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Layouts at the 47th Redditch Model Railway Exhibition

It was planned to have a selection of layouts in the popular scales :

  1. Auch Ae - 4mm scale Scottish Region locomotive shed
  2. Bear Creek Junction - 4mm scale American logging layout
  3. Motley Sub Shed - 7mm scale locomotive shed
  4. Oakenshaw - 4mm scale layout based in West Yorkshire
  5. Rowington for Shrewley - 4mm GWR layout set in Warwickshire
  6. Saltdean - The LBSCR is the late 1880'se
  7. Queen Street Yard - 7mm Shunting layout
  8. Ventnor West - 7mm layout based on the Isle of Wight in the 1940's
  9. Weaver Hill - 4mm main line modern image layout

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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Bear Creek Junction - presented by Adrian Hall  - 3.5mm Scale

Arcadia Colorado became the 38th state of the Union on the 29th December 1876, only 25 years after the first settlement was established in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. However during the 50 years up to 1900 the area boomed thanks to silver and gold strikes around Leadville and in the Front Range, San Juan and Uncompahgre Mountains. This in turn led to boom times for both the Narrow and Standard Gauge railroads of the area, especially after the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad reached Leadville in 1880. To say that construction of the railroads in the Rockies was difficult is a massive understatement. Indeed no other railroad construction in the Old West, even in the mountains of Washington State and Oregon, faced the hazards and difficulties of the terrain tackled by the Rio Grande in the 1870's.  Men and mules alone accounted for the mountain grades that brought the three foot iron to Alamosa and Silverton and over Marshall Pass into the Gunnison country.  All supplies and construction material had to be carried in for the railroad by mule team or trains of oxen. Railroad ties were transported lashed to the backs of burros while rails were tied to saddles and trailed along the ground.  In their ongoing pursuit of the riches of the mountains the Narrow Gauge railroads built towering structures to scale the mighty canyon walls and tunnelled relentlessly through the bluffs and outcroppings to reach the work camps. Thus by the Georgetown, Breckenridge & Leadville Railway reached Silver Plume via the Georgetown Loop in 1884 and the Manitou & Pike's Peak Railway completing the rack and pinion line to the 14, 115-foot (4, 302 m)  summit of Pikes Peak in 1890. Meanwhile the Standard Gauge roads ploughed through the valleys following the mighty rivers upstream, as typified by the Royal Gorge War between the Denver & Rio Grande Railway and the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad in 1879. Thus we have the setting for Bear Creek Junction! Although a fictitious location, the layout is set in one of the many canyons typical of Colorado where mining and logging proliferated.  Here you will be able to see fragile wooden trestle bridges curving round mountains, view soaring steel trestles crossing valleys and hear the sounds of steam engines roaring out of rock faced tunnels.  With steam predominant on both the Narrow and Standard gauge tracks, the marvels of late 19th and early 20th Century motive power will parade before your very eyes. Wonder at the intricacy of the dual gauge track where the model point work had to be hand built to suit the location, and look out for the 2ft 6in gauge mine tram. Listen to the working of the lumber camps and mines in the mountains and admire the laser cut wood and scratch built model buildings and structures in their working environment.  The setting is also bounded by the wilderness of the mountain forests where you will be able to see Black Bears in their natural habitat. But a word of caution is required as these animals are wild and unpredictable, so please . . . DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!

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Motley Sub Shed - presented by Rob Newman  - 7mm Scale

This is a minimum space 7mm/ft 0 Gauge layout occupying approx. 10ft x 2ft floor space upon which the main scenery is the fleet of locomotives! The collection of locomotives was once described as a ‘motley’ one, so it seemed the natural thing to do, when constructing a layout upon which to display them, to call it ‘Motley’! Engines need somewhere to rest until the time of their next working. The sub-shed seen here at Motley provides that space. This is not a large motive power depot, just somewhere to park locomotives between duties and perhaps replenish the tenders or clean clinker from the firebars. So much for the fiction, the locomotives themselves occupy most of the space on this small layout. Upwards of twenty engines can be seen ‘on shed’ at any given time and they will be seen going on and off shed, and being repositioned to allow others to move. The locomotives are rotated through the course of an exhibition, to allow different models to be on view. Most of the locomotives and other scenic items have been hand built from kits, and we are grateful to Keith Blake, Aidan Houlders and others for building these, and to Andy Wilkie who assists with the operation of the layout. It is possible to operate this layout with locomotives from BR (ScR), BR (LMR), BR (WR with SR interlopers!) or a wide variety of industrial types, or a mixture of all of these………. The layout is widely used to publicise The Stanier 8F Society Ltd, owners of Stanier 8F locomotive No 48773 [also known as LMS 8233 and WD307], currently awaiting overhaul and located in the Engine House at Highley on the Severn Valley Railway. For further details about the locomotive or membership of the Stanier 8F Locomotive Society please ask one of the operators.

