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Amazing layouts at the 2012 London Festival of Railway Modelling

01 March 2012

2012 London festival of Railway Modelling Amazing layouts at the 2012 Festival of railway modelling!

The London Festival of Railway Modelling will take place on 24th and 25th March 2012 at Alexandra Palace. Visit London's leading railway modelling show and see over 40 working layouts!

In addition to layouts, the show also has a comprehensive selection of exhibitors and FREE practical modelling demonstrations from leading experts on architecture, signalling and lighting. Visit the show page for more information. Check our exhibitions pages for info on the next show, including when you can pre-book and save money. You’ll also have a chance of winning £100 spending money, early access to the show, and a City of Peterborough locomotive!


00 Gauge Layouts

Stand 2 - Amberdale Amberdale

Amberdale Layout in a Shed

Amberdale Club: Deeping MRC. This is a project to show how to build a model railway in a shed.  The layout is in 4mm scale, 16.5mm gauge – a OO layout.  It is a simple layout and concentrates on scenery, but will give hours of fun operating it. The station is a single platform and a five road fiddle yard and is based on a imaginary line in the Derbyshire Dales, giving the opportunity to have a varied landscape. 
Watch a video clip of Market Roundham

See video of this layout at our Doncaster show

The era is 1950/60s so that the BR diesel traction and steam can be used side-by-side.  It is not intended to fill the baseboards with as much track as possible, but to show a single branch line in the countryside and to demonstrate the many methods of forming scenery using the wide range of scenic materials on the market today. The layout is wired for both analogue and DCC. Amberdale has been designed to fit in a standard ‘off the shelf’ 10ft x 8ft shed.

we like... We like: This is the BRM project layout which is still under construction - follow it as it develops!
Stand 06 - Centenary Park Road Centenary Park Road

Centenary Park Road

Centenary Park Road Club: The MRC. This layout is based on a fictional town with a main through line between the major cities of Scotland. The line was built in the late 1800s. The company owning the line was absorbed by the North British Railway company which was incorporated into the LNER in 1923. 
  Post WWII,  it became known as the Scottish Region of the newly nationalised British Railways. In recent times, the region was been rebranded as ScotRail. It has been managed by National Express, and its present operational management is First Group, changing the Brand  into ‘First’ ScotRail (recent developments have lead to a new brand name ‘Transport for Scotland’ also a new brand livery).

we like... We like: This is the MRC’s layout under construction – you can see how much it has developed since its last appearance at Ally Pally in 2010 
Stand 178 - Driffield Driffield


  Club: Hull Miniature Railway Society. It was decided to build something based on a real location and Driffield station became a clear favourite.  It was local to the club, about twenty or so miles away, so field trips for research were readily and cheaply accessible. 

It had a reasonable variety of trains running through it in our preferred historical time frame (1960s - 1970s) - in particular on summer Saturdays when excursions from the West Riding and beyond would bring countless rakes of BR Mk.1 carriages behind Peaks, EE Type 4s and Type 3s, Brush 2s, Sulzers and even occasional EE Type 1s and Brush Type 4s. Perhaps more common than the loco-hauled stuff were the trains composed of first generation DMUs. Long trains of up to five, six or eight cars were common on the excursions, whilst two, three and four cars were more typical on weekday services.  Freight traffic lingered on for a while too, a 'pick-up' goods service ran most days with coal, oil (in drums not tankers) and general merchandise as required.

we like... We like: The interesting (and quite large for the size of town) station buildings.  
stand 8 - Empingham Empingham


Empingham Peter Rumbelow. Empingham represents an ex-midland railway, London midland region era, circa 1957/58.  it is the terminus for passenger and local freight traffic from Oakham, but the line continues as a freight only siding to an ironstone quarry at Exton Park.
we like... We like: Wide variety of rolling stock and an excellently modelled station on a curve – a good advertisement for hand-built trackwork!
Stand 143 - St Nicholas St Nicholas

St Nicholas

St Nicholas Philip Reid. St Nicholas is an imaginary spa town situated on the edge of the Derbyshire Peak District, the branch leaving the main line at Chesterfield to Matlock with St Nicholas nestling in the foot hills the town had gained its name from the monastery built on the site.)
In the late 70s part of the line was closed between Matlock and the goods yard at St Nicholas, with the original station on the opposite side of the road this also closed with a new halt next to the goods yard being built with run round, no other buildings being provided by the railway, the local council and tourist board sponsored a new timber ticket office and waiting room. Service trains run through from Sheffield using a mixture of diesel multiple units and loco haul trains when the railcars are not available. Freight traffic is mainly general goods and coal which is dropped off the trip freight workings from Tinsley and Toton goods yards.

we like... We like: There can never be too many BLTs (Branch Line Terminii and this one shows off some great scenic detail and Superquick buildings to good effect. 

O Gauge Layouts

Stand 29 - Binns Road Binns Road

Binns Road

Watch a video clip of Market Roundham Club: Hornby Railway Collectors' Association. Binns Road is a layout principally comprising Hornby Trains (made by Meccano Ltd) that were generally sold as toys, although some were reasonably accurate representations of real life locomotives.  These trains all run on O-gauge track, but the scale is not always precise. 
Some items such as the luggage and porters barrows are larger than the people despite being 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 of the other accessories are also mostly produced by Hornby.  The toy cars were first produced as part of the series and only gained the title of Dinky Toys after a couple of year’s production.  The layout also comprises buildings from a construction toy called Bayko first produced in the 1930s that was made in Liverpool not far from the Meccano factories in Binns Road.  This construction toy was eventually bought, made and sold by Meccano.  The aeroplanes are speciality Meccano sets from the 1930s that would make several different styles of aeroplane.

