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  1. The layout is based on a prototype station that served the village of Rolleston-on-Dove, Staffordshire from 1894 until closure in1949. Modelled in 4mm scale employing EM gauge track standards, this layout first went public in 2007 and has been featured in both Railway Modeller and British Railway Modelling magazines. The period of modelling for this ex North Staffordshire Railway branch is both post WW2 in the BR period, prior to closure, and 1930's during LMS days. The model is the precursor of a successful scheme to preserve the remains of the actual station which is now part of the Jinny Nature Trail. Keep up with progress by visiting the website: www.rolleston-on-dove-station.co.uk or "The Model Railways of Clive Baker" on Facebook.
    5 points
  2. LB&SCR/LSWR Modular layout can be run in a number of configurations from 16ft long including one fiddle yard and 3 scenic boards to 30ft long including 6 scenic boards and 2 fiddle yards. Built in fine scale standards the layout represent a rural joint branch line in the the period 1900-1910 some where in the south of England. In addition to the main branch line there is a an industrial line that runs into the goods yard. This leads to a paper mill which is off scene. The stock is mainly kit built with some ready to run locos. The layout needs a minimum of two operators in its 16ft configuration but as the length increases the number of operators goes up 4.
    4 points
  3. A new N Gauge layout from Les Richardson (Hawthorn Dene, No Place, Furtwangen Ost) Size 10’ by 2’9”, needs access to both ends. Footprint 12’6 by 8’ including space for a stock table. Needs one power point. Has own lighting rig and RCD. Travels by car (two on Sunday or if away from home). Four operators. Overnight accommodation please over 50 miles from Newark on Trent. Croft Spa is a small wayside station on the East Coast Main Line at the Southern tip of County Durham. It is unusual for never having had a goods yard- this was because Croft Goods was served by the Stockton & Darlington Railway’s Croft branch which ran parallel to the East Coast line about 400 yards away and at a lower level. The only stopping passenger services at Croft Spa were trains to and from the Richmond branch. Croft Spa was the place where Charles Lutwig Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) spent some of his formative years. Look out for the tribute to Lewis Carrol. The station buildings are the final set of structures made by the late Trevor Webster, and include almost everything known to have been there, though not all of the buildings were there at the same time. Elsewhere there is a mixture of kitbuilt, scratchbuilt and ready to plant to create the flavour of the location at the time. Set in 1960, the station sees the usual East Coast diet of expresses including the Flying Scotsman and Tees Tyne Pullman, fast freight and the occasional slower goods train. Motive power for these is drawn from the ex-LNER fleet of 202 Pacifics, the 184 V2s and 409 B1s, while locals are in the equally capable hands of WDs and ex- NER and LNER 0-6-0s. The branch passenger trains include Darlington’s mongrel 2-car DMU set. One feature train is an 8-coach troop express hauled by a tender-first V2 while a Class 33 works a tanker train off the Southern- they sometimes got as far as Tyne Yard, 30 miles further up the line. The layout is DCC controlled using NCE Power Cabs. Prototypically the only signals in sight are ground signals. Points are controlled manually. NOT with Hawthorn Dene, Rise Park or NO PLACE (shares operating team)
    3 points
  4. The Fenny Stratford layout had a very strange birth. At the time my wife was undertaking research for our local heritage group, on how the railways affected our area of Milton Keynes. As part of her research, she found a track plan of Fenny Stratford from the late 1940’s and my first thought was that it would be a good Exhibition layout. Fenny Stratford is located just east of Bletchley and was part of the Varsity Line running between Oxford and Cambridge operated by the LMS. During the 1950’s Fenny Stratford was a double track station and it had a number of sidings and a large active timber yard. During this period the timetable was comprehensive with a mixture of passenger and freight services. In the future Fenny Stratford will again be part of the new East West Rail link. However, even this new plan will see Fenny Stratford remain as a single track. I suggested to our model railway club that it could be built as a club exhibition layout, but this was not possible due lack of room. It was at that point that a fellow club member