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    • Chris Chewter

      The Prototype
      18 miles west of Oxford lays the small town of Carterton. Founded in 1894 and previously renown for high-quality tomatoes produced by the small holders of the village, it has now grown into a town serving the largest RAF station in the United Kingdom. Despite its relatively modern history, most people are surprised to know that Carterton used to boast its own railways station.  Once a halt on the Fairford Branch, Carterton sadly lost its station when all passenger services were withdrawn in 1962, and the branch was finally lifted in 1970s. 
      The Model
      The model shows Carterton as it existed in the late 1950s and early 1960s. A reminder that the Great Western Railway and later the Western Region of British Railways was about moving people, and wasn’t all chocolate box scenes.  An echo of its wartime past when troops disembarked for RAF Brize Norton and RAF Broadwell, many sadly never returned. Whilst no where near the most attractive station on the Fairford Branch, it shows that just about any location can be modelled. The layout has proven to be a piece of history, with many people remembering their times travelling by train when Carterton was connected to the railway.
      Modelled in OO, and measuring 14 ft long by 2ft wide (4271mm x 610mm), with fiddle yards either end of a 6ft scenic section.  The layout is operated from the front, allowing the layout to sit close to a wall, making the model extremely flexible to position at exhibitions.
      The layout is transported by van, and transported in 4ft x 2ft boards.  The layout can be moved through a standard doorway using a foldable sack trolley. Setting up of the layout takes 1 hour and disassembly approximately the same duration. The layout is supported on its own legs.  Barriers are preferable. Power to the layout is via four plugs, however the layout can be powered from a singular extension lead.  The layout operates via DCC without sound.
      Expenses: To be agreed and is based upon the location of the exhibition.  The layout is moved by van.
      Insurance: £2500
      Range: Prepared to exhibit anywhere in the country.  The layout is based near Oxford.
      Number of operators: Between 2-4 operators depending on availability and duration of exhibition.
      Contact: clchewter@hotmail.com 
      RMWeb Link:  https://www.rmweb.co.uk/topic/163973-carterton/#comment-4406904

    • Size: 2ft by 6 inches
      Gauge: OO, 1:76
      Era: 9 onwards
      Grosmont MPD is a recreation of part of the MPD at Grosmont on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. It consists of three tracks, two which are operational and one that is a display track. 

      Work on the layout started on 19/01/22 and has been progressing since then.
      The baseboard is made of wood as are the backscene boards. The backscene boards are screwed on to the back of the layout. I countersunk the holes before drilling the screws in. All the track on the layout is made by Hornby. On Grosmont MPD, the ground is covered in ash and coal deposited from the steam locomotives so to recreate this, I used DAS clay which was then painted black.
      For the backscene, I used Gaugemaster's sky backscene. The JCB Loadall is from Oxford Diecast. The real MPD has one and when I saw the model, I knew I needed it. The JCB Loadall is mainly used around the shed and coal tower area, however, I have parked it on the rear siding and made sure it's clear of the running lines. 

      Rolling Stock: 
      All the rolling stock is made by Hornby, Bachmann and Dapol. I tend to use the more modern rolling stock from Hornby as the new couplings match with Bachmann's and Dapol's and is better than the old, obtrusive ex-Lima tension locks. Although some stock with these couplings appears on the layout.
      All the locomotives will be models of the locomotives that are currently preserved on the NYMR. Some locomotives that have visited the railway in the past at events such as galas will be included as well.
      The following list is what I currently have:
      Visiting B1 4-6-0 1306 Mayflower (masquerading as 1189 Sir William Gray)
      LNER six wheel teak No. 4172
      NYMR 12T ventilated van
      NYMR 12T 7 plank open wagon
      There is still a bit to do on the layout but progress on Grosmont MPD can be viewed here: 



    • Netherwood Sidings is a continuous run layout with fiddle yard at the back and scenic section at the front. It represents the Woodhead line in its last years. It features scale OLE and a fleet of class 76 electrics, as well as diesels that would be found on the line at that time (1977 - 1981). The layout is 10m long and 3.5m wide and needs a transit van for transport. It needs 4 operators. It was 'Railway of the Month' in Railway Modeller in January 2016, and was awarded the trophy for best visiting layout by members of Manchester MRS at the Manchester show in December 2019.