we like... We like: Your chance to see the trains your Grandad would have enjoyed!
Stand 78 - Helmthwaite & Chapel Lane Helmthwaite & Chapel Lane

Helmthwaite & Chapel Lane

Helmthwaite & Chapel Lane Club: St Neots Model Railway Club. It is 1938 and Helmthwaite is now at the end of a short branch of the LMS in industrial West Yorkshire. There was once a through connection to the ex-LNWR line at Staincliffe, but economics forced the closure of the through connection in the late 1920s.
What survives now, in the dark days just before the war is a single platform passenger station notable for its elegant stairway descending from the booking office on Station Road and a busy little goods yard which serves the needs of the still thriving industries of the West Riding. The same limited geographical space is shared with a high level LNER (ex-GNR) coal yard, Chapel Lane. Passenger traffic into Helmthwaite is the workforce coming and going to and from the industries and a few local residents; for some reason the LMS continues a high intensity service throughout the day. The LMS good yard is always busy with general merchandise and their materials consumed or produced by the local industry, while thirty feet above bustling LNER locos haul full coal wagons into Chapel Lane yard. Construction has not been fast; all the trackwork has been hand-built from C&L components and all the structures (except the Helmthwaite goods shed) are scratch-built. 

we like... We like: Look out for the wagon hoist, transferring wagons from the LNER to the LMS.
Stand 170 - Millwall Goods and Arnold Lane Millwall Goods and Arnold Lane

Millwall Goods and Arnold Lane

Millwall Goods and Arnold Lane Peter Thompson and Tony Carter. This layout is the extended version of Millwall Goods with the addition of a London north western railway loco shed at one end.
Millwall Goods is a 7mm finescale layout representing the LNWR goods yard adjacent to Poplar Docks in the east end of London around 1900 -1910. 
The layout is fictitious in detail but is typical of goods yards around the dockland area, often reached through smoke-filled tunnels and over viaducts threading their way over the ‘mean streets ‘ of dwellings, warehouses and factories of the area. The LNWR worked closely with the North London Railway in their yards, but would also handle transfer freights from adjacent yards belonging to railway companies such as the Midland, Great Eastern and Great Northern. The layout attempts to convey this rail traffic. The LNWR loco shed, Arnold Lane, is deemed to service passenger locos from Broad St. (London terminus for the LNWR). Pink Floyd devotees may recognise a connection with the name! Building prototypes are historically authentic, although not always from the London area. Locomotives and stock are mainly scratch-built with some modified kits. Dingham auto couplers are used.

we like... We like: Plenty of London grime and atmosphere dahn the East End!
Stand 169 - Palmerston Road Palmerston Road

Palmerston Road

  Club: Wimbledon Model Railway Club. The layout depicts a fictional engine/service shed, incorporating a turntable and a coal yard, with a typical suburban station scene on the edge of a sizeable town around the Somerset and Dorset area where engines are watered, coaled, cleaned and then rostered to local main line duties.  It has four control panels, aimed at supplying maximum passenger and goods movements at all times.
On entering through a tunnel from the left, ‘country end’, you will pass the goods shed complex/coal stays and turntable, whether stopping on the local line, platform three or through on the main line you will enter the station areas platform one and two. The station buildings are scratch-built to represent the area, as are the coal tower, engine shed and workshop. Also available is an additional offset bay and platform four for push pull shuttles.  Upon leaving to the right, you will pass the siding junction and high-level station entrance, exiting via a tunnel under the main road.

we like... We like: The well-modelled servicing facilities.
stand 163 - St Georges Quay Driffield

St Georges Quay

  Alan Gray. Most North Eastern ports had various types of staithes for loading coal into ships. The N E R operated quite a few and the ones modelled are based on Amble, one of the smaller ports in Northumberland.  All the buildings are scratch-built except the fish shop and pub, which are Alphagraphix kits.  The 'Co-Op' is based on one in Gateshead and the station building on Backworth.
Most of the locos and stock are built from kits with some scratch-building in plastic card.  The fishing harbour and boats, which are made from various materials, are typical of the 1930s with rail links to take the catch to market.  The collier ships are small examples of the type carrying coal to London, the South coast and the Baltic.  One of them is a 'bridge and engine aft' collier based on an Irish sea type, which tended to be smaller than the North Sea boats, while the other, 'the Yews' was a small North East prototype with 'bridge midships'.  Ships normally took about six days to do a round trip to London depending on the weather and the tides.

we like... We like: The fine selection of exquisitely modelled ships.
stand 27a - Willowbrooke Marsh Driffield

Willowbrooke Marsh

  Late 1950s to mid 1960s British Railways Midland and Eastern Region Borders.Willowbrook Marsh is a small goods depot and maltings complex, situated on the borders of the Midland and Eastern regions of British Railways just to the north of Peterborough during the late 1950-60s period. 
The location is typical of the fenland scenery with plenty of space and traditional looking buildings for the area. Traffic consists of unfitted and fitted goods workings plus special consists for the local maltings.
The maltings operates its own shunting locomotive when a BR diesel shunter is unavailable, although this has seen little work recently. Small diesel shunting locomotives are very much in evidence handling the majority of the 4 wheeled, loose fitted wagon traffic. Being a relatively quiet backwater, often having long periods of time between arrivals and departures, there is time for much shunting. Viewers are encouraged to look out for the occasional visiting diesel type which could be considered uncommon to the area, perhaps on test or working a short turn prior to returning to their usual operating base.

we like... We like: Has that ‘fenland’ feeling as you’d expect from a layout in the Peterborough area.

