Wells. The trains then enter a sizeable cutting before passing the sidings and signalbox at Shap summit itself. The scenic work attempts to capture the bleak open moorland setting, with plenty of drystone walls (51 feet to be exact) and few trees. A graduated, forced perspective approach has been applied behind the mainline to blend into the backscene.

A sequence of trains is operated to depict an evolving time period from the mid-1950’s pure steam, through the early 1960’s steam/diesel transition era, to the late 1960’s death throes of steam with blue diesels and blue/grey coaching stock in evidence.

 

 

 

Karolina Falls

Gauge: On30

Owner: David Bailey

A gold prospector discovered the falls in the mid 1800s and named them after his wife "Karolina". He carried on with his long quest for gold and found a rich seam. He persuaded investors to build the railway which bridged the ravine in front of the falls. The gold soon ran out, so then he turned to logging to keep the investors happy. With logging trains passing the falls every day people got to hear about the falls, so he decided at weekends to attach a carriage to the back of some trains and started taking visitors to the falls. To cope with demand he took a gamble and built the station shortly followed by the saloon and general store. Logging and tourism were running hand in hand. Business was good so he built a bank, paid off the investors and made himself sheriff.

Moving forward 100 or so years its now the late 70’s. With the discovery of a new vein of gold the mine has reopened. The railway is now a preserved line still owned by the original family. Nothing much else has changed, there are a lot more tourists including the odd teddy boy and punk rocker and still the odd logging train trundles past. Karolina features a real waterfall 2000/lph cascading into the ravine below. The layout is a basic oval on four boards with a passing loop in the station area and a 5 track traverser in the fiddle yard. Track used is Peco with Seep and Gaugemaster electrics. Water and electric don’t mix but I didn’t read the memo! Karolina Falls was built in 2012 in 10 months (layouts are never finished) and was exhibited at its 1st exhibition the same one as my last layout Avyn a llyin 23 years earlier. Karolina falls appeared in Sept 2014 Continental Railway Modeller with an 8 page spread. I hope you like what you see and feel free to ask any questions about the layout, we might even be able to answer them !

Kirtley Bridge

Gauge: O

Owner: Bob Hordern

 

In the closing years of the nineteenth century, local businessmen in the Yorkshire Dales raised funds to build a light railway to serve their estates, farms, mills and quarries. Trains would serve the settlements of Hebden, Kirtley Bridge and Dalehead. The Midland Railway Company soon took over the line and this was reflected in the trackwork, station buildings and railway practices that followed. The LMS took control in 1923. At the same time the LNER successfully negotiated to run a service to Dalehead, encouraged no doubt by the increased traffic as Bradford Corporation began building a reservoir at the head of the valley. The branchline and growing village of Kirtley Bridge are modelled as they might have been in the late 1930s. The layout consists of seven plywood baseboards and the trackwork is C&L - built with wooden sleepers and plastic chairs. Trains are steam-hauled using ex-Midland Railway locomotives in their pre-war LMS livery. Rolling stock is kit-built or modified RTR and fitted with Dingham auto-couplings. Buildings are mostly scratch-built and based on real buildings, relocated or adapted to fit their sites on the layout. The scenic landscape is moulded using plaster over a fly-screen mesh, whilst rock outcrops are created from bark. Control is at present still analogue using twin cab control. ‘Tortoise’ motors operate the points and servos work the signals and accessories.

 

 

Leysdown

Gauge: P4

Owner: Adrian Colenutt

 

Of the standard-gauge light railways of Kent, one of the most successful was the Sheppey Light Railway engineered by the well-known Holman F. Stephens. After being absorbed into the South Eastern & Chatham Railway and subsequently the Southern Railway; the line was improved, enlarged and partly standardized. Leysdown, the terminus, was the largest station on the line and served the embryonic seaside resort offering very limited facilities including cattle pens along with a horse and carriage dock.