Peter Ellis and I decide to build it as a joint venture in my garage. Peter converted the 1946 track plan into an AnyRail track plan. We had to move the Grand Union Canal about 150 yards nearer the station, this was to keep the overall length of the layout within the restrictions set by the length of the garage. Construction Once we had the detailed track plan we, could start work on the baseboards. For this we turned to a friend at the club, Wayne Webb. He had built a number of baseboards for a few of different layouts (including Brinklow BRM February 2018 and Dentdale BRM April 2014). He designed the individual boards and even cut all of the plywood pieces required. This, for Peter and I was great as it was just like putting together a piece of Ikea furniture. The major benefit of these boards is that they are both lightweight but unbelievably strong. The layout consists of 5 scenic boards. The length of these is 1 at 1.2 metres, 2 at 1.0 metres and 2 at 0.9 metres, making a scenic length of 5 metres. - Each board is constructed from 12mm plywood for the sides and 9mm plywood for the top. - The legs are 44 x 20mm softwood with steel corner braces. - The layout is held together with 5mm bolts and wing nuts. - At the outset we decided that the layout would be DCC controlled, have working signals and working level crossing gates. These would be controlled using servos with a MegaPoint Controller. - The track is Peco code 75 bullhead rail. All points have been modified for DCC use and to improve their appearance we removed all of the excess sleepers. The result of this work was extremely pleasing. - All of the points are operated using Cobalt Digital slow action point motors. - The signals are hand built using kits from Wizard Models as the base, these are operated by mini digital servos controlled by MegaPoint controller. - At each end of the layout there is an addition 1.2 metre fiddle yard board. For the fiddle yard we have used a twin track cassette system with 4 cassettes at each end. These locate with brass rod and tubing that both locates them and also provides the electrical connection. Layout Control Once the track had been laid the task of wiring the layout started. Each board was wired as a single unit, with a DCC bus, a 12volt bus and wiring for signals and level crossing servos. The boards are connected using Tamiya connectors for the DCC bus and 12 pin D connectors for everything else. Each board was individually tested by connecting it to the master board. Once all of the boards where completed the whole layout was connected and the first trains ran on Fenny Stratford. This was great as we could play trains for a while. The layout is controlled using an NCE Powercab system. We decided very early on that we did not want to control the points using a mimic panel, so we decided to use JMRI PanelPro and use the Routes functionality it provides. The actual operation of the layout is performed using wireless tablets again connected using JMRI. These allow the operators freedom of movement and also easy access to the throttles and the routes. During our testing phase we refined the setup and we are now very happy with its operation. Buildings All of the buildings on the layout are a true representation as they were in the 1950’s. Some of the buildings still exist today, such as the station building, police station and the canal cottages. All of the others we had to find photographs on the Internet. These included the crossing keepers house, signal box, Rowlands Timber Yard building and Rowlands house on Simpson Road. Fortunately, Peter is a retired architect and was able to produce accurate plans that we could use to build them from. The station building has some very complex fittings, such as the bargeboards and the supports for the sidewalk cover. Once again Peter’s skill with his CAD system came to the rescue when he produced 3D drawings which we then had 3D printed with excellent results. The vast majority of the buildings are scratch built on plain PlastiKard carcasses covered with brick embossed PlastiKard then painted and weathered. Most of the buildings are fitted with lights for even more effect. We have used a few kit buildings for such things as the coal office, platelayers’ huts and goods shed. However, all have been modified in some way to fit our requirements. Scenery The lengthy process of bringing the layout to life was started by the adding of the scenery. The first task was to replicate the ‘Stag Road’ bridge that carried the A5 road over the railway. Once this was in place the remaining contours for the rest of the layout could be set out. The main embankments were constructed using the tried and