Narrow Gauge Layouts

Stand 162 - Mannin Middle Mannin Middle

Mannin Middle

Mannin Middle Peter Cullen. By the summer of 1964, the Isle of Man Steam Railway was a shadow of its former self. Tourism had not returned to the island after the second world war and the halcyon days of the 1920s and 1930s were now a distant memory.  After the boom years, short trains with few passengers were now the order of the day.
Mannin Middle assumes the Foxdale branch had been extended southwards to form a junction with the southern line Ballasalla.  Although passing through a largely rural area, which did not contribute much passenger traffic, the route would have been useful as a means of travelling from the south to the north of the island thus avoiding Douglas. The northern routes from Douglas to Peel and Ramsey closed in 1968.  However the southern line remains open and it is still possible to travel from Douglas to Port Erin through the beautiful rolling Manx countryside in a wood bodied coach hauled by a 19th century steam locomotive.
The layout was originally built by Hugh Freeman of Kenilworth and was purchased by the present owner in 1999.  Following an extended period of storage the layout has been restored and renovated to its current condition.

we like... We like: the Isle of Man has some unique railways and here we see examples of that uniqueness captured effectively in model form.
Stand 175 - Fen End Pit Fen Pit

Fen End Pit - 32mm Narrow Gauge

Fen Pit David Barham. Between Ely and March, amongst the rich peat soil of the Fens, deposits of sand and gravel have been quarried for many years. In a shallow pit a Ruston 10RB dragline loads skips ready to be hauled away by ageing Simplex locomotives. 
The gift of an original manual with scale drawings for a 10RB led to the construction of the dragline and inspired this 16mm scale layout, a tribute to an age before lorries and conveyor belts replaced rails.

we like... We like: the working sand drag and the well-observed workings.

Stand 67 - Hayesden Driffield


  Tony Mortlock. It’s the morning of Monday 19th December 1938 and the usually gentle pace of life in the imaginary village of Hayesden has been slowed down by the snow which fell over the weekend. However, the narrow gauge railway is steadily going about its business, largely ignored by the villagers (as usual).
It was built to link outlying communities with the local market town and having avoided being taken over by the Southern Railway in 1923, still ekes out a hand-to-mouth existence with some signs of help from big brother. The village has a number of typically Kentish vernacular buildings based on examples from around Tonbridge. However times are changing even here, and have brought  modern art-deco semi-detached houses to the village. This mirrors the development of the village in which (the builder) grew up in the late 1940s, in what is now South East London The model is built to the scale of 7mm to the foot (1:43), using PECO 0-16.5 track. The buildings are all scratch-built using card on a foamboard carcase. Rolling stock is rather unprototypically varied; some is from kits, the rest is based on items on various narrow gauge lines and is scratch-built in styrene on proprietary wheels and mechanisms.

we like... We like: this depiction of pre-World War II British village life really captures the feel of what was rural Kent at a particular point in history.
Stand 165 - Rivendell Rivendell


Rivendell Brandon Evans. Rivendell was originally one end of the Twickenham and District Club’s narrow gauge layout but ended up stored in my loft for 10 years until I was talked into rebuilding it. Time and an attentive squirrel partially destroyed it and one of the boards had to be scrapped. 
The baseboards were modified track work re-laid, rewired, buildings rebuilt and the scenery completely replaced. (It may have been easier to build a new layout). The neglected feeling attempts to depict narrow gauge railways in the 1930s as bankruptcy loomed, but represents nowhere in particular. The rocks are plaster castings from rubber moulds, the wooden buildings were all scratch-built, the fences made from Chinese calendars from our take away and the trees constructed from Scalelink etchings. Note the stub points in the goods yard, although they were unlikely to have been used on the ‘prototype’ depicted by Rivendell. We use Kadee HO couplers, operated by electromagnets, for hands-off operation and a turntable was added to turn the Baldwin tank locomotives which in reality ran very roughly in reverse. (The ‘Glyn Valley Tramway’ installed one to appease their drivers).

we like... We like: The high quality weathering and adaptation to provide the atmosphere of a railway at the end of its life.

stand 80 - Dinas 1869 Festininiog Railway Dinas 1869 Festininiog Railway

Dinas 1869 Festininiog Railway

Dinas 1869 Festininiog Railway Paul Holmes. Dinas Station served the village of Rhiwbryfdir, a thriving community and the original upper terminus of the Festiniog Railway, in Blaenau Ffestiniog.  When passenger services commenced in 1865, Dinas was the original terminus and the station building was added to the pre-existing two storey engine shed.  In 1866, the second Blaenau terminus station was opened at Duffws, and until 1870, trains terminated alternately at each station. 
After this date, Dinas reverted to being a goods only station. 
The model is set in October 1869. The Ordinance Survey map of 1888 still showed the railway lines and buildings, but soon afterwards the buildings at the base of the incline, including the rather grand Georgian ‘Dinas House’, the rows of cottages and Holland’s original slate warehouses were all to be buried under the ever expanding spoil heap of slate waste. There are a handful of photos in existence which show some of the structures, and with this information the model has been constructed. 
The layout is built to 7mm scale, running on 14mm gauge track.  Trackwork is all hand-built using code 95 bullhead rail.  Stock is predominately from Port Wynnstay, the 7mm Narrow Gauge Association, Mercian Models and scratch-built.  The layout is controlled with DCC and extensive use has been made of special sound, smoke and steam effects.

we like... We like: Superbly modelled Ffestiniog scenes – look out for the steam and sound! 

stand 79 - Purgatory Peak Purgatory Peak

Purgatory Peak

Purgatory Peak Club: Macclesfield MRG. The railroads around Purgatory Peak were conceived in the euphoria of the mining boom of the late 19th century when deposits of several heavy metals, including gold and silver had been discovered. The booming American economy created ever-increasing demands and packhorses were simply not quick enough to deliver. 