The layout, built to P4 standards, comprises four 4ft x 2ft plywood baseboards with integral legs. Trackwork has been built using ply and rivet construction on foam underlay. An NCE Power cab DCC system has been installed allowing locomotives to be sound fitted. Turnouts and signals are operated by slow action Tortoise motors. The buildings are scratch-built using a variety of materials. Use has been made of carpet underlay for the undergrowth with products from the 'Woodland Scenics' range much to the fore. The rolling stock may not be truly typical but featured are models of "B1" Class locomotive No 1021 and ex. S.E. & C.R. articulated coach set No 514, both of which were photographed on the line in the early 1930s.

 

Mackenzieville Yard and Glendale Junction

Gauge: N

Owner: Ian Wilson

 

Eastern roads – especially in Pennsylvania – are my main interest, and in my prototype research for a location for this N scale layout I was continually drawn back to one location – Westwood Junction in Schuylkill County, at the heart of the Reading Railroad’s mine operations in hard coal country. Westwood is a simple junction (named Glendale Junction on the model) where a mine branch meets the main line and both lines run into a small marshalling yard at Mackenzieville. This yard is a visible section of the layout’s off-scene staging yard and the yard tracks are long enough for a train to arrive and stop in view before moving out of sight later. Similarly trains leaving the yard pull into view until it is time for them to depart. Short trains of empty coal hoppers are taken up the branch and full hoppers return, while longer mainline runs of full and empty hoppers are also seen, along with local freight service and passenger runs by a Budd RDC. The layout has appeared in print in Kalmbach Publishing’s Model Railroad Planning 2017 in the USA and in  Continental Modeller in December 2018 in the UK.

 

 

 

Modbury Torr

Gauge: TT

Owner: Paul Hopkins

 

Modbury Torr represents the proposed terminal of the GWR Yealmpton branch in South Devon had it been completed to the original proposal. The layout is built to a scale of 3mm to 1 foot on three baseboards the middle one of which was built to participate in the 40 inch challenge set by the 3mm Society as part of the 40th anniversary celebrations in 2005.
The majority of the buildings, scenery and trackwork represent the features and layout at the Yealmpton end of the branch and are all proprietary items, some converted from other scales, and apart from the loco shed which is scratch built, can be purchased from most model shops. There are no ready to run locomotives or rolling stock available in this scale, apart from Triang TT which was discontinued in 1964. All the models operating on the layout are made from kits or scratch built sources, and represent those which would have operated on a typical south Devon branch line. Look out for the Railmotor and the GWR internal combustion railcar as well as the typical auto trains. The coupling system is a delayed action type designed by B&B using electro magnets for activation, and the train control uses analogue Gaugemaster units.

Nine Mills

Gauge: N

Owner: David Forshaw Liverpool MRS

 

Nine Mills is a fictitious MPD located in the Midlands, where the LMS and GWR both had depots. By the early 1960’s the Midland shed has been replaced by a new diesel facility, the GWR shed remains in use, but the steam locos continue to use the LMS coaling & ash plant. Behind the depot runs a London Midland Region main line, running a wide range of local and long distance cross country passenger services, including some displaced from the west coast main line due to electrification work. The line also sees extensive freight workings, often pausing nearby in the passing loops.

A 44 train fiddle yard, capable of holding over 1200 wagons or 500 coaches, provides a steady flow of trains for the main line, taking about 45 minutes before the same train is seen twice. The scenic sections use Peco finescale (code 55) track and fiddle yard code 80. Scenic structures are a mixture of modified kits, scratch built and SD Mouldings. Selected Hornby Lyddle End and Farish Scenecraft will also be seen. Motive power is mainly Graham Farish and Dapol, with Minitrix, Union Mills and Peco, making up the 100 + loco fleet. Many have been detailed, extensively modified, or are now completely different locos using body kits. Over 40 steam types and 20 diesel classes are represented. Farish, Dapol & Ultima kits provide most coaching stock. Wagons are a varied mix of RTR and kits, many from the ‘N’ Gauge Society. Many prototypical full length trains will be seen running around the layout, watch out for the rare and unusual stock and we also run suitable latest releases from the manufacturers. The layout was Railway of the Month in Railway Modeller, September 2009 and featured in their 2010 annual. The layout has also featured in Hornby Magazine, March 2012, and Model Rail, February 2013, all prior to the recent extension of the layout, which added length to the passing loops and a canal scene, as seen in the Spring 2018 British Railway Modelling.

