The National Festival of Railway Modelling 2018 - Layout details

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Layout

Detail

Ashbrooke - Midland Railway          

Gauge: OO

Owner: Doncaster & District MRC

 

Ashbrooke is a fictional location somewhere in West Yorkshire.  It is however based on Midland practice during the mid 1920’s when, after grouping, loco’s and stock could still be seen in their original liveries as well as the LMS.

It is a fiddle yard to terminus layout, having a foundry at the opposite end of the layout to the terminus. The railway is Midland owned. There is very little storage space so there are a lot of shunting manoeuvres to get goods wagons from the main line to the branch and visa-versa, as well as into the goods yard. The foundry is one of the main employers in the town and being very busy and adjacent to the railway, warrants regular freight services. The terminus has the usual facilities, platforms 1, 2, 3 and the bay.  There is a goods shed, coal staithes behind the station and a cattle dock in front.

There is a small engine shed that is bounded by the road and the church yard and cannot be enlarged so is now used for maintenance and the station pilot.  The Midland built a new two road engine shed with a turntable and coalhole further up the line. With a change of engines, rolling stock and road vehicles the era modelled can be moved forward in time to the LMS in the 1940’s, giving the layout greater flexibility and interest. The whole premise of “Ashbrook” is to see movement all the time, entertain the public and to show what can be done using proprietary stock, buildings and materials.  Everything can be bought readymade or in kit form. Ashbrooke started 25 years ago, as my first proper layout and has been lengthened six times, doubling its length, widened once and the track layout changed three times.  It is now in its final form, but has been a great joy and learning experience over the years.

 

 

Ashurst Brickworks Light Railway 

Gauge: 009

Owner: Peter Rednall

 

Ashurst is an imaginary village nestled alongside a narrow estuary on the Sussex coast. The availability of good quality brick making clays in the local area stimulated the building of a narrow gauge light railway to transport the handmade bricks to the awaiting coastal ships. Shortly after its opening the railway management decided to open the line to passengers to serve nearby isolated communities. Time has moved on and we now view the railway as it is in the 1950’s. Trains continue to run in their time honoured way, but for how much longer before it succumbs to the lorry and a possible future in preservation?

Binns Road Hornby Dublo 3 Rail     

Gauge: OO

Owner: HRCA Chiltern Hills Vintage Train Group

 

This is a loose lay lay-out which means that we put it together the night before the show and we can create large and complex track work. The track is of a three rail design, which means that the central rail is live and the outside two rails are the negative return, and it is made of tinplate. The locomotives are of a heavy die-cast construction and the coaches are of three periods, starting with full tin-plate to the final super detail which is plastic and tin-plate. The wagons use a die-cast chassis on which either a tin-plate or plastic body is fitted. The station and signal boxes are of metal and the later engine shed and goods sheds are plastic. The station is art deco design. Hornby Dublo was produced by the Meccano Company at Binns Road, Liverpool between 1938 and 1964. The company went bankrupt and the Hornby name was bought by Lyons Brothers and became Triang-Hornby.

This lay-out is operated by members of the Chiltern Hills Vintage Train Group, which is part of the Hornby Railway Collectors’ Association (HRCA).  If you have any questions or want further information about the lay-out or the HRCA please ask one of the operators.

Boscawen Junction         

Gauge: N

Owner: Redruth Model Railway Club

 

Boscawen translates from Cornish to English as Dwelling by an Elder-Tree. Boscawen Junction: is set in the diesel electric era between 1985 and 1995 and the stock reflects the change from the BR blue era to sectorisation. Boscawen Junction is a fictional layout based on the Cornish mainline. It draws inspiration from the Parkandillack Branch where it joins the mainline at Burngullow and also from Chacewater where there was a Blue Circle cement depot and disused station.

The layout is signalled with working semaphore and light signals. The track is peco code 55 which has been lightly canted in the corners to give added realism. The points are all motorised using either seep or peco motors and overall control is DCC using a Gaugemaster Prodigy express controller.