Therefore, the Denver and Colorado Western was born. It’s now the late 1930s and times are hard. As for the railroad – it just keeps plodding on. Nothing much changes in this part of the world…unless it has to! Purgatory Peak was selected for the area to model, not for its scenic beauty (it has none), nor for its significance as a milestone in railway history (as if!). It was simply chosen because getting to this point, the highest not only on the original railway but also on the model, had been sheer purgatory! The upper level was the original ‘Denver and Colorado Western’ line but has long since been by-passed by subsequent improvements to the system following acquisition by the ‘D&RGW’.  The mines served by the improbable zigzag are struggling following the Great Depression but, despite their best efforts, the D&RGW have not been able to dispense with the branch (under the mine) to oblivion. 

we like... We like: Plenty of US light railway atmosphere and typical rickety-looking trestle bridges.

N Gauge Layouts

Stand 23 - Kayreuth Driffield


  Ian Hogben. Kayreuth is a fictional large town in the Ruhr area of Nordrhein-Westfalen in Germany.  The town, which sits astride the River Lippe/Wesel Datteln canal, is something of a dormitory town for its larger, more heavily industrialised neighbouring towns and cities, although it does feature some light industry of its own.
In addition to a four-track main line there are three branch lines which radiate from the northern end of Kayreuth Hauptbahnhofs (main station’s) nine platforms. Under normal circumstances Kayreuth plays host to a variety of traffic including prestige ICE 1s, ICE 3s and international expresses, InterRegio and local passenger services, as well as large volumes of freight. This week however, circumstances are far from normal as the main line is temporarily closed due to major bridge replacement works, which have also closed one of the branch lines.  These works can be observed just to the north of the Bbf and A71 autobahn (which is itself undergoing resurfacing work). Therefore, some of the trains which would normally use the main line to nearby centres such as Dusseldorf, Koln, Dortmund, Duisburg and Essen have wherever possible been diverted via other routes.  Meanwhile the remainder, which are still calling at, or passing through Kayreuth, are being routed down one of the unaffected branch lines where, having rounded the Evekirche, they cross the River Lippe on an impressive three span girder bridge, before passing through Kayreuth Messe (exhibition cenre) Bahanhof. The model is set around the turn of the 20th – 21st century.

we like... We like: N gauge always provides the space for long trains and this is no exception – look out for the ICE trains!
Stand 172 - Loch Tat Loch Tat

Loch Tat

Loch Tat Club: Adrian Lambourne (Ivanhoe MRS). Having visited Scotland on many occasions, this layout represents my attempt to show the splendour of the scenery to be found in the Western Highlands. Although not specifically based on a real location, Loch Tat is a layout that is firmly based on the West Highland line that was built by The North British Railway from Glasgow to Fort William and latterly on to Mallaig.
Utilising the main advantage of the smaller scale of N gauge, namely the ability to represent trains running through the scenery in a relatively small space, the area around a typical West Highland chalet styled station is represented, complete with Loch. Many of the buildings have been scratch-built, primarily using plasticard, to represent the protypes found in the area. Other buildings are heavily modified proprietory products. Trees, of which there are many, have also been hand-crafted to add depth to the scenery.Many of the scenes depicted represent events witnessed on visits to Scotland. In particular, look out for ‘young’ Master McKaye moving his beasties into fresh pastures. Full details of the layouts construction appeared in the British Railway Modelling Magazine in May 2010. However, watch out for the additions made since the publication of this article.

we like... We like: Superb Highland scenery and the best modelled water you’re likely to see.
Stand 106 - Long Line Driffield

Long Line 

  Mark Henshaw. The layout is a representation of how the never built Plymouth Dartmoor and Exeter railway proposed by James Meadows Rendel in 1840, may have looked. The Long Line combines common GWR operating practice and Bristol & Exeter Railway Company architecture, amidst the scenery typical to the Dartmoor area. 
Long Line has been built specifically for exhibition use and is made up of 28 x 40in long scenic baseboards divided into scenic sections: J- (Moor Inn bridge) K- (WD sidings) L- (Village) M- (Station) N- (Summit sidings) O- (Bridge) P- (Halt) Q- (Moor). These eight sections of varying lengths may be operated alone or attached to their neighbours with the trains being stored in individual cassettes on additional tables at either end. The Long Line is one linear railway and not modular, therefore the sections may only be assembled in alphabetical order! This range of components allows for 54 scenic variations in 25 lengths ranging from 16’8” to 103’4” long, which accompanied by the 3 operating periods permits for 92 options. The model usually operates in the scenario of Great Western Railway control during the spring of 1941 and some areas are ‘dressed’ with military scenes and vehicles representative of the time. The model is built to 148th scale or 2.06mm/ft, portraying the UK standard track gauge of 4ft 8 ½in by using the N gauge or 9mm track system. Although there are some scratch and kit-built items most of the stock used is out of the box or ready to run, with which an effort has been made to make the most of such items.  All ready to run couplings have been replaced with either hook and pin or drawbars couplings on the fitted stock, or three link couplings on all loose coupled goods vehicles. Most items have been detailed or repainted and all the trains are weathered and should be carrying the correct tail and headlamps when practical. Various open and sheeted wagonloads have been added to the goods traffic and all are correctly loaded and roped as per GWR practices. This weekend I am exhibiting sections M N and if space permits O1, around 43ft in length.

we like... We like: Mark’s aiming for over 100 feet of layout when he finally completes the Long Line project.
Stand 1a - dudley heath Dudley Heath

Dudley Heath

Dudley heath British Railway Modelling.  A project which remains under construction at the scenery detailing stage and inspired by the post-industrial landscape of the West Midlands and the Grand Junction Railway.  It runs with trains from the late 1980s to around 2009 for variety. the layout is intended to be fun operating and just watching models of favourite trains and locomotives run past, as if line-siding - it is not meant to be too serious!
It has a wide variety of route options including two continuous run circuits and an end-to-end operation if more intense operations are desired.  There is room for expansion of the layout at a later date to accommodate more trains in this compact design - expansion options being incorporated into the original design.  It is hoped that the design will demonstrate that main line type operations can be enjoyed on a small layout, which is easily accommodated and stored in the average home.

