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Layouts at the 2023 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 2023 show :

  1. Alexandra Sidings - 7mm scale parcels depot
  2. Atherley Narrows - 3.5mm scale Canadian based layout
  3. Harlyn Pier - 7mm scale layout based on a Cornish LSWR coastal station
  4. Ludlow - 2mm scale layout based on the prototype station of that name
  5. Oakenshaw - 4mm scale layout based in West Yorkshire
  6. Sugar Creek -  N Scale North American modern image layout
  7. Temple Bridge - 4mm scale layout based central London
  8. Todmorden Midland - 2mm scale West Yorkshire based layout

Others being confirmed ..........

Alexandra Sidings - presented by David Hampson  - 7mm Scale

Alexandra Sidings is a 7mm scale layout which represents a small fictional station and parcels depot in North West England. The layout is Ďsplit levelí, with the lower level comprising a station and a separate upper level with an urban parcels concentration depot. The layout depicts a representation of a small urban station, Oldham King Street. This takes its inspiration from locations such as Clegg Street, Oldham Central and Guide Bridge. Access to the platform is from a passenger walkway and staircase via the station entrance located on the upper level. The station building is modelled on Guide Bridge station. The station has been poorly maintained under BR operation, and is under threat of closure. On the upper level, is a Parcels Concentration Depot, named Alexandra Sidings. This is based upon the parcels depot at Oldham Clegg Street. Traffic into the parcels depot includes newspapers and parcels for the local catalogue warehouses. A loco refueling point serves the depot, providing fuel to the large variety of diesel classes seen in the depot. The period set is the BR blue era in the mid to late 1970s. Passenger services are provided through a range of DMU classes, together with a class 504 Bury EMU. Engineers trains are frequent visitors, with a fully working 76 ton crane occasionally to be seen. The layout is equipped with Lenz Digital Command Control (DCC). The points and operating semaphore signals are servo controlled, and can be operated either with a DCC handset, or by using a laptop for route setting. Many of the locos are equipped with sound chips from ESU, with each class having a distinctive engine noise. Much of the stock also contains lighting and/or exhaust smoke generators. The track on the layout is PECO, and the majority of the buildings have been scratchbuilt by Keith. These are based on buildings typical of the area around Oldham. The layout was featured in the August 2022 edition of British Railway Modelling.

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Atherley Narrows - presented by Chris Round  - 3.5mm Scale

Since visiting Toronto in Canada in 1990 and 1994, I have built two layouts based on the trains I saw then and those of the Canadian Pacific Railway of CP Rail as it was by then.  Both Stoney Hill Yard and Stoney Hill West were successful HO Scale layouts and visited many exhibitions including at the Redditch show.  However, there is always a desire to build a better layout and remove some of the irritations with previous plans.  All I needed was some inspiration. It came in the form of a photograph I had taken of a swing bridge at Atherley near Orillia in Ontario. The bridge was already out of use in 1994 when I photographed it and it was a Canadian National line rather than CP Rail but like many modellers, Iíve never been too fussy about absolute authenticity. My initial thought was to build a simple diorama of the bridge and its approach piers, but I soon progressed to grander plans once construction of the bridge started. Operation on Stoney Hill had always been limited because all the industries were accesses off the main line so through trains could not be operated at the same time as industry switching. The track plan for Atherley Narrows allows for industries to be served from loops off the main and in most cases from two separate staging roads in the fiddle yard. Track is Peco code 75 rail, and all points(switches) and crossovers are hand made from rail soldered to copper clad sleepers (cross ties). Points are hand operated by rods attached to electrical switches at the rear of the layout. Control is old fashioned DC. Iíve too many old locos to convert to DCC and I canít afford the cost of the better sound equipped new locos which are available. Much of my rolling stock is second hand and all the buildings and main scenery elements are scratchbuilt.

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Harlyn Pier - presented by Peter Beckley  - 7mm Scale

The layout, which is constructed at a scale of 7mm to lit to finescale '0' Gauge standards, depicts the terminus of an imaginary (ex LSWR) branch line on the north coast of Cornwall not far from Padstow in the BR period circa 1960. The station is set on a quayside that connects to a ferry service from the adjacent dock, similar to the arrangement at Lymington Pier, which was the inspiration for the layout. The trackwork is all handbuilt from TimberTracks, C and L and Exactoscale components whilst the majority of the buildings are scratch built and based on examples from the Cornwall or Devon area. The signals and level crossing gates are all operational and interlocked with the points. which hopefully avoids wrongly signalled movements. This however is not guaranteed! The majority of the locomotives and rolling stock have been constructed from kits by the layout operators. We try to feature stock that operated in the north Cornwall area during the period 1955 to 1965. However, it is not unknown for the occasional interloper to appear. The layout is run to a sequence which represents a busy summer Saturday. In reality this is much busier than would have been the case but it keeps the public (and operators) entertained. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. All the operators are only too pleased to be interrupted and have a chat.