Bournemouth West  

Gauge: OOFS

Owner: SCRMDG

 

Bournemouth West was the southern terminus of the late lamented Somerset and Dorset line, originally intended as a quicker way to transport freight between the ports of Poole and Bristol, but ultimately became a popular alternative route for holiday makers from the midlands and north to access the tourist area of Bournemouth and Poole.  Many trains from the London direction also terminated here, often having split at Bournemouth Central station allowing the remaining portion to continue to Weymouth. We have researched the typical traffic circa 1960 and hopefully present a representative selection of the varied stock and motive power a trainspotter of that era would have enjoyed. Southern and Midland region loco’s predominate, of course although BR Standard types were seen regularly as well as the occasional WR visitor, certainly a Modified Hall was usually in charge of the Newcastle/York cross country service via the Great Central. The premier express service were the Pullman “Bournemouth Belle” which had a quick turnaround at the station and the “Pines Express” a Manchester/Bouthmouth service often headed at this time by a 9F 2-10.0 We feature both these during the sequence. Bournemouth West closed along with the S&D line in total in 1965.

Bradfield Gloucester Square

John Elliott

Gauge: OO

 

The layout is inspired by the Midland Railway’s terminus in Bradford. It is not intended as a replica of this station but is a fictitious location based on its architectural style and method of operation.

Bradfield Gloucester Square boasts only three platforms and a siding underneath a partial overall roof. It stands at the end of a double track branch that joins the midland main line between Leeds and Skipton. Immediately outside of the station, the double tracks plunge into a short tunnel to head in a northerly direction towards the mainline for Leeds and London or Carlisle. Loco servicing facilities and extensive goods yards are on the far side of the tunnel.

Just prior to the tunnel entrance, there is a junction that once provided access to a branch line but now gives access to the carriage sidings laid on the old town goods yard. The sidings, known as Cattle Dock Sidings, provide stabling for the stock of southbound expresses that originate and terminate here. Local and inter regional services are also accommodated.

Operation is to a sequenced 24-hour timetable that is based on the summer 1962 working timetable for Bradford Forster Square. The layout features Digital Command Control with onboard sound systems.

 

Brewery Pit   

Gauge: OO

Owner: Thomas Haynes

 

Brewery Pit is a shunting layout that takes inspiration from the brewery railways of Burton upon Trent, with some of the buildings scratch built from historic photos; Shobnall maltings being a prominent background feature. The layout is set in autumn in the late 1940s and is operated in both DCC and analogue modes with a variety of unusual small shunting locomotives including Y6 and J70 steam trams, well tanks and the occasional travelling wardrobe. Freight enters the layout from the main branch and wagons are moved into the neighbouring warehouses by the Brewery’s army of shunters.

The surrounds of the layout indicate various aspects of the beer manufacturing and transportation process including the construction of wooden barrels, how the barrels were stored in pyramids, and how they were cleaned out. Brewery Pit was constructed by Thomas Haynes and this is the third and final iteration of Brewery Pit, which started being built in 2008 in Ilfracombe and has moved to Newbury and now Swindon.

Broom Junction           

Gauge: EM

Owner: Charles Stevens and The Shrewley Modellers

 

Broom Junction is a typical junction station on a minor line of the Midland Railway between Birmingham in the north and Ashchurch in the south. Deep in the heart of the Warwickshire countryside, there is no town nearby, merely a very small hamlet, and the station is surrounded by open country. The Stratford and Midland Joint Railway leaves the north-south line and strikes off east to Stratford on Avon. The original layout as described in BRM displayed the station only but recently extensions have been added to show the junction itself, and further areas of open countryside.

The period set is LMS before WW2 and further alterations were carried out. The rolling stock represents the variety that could be seen during this time and includes the signature train, the banana train from Bristol docks to London.

