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Layouts at the 46th 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 2019 show :

  1. 29th Street Wharf - 3.5mm layout based in the USA
  2. Barton Hill - 2mm layout based in Bristol
  3. Burshaw North Western - 2mm layout based in on the West Coast Main line in the 1970's
  4. Chilcompton - 4mm layout based in on the Somerset and Dorset Railway
  5. North Foreland - 7mm layout based in on the Southern Railway in Kent in 1947
  6. Ventnor West - 7mm layout based on the Isle of Wight in the 1940's

29th Street Wharf - presented by David George  - 3.5mm Scale

29th Street Wharf is a freelance, “box theatre-style” layout representing a West Coast USA city sea-front railroad, although it could just as easily be Great Lakes/Chicago area.  The exhibit is continually being evolved, to depict typical, gradual railroad and associated industry developments over a period of time (1970s to late 1990s).  The primary objective is to both retain some heritage and strike a balance between old, run down, and new. Industrial and commercial structures require hopper and box-car handling.  A small servicing area and a timber landing/pier are featured, together with a stone/aggregate loading terminal, fed by a conveyor system, to support 2 harbour-side tracks and a river barge loading facility. Most structures are based on modified Cornerstone kits and all have been weathered to reflect gradual wear and tear around railroad operations.  Whilst rolling stock is generally in the period 1970’s to 1990’s, later era stock can also be seen.  Santa Fe, Southern Pacific, and Union Pacific are predominant but other railroads (e.g. CSX, Norfolk Southern) have been given operating license. Operation is by digital command control (DCC), using a Lenz system.  Many locomotives (Atlas, Athearn Genesis, Kato) are sound-enabled.  All track has been recently upgraded to code 83, with remote point control executed using Tortoise and Cobalt motors. 

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Barton Hill - presented by Stan Potter  - 2mm Scale

Until recently when travelling either North or East from Bristol Temple Meads you could view from the train window the English, Welsh and Scottish Railways deport of Barton Hill. This is now hidden by more recent buildings, but just a few years ago it was a Rail Express Services Depot hosting a range of red liveried postal rolling stock. This model is intended to give an impression of that depot. Baseboard construction is of plywood, Peco track is laid on a cork base and electric point motors are a mixture of Peco and Seep. Railfreight wagons are fitted with Peco uncouplers to enable "hands off" operation by means of strategically placed electro magnets. Some modelers license is used so that I can run what I like to enable me to play trains.

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Burshaw North Western - presented by Dave Forshaw, Liverpool MRS  - 2mm Scale

Burshaw North Western is a fictitious station location on the West Coast main line (WCML), in North West England. The overhead wires are almost complete as part of the Weaver Junction to Glasgow project to complete the WCML electrification from Euston to Glasgow, which will be switched on in a couple of years’ time. New 4 aspect colour light signalling has recently been commissioned as part of the upgrade. So in Burshaw it is the early 1970’s, steam has gone and still banned from the main lines. The British Rail corporate blue-grey image is sweeping across the country, but not yet complete. The Total Operations Processing System (TOPS) has yet to be implemented, so all locos still carry their original numbers. The D and E prefixes are disappearing as there are no longer any steam locomotive numbers for them to clash with. Some are still in green or electric blue, with varying amounts of yellow on the front ends, as well as rail blue. Coaching stock is mainly in blue grey, with the occasional maroon interloper. LM region has just taken delivery of its first air conditioned stock (Mark 2d), but most trains are formed from Mark 1, 2a and 2c stock, gradually being cascaded as the new designs take over the prime trains, including the Royal Scot, which is usually in the hands of a pair of English Electric Type 4 Co-Cos (later Class 50). Freight is also in a transitional period, as the traditional short wheel base unfitted and vacuum braked wagons start to give way to the new air braked stock, including HOP AB (HAA), OPEN AB (OAA) and VAN AB (VAA). The Freightliner brand has been running for a few years, and established block working, along with merry go round (MGR) coal trains, and oil trains with 100 tonne bogie tank wagons. Motorail is in operation as the reliability of output from British Leyland as it was recently branded is somewhat lacking! The layout measures 12 ft x 4ft, built from 6 baseboards, 4 of which were recycled from previous projects. There is a 4 track continuous circuit (up and down fast & up and down slow) and a branch line plus diesel MPD, giving the potential for 6 simultaneous movements. The fiddle yard can hold over 30 trains, giving plenty of variety on a relatively small layout. Like previous WMRC projects, we like to run authentic formations and use unusual rolling stock, so for this layout, practically all locos have been renumbered and many un-refurbished and/or repainted to make them correct for the period. Early AC electrics (81 and 85) have been created, along with the prototype HST, and Manchester Pullman. Most of the early Mk 2 coaches are conversions using Electra Graphics sides. Burshaw is an amalgam of my home village, Burscough in West Lancashire, and my surname. It is the 3rd layout to use the name, with the ‘North Western’ being derived from the Wigan (London &) North Western station, which was modernised in the 1960’s and provided some of the design cues, as a typical 60’s brutal rebuild, which occurred at several stations along the WCML.

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

Chilcompton is the latest of a number of Somerset & Dorset based exhibition layouts we have built. It is based on the prototype station of the same name, which was situated on the main line between Midsomer Norton and Evercreech Junction. The era is set sometime between 1950 and 1955 and all the stock used represents what would actually have run over the real line at this time. The scale is 4mm using "OO" gauge track. The whole of the station and goods yard area is modelled to scale. However some artistic licence has had to be taken so as to curve the track formation at each end into the fiddle yard. 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 are covered with plasticard to represent stone or brick finishes .

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North Foreland - presented by John Smith  - 7mm Scale

This O gauge layout is a recreation, with some differences, of my original North Foreland that was built in 1996 and retired from the exhibition circuit in 2003. The layout is set in North east coast of Kent in the days of the Southern Railway in 1947, just prior to Nationalization. Whilst the location is an actual place, although being feasible, the railway is entirely fictional. It is imaged that the main line is to Charring Cross and Cannon Street stations, in London via Ramsgate, Canterbury or Dover, Ashford and Tonbridge, whilst another line swings north to Margate, Faversham, Chatham and London Victoria, a triangular junction with the existing Margate to Ramsgate line being located beyond the bridge that forms the scenic break. The buildings are typical structures of the Southern Railway or the former constituent South East and Chatham Railway. A small locomotive shed is provided for the station pilot. The yard is a serving point for main line engines which can be turned on the 6o’ turntable, locomotives requiring anything more than basic turnaround serving have to proceed light engine to the main depot at Ramsgate. The Lenz DCC system is used to control locomotives, points and signals. Points are operated by Hoffman motors mounted under the baseboard and signals by servos controlled using Mega Points controllers from the Lenz system.

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 1940’s 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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