Oakley Green

Gauge: OO

Owner: Jamie & Luc Mathlin

 

 

 As a young boy living in Hampshire in the 1970’s, I was lucky to have lived near the Southern Region lines running from Waterloo to Southampton and Salisbury, where BR Blue was the order of the day.  Many a summers day I was sat in a BRUTE on a platform, eating my jam sandwiches and watching the Trains go by, wonderful days !  So having maintained my love for British Rail Diesels and rolling stock, and having had dreams of reliving my youth, it was time to build an Exhibition Layout, allowing my son and I to travel the country and meet like-minded people with a similar love for model trains. Oakley Green was conceived as a mainly Southern Region Layout based in the mid 1970’s, taking ideas from Basingstoke, Micheldever Station and Eastleigh Works, to create a layout which had a small parcels depot, a busy oil depot, as well as a loco service depot, this has as a result allowed for a larger collection of locos to be run on the layout, adding a lot of interest and operational complexity. The layout is full DCC with all locos having sound, the points and signals are also all DCC and the layout is controlled via an NCE system and an interface using JRMI software, with the final control achieved by using wireless tablets and phones. All the buildings are scratch built and the locos and rolling stock are all weathered. If you have any questions, my son and I would be happy to answer them for you.

Obervaz Swiss

Gauge: Hom

Owner: Norwich Model Railway Club

 

Obervaz is a ficticious layout based on the operations of the Rhätische Bahn (RhB), the largest narrow gauge railway operator in Switzerland. The RhB is joint operator of the famous Glacier Express with the MGB (Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn). The Glacier Express may be seen on the      

layout. The RhB is a dual voltage railway, apart from the new Allegra units which are dual voltage all other motive power is either 15kv AC or 1000v DC. The only remaining DC line is the Bernina between St Moritz and Tirano. Purists may pick up on us operating AC and DC stock on the same

tracks but with a little “Modellers Licence” this allows us to create a greater variety of interest.

Most of the stock is produced by Bemo, a German company but a few items are from another German company, D & R. The Layout is analogue and both layers are independent of each other.

We like to think that it is a fair representation of  RhB operations, the railway is mostly single track with passing loops and the station layout is typical RhB. Feel free to ask questions, we will be pleased to answer them if we can.

Per Ardua Adastra(the GMRC Swiss layout)

Gauge OO/HO

Owner: Team Grantham

Per Ardua Adastra was built in just three days as part of the 2019 Great Model Railway Challenge (GMRC). It was the winning layout in Heat 5 (‘The sky’s the limit’), being awarded a perfect 10 by the judges for build quality and functionality.

The design is inspired by the dramatic hill-climbing railways of the Swiss Alps. A double track mainline connects with a branchline which spirals its way up the mountain, crossing a recreation of the famous Landwasser viaduct on the route of the Glacier Express, running past a typical Alpine lake before arriving at the mountain top station.

To meet the GMRC brief, the railway depicted the journey of a space rocket being transported up to its launch site. Working features include a funicular railway as a direct route uphill from the main station, a fully operational radio telescope and a spectacular Thunderbirds-esque rocket launch from the mountain top space station complete with smoke effects.

The layout is destined to be developed further as a bona fide continental exhibition layout in its own right. But for now, the layout will be demonstrated as it appeared on the programme and members of Team Grantham will be on hand to talk about their GMRC experience.

 

Project Iraq 2003

Gauge:1/35 NG

Owner: Tony & Kate Bennett

 

1st May 2003 somewhere near to Basra in Iraq and the main fighting is over. The model depicts a section of the British Army on Operation Telic taking stock of the situation before moving on to their next objective. Amazingly they have come across a working remnant of a railway constructed by their forefathers about 80 years ago, the Maquil Railway. The local Iraqis are celebrating their freedom from the tyranny of Saddam Hussein’s regime by returning to normal life as soon as possible and so the run down and battered railway has returned quickly to its main role of moving water and agricultural produce. Project Iraq 2003 is a simple run round layout. Built to a scale of 1/35 it runs on a 16.5mm track gauge representing the original 600mm gauge. It is very highly detailed with over 20 vehicles and 125 figures in cameo scenes. The more you look at it, the more details you will see. Project Iraq 2003 supports Help for Heroes.