Buxton

Gauge: N

Owner: Alsager Railway Association

 

The Layout Buxton was original built by the late Mike Tooth and it was his wishes that the layout would be still exhibited by myself after his passing. This is a model of Buxton station and the diesel-fueling depot. The period is from the 1980's to the

closure of the depot in the 1990's. The station serves passengers to Manchester and the surrounding districts. The depot services and re-fuels loco's mainly from the stone quarries around this area. All of the buildings were scratch built by the late Mike Tooth from early photographs of Buxton which were loaned from Adrian Newman, and a site visit by Steve Farmer and Mike Tooth. The track is 'Peco' and the scenics are from 'Greenscene'. Thanks go to Stephen Farmer for assisting Mike Tooth with the electrics.

Byway MPD   

Gauge: OO

Owner: High Wycombe & District MRS

 

Byway is a fictional small BR urban Motive Power Depot set in the late steam era. It is built to one of a series compact layout plans for a 4ft 6in space using just three turnouts by Ian Futers. The layout is used at shows to demonstrate my collection of

sound equipped loco’s. My main interest is in the technical side of model railways and I am happy to answer any questions you may have, be it DCC sound decoder installation, layout lighting or DCC control.

Campbells Quarry

Gauge: 32mm

Owner: John Campbell

 

This quirky little industrial model is based around two sand pits, each with its own working Ruston Bucyrus 10RB digger, one of the dragline type and one with the face shovel. The pits are served by a narrow gauge railway employing a battery operated and radio controlled diesel locomotive.

The sand is excavated from one pit, placed in the railway tippers and transferred to the other where it is automatically unloaded. After shunting the sand will then be scooped into the tippers and transported to the original pit where it is again automatically unloaded. The ultimate recycling layout!

 

Caroline Concrete Works           

Gauge: O-16.5

Owner: Graham Morfoot

 

The layout is loosely based on the Tallington concrete works that is alongside the ECML near Stamford. Built in 1943 to produce concrete sleepers due to the shortage of imported timber during the war. The works has been operated by Dowmac and Constain Tarmac in the past, making concrete sleepers along with other concrete structures for civil engineering. Production on the site reduced when sleeper production was moved to Doncaster and Birmingham. A European consortium has now been formed to use the site to produce the track panels for the HS2 project. The Tallington works did not have a narrow-gauge railway, although one was proposed, but does have standard gauge sidings within the complex that are connected to the main line. The layout is a shunting operation, with a narrow-gauge system moving materials within the works, and finished products to a standard gauge siding.

Chapel Rise    

Gauge: OO

Owner: James Styles

 

Chapel rise is a small 00 gauge layout set in the steam era at Christmas. This was a small project that was the idea of my wife, she wanted a Christmas scene that was automated to have out at Christmas as a moving decoration. Everything on the layout is scratch built apart from the station building, and rolling stock. The track is simple PECO code 100 and the loco is controlled via a dcc automatic operation. There are even random church bells playing. Can you spot Father Christmas awaiting a train home to the north pole.

 

 

 

Dentdale        

Gauge: N

Owner: Wayne Webb, Tony Frazer & Bob Taylor.

 

The 72 mile route from Settle to Carlisle takes you on a journey through the magnificent Yorkshire Dales, over the 24 arches of the Ribblehead Viaduct before plunging in to the longest tunnel on the line at Blea Moor emerging onto the side of Dentdale. The line leaves the Dales at Garsdale and makes it way through the gentle, lush rolling hills of the Eden Valley, with rural villages and market towns before arriving at the great border city of Carlisle. Dentdale was inspired by the high altitude moorland sections of the Settle Carlisle Railway. The layout runs from the north entrance of the Blea Moor Tunnel, crosses the Dent Head and Arten Gill viaducts and ends at Dent Station. As the Settle & Carlisle line has changed relatively little over the years and still boasts semaphore signalling and buildings painted in authentic Midland colours, this allows us to represent any period from the 1950's to the present day. At a two day show we run sixties stock on the first day and modern on the second day.