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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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Rowington for Shrewley - presented by Richard Hewins - 4mm Scale

There is not, and never has been, a station called Rowington for Shrewley. This is an imaginary station situated between the real villages of Rowington and Shrewley. In true Great Western Railway fashion it is nowhere near either village. Just to the north of the imaginary station was the real station of Rowington that was the real junction with the Great Western branch to Henley in Arden. The period is set at 1922, so is pre-grouping and a lot of the coaching stock is in the 1912 lake livery. Virtually all the locomotives and rolling stock have been built from kits or scratchbuilt. It is built to 4mm scale with 16.5mm gauge trackwork made by SMP. Signals are a major feature on the layout and are made from a mixture of Ratio, Model Signal Engineering, Scalelink, Colin Waite and Springside components. Buildings and structures are modified kits or scratch-built and are all Great Western Railway prototypes. The scenics are from Penhaven Products and Woodlands Scenics, but the trees are handmade. Younger enthusiasts might like to guess how many cats there are on display. The layout was featured in the February 2010 edition of British Railway Modelling magazine.  

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Saltdean - presented by Peter Smith - 7mm Scale

There Saltdean is an 0 gauge layout representing an LBSCR terminus in the Summer of 1888. Saltdean is a real place but it did not develop until the 1920's, however I have imagined it as a Victorian creation with a branch line being built to serve the new resort in 1882 from Brighton. I have also stretched reality by assuming that the line was used by Brighton Works for running in newly built and overhauled engines which means that I can run anything the LBSCR had at the time. The layout uses DCC control and all the engines have sound.

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Queen Street Yard - presented by Gerald Maher  - 7mm Scale

This layout began as a test tract for newly built locomotives and rolling stock. It was suggested it was developed into a scenic cameo layout which is how it became Queens Street Yard. This required the construction of a purpose built fiddle yard, backscenes, lighting and a fully functioning power box instead of the temporary wiring used in the workshop. The layout timescale is the pre grouping period as such a wide variety of locomotives and rolling stock have been built in many different liveries. The layout is modelled as a typical Victorian small back street yard not aligned to a particular railway company thus allowing a variety of stock to run. Most stock is however from the London North Western Railway with the occasional Great Eastern Railway interloper. All the stock is now fitted with an adoption of the Dingham coupling instead of the traditional three links for ease of operation at shows.  The scenery is constructed from card, foamboard or plasticard faced with embossed plastic sheet to give the brick or stone textures. Some of the detail are from cast kits as are the vehicles and figures. The small office and the engine shed were constructed from the new type of laser cut card kits and have proved very good and easy to assemble. The locomotives and rolling stock are all built from brass and plastic kits modified where necessary to improve the detail. All are spray painted and weathered to suit. The two turnouts are hand built and operated manually by slide switches connected to the track by brass rodding. Most of the plain track is PECO but some is handbuilt. As a test track everything was made of items already in the spares box so is a real hotch potch including the wiring. This was laid across the surface of the board so is consequently now buried under the scenery which is not ideal.

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Ventnor West - presented by Kevin Cartwright  - 7mm Scale

We welcome Kevin Cartwright, a long term supporter of our exhibition. Kevin was last exhibiting at a Redditch show in 2015 with his Brixham Bay layout a 2mm model of the real station of that name. Ventnor West is something totally different this time in 7mm scale.  What you see here today is the product of almost 20 years of research and the actual building of the layout, taking into account also that     sometimes life gets in the way!! The buildings, rolling stock, and road vehicles are all scratch built.  The buildings are all faithful copies of the prototypes, some of which still exist today. I have spent a lot of time on the site of this station photographing and drawing the buildings. My wife's cousin lives almost opposite the    station    building which was very useful when I was researching this project. Like previous layouts I have built I have painted the back scenes.  The layout is DCC   controlled with sound in the locomotives. The layout is set in the 1940s during the Second World War when much of the south coast of England including the Isle of Wight was given over to the preparations for the D day landings on the 6th June 1944.

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Weaver Hill - presented by Benjamin and Richard Brady  - 4mm Scale

The layout is a simple yet effective idea. The idea is you sit or stand whilst the trains pass you by; there is no shunting or station stops. This is just a section of mainline with 2 fast lines and 2 slow lines with plenty of stock variety. The layout depicts only region set during the present day and is complete with over head electrification. It’s a sunny day and you have decided to go on a walk, and why not! However, you make sure it passes close to the railway; after all you like trains. So you find yourself in the country passing close to the mainline. You decide to take five and take in the view. What do you see? To the right of us is the road bridge we crossed to arrive to this spot it was only really a farm track and the main road passing over another bridge a little distance beyond. In front of us and over the railway we see a stables and the associated horse grazing, and not o stable hand in sight just to our left is a small pond, while little further to our left is Weaver Hill and it’s obelisk which can be seen for miles around (or maybe just the exhibition hall). Constructed in 1756 by the Earl Rathbury of the nearby manor for his daughter Georgiana. The railway at this point leaves us as it enters Weaver Hill tunnel. Maybe we shall stop a while and see what passes. Who knows you might see your favorite loco...  

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