tested method of lacing card strips over forms and then covering this with paper soaked in PVA glue. These were then covered with various Woodland Scenics scatters and static grass, to build the look we wanted. Simpson Road crosses the railway controlled by level crossing gates. The gates were constructed by modifying a Willis kit. These are operated by mini digital servos. After our first exhibition these gates needed to be strengthened as a couple of the gates got knocked off. The Grand Union canal at Fenny Stratford includes a set of locks that have the smallest rise of any lock on the Grand Union canal network of just 12 inches. Unfortunately, we only have room for one of the sets of gates, but this one is an accurate representation of the real thing. The canal was built using a plywood base that was sanded and then painted a mixed green colour which was blended to give that canal colour. This was then covered with two coats of Deluxe Solid Water. A tip when using this product is to make sure ALL holes in the sides and base are filled, we missed a tiny pin hole and finished up with a puddle on my cabin carpet...!! During the work on the scenery, we began to realise that we needed in excess of 50 trees on the layout. We decided that we simply did not have enough hours to build these ourselves, so we subcontracted these to another of our friends at our model railway club, Jacqui who runs Ceynix. We are so glad we made this decision as the trees Jacqui produced for us are just brilliant. The backscenes for the layout could not be obtained from any commercial source. To produce what we wanted it was decided that these would need to be hand painted. Peter took on this challenge and produced them using Acrylic paint. The perspective is just right, so you can look down Simpson Road and see it disappearing into the distance. All of the point rodding has been added using the Willis point rodding kits which bring the track alive. Rolling Stock The rolling stock is mainly Bachmann with a scattering of Hornby items. We found on the Internet a copy of a timetable for the 1950’s which we could then use to determine the rolling stock required. The majority of the movements are using steam locomotives with a DMU serving the local passenger service. We use a mixture of MK1 corridor coaches as well as suburban coaches for the passenger services. In addition, there are a number of goods trains used to keep the interest going. Finally Both Peter and I are very pleased and proud with what we have achieved, both in terms of realism, interest and quality. Our biggest accolade was when one of my neighbours came to see the layout. She explained that as a child she would catch a train from Fenny Stratford to school in Bedford. In her words it brought back many memories and was exactly as she remembered it. We started work on the layout in September 2016. Our target was to complete the layout for the Milton Keynes Model Railway Society 50thanniversary exhibition. This was to take place on the 16thFebruary 2019, which was to be the layouts first outing. We are pleased to say we made it. Fenny Stratford will be at the National Festival of British Railway Modelling, Doncaster Exhibition Centre, The Racecourse, Doncaster, DN2 6BB on the 8th– 9thFebruary 2020. Please come along and see us. If you would like to see Fenny Stratford at your exhibition please refer to the attached 'Fenny Stratford Exhibition Specification' documentFenny Stratford Exhibition Specification.pdf Factfile Layout name: Fenny Stratford Scale/gauge: 1:176 / OO gauge Size: 7.4 metres x 0.8 metres (24ft x 32in) Era/region: BR (LMS) 1950 – 1965 Location: Buckinghamshire Layout type: DCC Words: David Court Photography: Adrian Court, David Court and Peter Ellis
    3 points
  5. P87 layout of a small country station on an imaginary private railway in south western Denmark in the early 1960s. Size 5.0m x 2.0m, including operating space. Through station with fiddle yard at each end. Layout is self-supporting with its own lighting. Crew of three operators (possibly two for a one-day show). Layout and operators transported in one or two cars. Based in Ely, Cambridgeshire. The layout has featured in Continental Modeller (June 2016) and in the model press in Holland, Denmark and Norway. It has appeared at various UK exhibitions, including Scaleforum, Uckfield, Portsmouth, Eurotrack, RailWells and High Wycombe. It has also appeared at the Danish national show in 2014 and Rail 2016 in the Netherlands. A short video of the layout, explaining the theory behind it and some of the constructional methods used, is available on YouTube at Contact Geraint Hughes on [email protected] for more details.