 

 

Dock Green BR(E)  

Gauge: O

Owner: Chaz Harrison

 

The model depicts a small goods yard in a scruffy industrial area in North East London, part of the Eastern Region of British Railways. The setting is the late nineteen fifties/early sixties, a time of transition with a mix of steam and diesel locomotives. There is no passenger station on the model. It’s just behind the warehouse at the left hand end!  All the points in the yard would be operated with hand levers so there would be no signal box. The only signal, a starter protecting the exit from the yard, is controlled from the signal box in the passenger station. One of the tracks at the left-hand end of the yard descends a gradient to an industrial estate and is worked by the estate's own loco's. You may also see one of these shunting wagons and vans into the warehouse siding. The layout is DCC controlled and all the locos have working sound.  Look out for PC Dixon, a mucky looking canal, a factory fire-escape, some ex-gas street lights converted to electricity and about 28,000 stone setts.  We welcome comments and questions, please pick a quiet moment!

 

Eisengebrau  

Gauge: HO

Owner: Raven Miniatures

 

Eisengebrau is an HO scale layout depicting a fictitious terminus of the Royal Prussian Railway Administration in West Prussia (now part of northern Germany). The time is around 1910.  It is a pleasant summer’s day (a change from our other snowy layouts!).

The layout is operated from the front, so please take advantage of the ready availability of the operating crew to chat about any aspects of the layout. We try to avoid obvious anachronisms but the main aim is entertainment rather than 100% accuracy.

Control is DCC using the ECOS system. Normally, we control the layout using an i-phone, i-pod or i-pad linked to ECOS through an Edimax router. The track is Peco code 75. Points are operated by Digitrax decoders and Peco motors with frog polarity being changed by Hex Frogjuicers.

Stock is a mix of Fleischman, Roco, Lilliput and Brawa fitted with KD couplers.  Uncoupling is by neodymium (rare earth) magnets in the trackbed.

The name?  It’s a horribly rough translation of that famous drink made in Scotland from girders! We hope you enjoy our layout and its presentation. Feel free to photograph and film for your own use – just give us some warning so that we can get out of the way!!

 

 

 

Faringdon      

Gauge: P4

Owner: Rex Davidson

 

Built by the well-known model maker and author, Stephen Williams, the layout is a scale model of the former GWR branch station at Faringdon in Oxfordshire and is entirely hand-built in 4mm scale to P4 (18.83mm) gauge. The model depicts the station as it might have appeared during the transition from GWR to BR ownership during the period between 1947 and 1955. As was typical of minor routes, the buildings largely retain the colours of the former GWR, but most of the engines and stock carry the new liveries of British Railways. Passenger services at the real Faringdon were largely restricted to a shuttle service to the junction at Uffington and these ceased at the end of 1951. Some artistic licence has therefore been used in extending both the time frame for the model and in showing a more varied range of typical branch line trains than would actually have been seen. So in addition to the “Pannier” tank with its curious “Concertina” coach that formed the real Faringdon branch train in the final years, viewers may also see large and small “Prairie” tanks on (imagined) local services from Swindon and Didcot, as well as a Collett Goods engine on branch freights.

The layout has featured in Model Railway Journal Nos. 77 and 241; British Railway Modelling, June 2018; and in Stephen’s book Great Western Branch Line Modelling Part 3 (Wild Swan Publications). It has won several awards, including the prestigious Ken York Trophy at Scaleforum 2007.

 

 

Franwood TMD           

Gauge: OO

Owner: Neil Woodbine & Sue Farmer

 

Franwood TMD is a fictional traction depot based in the Midlands area that includes basic maintenance, Fuelling and stabling facilities. The layout portrays operation of a small BR diesel depot from the BR Green/BR Blue era of the mid 1970's through the 1980's and into Sectorisation of the 1990's. Various liveries are on show including BR Green, BR Blue, large logo blue, GWR 150 green, red stripe rail freight and more. The layout is fictional and is based in the West Midlands as an overflow for Bescot and Saltley depots. Locomotives on show can range from small class 08 shunting locos through to heavy freight class 60's with most other classes in between. The layout is DCC in operation with some locomotives having sound systems fitted. Design and construction of Franwood started mid December 2015 and was largely complete for its first outing at the West Bromwich club open day in early March 2016, subsequently little tweaks to the scene have taken place. Franwood has been constructed as a tribute to my late father who sadly passed away shortly before its completion and its first show where its name was revealed. Thanks must go to my fathers best friend, Haydn Ellis, for his encouragement and support.