we like... We like: BRM's 2011 project layout by Nigel Burkin. It features present-day state-of-the-art N gauge modelling with DCC.
Stand 54 - Santa Barbara, California, USA Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, California, USA

santa barbara Ian Limpkin. Santa Barbara is a large coastal town 100 miles to the north of Los Angeles. Amtrak passenger trains run over this stretch of line with two trains a day continuing north of Santa Barbara, one of these being the Coast Starlight which travels between Los Angeles and Seattle in the north of the country. 
The stretch of line north of Los Angeles is owned by Southern Pacific (now part of Union Pacific) while south of Los Angeles to San Diego is owned by Burlington Northern Santa Fe. The layout is a near scale model of the area around Santa Barbara Amtrak station which is between the beach and the main downtown shopping and restaurant area. Many photographs and measurements have been taken in the vicinity of the station to recreate as many of the details as possible but some compression of the area modelled has had to be made.
Control is via Digitrax Digital Command Control. Turnouts are also controlled via stationary decoders.
To control both the trains and turnouts, we use ipods and iphones running an app called Wi Throttle. This then communicates with the DCC system via a wireless router connected to a laptop that runs the free software JMRI. The laptop is connected to the DCC command station using an interface called Loco Buffer.

we like... We like: Feel that sun,sea and Steside freedom as you get lost in this brilliant depiction of a Californian railroad.
Stand 105 - Waitawhyle Waitawhyle


Waitawhyle Graham Smith. Waitawhyle is a fictitious area based on the Settle to Carlisle route over the Pennines, and is aimed at showing the wild, bleak scenic side of the line where the railway had to blend into the landscape. The refuge siding is loosely based on Blea Moor sidings and the viaduct is inspired form Daundry Mire, Moorcock Viaduct or Garsgale Head (it has been known by all).
The refuge sidings allow some prototype operating where trains would stop for water or to build up a head of steam and then continue the Long Drag or maybe to allow an express through without being held up.
One of the aims is to show how a layout can be built using mainly commercial items available from any model shop and modify them slightly. If you do not recognise any item just ask. The principle adopted is to run trains through the scenery in a portrayal of the line in the late 1950s and early 60s when under the control of the British Railways London Midland Region. It was a time that was mainly steam but a few diesels were starting to appear.

we like... We like: We always love the Settle and Carlisle and it translates well into the smaller scale.
EM Gauge Layouts

Stand 176 - Leighton Buzzard Leighton Buzzard

Leighton Buzzard

Leighton Buzzard Club: Built by the late Rev. Peter Denny. We are delighted to be able to give visitors the opportunity to see the work of one of the true pioneers of the hobby. It is highly appropriate that Leighton Buzzard should appear at Alexandra Palace.  Peter Denny became a member of The Model Railway Club during the late 1940s and it was at Model Railway Club shows that his work was first exhibited to the public.
It was at the club that he formed a lifelong friendship with Cyril Freezer which led to many inspirational articles appearing in the model railway press.When a new home was being sought for Buckingham it was Cyril’s son, Nick who was instrumental in it coming to me and when the opportunity arose to exhibit Leighton Buzzard as a tribute to Peter’s work, we quickly agreed that the Model Railway Club show would represent some form of spiritual homecoming. Leighton Buzzard is part of the famous Buckingham Branch, built by the late Peter Denny, who started the project in 1947 some of what you see today dates back to that time, although the layout was constantly being modified and rebuilt. The track plan is one of Peter’s own drawings.  Since he made the drawing the track plan has been altered slightly, with the removal of the crossover near the gasworks. In these days of mass produced models, it is quite rare to see a layout where almost everything, even down much of the electrical switching, hand-made by one man.  As somebody said to me once, this layout represents a largely forgotten side of the hobby, the joy of making things just because we can.
Everything you see today was hand-made by the Rev. Peter Denny.

we like... We like: One of the pioneers of finescale, high quality modelling, it’s great to have part of Peter Denny’s layout at the show.
Stand 177 - Liverpool Lime Street Liverpool Lime Street

Liverpool Lime Street

Liverpool lime st
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John H Holden. The layout represents the station in the period from 1945 to the end of the L M S on January 1st 1948. All 11 platforms are included and the area modelled is from the University right up to Lime Street itself. A number of the university buildings at the right hand end of the layout are based on actual buildings still in existence today.
Operationally, it is hoped ultimately to portray a typical 24-hour day services from the morning paper train to the Merseyside Express! A feature of the layout is the electronics used to enhance operation. Look out for the CCTV coverage of the fiddle yard, stepper motor control of the turntables and sector plate and the router, which can set over 200 different routes into and out of the station! This is a big project for a private layout and although work has been constant we still have much to do to complete the scene. We welcome your questions but please direct them to our ‘spare’ man and not people operating the layout.

we like... We like: Modelling at its best. Look out for the mechanised traverser and CCTV camera system. And as for the station roof....!
Stand 77 - New Hey New Hey

