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Layouts at the 2024 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 2024 show on it new MARCH date:

  1. Arrowmouth - Flagship Club 4mm scale layout
  2. Abbotswood and Norton Junction - A new layout of this prototype location
  3. Auch Ae - 4mm scale Scottish Region locomotive shed
  4. Avon Bridge Junction - 4mm scale junction station layout
  5. Bond Lane - 4mm scale Narrow gauge layout
  6. Burford GWR - 3.5mm scale GWR branch line station
  7. Catsbrook - 4mm scale narrow to standard gauge transhipment layout
  8. Gracetown Bank Goods Depot - 4mm scale North West based goods yard
  9. Hackworth Colliery Junction and Blenkinsop Colliery - 4mm scale midlands based layout set in the 1950s/60s
  10. Hookton Riverside - 7mm scale narrow gauge terminus based in Dorset
  11. Lapping Works - 7mm scale industrial layout
  12. Shallon - 7mm scale minimum space layout
  13. Temple Bridge - 4mm scale layout based central London in 1950s/60s

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

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-modeled the goods yard area with a new track layout and completely new scenery on both corners of the layout.

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Abbotswood and Norton Junction - presented by Phil Bullock  - 4mm Scale

After a numbers of years we welcome Phil Bullock back with his new mark II version of Abbotswood Junction. South Worcestershire is where the skylarks sing — except when trains are passing! The layout is set in the late 1960s/early 1970s — steam has finished locally about 5 years ago and the diesels hold sway on Cross Country passenger and freights — mostly diesel electrics on the Birmingham to Gloucester line, and hydraulics on the Worcester to London via Oxford route. Highlights to watch out for are named passenger trains — although no headboards in this era — The Cornishman. The Devonian and The Cathedrals express. and motorail trains transporting holidaymakers from the North and Midlands to sunny Devon and Cornwall before the days of the M5 of course, There are plenty of freight trains to be seen too including block oil traffic from South Wales to the Midlands. coal and steel flows both north and south and china clay from Cornwall to the Midlands along with general freight traffic of all types. Steam might appear if there is a loco travelling from Ashschurch to an Open Day in Birmingham.... The layout is DCC controlled with sound fired locos and working semaphore signalling. Join us for a while to share in the fun we had watching passing trains here in the 1960s/70s

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Auch Ae - presented by Buchanan McInroy  - 4mm Scale

Auch Ae is a 4mm scale Scottish Region locomotive shed based in the 1960s. It is very much work in progress but showing it in a part built state gives the opportunity to see how a layout is built. All the track work has been laid using Peco code 75 track and wired for DCC operation. Buildings on the layout are scratch built and are based on prototypes in Scotland. The layout will be operated with a mixture of steam and diesel locomotives with many featuring working sound.  

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Avon Bridge Junction - presented by David Boot  - 4mm Scale

The decision to produce smaller layouts that I can handle in my advancing years, has proved to have been the correct decision. they can fit in a Ford Cmax car, or similar, but still open up into a reasonable sized layout and with a 9’ – 0” scenic area can also fit into a moderate sized room in the house. In an effort to reduce the weight without compromising stability I have used lightweight baseboards marketed by Grainge and Hodder Ltd of Cradley Heath, who I have found to be excellent. “Avon Bridge Junction” is a fictitious location and as the name suggests is somewhere near the River Avon. As there are two River Avon’s you can take your pick as to its possible location There is nothing unusual about the layout, but it is modelled as a joint railway either GWR and BRM or GWR and SR or it can be a Heritage line as for this show. There is a mixture of types of infrastructure. Its “theoretical” original location was a Midland line but rationalisation saw GWR signals replacing out of date Midland variety. The layout has code 75 track throughout, Peco points, Seep Point motors, a mixture of “Scenic” readymade buildings, plastic constructed signal box, and scratch build houses. The Signals are from the Dapol range. The trees, I’m afraid, are ready made, my enthusiasm still does not run to trying to replicate Beeches, Cedars and Oaks these days, My favourite period for modelling is the 50/60s for which I have plenty of appropriate stock to run, both steam and early Diesel, but occasionally you may see the odd stranger from another region appear, in particular if run as a Heritage line. I still use screw link and three link couplings for authenticities sake as my hand is still steady enough to handle them.

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Bond Lane - presented by The Limbrick Family  - 4mm Scale

Bond Lane is a layout with several innovations - not necessarily things that have not been done before but they are not common place. The layout uses multiple LCD screens, sound, and dynamic lighting to bring atmosphere to the layout. All these elements are synchronised - including street lights turning on in the night time scene and light flashes to help sell the lightning during the thunderstorm. Behind the scenes the layout also has several innovations to make it easier to transport and operate. It has a double folding design so it can fit in the boot of the car and store easily. The layout has an on-scene yard and a loop that allow some interesting locomotive and stock movements, although there is no way of uncoupling on scene. Off scene there are five loops that can be used for storage, and this makes it relatively simple to keep things moving. The loops on the right-hand side can also be isolated completed via a switch allowing all three loops to store stock while moving locomotives in and out of the on-scene yard. We have not aimed for any era - instead attempting to go for something relatively generic that can be influenced by the addition of different road vehicles and rolling stock.