    2 points
  6. Oldshaw was built by Andrew Bartlett. Details and photos of the layout as built and exhibited by Andrew can be found on the EM Gauge 70s website. The layout depicts a small station and nearby factory and sidings on a Western Region branch line in the mid-late 1980s. Guy, Mike and Tom got the layout in late 2017 and in 2019 we built a pair of new fiddle yards in 2019 (followed by a new lighting gantry) to allow the layout to be operated with through running for the first time. Looking towards the station before the second fiddle yard had been built to open up the track under the bridge at the far end: Track plan Oldshaw is built to 4mm/ft scale with EM gauge track (18.2 mm). The scenic section is 8ft by 1ft 6 inches with a total length (including the fiddle yards) of 17ft by 1ft 6 inches). The layout is freestanding and has its own lighting rig. Space required: Layout including fiddle yards 17 ft x 1.5 ft Total space required 20ft x 5 ft Power requirements: 1 x 13A socket Operators: 3 – 4 Transport: 1 x family car plus 1 or 2 operators by train or car
    2 points
  7. Summat Colliery is an OO gauge fictitious east midlands colliery layout set in 1958 towards the last days of BR steam. The colliery like so many in real life has evolved over the years and features many different styles of buildings reflecting the popular style at the time they were constructed. The name is derived from the name of a now long gone colliery at Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Summit Colliery and the local pronunciation of “something”. I like to think that it’s summat like a colliery! Modelled in 00 gauge using Peco code 75 track throughout, the layout is totally DCC controlled. The scenic sections of the layout measure 8’ by 2’ and incorporate a hidden sector plate under/behind the main screen building allowing empty wagons to be shunted off-scene and full ones to be returned to the exchange sidings. A further 4’ non-scenic sector plate/display section allows loaded coal trains to off stage and empty trains to arrive ready for loading. Points are operated by Peco solenoids controlled via the DCC handset using MERG accessory decoder boards connected to the DCC bus. Day to day shunting duties are performed by Harry and #49 - “austerity” tank engines that despite their age are well cared for by the colliery staff. A variety of freight locomotives visit the colliery ranging from mighty 9Fs to more humble workhorses. Modernisation plan diesels also sometimes make an appearance. Watch out for the occasional surprise visitor to the colliery too! The atmosphere at the colliery is quite relaxed, the shunter leans against his cabin drinking tea and watching the squirrels. Other workers sit round the oil drum brazier and share a joke whilst two others hose down the area under the screens. Keen eyes will also spot the remains of someone’s bike, long since abandoned, rabbits, a badger and even a hedgehog. Lighting is provided for the shed staff and in the main buildings which comes into it’s own in less well lit venues. When the boiler is fired up next to the screens the chimney will smoke too! Attached is an info sheet giving more details. infosheet.pdf
    2 points
  8. On30 layout. 1/48 stock running on 16.5 mm track. Terminus to storage configuration with a small run through for short trains. Depicts a small depot and freight facility in a late 1940s snow scene. Geared locos such as the Shay, Climax and Heisler are the main motive power. Layout is DCC with sound. Front operation. Layout is 16’ x 1’6” (4.9m x 0.5m) and the total operating area is 19’ x 8’ (5.85m x 2.4m). Located in East Yorkshire but we’ll travel anywhere a people cry out for justice and entertaining layouts! Layout travels in our car so no van hire costs. Maximum of four operators. Layout has won best layout and best scenics awards. Continental Modeller April 2020.
    1 point
  9. Visitors to exhibitions around the east Midlands may be familiar with ‘Northworthy’, an OO gauge LMS layout based on an imaginary location somewhere in Derbyshire. The original owner has now embarked on a new project, and as I fancied having an exhibition-standard layout suitable to take to shows, procured Northworthy and set about making some changes to reflect my interest in 1960’s Southern steam and EMU’s. This mainly involved introducing Southern stock and re-wiring for DCC, and hopefully at some point I will add a third rail to add a touch of authenticity when running the EMU’s. Its first outing with green trains was at the Mickleover show in 2019, and it has a couple of bookings for 2020 already but is open to other invitations. Based in Derby but happy to consider anywhere in UK, and possibly Northern France as well – we like an adventure! It fits neatly in my Rover 75 and I can run it solo, so expenses are modest. When set up is about 13’6” by 2’. All I need from there is one mains socket and a nearby supply of coffee. If you think this might be of interest for your show, PM me and let’s discuss
    1 point
  10. Bleat Wharf. Owner: Rob Gunstone e-mail: Rob. Gunstone @hotmail.co.uk or by way of PM. Layout based in Cardiff. { Ex-S&DJR Goods only branch } British Railways 1955- 1962 Bleat Wharf is a small inland quay 'somewhere in Somerset' and is at the end of a spur off the Highbridge branch of the S&DJR, set in the 1950s. Goods only, the area is run down and approaching closure. Traffic is mostly vans or covered carriage trucks serving the few remaining quayside businesses. Services run as required and haulage is provided by wheezy ex-Midland 3F tender locos with the occasional 4F or 1P 0.4.4T. Overall size of the layout is 7ft x 2ft. Baseboards is my now usual IKEA shelfage. Track -PECO Code 75. Buildings are a variety of Ready To Plant from Bachmann and Hornby. Locos as mentioned above, are ready to run Midland types from Bachmann. Rolling stock is also ready to run. All stock buildings etc are weathered accordingly. Bleat is operated from the front by one operator and needs an overall space of 7ft x 4ft. One socket will suffice. Insurance value is £1000.00 Bleat Wharf has appeared in BRM October 2019.