Ridgmont

Gauge: 32mm

Owner: Bedfordshire Area Group Association of 16mm NG Modellers

 

Ridgmont is owned and operated by the “Bedfordshire Area Group” of the Association of 16mm Narrow Gauge Modellers.  The railway takes its name from the Bedfordshire village of Ridgmont where the club was formed over 30 years ago. Ridgmont has been built to the scale of 16mm to the foot, running on 32mm gauge track. This represents 2 foot narrow gauge as you will find on many of the preserved railways in Wales and many other parts of the UK. The layout has two running tracks with storage sidings and passing loops giving ample space for “Steaming Up” and storage.  Ridgmont is over 11 metres long and 4.5 metres deep and in exhibition mode it has the full scenic treatment which is to a very high standard which needs to be seen. Check out the details in the station buffet, it will make you feel hungry. We expect to be running a full roster of Live Steam Locos which in most cases are gas fired, environment permitting we may include at least one coal fired Loco, at quiet times you will see a number of battery locos making their leisurely way around the layout.

We hope you enjoy watching Ridgmont as much as we like to operate it.  If you would like further details about the layout or are interested in Ridgmont attending your own exhibition please speak to one of the operators or contact our Club Secretary.

Smallbridge Junction

Gauge: 009

Owner: Dale Gillard

 

Smallbridge Junction is an imaginary small junction connecting the branch line to wood warehouse.  The station today is hosting the mini owners club in the car park.  All the track and points are Peco, locos are mainly kit built, Minitrains and Bachmann. Questions are welcome at all times.

 

Thomas and Friends

Gauge: OO

Owner: Mickleover Model Railway Group

Hello, I am Thomas and I live on the small island of Sodor, along with my friends Gordon, James, Henry, Edward, Percy and Toby.  I am the cheeky little blue tank engine with six small wheels, a short stumpy boiler a short funnel and dome.  Annie and Clarabelle are the two coaches I pull and they carry the passengers around the island.

Sometimes we give the owner of the railway, Sir Topham Hatt a ride. He is also known at the Fat Controller and can usually be found at Tidmouth Station watching his trains go by.  We all work very hard on this railway and we hope you will come to see us before you go home.  this would make us all very happy indeed. The operators of the layout hope you have enjoyed what you have seen today.

Come and say hi to the Fat Controller who will be in attendance during the show.  His beard does not bite unless it is provoked!

 

Towcester

Gauge: OO

Owner: George Woodcock & John Norton

 

Towcester is a small town in south Northamptonshire which dates back to Roman times. In railway terms in dates from the latter half of the nineteenth century and after a rather troubled first quarter of a century the main line through the town became known as the SMJ connecting Stratford to Olney.  With its connections to Banbury and Northampton via Blisworth using the tracks of rival companies it hoped to prosper but this was sadly not to be and the SMJ was absorbed into the LMS railway at the grouping of the privatised railway companies in 1922. Towcester was an important junction on this system and was where the four lines joined.  Passenger services were always poorly patronised in this rural system and finally ceased in 1954 though freight continued until 1964 when the track was lifted, station site was cleared and later re-developed as a Tesco Supermarket.

That is the reality; this is however our version of events. The year is 1977 and Towcester still has a railway presence although on a reduced scale. Though the line from Blisworth on the WCML through to Banbury has been retained as a north-south link, the old SMJ line to Stratford has indeed closed though the derelict track is still in situ to sidings on the other side of the A5 bridge. The remaining line carries passenger services between Northampton, Banbury and Oxford although the intermediate stations have long closed. These are in the hands of Cl101, 105 and 108 DMUs.  Freight traffic includes coal, cement, petroleum and Speedlink traffic between the North East and Eastleigh and there are also parcel services from the South-East to the Midlands and the North-East.  There is also local freight in the form of steel delivered into Towcester yard to an engineering works in the yard itself as well as occasional fertilizer and animal feed traffic for a local agricultural merchant.  The old SMJ line to Olney has been retained as far as Salcey Forest for the loading of timber.  Locomotives to be seen include C120, 25, 33, 40, 45 and 47 in good old BR ‘banger blue’.