New Hey

Liverpool lime st Andy Cooper. The railway through New Hey is on what was known as the ‘Oldham Loop’, the line that ran from Manchester Victoria, up Werneth Bank to Oldham, then onto Rochdale and back to Victoria. The line through New Hey (from Shaw to Rochdale East junction) was singled in the late 70s but one part of the infrastructure still exists, the large cotton warehouse that is now part of the New Hey Carpets Factory. 
The route closed to heavy rail traffic on 3rd October 2009 and is now part of the Metrolink tram network. All remaining traces left of the old station have been demolished.The model is of New Hey as it was roughly in the period from 1960 - 1968 and it is always the last two weeks of June on the layout. Why? Because that's when the local ‘wakes’ were. (The annual 2 week shutdown of the cotton mills in Oldham and Rochdale). As a result there were daily excursion trains, usually double headed if they were coming from the Oldham direction and with coaches cobbled together from anything available. In addition there were regular local passenger, freight and parcels workings. The station was serviced by a twice daily pick up goods train working (Target 36) from Moston to Royton Junction and back.

we like... We like: Swept away by the Metrolink tramway, this layout gives a flavour of what’s been lost – plenty of trains to watch too!
Stand 91 - Westcliff westcliff


westcliff Westcliff is a might have been whose location is based on the Dorset seaside town of West Bay, Bridport’s harbour, as it might have evolved by the 1920s had the town developed as a seaside resort like Bournemouth or Weymouth had done rather than see the decline of trade through the harbour as actually happened.
In our version of events, the harbour continued to flourish with the export of coal (from Somerset and South Wales), shingle (from nearby Chesil Beach) and the importation of timber from Scandinavia. Some light shipbuilding was also carried out. The existing station was replaced by a larger station built in a new location under the ‘west cliff’ to cater for a now intensive service of holiday expresses and local passenger trains.  Goods trains bring supplies into the town and service the harbour via a short branch line.  Extensive carriage sidings and loco facilities are located off the main line to the east of the station, beyond the bridges carrying the footpath to the promenade.

we like... We like: Holiday traffic a-plenty as the railway tries to develop its own seaside resort – don’t miss the excellent shingle beach!
HO Layouts

Stand 94 - Aversac Les Mines Aversac Les Mines

Aversac Les Mines

Aversac Les Mines France was famous for its network of narrow gauge secondary lines, but among these was a number light railways, similar in character, but built to standard gauge.
Aversac-les-Mines is a freelance model representing a typical line somewhere in south/central France. 
The period is set in the late 50s when the line was still thriving on traffic from the local mine and its associated industries. The narrow gauge feeder is on its last legs and survives only on timber traffic and stone from the adjacent quarry which is being used for the road improvements which will soon seal its fate. Passenger traffic is sparse, the main source being the mine workers and the few locals changing onto the narrow gauge. Motive power is mainly scratch-built on commercial chassis and all the track in hand-made using Peco 009 rail. The buildings, based on and are all from card coated with ‘Artex’ on which the surface finish is scribed and painted with Humbrol, as is the backscene.

we like... We like:  A fine example of dual gauge modelling
Stand 99 - Torcy Torcy


Torcy John Smith. Torcy is located in the Department of Seine-Maritime in the Haute Normandie, (Upper Normandy), region of northern France at the end of a single track branch off the line from Rouen to Dieppe. Torcy is a real place but the railway is completely fictitious.
The survival of the imaginary branch line is due, in the main, to a distribution depot set up to transfer goods arriving by rail, to road vehicles for delivery to this area of northern France. The level of freight traffic is sufficiently healthy to require several trains a day. In addition, loaded trains of open wagons containing gravel from a quarry up the line, that only has access from the Torcy direction, enter the station area to reverse before departing to Sotteville yard in Rouen for onward dispatch. The station also survives and is served by a regular passenger service from Rouen operated by diesel powered push-pull trains and multiple units. There is a daily through train three times a day to and from Paris and occasional steam hauled specials.

we like... We like: an interesting selection of French motive power to stand and watch.

Stand 168 - Ediger Eller - Moseltrecke Eidiger-Eller

Eidiger Eller - Moseltrecke

  Club: Keighley Model Railway Club. The railway line between Koblenz and Trier  in the German Mosel valley is an international route between Germany,  France and Luxembourg  with traffic variation and volume to match its status. Our railway represents a section of the route, about 900m in reality, between the famous Kaiser Wilhelm I Tunnel (4205m) and the Petersburg Tunnel  (367m) which is immediately after the line crosses the Mosel  at Eller.
The line is busy and  traffic density is high, ours probably more so than that of D B A G!   You will see the wide variety of traffic and as we choose to model eras 3 to 5  a wide selection of stock from the different eras. All locos are controlled digitally and thus each loco has its own brain, a digital   decoder.  This microprocessor listens to encoded messages transmitted through the track from the command station and responds only to those addressed to it. Digital control locomotives can also be made to produce the sounds of the original locos bearing in mind the limitations that size has on the quality of sound produced! Points are controlled in a more conventional way and for the most part the signals are controlled by the movement of trains.

we like... We like: You chance to watch the trains go by as they run along this part of the Mosel region – sound too!
Stand 174 - Gilbert Junction gilbert junction

Gilbert Junction

gilbert junction Chris Hopper. Gilbert Junction is an HO (3.5mm: 1 foot) US switching layout representing the Boston and Maine Railroad. Kadee couplers are used for ‘hands-off’ operation and PECO US 16.5mm code 83 track. Many of the structures are scratch-built from wood and the signal tower is a Best Craftsman kit.
Operation is varied with a junction with two short-line or connecting railroad with a set of interchange tracks so freight cars can be exchanged and the industry on the mainline is a dairy. There is also an off-stage paper mill, which sees pulpwood traffic, tank and boxcars. Paper mills are still a significant source of traffic for the railroad industry in New England. Many of the freight and milk cars are resin kits and some of the locos are re-painted. The layout is operated using a Lenz DCC system and a number of locos are sound equipped.
At this exhibition, we are running a variety of passenger, freight and milk trains representing the Boston and Maine Railroad during both the 1950s and 1960/70s. 

we like... We like: Swtiching a-plenty as you watch freight cars being sent to their correct destinations.

