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see our ARROWMOUTH on Stand 8 at the Great Central Railway Model Event Weekend on the 14th to 16th June  - See you there !!!

Layouts at the 47th Redditch Model Railway Exhibition

It is planned to have a selection of layouts in the popular scales. Layouts Booked so far confirmed will include for our 2020 show :

  1. Arrowmouth - 4mm layout based in on the west coast main line in the 1960's
  2. Grindley Brook - 7mm layout based on a former London North Western Station

Arrowmouth - presented by Redditch Model Railway Club  - 4mm Scale

Sitting on the beach, on one of those always sunny summer days. Suddenly the silence is shattered as a former LMS pacific speeds past on a Scotland bound train. These are the images we have attempted to recreate in model form. The West Coast Main Line at the end of the steam era and before the overhead electrification marched northwards to Scotland. Arrowmouth is a seaside town on the North West Coast and is close to Hest Bank, which is between Lancaster and Carnforth. The layout is based on the former London North Western Railway main line. The era is somewhere between 1963 and 1968 when steam was in its Indian Summer, in this part of the world. The scale is 4mm using "OO" gauge track. All the buildings on the layout are scratch built, mainly using thick card for the basic structure. These were covered with either brick papers or plasticard to represent stone or brick finishes. Various grades of sand papers have also been used to represent concrete rendering which, is so often found at seaside towns. The layout has been created as a package of not just the layout but also correctly formed trains for the era portrayed. This does not mean detailed locomotives pulling out of the box ready to run stock. More recently the layout has undergone a major refurbishment to bring it up to the standards of the Club's newer layouts. This has included totally a re-modelled the goods yard area with a new track layout and completely new scenery on both corners of the layout.

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Grindley Brook - presented by Hillingdon Railway Modellers  - 7mm Scale

Our new layout has been designed to fit a long curve into one side of our existing test track. The new section will make the existing test track into a large D-shape some 34-feet by 17-feet. When complete it will be a two-road through station based on London North Western Railway (LNWR) practice, with a goods yard to provide opportunities for shunting. The existing fiddle yard which has eight roads will be utilised. The name was selected by looking at an old map of the area in which we wanted the layout to be set and choosing a place which had the correct topography, including a canal. This proved to be adjacent to the ex-LNWR line running between Whitchurch and Chester at a place called Grindley Brook. No station was shown but, having chosen the name, we subsequently discovered that at some time a halt existed; so what we are constructing will assume that considerable rebuilding has taken place. By choosing LNWR origin it is hoped that it will make it easier to construct the station buildings as, in reality, these were modular. We are hoping to make patterns of the various panels and have them cast. Assembly should then be relatively easy. This will allow more time for the more complex buildings. Club members also have existing stock suitable for this location. Discussion is ongoing as to whether a change should be made to DCC and if so the best way of resolving the problems involved in converting existing stock. The track has now been laid and wired up. Test running of various locos and lengths of trains has shown up the odd minor problem that needs resolving and a start has been made in weathering/painting the sides of the rails, landscaping and platform construction.

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