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    • ID5billy


      By ID5billy, in 7mm scale,

      Hazelcombe is the 52ft x 3ft successor to Invergeachy. It is set on the Western region of British rail covering the  period 1970 until 1977.Taking the onlooker through the diesel hydraulic era until their final withdrawal in 1977.
      Hazelcombe has four passenger platforms capable of holding 5 and 6 coach trains,a parcels bay and a small loco stabling point, two carriage sidings and a siding for milk trains.
      It is signalled using ex GWRlower quadrant semaphore signals.
       The layout requires a large transit type van .
      My contact details are mcgeachyjim@yahoo.co.uk 


      By ID5billy, in 7mm scale,

      Hazelcombe is the 52ft x 3ft successor to Invergeachy. It is set on the Western region of British rail covering the  period 1970 until 1977.Taking the onlooker through the diesel hydraulic era until their final withdrawal in 1977.
      Hazelcombe has four passenger platforms capable of holding 5 and 6 coach trains,a parcels bay and a small loco stabling point, two carriage sidings and a siding for milk trains.
      It is signalled using ex GWRlower quadrant semaphore signals.
       The layout requires a large transit type van .
      My contact details are mcgeachyjim@yahoo.co.uk 

    • Bryncrug sidings is an 0-16.5 which is a what if layout should the talyllyn railway have reached bryncrug. The layout is availble in 2 different configurations.
      1 - 7ft by 1ft End to end layout which is bryncrug station and fiddle yard.
      2 - 14ft by 2ft Continous loop with bryncrug station and talyllyn warf station. There is a fiddle yard which is located at the back of the layout.
      More images of the layout can be found on the layouts facebook page https://www.facebook.com/bryncrugsidings or by dropping me a message.

    • Boston and Maine is an american N scale layout which is set in a container port. The layout features a working container crane and is avaliable in 3 different configurations.
      5ft by 2ft - End to End
      6ft by 3ft - Continous loop
      8ft by 8ft - Continous loop
      All three configurations feature the container crane working, in the 6ft by 3ft the container port is extended and features a ship in the port and a fiddle yard at the back of the layout. In the 8ft by 8ft configuration the layout features everything in the first two configuration and then a station on side and a desert scene on the oppersite side. Images of the layout can be found on the layouts facebook page https://www.facebook.com/bostonandmaine. I do travel over the country with the layout.

    • Lapping Works
      Lapping works is an industrial works on the edge of the Black Country.
      Set in the year 1947.

      Served by mainly GWR with a small amount of LMS traffic too.

      7mm fine scale & 0-16.5mm Micro Layout
      Scenic Board 110cm x 40cm (43”x15 1/2”)
      3 lane traverser fiddle yard 90cm x 40cm (36”x15 1/2”) Viewable for the public
      Total layout size 2m x 40cm

      Layout operated from the rear so space required behind layout.
      Layout is DCC controlled
      Locos with sound and smoke
      Fully lit with over 50 LEDS
      Smoke from Chimney’s
      Automated uncoupling sprat & winkle Automated Point control

      The majority of the layout is scratch built out of foam board with a few commercial kits added. The Layout makes use of older forms of modelling techniques plus the use of the most up-to date forms including 3D Modelling/Printing/Cutting.

      The layout , stock and sundries are transported in our family car , but will need to be covered by the exhibitions insurance when on your property. (Estimated value £5k)

      My social media accounts have over 700 followers and your exhibition will be advertised to those following my accounts.
      Facebook: matts modelling projects Instagram : matts_modelling_projects You tube : matts modelling