Habbaniya, Iraq 1941   

Gauge:  7mm NG and 009

Owner: Tony and Kate Bennett

 

Photo copyright Jamie Mathlin

 At the end of April 1941, RAF Habbaniya in Iraq was put under siege by the better equipped and larger Iraqi Army who dominated the base from the overlooking plateau. The base was defended by No4 Service Flying Training School, equipped with Oxford and Hart trainers and obsolete former front line aircraft; and on the ground by Assyrian and Kurdish Levies, the 1st King’s Own Royal Regiment and RAF Regiment armoured cars. They went on the offensive bombing and striking the Iraqi forces for five days; despite the base being continually bombarded; until the besieging forces morale was broken and they withdrew. A high price was made in lives but this little known side note in the history of the Second World War was an astonishing victory which went unrecognised and yet it played a crucial role in protecting allied oil supplies. The model shows the situation on 1st May 1941, the eve of the battle. It is in forced perspective with scales from 1/32 at the front to 1/700 at the back giving a flavour of the base and its aircraft. It is animated so look for the train moving across the base at different places and lots of other movements taking place. The scene is viewed as from a sand bagged defensive position and much more information is given beside the diorama. If you have further questions, please ask. Habbaniya, Iraq 1941 supports the Help for Heroes charity.

Hampton End

Gauge: G

Owner: Dale Gillard

 

Hampton End was a small branch line link serving a small village. Most of the freight that used the line was fish from the quayside. After the closure of the line many years ago, a group of local rail enthusiasts reinstalled the tracks & buildings & purchased a few foreign engines & stock. Most week-ends trains can be seen running. The buildings are from BR days. This international flair works well. Most of the trees are supplied by Ceynix Trees. Buildings are supplied by T&M models. Hampton End is sponsored by Glendale Junction, supported by Fyna vehicle hire-01604 753931. Layout size 18`x10`. Questions are welcome at all times.

Hope-under-Dinmore        

Gauge: EM

Owner: South Hants Model Railway Club

 

The Shrewsbury & Hereford Railway Company obtained an Act of Parliament in 1846 to build a narrow gauge (4’ 8½” gauge) railway from Shrewsbury to Hereford and work commenced in 1850 and opened from Shrewsbury to Hereford in 1853. In 1862 the Shrewsbury and Hereford Railway was jointly leased by the London & North Western Railway, the Great Western Railway and the West Midland Railway. By 1871 the WMR had amalgamated with the GWR, so the LNWR and the GWR jointly acquired the Shrewsbury & Hereford line. There was a station south of Dinmore tunnel, but the layout is based on a fictitious station north of the tunnel, close to the village of Hope-under-Dinmore. Track is to EM gauge (18.2mm) using a mixture of C&L plain track and hand built turnouts. Turnouts are operated by “Tortoise” point motors. Signals are based on LNWR design and are operated by “The Bouncer” system which utilises programmed model aircraft servos. There are two signal boxes that are based on the signal box at Leominster. The station building is a mirror image of that at Dinmore that still exists as a private house. The layout is set in the pre-grouping period 1904 to 1920. Trains are operated to a schedule and are a mixture of LNWR and GWR.