Webb's Wharf (GWR)

Gauge: O

Owner: Dr Michael Watts

 

An early nineteenth century wharf was installed two miles inland, along the five mile canal from the Teign, to serve rural businesses with raw materials. By 1920 William Arthur Webb and two sons had developed the wharf with a private siding for road & water and road & rail transfers to Bristol, Gloucester, and London, via adjacent GWR branch-line. Monocoque baseboard is solely MDF. Two 5-rail traverser plates optimise fiddle-yard storage space. Trackwork is Peco Fine, code 124, with Cobalt point-motors. Two-cab control is used with six, switched, track sections. Neodymium magnets facilitate uncoupling. Locomotives and rolling stock are from Dapol, Lionheart Trains, Peco, and Tower Models. Buildings are from Bachmann, and Skytrex kits, modified and weathered.

Whiteleaf Tramway with Rack Railway

Gauge: G

Owner: Buckinghamshire Garden Railway Society

The Whiteleaf Tramway is our attempt to show in an indoor setting, what can be achieved in the garden of a typical home. We make no apology for the intensive schedule being run on the line today. We are here after all to entertain and to demonstrate the diverse pleasures of a railway in the garden.  The layout is built to what is known as G scale. The track gauge is 45mm (the same as gauge 1) representing the 3ft narrow gauge tracks of Britain or the USA, or the metre gauge tracks of Europe, with a scale of approximately 1:22.5. The layout is owned by Buckinghamshire Garden Railway Society and the rolling stock is provided by the members.

The layout portrays an electric tramway that runs through the streets and then sets off through the countryside to serve surrounding villages before becoming a mountain railway. Traffic is handled by tramcars with trailers, with the trailers being detached from the tramcars and pushed up the mountainsideby specially equipped rack locomotives. These locomotives engage with the central toothed rail that enables them to climb the 1 in 4 (25%) gradient and more importantly, provides braking effect when coming down. This type of operation was common on narrow gauge railways in Europe.  There are very few G scale exhibition layouts with overhead wire and the inclusion of the rack section probably makes this a unique layout in this scale.

 

Wyken Yard

Gauge: O

Owner: Justin Adams

Having acquired some O gauge stock, I wanted somewhere that I could run it.  The other problem I had that was that the space in my spare bedroom was taken up with my OO gauge layout.  I therefore designed the layout to fit on top of the shelving unit in my lounge.  This is the reason why the layout is operated from the front.

The layout depicts a small yard that serves some factories and warehouses. 

Yorkshire Pennines

Gauge: N

Owner: Roland Wood

 

Yorkshire Pennines is set in the present era in a part of the country where the rugged Pennines meets the stunning Yorkshire Dales and Moors.  It depicts a fictitious scene that could be close to the town of Yockenthwaite, on a part of the East Coast mainline, where a supposed preserved railway line has adjoining platforms. In this picturesque countryside, some charter trains run, as well as the expected freight and passenger services. The preserved railway line is a popular tourist attraction.

This layout can be computer controlled, giving the operators the choice between full manual operation; full computer control or a bit of each!  All locos are equipped with sound.

 

Woodcroft

Owner: Market Deeping MRC

Gauge EM

 

Sadly, this layout was damaged during vandalism at our Stamford Show in May.  Repair work has been carried out over the last few months by a dedicated tram, replacing damaged track repairing the electric's and a considerable amount of work on rebuilding the diorama. 

This 4mm, 18.2mm gauge MDMRC layout represents a small through station on an imaginary single-track line built to give access to Stamford from the GN main line.  Its main purpose was to allow for the through running of coaches from Kings Cross via Peterborough to Stamford. The station has single platform and a run around loop for goods trains.  A small brickyard in the vicinity (so typical of the area) with sidings gives much goods traffic. The layout is operated as in the GNR period. The layout did undergo a baseboard extension to increase the siding length with rewiring, this was just completed the night prior to been vandalised.