    1 point
  11. Eden Road TMD is a representation of a Traction Maintenance Depot set loosely between 2000’s and present day to allow a range of motive power to be used. The depot is operated by Direct Rail Services (DRS) to service their fleet of locomotives. Visiting traction from other UK operators such as GBRF, West Coast Railways, Freightliner, Colas and DB Cargo can also be seen along with some coaching stock stabled. The layout contains a twin road locomotive shed, a smaller shed, refuelling point, a train wash and some storage sidings for basic maintenance. A fenced compound is used for storage of FNA nuclear flask carriers between movements. The layout requires a minimum space of 14 feet x 6 feet including operating space and barriers, but more space is always appreciated. Eden Road TMD can be transported by car, expenses limited to cover fuel costs & travel costs as i prefer to generally pay for my own accommodation. More photos and information can be found at www.edenroadtmd.com or on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram - @edenroadtmd Owner - Ryan Gray, email edenroadtmd at hotmail dot com I am based in Fife, but willing to travel to most of the UK and Ireland. Eden Road TMD.pdf
    1 point
  12. Almost certainly the UK's first (and only?) large Chinese HO roundy-roundy layout. 26ft x 10ft , requires XLB transit van. Based in Watford. Six operators Contact : Paul Stapleton 07799728863 [email protected] This is a layout that tells a story that 99% of exhibition visitors don't know - the very last BIG steam operation in the world taking place in the 21st century! So this appeals to railfans, but also to the family audience as I have packed the layout with unusual features to engage with the 'average' exhibition visitor including authentic sound effects and working level crossing barriers but there are many others - come and see for yourselves at Fareham October 2019 or Warley November 2019. Still unfinished - shown at CMRA exhibition Jan 2019 Here is how we present it - our display board shown at each end of the layout …. Prototype shot taken in 2007 of typical industrial system ………….. My version...…………... Features : Authentic operation - last of mainline steam action in 2004 alongside diesel powered national rail system alongside steam powered industrial railway. Constant action on the scenic front. Four circuits : Bi-directional steam powered regional railway. Twin track diesel powered China Rail mainline. Bi-directional industrial line Passenger trains up to 17 coaches long Double headed 2-10-2 hauled freight trains Banking station where bankers attach to industrial line trains and leave on a 1/30 incline Steam sound Many working features - level crossing barriers etc
    1 point
  13. Pig Lane is a small diesel stabling point on the Berkshire and Oxfordshire boarder. It is modelled in the period after steam but before the locomotive fleet was renumbered with the then new TOPS numbers. All buildings are scratch or kit built, and all figures are scratchbuilt from Milliput. Locos and stock are RTR. I hope the layout show what can be done with RTR models. When operating I use a card system which determines which is the next loco to arrive or depart, I try to involve the visitors by getting them to chose the next card and for the children to suggest how I get an engine form one place to the other. It can be operated from either side. It is self supporting. Requires one power point, a small stock table and two chairs. I normally have a second operator with me. It all fits in my car so expenses are petrol for me and my mate. It is 6 ft 8 1/2 ins long by 1 ft wide. It was built for a competition where the rules stated the scenic side should be 4 ft 8 1/2 ins and 1 ft wide with up to two square feet for the fiddle yard.
    1 point
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