Kensington Addison Road

Gauge: O

Owner: Twickenham & District Model Railway Club

 

Addison Road station is nowadays known as Kensington Olympia, on the West London route between Willesden and Clapham Junction. It was built as a joint line, involving the L&NWR, GWR, LB&SCR and L&SWR, and our layout shows the station as it was around 1925, enabling us to run trains in pre- and post-grouping liveries. Facing the layout you are standing on the site of the Olympia exhibition halls, with Willesden Junction off to your left, and at the right-hand end the tracks disappear southwards under Kensington High Street bridge. Most of the trains at this period carried freight, but for passengers there was an intensive service from Willesden to Earl’s Court featuring ex-LNWR 3-car electric sets. There was also a frequent local service to Clapham Junction from the bay platforms. Look out for the ‘Sunny South Special’, a through train which linked Liverpool and Manchester with Brighton and Eastbourne. Locos were changed at Willesden and our model shows an ex-LB&SCR loco heading the distinctive D213 carriages, still in L&NWR livery, which we built ourselves. Other items of interest include hand-built models of the original LNWR signals and the use of the MERG CBUS system to operate the layout without section switches. The signal box and platform canopies were constructed from laser-cut ply to our own drawings. The trackwork was hand built and features third and fourth rail electrification. The layout has been constructed by members of the Twickenham & District Model Railway Club and is our largest and most ambitious project to date. You can find further information on our club website www.tdmrc.org.uk.

Launceston Steam Railway           

Gauge: 009

Owner: Richard Holder

 

Launceston Steam Railway in Cornwall is a delightful 2ft gauge line built, owned and operated by Nigel and Kay Bowman, which links the historic Cornish town with the hamlet of Newmills. There are four Quarry Hunslet locos –Lilian,Covertcoat, Velinheli and Dorothea. The four model locos have been built by adapting kits produced by Brian Madge. The tenders for ”Lilian” and “Covertcoat” have been scratch-built in brass. Two coaches have been adapted from brass etches supplied by Allen Docherty of Worsley Works. Another has been built using some of the parts from a kit supplied by Parkside Dundas with added scratch-built parts. The fourth coach has been adapted from a 3D printed Isle of Man carriage supplied by CWR Railways. Other items of rolling stock have been built from kits, including special members’ kits supplied by the 009 Society. Track-work is by Peco and SEEP point motors have been used throughout. Greenwich couplings have been added to all the stock and automatic uncoupling has been achieved by using electromagnets mounted below the baseboards. The buildings have been scratch-built using card, foamboard, plastic and Redutex sheets. A wide variety of ground cover and foliage has been used to create the scene, including items from Green Scene, Woodland Scenics, Noch, and Polak.

Lomond Street           

Gauge: OO

Owner: Scarborough and District Railway Modellers

 

Lomond Street depicts a fictional Diesel Depot servicing locomotives in the Glasgow area. The layout imagines that a fire at Eastfield Depot has occurred and an ex North British steam shed at Lomond Street has been hastily utilised to manage and service locomotives using the West Highland line. The layout of the depot is cramped and the Depot Foreman struggles to despatch locomotives on time to enable them to work their trains. The Depot has, naturally, its own snow plough and breakdown crane. In the street running in the foreground, the Depot Foreman takes some time out to exercise his dog, what else but a West Highland Terrier. The layout is set in the early and mid-1980’s and many of the West Highland favourites appear, along with one or two Inverness interlopers. All locomotives are sound fitted and the layout uses a LENZ operating system. The layout is constructed and operated by members of Scarborough and District Railway Modellers.  If you have any questions please feel free to ask.

Roxby Town  

Gauge: N

Owner: Geoff Buttler

 

The layout is an “N” gauge mainline of freelance design, with a track plan designed to provide train movements which are entertaining to those watching and a headache to the operators if they make a mistake. The layout is operated in the Modern Era (2000 to the present day), with its multitude of colours.

For the historians-the old town of Roxby, is like most places it as been ravaged by modernisation and lost a considerable local industry. What use to be the cross-over of main lines in the 1960`s, Roxby through rationalisation, has become a station boasting six platforms serving both local and cross country services. The lower area caters for the stabling, servicing and refuelling of the locomotives allocated to Roxby Green Lane Depot. The old goods sheds have been demolished, adjacent to the station to make way for a Network Rail yard. The layout is 12ft x 3ft and when fully stocked, the layout and behind the scenes storage yards can accommodate approximately 40 locomotives and DMUs, some which have been weathered. The storage yards can hold 10 complete trains within the seven parallel tracks running under an extensive control panel. The baseboards are made from marine plywood with sundealer tops.

