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Layouts at the 45th Redditch Model Railway Exhibition

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

  1. Brynllwyd - 7mm Welsh narrow gauage layout
  2. Buckshee - 4mm Scotish Region layout
  3. Charlton The Strand - New 4mm Western Region  layout
  4. EU (le Treport) Depot - 7mm 1950's French locomotive depot
  5. Farmers Drove - 2mm modern image layout
  6. Hounslow Sidings - 4mm modern image layout
  7. Morfa Mawr - 4mm modern image layout
  8. North of England Line - 2mm image layout
  9. Oakenshaw - 4mm layout based in West Yorkshire in the 1960's
  10. Smallwood - Redditch Model Railway Club 4mm scale station based in 1970's
  11. Studley and Astwood Bank - 4mm scale layout of the prototype
  12. Su and Saint Paul - American modern image HO scale layout 
  13. Trinity Dock Street Bridge - 4mm dock yard set in 1939

There will be at least two other layouts at the show one 7mm and one 4mm scale - details will be posted shortly

Brynllwyd - presented by Dave Forshaw, Liverpool MRS  - 7mm Scale

The Welshpool and Llanfair Railway was completed around 1906 and was sponsored by the Earl of Powys. This made Mrs Powys a bit jealous because the earl had built his train set just to carry his tenants produce to market and rail transfer in Welshpool for his own profit or so the rumour goes!!! So Mrs Powys decided to build her own railway so that she could visit her friends in Oswestry and go shopping with them. The Light Railway Order was granted on 12 September 1899, although modifying Orders were needed in 1904 and 1908 to assist in raising capital. So was born the ‘Tanat and Heniarth’ Railway. Our part of it centres around Brynllwyd which is a village somewhere between Heniarth and Tanat. The first sod was cut at Porthywaen on 12 September 1899 by the Countess of Powys but construction did not start until July 1901. During the construction period, the builder arranged to convey passengers free of charge on market days over part of the line. Some goods traffic probably also passed at this time. Contemporary travellers reported: The little six-wheeled engine was spinning along a quite a rate, considering its small wheel diameter; the carriage was a four-wheeled one, painted a dull red, and probably used at other times to convey the navvies to and from their work. Brynllwyd is an impression of the Welsh Narrow Gauge railways situated somewhere in Wales. The track design reflects our philosophy that we want to have a train moving on the layout all the time. The track layout is basically a laid out in a figure of eight.  We look for interesting ways to build our layout and after some research and advice from a fellow modeller we decided to do something different. The foundation for the scenery is Soundafoam aerosol from Screwfix which is normally used as a sealer for bathrooms etc. We found it dried off in a couple of hours and then we skimmed it with some Pollyfiller to create a firm foundation. This was then coated with stone Plastikote aerosol paint from Hobbycraft to provide a base to which black and grey paints were added. The buildings are from Tiny models and Petite Models ranges plus the odd scratch build item. The public house is a converted from a cottage in 1:43 scale. Partly rendered with sand and off white paint and the ends are Platikard stone-brick with each individual brick painted a different colour.. The chapel is 1:48 scale to improve the perspective of this area of the layout. The other buildings are scratch-built using card wood and corrugated aluminium. The Layout is DCC powered by NCE. The locomotives and rolling stock are an eclectic mix of freelance scratch built or kit bashed. 

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Buckshee - presented by Members of Redditch MRC  - 4mm Scale

It is imagined that Buckshee was intended to be the first station on a projected line from Oban to Campbeltown promoted by the Caledonian Railway after the opening of the Callender and Oban Railway in 1880 (a line was at one time proposed from Campbeltown to Dalmally). The line to Buckshee comes off the Callender and Oban Railway from a Junction at Connel Ferry. Unfortunately it was soon realised that the line would be too costly to build with little if any profit and was thus terminated at Buckshee. Buckshee is situated just slightly north of Kilinver on the shore of Loch Feochan (a sea loch) with a short branch of about 2 miles heading north east to serve a distillery in the village of Feochan. The village of Buckshee has a small harbour with the fish being taken out by train. Also there is a small distillery which again has its product taken out by rail. Other goods traffic is generated by the distillery at Feochan. Also of course there is coal and other general goods. The layout has been in the making for a number of years and is the work of a small group of Redditch Model Railway Club Members. The layout has very much been a product of cramming as much in to a small area to both give operational interest and allow the finished product to be easily transported to exhibitions in a small hatchback car. The layout was first shown at the Redditch Model Railway Club Exhibition in 2004 in a very much unfinished state. Much time has been spent since to bring the layout up to a far more complete state.  

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Charlton The Strand - presented by David Boot  - 4mm Scale

Charlton The Strand has been to several shows over the past three years and has undergone some refurbishment. It is still a “what if” layout. What if the railway, in particular the GWR, had arrived in Charlton Village rather than passing straight through Fladbury to Worcester from Evesham. The need to produce a smaller layout that I can handle in my advancing years, spurred me on to this idea, and has proved to have been the correct decision. It can fit in a Ford Cmax but still open up into a reasonable sized layout and with a 10’ – 6” scenic area can fit into a moderate sized room. Although it is not an accurate landscape of the area it is in theory sighted on the village green were Merry Brook runs through to the River Avon.  For this exercise the Brook has been culverted. There is nothing unusual about the layout, being similar to many GWR branch line termini seen in or around exhibitions. The layout has code 75 track throughout, Peco points, Seep Point motors, a mixture of plastic constructed building and laser cut structures. The Signals are from the Dapol range, but as I inadvertently burnt out some of the motors whilst installing them I had to revert to more simplistic methods. Some of the buildings are new and there are still some from a previous layout, and the trees I’m afraid are ready made, my enthusiasm does not run to trying to replicate Beeches, Cedars and Oaks these days, although I have “dug up” and replanted some from my house bound layout. My favourite period for modelling is the 50/60s for which I have plenty of appropriate stock to run, but occasionally you may see the odd stranger from another region appear. I still use screw link and three link couplings for authenticities sake as my hand is still steady enough to handle them. The layout is 14ft long including the fiddle yard by 2’ wide and is built in such a way that it can be extended in either direction, as and when the mood takes me, but I am ever mindful that as time goes by I cannot handle big layouts, but you never know.? There is a hint of an extension to the left hand side Finally the layout is built in such a way that I could possibly convert it to an LMS branch by replacing the station building the signal box and signals, to do this buildings are being constructed but not ready for this show. If you have any questions please ask. I or any colleagues assisting me will be willing to answer.  