Gauge 1 Layouts

Stand 111 - Invicta Track Driffield

Invicta Track

  Gauge 1 Model Railway Association. The mainstay of the Gauge 1 layout, supplied by the Gauge 1 Model Railway Association, are the live steam locomotives working hard on lengthy trains.  These can be seen to good effect on this layout.  Please don't attempt to touch any of the models as these can be hot.
we like... We like:  Smell that hot oil, smoke and steam as you watch these masterpieces in miniature pass by!
Stand 171 - Oakland 3rd Street Yard Oakland 3rd Street Yard

Oakland 3rd Street Yard

Oakland 3rd Street Yard Club: Martyn Wild (RHYL and District MRC). The layout came about due to a wish to exhibit ‘something different’ and after seeing a USA Trains (TM) GP9 loco, the idea of a ‘small yard’ came about!  Starting out at 16ft the layout has evolved over 10 years to its current length of 26ft and is being shown here for the first time with the small depot extension (right hand end).
Oakland (California) circa 1965 is the setting for this southern pacific downtown yard, with short trains arriving from and departing to the nearby huge West Oakland Freight yard and being switched among the local industries; a sparse passenger service (usually formed by the S.P.’s sole Budd RDC railcar 10 runs from/to Oakland 16th Street Station.Track work is Peco gauge 1 with turnouts built using their individual parts and powered by Fulgurex point motors. Train power comes from an upgraded Kent Panel Controls handheld analogue controller.Most locomotives are fitted with Diesel sound units.  Rolling stock is mainly ready to run although there are also several scratch-built freight cars and even the odd loco. Kadee magnetically operated couplers are used throughout.All buildings are scratch-built from wood or plastic sheet.  Small details and road vehicles range from cheap toys to scratch-built.

we like... We like: Making full use of the space afforded by G scale – this shows what you can do outside of the garden!

12mm Gauge Layouts

Stand 95 - Furka Oberalp Furka Oberalp

Furka Oberalp

Furka Oberalp Club: Furness Model Railway Club. Set somewhere on the Swiss Furka Oberalp Bahn between Andermat and Disentis, the layout features working rack and pinion operation which allows the trains to climb approximately three feet as they wind their way around the layout, with up and down trains passing each other at the small station which is also served by a funicular railway.
Following on from our large club layout "Overfriedhof" the baseboards have been built at 45 degrees.  It also is a test bed for an operating system which has at its heart a programmable logic chip.  Developed by members of the Furness Model Railway Club, it allows a sequence of trains to be run automatically. 
If you have any questions about this or any other aspect of the layout, do not hesitate to ask any of the operators.

we like... We like:  Look for the working rack and pinion system as the trains climb over three feet!
Stand 96 - Keine Name Driffield

Keine Name

  Ian Edwards.Fictionally set in the Swiss Alps, Keine Name is at the end of a metre gauge branch line.  Originally designed as a through station, the rest of the line was never completed so the tunnel at one end of the station is only a headshunt. The line is quite busy however with frequent passenger trains and freight trains from a number of Swiss railway companies, serving the cement silo and the loading dock.
There is also an occasional G train (mixed passenger/freight) hauled by an ancient Krocodile locomotive.

we like... We like: A fascinating collection of Swiss metre gauge stock before your very eyes.
14.2mm Gauge Layouts

Stand 36 - Whatlington (Sussex) Whatlington (Sussex)


Whatlington (Sussex) Peter Bossom. Whatlington is the next station down the line from Hoath Hill Halt and the single line section ends here. Trains for the Sub Wealden Gypsum Company works at Hoath Hill can reverse direction and other trains pass as required. A lone coal merchant occupies part of the back siding in a small goods yard that sees occasional other traffic.
Engineers make frequent use of the empty sidings to store their wagons. When it suits, modellers rewrite history and/or geography to create plausible settings and this model is no different. Whatlington with an ‘h’, does exist, near Battle in East Sussex, but in order to create a station and make it a plausible ‘might have been’ the village has become a small country town and distances to the surrounding villages etc. have been increased by ‘just a few miles’. 3mm is a minority interest but there is a surprising amount of support available to those who choose to work in this scale. The 3mm Society provides a range of products for its members plus there are a number of other small suppliers who offer kits, bits and ‘scratch aids’. It is also possible to make use of items from both 2 and 4mm scales to help complete models.

we like... We like:  Peter Bossom continues his ‘down the 3mm line’ trip from the superb Hoath Hill Halt.
Stand 160 - Yeoton Wharf Yeoton Wharf

Yeoton Wharf

Yeoton Wharf Nick Salzman. In 1824 proposals were made for the Public Devonshire Canal to link the North and South coasts of Devon. It was planned to start at Weare Gifford on the river Torridge near Bideford on the north coast and finish at Topsham just south of Exeter. The proposed route was very similar in part to that taken by the North Devon Railway between Exeter, Barnstable and Bideford built in 1854.
This line was originally built to the broad gauge and leased by the Bristol and Exeter Railway. In 1862 it was acquired by the London and South Western Railway and was converted to mixed gauge. It was re-signalled and new LSWR signal boxes built in 1873. This layout imagines that the canal was actually built and that there was a canal/railway interchange near Crediton, at what is now known as Salmons Crossing but originally was called Yeoton Crossing. As well as a goods interchange shed [loosely based on one surviving on the Cromford canal in Derbyshire] there is a large maltings [based on Tuckers Maltings at Newton Abbott] with it’s own wharf. This features a working wagon turntable and traverser pulling the wagon in and out of the warehouse. Goods would have included corn, wool, clay, timber, coal and of course cider!

we like... We like: Definitely something you don’t see often – broad gauge modelling in 3mm scale! 