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Ludlow - presented by Ian Coules  - 2mm Scale

This layout is based on Ludlow in Shropshire, which is on the Shrewsbury to Hereford line. It is set in the late 50's early 60's and depicts both the sidings and the main lines but also incorporates the line from Clee Hill, which is a quarry line. It is a circular layout with the fiddle yard concealed under the embankment to the rear of the layout. It took about two years to build the basic layout but like all models there is always something that you want to improve and add. The only original parts of the railway left in Ludlow are the main lines, the footbridge and the goods shed, which has now become a local brewery. During the construction it was very hard to find accurate photographs of the front of the station and the line so we are always looking for more information so we can continue to improve the layout.

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

Oakenshaw is a fictitious West Yorkshire mill town set in the early 1960's located somewhere near to the real town of Keighley on the Airedale line. Like so many of the Yorkshire mill towns the layout portrays a town in a valley centred around a river crossing. Regional boundary changes in 1957 brought this former Midland Railway Station into the short lived North Eastern Region of British Railways. The station is very much based on Midland Railway practice and the scale is 4mm using "OO" gauge fine scale code 75 track. All the buildings on the layout are scratch built, mainly using thick card for the basic structure. These were covered with plasticard to replicate stone or brick finishes. The structures have then been painted and weathered to represent the prototypes from the area. The fiddle yard features sixteen roads and is capable of holding 24 separate trains. All the buildings on the layout are scratch built, mainly using thick card for the basic structure. These were covered with plastikard to represent stone or brick finishes. Trains are made up of correctly trains for the era and location that are hauled by a mixture of steam and diesel locomotives.

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Sugar Creek - presented by Nigel Harrod  - 2mm Scale

Sugar Creek is a N Scale North American modern era DCC sound layout based on four locations on the triple track B.N.S.F Marceline Sub at Sugar Creek Missouri. The locations are - the cement works, the old Sugar Creek depot (station) disused but used by B.N.S.F for stabling rail cars and locos etc, the turnouts (point work) where trains can cross from the three tracks in either direction and the forth is the Sugar Creek.

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Temple Bridge - presented by John Tisi  - 4mm Scale

Of the constituent companies of the Southern Railway the London Brighton & South Coast Railway was the only one not to cross the river Thames to have a terminus on the north bank near to the lucrative City of London with its growing commuter traffic, being content to terminate at London Bridge. Temple Bridge is a model of a fictitious station built by the LB&SCR to right this wrong, modelled in the 1950 to 1960s BR(S) period. It is located between Charring Cross and Blackfriars stations in the Temple area of the Embankment, roughly where the present-day Temple District line tube station is located between Somerset House and the Inner Temple legal office area. Temple Bridge station occupies the area between The Strand at the eastern end of the Aldwych and Victoria Embankment. The station fronts on to The Strand and has been rebuilt by the Southern Railway in the 1930s in their concrete Art Deco style, the station buildings and bridge over the Embankment were reconstructed to modernise the station and of course the signal box was replaced with a new concrete glass house style box when the station was re-signalled with colour light signalling. Below the signal box the Temple Bridge tube station on the District line has been rebuilt in the Charles Holden style of the 1930's The station forecourt has a bus station as well as the normal drop off and pickup facilities, railway offices, shops and taxi rank. The station concourse has the remains of its LB&SCR overall roof, now in the 1950's devoid of its glass due to bomb damage during WW2 this gives our passengers access to five platforms. Services are worked by a variety of third rail EMU's ranging from the converted steam stock 4SUB through the Southern Railway 2 HAL and BIL units to the latest BR 2 and 4 EPB's & 4CEP units. The river bridge is a 4 arch wrought iron structure on granite piers carrying three tracks across to the south bank at Southwark. Just off the South side is a 2-road locomotive depot providing light servicing and storage for the locomotives. The arches of the curving viaduct are home to trades and businesses and the river side is dominated by an LCC Council block of flats in the typical hipped roof yellow brick style common across central London from the 1920's.

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Todmorden Midland - presented by Ed Purcell  - 2mm Scale

Todmorden Midland is a former Midland Railway terminus 48 by 14 inches with a 2-foot cassette fiddle yard. This is small even for N gauge, but the scenic section includes station, goods shed, coal yard, loco shed, canal scene, a couple of West Yorkshire mills, a pub, and distant views of hills. Motive power is former Midland Railway and London Midland Scottish Railway along with some standards, some visiting ex LNER locos on summer holiday trains and even one or two diesels and DMUs. Rumour has it that Holbeck has occasionally sent a Jubilee or a Scot on a summer special. Track is PECO with SEEP operated points; control is analogue via an excellent controller designed and built by WMRC members. Stock is by Graham Farish, Dapol, Peco, N gauge society, Union Mills, and some kit-built items. Scenery uses various products including the excellent (and rare) Graham Avis trees. Buildings are mainly scratch built with a couple of modified kits.  PECO N gauge stone building sheets have proved very effective. However, the church is made from OO Wills sheet! Some buildings are scratch built Settle and Carlisle designs which are justified by the lineís presumed historic origins. Mill buildings and pub are scratch built, based on types of building found in the area. The backscene uses acrylics.

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