    • Little Burton is the third layout in a trilogy of layouts built over the last 42 years to emulate the railway scene at Burton upon Trent during both the LMS period and that of early British Railways. Modelled in 4mm scale to EM Gauge track standards, the layout is L-shaped with a longest side of 16ft. Control is DC with isolating sections positioned strategically. The three layouts have all been featured in the Railway Modeller and this third version also in British Railway Modelling. There are 2 Youtube videos available: 

    • Gauge: OO (1:76)
      Size: 3ft 6 inches by 1ft 
      Era: 6/7
      Control: Analogue
      The layout is an end to fiddle yard. The scenic section has three sidings
      Rolling stock
      All rolling stock are Bachmann or Dapol:
      BR Class 04 D2267
      BR 20T steel wagon (weathered)
      BR Railfreight VBA
      BR Bogie Bolster E
      The layout is still under construction. It is currently awaiting a backscene board. After that had been installed, progress can continue.






      Progress of the layout can be viewed here:

    • Zlata Vŷchòd

      By davep101, in Other scales,

      Based in  the North West of the  Czech Republic, Zlata Vŷchòd is a fictional border crossing between Germany and the Czech Rep, so has a fair mix of stock both Czech and German, as well as private operators.
      Layout is 22x11ft “tailchaser” type layout
      Modles are a mix of DCC and DCC Sound
      Requires 5 operators to run, with the layout being transported by a Van.
      You can also find all out layouts on Facebook, On our group page ERTMS ( European Rail Transport Modelling Solutions)

    • Lancaster Lane

      By LDM34046, in 4mm scale,

      Lancaster Lane is a DCC shunting layout based in 1960's Southern England. Operation consists of a variety of 0-6-0 and 0-4-0 locomotives shunting local freight of coal, aggregate and cattle. The layout is portable and can be transported and assembled by myself.
      The layout is 4.7ft by 1ft and is operated from the front. Only requirements are 1 electrical socket as I'll use extension leads. Based in South East England.
      Built in lockdown of 2020/21 the layout has yet to feature at any exhibitions or publications.
      Contact Details : Luke Murray - lukee1204@outlook.com
















    • Elbow Lane represents a forgotten corner of South London. It has two very short platforms, one of which is in a bad state of repair and no longer suitable for passengers. It also manages to accommodate a loading dock and a tiny fuelling point/loco spur. All built on a pair of Tim Horn laser cut baseboard kits.
      I have used Peco 00 Bullhead track with the turnouts being operated by Servos.
      Control is by an NCE DCC system which makes the most of the the sound fitted locos.
      For couplings I settled early on the ‘Brian Kirby’ mod the Bachmann couplings to allow for hands free magnetic operation. Suitable Neodymium magnets are used that have enough pull to work from the underside of the baseboard but not too strong to attract steel axles. This allows magnets to be added, removed or re-sited.
      Elbow Lane itself measures 7' 6" x 12" including the 2' 6" open style fiddleyard, requires a total footprint of 5' x 9' and is usually operated from in front of the fiddleyard at the right hand end. It is free standing and has its own lighting. Track level is 1.1m above the floor so should be considered as a high level layout.
      Elbow lane lives near Gatwick, travels in a car and needs 2 operators. It is available for one or two day shows.

    • Based on the Derby RTC research test tracks of Old Dalby and Mickleover in the 1970s and 80s.
      Layout is located in Derbyshire and is available for exhibitions. 
      Transported in one car, layout is 20 feet long x 2 ft wide end to end

    • Based on the Derby RTC research test tracks of Old Dalby and Mickleover in the 1970s and 80s.
      Layout is located in Derbyshire and is available for exhibitions. 
      Transported in one car, layout is 20 feet long x 2 ft wide end to end

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