      Member of the O gauge Guild

    • A finescale 'OO' layout featuring BR (Western) & BR (Southern) operation from the period around 1960
      Broadwell is the latest club layout built by the Cardiff Model Engineering Society, based in Heath Park, Cardiff. It continues the club's 50-year history of producing quality finescale OO gauge exhibition layouts. 
      Our depiction of this fictitious Devon/Dorset route covers a broad ten-year span of British Railways ownership between 1955 to 1965.  The predominant traffic is steam hauled local passenger trains although early diesels were beginning to appear.  These timeframes allow us to run Western Region B-sets as local trains from Exeter, Bridport & Maiden Newton alongside Southern Region loco hauled trains on Exmouth, Lyme Regis and Sidmouth locals.  Through express trains from Devon, Cornwall and the Withered Arm of North Devon head to and from London Paddington and Waterloo respectively.  The occasional inter-regional expresses from the North are seen sometimes with out of region engines.  There is little freight traffic on this coastal route although long distance through freights do appear from time to time.  The Creamery supplies milk tanks daily to London.
      What makes this exhibition layout stand out?  Probably the use of full computer controlled operation of the points and route-setting and the presence of hand-made GWR-style searchlight signals. 
      The operation is based around a 60-movement sequence from which train information which is displayed to the front of the layout on a 40" TV monitor.  Train detection is in use and headcodes are allocated to trains which can be tracked on the TV screen similar to modern day train tracking websites such as Traksy https://traksy.uk/
      At the start of the day the operators switch on the Automatic Route Selection software, set the sequence to 1 and manually control the movement of the trains, but with all route setting and signalling done by the computer. When each sequence move is finished the operators increment the sequence number and so on...
      All track and points are hand-made.  Most buildings are scratch built as are the platform canopies.  The magnificent model of the Carmarthen Bascule bridge is motorised and can be raised and lowered.  Note that this operation takes 3 minutes to complete so we don't tend to do it frequently throughout the operating session.
      The Background Story of Broadwell
      At the start of the 19th Century the rapidly expanding (but fictitious) seaside town of Broadwell had developed into the regional hub with a population of 50,000 making it easily the largest of the Devon & Dorset coast resorts and on a par with other South Coast destinations such as Bournemouth.  Broadwell is located on the west side of Lyme Regis Bay yet up to this point it had remained without a rail link due to the difficult terrain to the north and west.  Other coastal resorts such as Sidmouth, Seaton, Lyme Regis and West Bay had developed rail links prior to the end of the previous century being served by LSWR or GWR branch lines.
      The Great Western Railway wanted a greater part of this expanding holiday market, so in 1930 and in partnership with the LSWR they invested in a double track main line to serve the developing resort of Broadwell whilst providing links into the other well established South Coast resort branch lines between Exeter and Bridport.  Broadwell’s station building was a prominent and elegant structure indicating the stature and importance of the new resort town. The building was designed in the art deco style by the GWR’s chief architect Percy Emerson Culverhouse and was constructed using locally sourced Portland stone.  The design was echoed shortly afterwards in 1935 for the replacement station at Leamington Spa.
      The new route departs Exeter St Davids following the LSWR line up the bank through Exeter Central before branching off in a south easterly direction towards the Devon coast.  The line skirts the Devon coast until it reaches the newly built through station at Broadwell.  Before and after Broadwell there are junctions at each intersection with the pre-existing LSWR coastal branch lines (Sidmouth, Lyme Regis, Seaton etc).  This allows resorts like Lyme Regis (SR) and Bridport (GWR) to be linked directly to Broadwell, Exmouth and further afield via the new joint line.  
      After Broadwell the line continues eastwards along the coast re-joining the GWR at Bridport then inland via the upgraded Bridport branch. Western region expresses head northwards on GWR metals eventually re-joining the GWR main line at Castle Cary (via Yeovil). Southern Region expresses are routed via the Southern to Dorchester then to Bournemouth, Southampton and ultimately Waterloo.
      Evidence of local narrow gauge mineral lines can be seen through the remains of a route running alongside the road to the beach at the centre front of the layout.  A working ‘OO9’ scale line serves the wharf on the right side of the layout.  This line would have been a mineral line when constructed but now processes wood for export.
      Exhibition Managers
      The layout is 20ft x 10ft but requires 2ft access all around, meaning that a space of 24ft x 14ft is required.
      It requires 5 operators (3 on, 2 off)
      Transport would be via a 1.5T Luton van with a tail lift (weekend hire currently approx £350 + fuel)
      Contact : Paul Jenkins (paulejenkins@yahoo.com) for more information.

    • BILLTON GOODS (Tony Briddon)
      tony.briddon45@talktalk.net located St Albans area
      17’ x 6’ inc. operator space
      3mm:ft; 12mm gauge.
      As seen at ‘Ally Pally’ Peterborough and York
      Railway Modeller Sept 2016 (some scenic alterations since)
      Billton Goods portrays a typical ex LNWR/LMS goods depot as operating in the early 1950’s. Horse use is becoming rare, Scammel Scarabs and Bedfords are common and HGV’s are mostly operated by the nationalised British Road Services (BRS).
      The layout depicts the working of a typical ‘LMS’ goods depot of the period. Short freights from the nearest marshalling yard are ‘tripped’ to the depot. The loco shunts the depot and returns with wagons for forwarding. Whilst this is happening parcels, milk, mineral and passenger trains pass on the mainline. The aim is to portray as accurately as possible railway operations of the period and the grimy, sooty conditions prevailing on the railways in the early 1950’s.
      All track, structures, engines and rolling stock are handmade – the only items on the layout not handmade are the figures. All the buildings are modelled on prototypes, mostly from the Northampton area; in particular the signalbox is a model of the one in which my father worked during the ‘steam era’. Points and signals are operated manually which simplifies wiring and improves reliability. Automated uncoupling is by modified DG couplings and electromagnets.
      3mm is well supported by The 3mm Society and associated specialist traders and a wide range of loco, coach and wagon kits as well as track components is available to members. The operators are happy to discuss any aspect of 3mm modelling and individuals are welcome to view operations behind the layout, space permitting.
      Please enter description of your layout including scale/gauge, images, layout size, location and any other requirements for exhibition managers.