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Burford GWR - presented by Warley MRC  - 3.5mm Scale

This model of this fictitious Great Western Railway branch was first constructed by the late Vernon Woods in the 1930s. It is modelled as it would have been at the end of that decade. What makes this model of the typical Great Western English branch line is that it is modelled to the scale of 3.5mm to the foot (HO scale). After the Second World War the trackwork was upgraded to more improved product that had become available. The layout as it now exists was completed some 25 years later. After Vernon’s death the layout was donated to the Warley Model Railway Club and was exhibited several times. However electrical and running problems led to the decision to replace the track with PECO code 75 with SEEP point motors. The baseboards are the original wood still o 2x1 frames. Work is continuing to replace buildings and to restore and improve scenic elements with modern static grass and other landscape effects. Coupling are by 4mm scale DG items with are operated using magnets. The signals which are well over 50 years old are operated by the wire in tube method.

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Catsbrook - presented by Geoff Harper  - 4mm Scale

Based somewhere in Worcestershire, the layout depicts a transhipment facility between narrow gauge and standard gauge railways. When the Midland Railway built their sidings the original canal basin became neglected. All the narrow-gauge locomotives and rolling stock are kit built and they run on PECO 009 track. Standard gauge stock is all ready to run and this section of the layout uses track hand built using SMP track components including the points. 

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Gracetown Bank Goods Depot - presented by Graham Morfoot  - 4mm Scale

Gracetown Bank Goods Depot, is situated in a fictional north west town. The yard is a British Railway facility to serve local cotton and woollen mills and light industry. It also serves as a transhipment point for deliveries via rail to the town.  It is connected to the national rail system by a branch between the mills. There is an extension to this branch through the yard to a steel fabrication works where a variety of steel structures are made and sent via rail nationwide. Steel is brought into the works and the finished products sent out by rail. A mix of goods and raw materials are received and dispatched for local industry. A variety of locomotives are used, including British Railways steam and diesel. The steel fabrication works have there own diesel locomotives. A rope hauled incline takes wagons from the yard to an upper upper level where there are more industries.  The layout is ‘OO’ scale made using Peco code 100 track and is DCC control.

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Hackworth Colliery Junction and Blenkinsop Colliery - presented by Hackworth Model Railway Group  - 4mm Scale

British Railways and the National Coal Board had been created only a few years earlier and the coal mining area of Hackworth, like the rest of Britain, was beginning to recover from the effects of austerity after WW11. Things were looking up and, on the railway, there was talk of the new, clean efficient diesels, plus the new standard BR steam locomotives were just coming on stream. On the down side the area lost its regular rail passenger services, only excursions to places like Mablethorpe and Skegness plus Sunday diversions remain. Coal, mineral and general freight traffic was booming, trains could often be found waiting a path on the single line section to clear. Blenkinsop colliery had become a hub for new NCB opencast mines to the west and deep pits to the east. The NCB had drafted in several locomotives from other areas to cope with demand for coal in the new power stations being built in the Trent Valley. The local bus companies, Midland General and Barton, were happy to take the passengers who had lost their trains. Cars were at a premium, but a few could be spotted on the roadways. The railway comprises of a double to single track branch line which loops off the ex-Great Central mainline at Annesley and re-joins it at Staveley. Traffic on the line is mostly freight with ex GC/LNER 2-8-0 and W.D. locomotives in abundance but there are occasional excursion and diverted passenger trains which punctuate the service. Plus of course the miner’s Dido. The motive power depot at Jutland Street, Hackworth primarily has ex GCR types of J11, O4 and smaller numbers of mixed traffic and passenger types. The depot’s function is to provide motive power from the local colliery’s exchange sidings to Annesley, Staveley and Beighton yards. The layout features full sound and lighting plus a working turntable. All locomotives are DCC Sound fitted a number of which are weathered.  The layout creates a scene as seen through the eyes of trainspotters in the 1950s.

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Hookton Riverside - presented by Mike Bragg  - 7mm Scale

Hookton Riverside is the terminus station of the Hookton and Lipp Vale Railway, a narrow-gauge railway in Dorset. The name Hookton and the almost a river Lipp were taken from the novel Harlequin by Bernard Cornwall who kindly gave me permission to use them. As per usual I have created an alternate history by using the characters from Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson but now set in the late 1940s early 1950s. The Pub/Inn is the Admiral Benbow, the large Georgian house is aptly named Trelawney House, there is Benjamin Gunns cheese shop, L.J. Silver & Son the friendly butchers, not forgetting B.Pew Hardware I had thought he might have traded as an optician. Doctor Livesey, Captain Smollett,  Hawkins maltings and several others. I really do need to get out more, although railway modelling has to be fun for me, the back story being just as important as the modelling.

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Lapping works - presented by Matt & Tracy Stevens  - 7mm Scale

Lapping works is an industrial works on the edge of the Black Country that is set in 1947 in the last year of the Great Western Railway before it was nationalised. Served by mainly GWR with a small amount of LMS traffic too. The layout features a mixture of standard and narrow-gauge railway in an industrial setting The layout is operated from the rear using DCC control. Locomotives feature both sound and smoke. The layout is fully lit using LEDs and some building feature smoke from the chimneys. Most 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.

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Shallon - presented by Rob Newman  - 7mm Scale

A minimum space 7mm/ft O Gauge layout showing part of a small industrial complex where the emphasis is upon timber processing and general merchandise. With a very simple track plan, there are three visible lines which serve a small engine shed, a goods shed and a through line along which occasional short passenger services appear and use a small halt. The buildings are mainly scratchbuilt to a common theme. The layout is an exercise in minimum space modelling and an excuse to use locomotives from industrial prototypes

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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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