The building, signals and yard lights are readily available from your local model stockist. All track work is Peco `Streamline’, with live-frog points operated by sub-baseboard Seep motors, controlled by stud and probe via 3 independent circuits, each with its own capacitor discharge unit. At the present, all signals are set by the operators and you may see a “spad” from time to time. No layout is ever completed, but it is hoped the atmosphere of the real scene is sufficiently captured for your enjoyment. Please do not feel you are interrupting the operators, as they will be only too pleased to take a break to answer any questions you may have. We hope you enjoy watching the trains go by, as much as we do playing trains! This layout has appeared in BRM and Railway Modeller, (twice) the last time, being the June 2012. 

The Bridge of Remagen       

Gauge: N

Owner: Al Turner

 

The Bridge at Remagen is an N-Gauge World War Two era layout centred around a true scale model of famous Ludendorff Bridge that spanned the Rhine close to the town of Remagen. The bridge is historically important being the first bridge captured intact over the Rhine by the Allied forces in March '45 - You may recall the 1969 film starring George Segal & Robert Vaughn of the same names that dramatizes the battle for the bridge. The capture of the bridge became a key milestone in bringing the war in Western Europe to an end.  The layout is set in late 1944, approximately 6 months before the capture, and sits chronology sitting between Operation Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge, at the point where the bridges defences were being strengthened in the face of the imminent threat of the advancing American Army. Remagen is solo endeavour that to date is the accumulation of almost 4 years work by one person. The majority of the scenery on the layout is scratch built, most notably being the bridge which is made from individual section of brass soldered together to create the 2 metre long structure.

Trewithick     

Gauge: EM

Owner: Graeme Vickery

 

Trewithick represents an imaginery GWR branchline terminus set deep in the china clay district of Cornwall.  The inspiration for the layout came from family holidays in the early 1980s when many happy hours where spent exploring the Newquay branch and the various freight only lines in the area that carried china clay to the main line at Par and onto the sea port of Fowey.  In those days clay hoods remained dominant with haulage provided by Class 37s and “Peaks”. The layout however is set back in time in the final years of the GWR when class 45xx and pannier tanks dominated the scene. The period however does shift forward 15 years on occasions to satisfy my interest in diesel hydraulics. Trewithick is served with a regular passenger service, usually an autocoach or a “B” set with the occasional through coach and a regular pick up freight serves the yard. Just outside the station is one of a number of china clay sidings served by the line.  This traffic uses the run-round facilities at the station before making the return trip to Fowey.

Locos are converted r-t-r and rolling stock mainly built from various kits. The fleet of china clay wagons did win the “Pick Up” trophy in the EMGS competition several years ago and before you ask, the principal constituent for the weathering is Brut talc!

Track is SMP flexitrack with scratch-built points. Bouncing semaphore mechanism is by Embedded Controls Ltd. Buildings are mainly kits but the China clay dries are scratch-built. Appeared in October 2013 edition of British Railways Modelling.

 

Wurst 

Gauge: HO-HOm

Owner: Redruth Model Railway Club

 

Dresden is the capital city of Saxony, Germany, and from it lines extend in all directions. One line to the east runs to the Polish border and onwards to Wroclaw in Poland. Off this main line and still within Germany is a lesser line running down to the far south-eastern corner of Germany, to Zittau and off this line are a number of branch lines that run up to the Czech border. Wurst is a fictional intermediate station on one of those branches.

Wurst is itself a junction station. The main branch line is standard gauge whilst the line off it is, like so many railways in the area, narrow gauge. In fact the narrow gauge, whilst majoring on Wurst also continues down the valley to the junction with the main Dresden to Zittau line but as a dual gauge with the standard gauge.

 

 

 

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. Questions are welcomed.