    • Wheal Imogen
      >OO finescale
      >Set 1998/99 Cornwall, somewhere along the Newquay branch.
      >12 ft by 2.4ft footprint of which 4ft by 20 inches is scenic.  Fiddleyard traverser a extend forward 
      >DCC control
      >The layout comprises a section of the china clay works, slurry loading point along with the Newquay branch running along the front.  With a mix of through branch services and shunting in the works.
      >it requires a minimum of 2 operators
      > transported by car
      >requirement for 3 power sockets (dcc, points and lighting rig)
      > requires one table in operating area for stock storage etc
      >layout is located in the south of Gloucestershire. 
      A further (optional) expansion of an additional 4ft board is under development.  The intention is that the layout will eventually be available with or without the expansion.
      Current bookings are for Calne April 2023 and DEMU Showcase June 2023, but I am always interested in hearing about more opportunities (particularly for 2024)


    • Gauge: OO (4mm to foot). 
      Size: 12ft by 2ft 6ins or 3.66m by 0.76m (not including operator’s area).  A total depth of 6ft (1.82m) is required to allow for the operators and stock table
      Insurance: layout and stock insurance need cover to the value of £2000.
      Electrical supply: a double 240-volt socket.  Usage: 3 amps Max.
      Table and Chairs required: one 6’x 2’ stock table (or equivalent) and two chairs.  
      Operators: Two
      Carlyon Dock is a fictitious OO gauge layout loosely based upon the entrance to Par Docks in Cornwall.  The layout was first built by a great Cornish modeller, Bill Douglas, and purchased and modified by myself.  I know the Par Docks area very well, having grown up in the area and spending much time filming trains as they enter and leave the Docks complex with wagons loaded with china clay.  A weekly working continues to this day, supplied by a service from Bescot Yard. 
      The basis for the layout is the facilities for the shipment by train of dried clay and clay slurry to the docks at Carne Point, Fowey, the Potteries and the Scottish paper mills. Clay is piped into Carlyon Dock from the various mines above St Austell and then refined and stored before onward shipping.  Trains additionally arrive from Carne Point before running round and heading through St Blazey to the clay loading facilities at Ponts Mill and Goonbarrow.  The reverse of these services also run regularly.
      The layout features a small branch station that services the dock workers as well as patrons of the nearby luxury hotel at Carlyon Bay.  Both DMU and loco hauled services are featured.   
        The track is a mix of hand built and Peco code 75. The points are all motorised using Tortoise slow acting motors.  Control can be switched between DC or DCC, both using Gaugemaster controllers.  Working colour light signals and shunt signals are used on the branch.
      The layout can be run in various periods from the early 1980s to the present day.  The stock includes all of the loco classes that have run regularly in Cornwall (plus associated DMUs) together with a wide variety of wagons that have run on Cornish clay services.  

    • Mortimer Street Depot was built by my Dad and I over the past several years. The origins of the layout are hotly debated between my Dad and I - I think it was his idea, and he thinks it was mine! The layout has an elaborate back story...

      'Mortimer Street depot was a steam shed near a major junction station in a busy city serving many routes. As often happens, a new wagon maintenance shed was built and then the depot was closed, deemed to be uneconomic. Shortly after closure of Mortimer Street depot, serious faults were found in the viaducts leading into and out of the principal station. These routes had to be closed whilst urgent repairs were carried out, which blocked entry to the new main depot (itself an updated steam shed).
      This identified a need for a stabling and light servicing area for locomotives that could no longer use the closed main depot. The solution was to re-open Mortimer Street Depot on a temporary basis as a stabling and running light maintenance area. Fuelling facilities were provided to be used if necessary and the wagon repair shop adapted for light maintenance on locomotives. The main shed building had already been partly demolished at the far end, so no locomotives were permitted to enter the shed. Crew facilities are at a minimum, but the movement of engines is mainly handled by local crews. Due to the importance of the main station with passenger and freight trains from all over the country and the vast nature of the diversions, a wide variety of different types of locomotives may be seen.'

      A small layout (7ft by 3ft 4inches - it was the size of ply leftover from Dad's main layout) with one point (again, left over from Dad's main layout). Buildings were scratch built by Dad and rolling stock is a mixture of RTR Dapol/Heljan and kit built locos.

      Its been to a couple of exhibitions in 2022 including Bawdeswell, Bury St Edmunds and the Seven Valley Railways O gauge show. The diary for 2023 was sparse until a late booking for Statfold Barn's exhibition at the beginning of April has kick started a few outstanding jobs including finishing the back scene and other small improvements. 
      Layout is based in Attleborough, Norfolk and requires 2-3 operators. Willing to travel. 

      Mortimer Street Depot.pdf

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