Other Gauges

Stand 167 - Burntisland 1883 Burntisland 1883

Burntisland 1883 - 18.83mm (P4)

Burntisland 1883 Club: East of Scotland 4mm Group.  This is “Burnt island”, situated on the north shore of the Firth of Forth in the Kingdom of Fife.Burntisland played a key role in transport history, for it was here that the first roll on/roll off ferries entered service.  Prior to the building of the Forth Bridge, these train ferries and passenger ships formed part of the link between Edinburgh and the east coast of Scotland.
This is a dockland site, so the quay walls are a key feature, with the imposing stone station building behind. Also on display is the train ferry, with Thomas Bouch’s pioneering moveable bridge, the Forth Hotel, stables, slaughterhouse, fever hospital and the West Dock with working hoist and turnplates. The historical period modelled is 1883. The first Tay Bridge had fallen four years earlier, but No. 224 had been recovered (and for evermore known as The Diver) can be seen on the layout. This period has meant considerable research into the operation and extensive scratch-building.  The period chosen shows the passenger trains connecting with their ferries and the shunting of freight on and off the train ferries. 21st century DCC is required to operate this 19th century intense movement.

we like... We like: Started as a project for Scaleforum, this has snowballed into the superb layout you see today – 1883 in scale and date!
Stand 179 - East Lynn and Nunstanton East Lynn and Nunstanton

East Lynn and Nunstanton - S Scale

East Lynn and Nunstanton
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Trevor Nunn. East Lynn is an imaginary seaport in north-west Norfolk. Trains departing go through Nunstanton, a village just across the river where a branch line diverges. The layout and its stock portray a small part of the Great Eastern Railway in the last decade of the nineteenth century.  The Midland and Great Northern Railway has running powers into East Lynn via a second branch line.
East Lynn station building is based on Kings Lynn, whilst Snettisham on the former Lynn and Hunstanton Railway has been modelled for Nunstanton.  All other buildings are modelled from that area in keeping with the Norfolk theme. All the locomotives, rolling stock, track and buildings have been hand-built over a long period of time.  True scale standards are used for the track and wheels.  Signals and points are operated from mechanical lever frames by means of cranks and rods under the baseboards.  The power supply is arranged for cab control using electronic feedback controllers and all the locos are fitted with flywheels to help with smooth running.

we like... We like: Modelled in this unusual scale, what else can be said about Trevor Nunn’s work other than all-round superb?
Stand 173 - Mini-MSW Driffield

Mini-MSW - 2mm Finescale

  Alan Whitehouse. Mini-MSW? Well, Mini because this is a small layout and MSW because it represents part of the Manchester-Sheffield-Wath electrification scheme – the Woodhead Line. But this is not a model of the main line. Instead, it is a depiction of the forgotten arm of the system, the Wath Branch. 
This was a remarkable railway freight only and it was electrified but retained semaphore signals and hand-operated gated level crossings right to the end. In its final years, pairs of Class 76 electrics manhandled heavy MGR trains along a route that included a gradient of 1 in 40. The model does not depict an actual location. My aim was to suggest the entrance to a set of exchange sidings with some plain line to give a glimpse of trains in the landscape.But it includes many of the features that could be found on the real Wath Branch, the overgrown pit spoil heap; the abandoned mine engine house and the GC Type 4 signal box – a replica of the one at Wentworth Junction.The model is built to 2FS standards, which gives very fine, almost spidery track work. The locomotives are kits, running on heavily modified Brawa chassis, rewheeled for 2FS rolling stock are a mix of kits and modified ready to run.

we like... We like: Another well known and lost iconic railway location is the Manchester, Sheffield and Wath – it’s great to see the EM1s and EM2s in 2mm!
stand 145 - Hemyock Hemyock

Branch Line to "Hemyock" - S7 gauge

Hemyock The Culm Valley Light Railway Company was a local enterprise which was formed in 1873 to build a standard gauge light railway from Tiverton Junction on the then broad gauge Bristol and Exeter main line, 7 ½ mile to Hemyock with intermediate stations at Uffculme and Culmstock.
The Railway received Royal Assent on the 15th May 1873 and construction began the following year, but progress was slow and the contract with the first builder was cancelled.  Another builder was appointed but he met with problems. However the line was eventually completed and finally opened on 29th May 1876, by which time the mixed gauge had reached Exeter and the regular working of standard gauge goods trains made through freight traffic possible. The line was worked by Great Western, this company having taken over the Bristol and Exeter Railway, who were to have worked the line, just prior to the opening of the CVR.
The line was lightly constructed and followed the banks of the river and existing land boundaries for most of its length, but the severe curves resulting, imposed an overall speed restriction of 15 mph and seriously restricted the choice of motive power and rolling stock. The railway soon ran into financial difficulties, passenger receipts dropped and the Great Western somewhat unwillingly purchased the line in April 1880, later opening halts at Coldharbour, 23rd February 1929 and Whitehall 27th February 1933.

we like... We like: Always a lovely prototype to model, due to its small size and resitrcted location, this 7mm layout is no exception.
stand 55 - Nevermoor Nevermoor

Nevermoor - Z gauge

Nevermoor Brian Yallop. Nevermoor is a freelance Z gauge layout that depicts the L N E R prior to Nationalisation. The area shown is typically north of England and features a twin track main line through the countryside. On entering the town, the tracks split into a four-road station before returning to the fiddle yard. This allows for both main line and suburban trains to operate.
As there is virtually no British outline stock or buildings available in Z gauge the majority of the layout has been scratch-built. Marklin chassis are used for most of the rolling stock with brass mainly used for the locos and plasticard and acetate for the wagons and coaches. Marklin track and points are used throughout.

we like... We like: Before T gauge, this was the smalled you could go and Brian has done superb work in adapting non-British prototypes to produce LNER layouts in small spaces!


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