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Eu (Le Treport) Depot - presented by Peter and John Smith - 7mm Scale

Eu is a real place in northern France, close to the coastal resort of Le Treport. The junction between three routes was at Eu (pronounced ‘Er’), and we have imagined a locomotive shed built by the Ouest Railway close to the junctions to serve the line from Dieppe. The location appealed because we already had a narrow gauge layout based close to Le Treport, but mainly because we couldn’t resist a layout called ‘Eu’! The layout is 0 gauge and we use Lenz DCC for control which means that all the engines have sound and many also have smoke. There is even a sound decoder built into the turntable. The locomotives with one exception are all ready to run models which we have detailed and weathered..... the odd one out is the little yard shunter called ‘Mouette’ (Seagull), which was built from a kit. In reality she would already have been scrapped by the time of our layout which is set in the mid 1950’s but she’s too nice not to use. If we can re-write history to create the shed itself then keeping a loco going for a little longer was easy!  All the buildings on Eu are scratch built, the shed itself based on Argentan. The track is Peco.  

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Farmers Drove - presented by Steve Farmer - 2mm scale

Farmers Drove depicts a rural station set in the fens of Cambridgeshire at the end of the 1970's. It represents a joint line between Spalding and March which dropped southwards towards Crowland before swinging east to March. The line stayed open as a diversionary route and there are some Keeleys grain mill and agriculture site behind the station. The layout took about a year to build and was constructed as challenge between a group of friends to produce the finished layout.

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Hounslow Sidings - presented by Ray Norwood - 4mm scale

Hounslow is in Middlesex West London near Heathrow Airport, British Railways Southem Railway. Hounslow is on the Twickenham and Brentford loop from Waterloo, and a Barracks at Hounslow Heath which I think the Station was used as a military vehicle loading station during World War II. There is very little info I can find. The only photos I can find are taken from a footbridge over the railway looking towards the Station and a few of the station building. Hounslow is where I was brought up and also remember shunting there when I was a fireman at Feltham MPD. The viewing side of the layout is done by what I can remember. I am sorry if you know more of the yard, but this is what I can remember. The layout is viewed from the ends of terraced house gardens, and the operating system is by MERG DCC and the only turnout is operated by MERG servo4 circuit board with a Tower Servo, the lighting is of LED stripe (soft white), all of the buildings are scratch built at the same stile as Hounslow. The footbridge I have brought forward as it is part of the character of the Hounslow Station and wanted to get it in on the 4ft length x 2ft width. The fiddle Yard is 18ins length x 2ft width is of a sector plate type running on draw runners turned on there back so the overall size of the layout is 5ft 6in x 2ft. The locos consist of a class 08, PDK kit Q1, and a PDK kit M7, all locomotives that would have been at Feltham MPD.

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Morfa Mawr - presented by Ian Sandell - 4mm Scale

The line was originally planned to be built as a narrow gauge line by the Vale of Rheidol Railway, but this never happened and although plans were later submitted by the LA&NQLR to build a standard gauge railway following the planned VoR route, it would be the Cambrian Railway which eventually would build the line, albeit with a few deviations which included running the line into Newquay, crossing the Lampeter to Aberaeron line at Crossways. Work finally started in 1911 and the line was completed just before the outbreak of the Great War in 1914 and would be operated by the GWR. The layout is based circa 1970, on the coast of Cardigan Bay near Llannon, between Aberystwyth and Aberaeron, and consists of a small single platform station with run-around sidings for goods and coal. The later additional siding accommodates the Provender shed which houses foodstuffs amongst other merchandise.  The total size of the layout is 12 feet long by 18 inches wide, which consists of an 8-foot scenic section and a 4-foot sector plate fiddle yard at the southern end of the layout. The layout could accommodate another fiddle yard at the northern end but no plans for this have been decided at this time. The layout is built to EM gauge while all wiring of the electrics have been done in such a way, via a return lead, that it will allow control to be either DC or DCC.

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North of England Line - presented by Scarborough and DRM - 2mm Scale

North of England Line - Scarworth Junction is modelled in N gauge and has been constructed to show scale length trains running through a typical northern landscape. Exhibitions normally feature 1930-40s LNER/LMS era on one day and 1950-60s BR era on the other. This allows the accurate portrayal of trains from both these eras. Many locos and much of the rolling stock are scratch-built, as are the buildings.  Over 325 hand painted people are going about their daily lives and eagle-eyed visitors will spot many different cameos in and around the town including: the Scardale Hunt at the stately home; scouts around the campfire; drinkers at the pub; rowing boats (and models) on the river; and the local market traders and stalls in the town square. There's wildlife as well with foxes, rabbits, a squirrel and a badger!   

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

It is 1976 which is best remembered for the long hot summer and the Montreal Olympic Games. On television we have the delights of When the Boat Comes in, George and Mildred and Noel Edmund's Multi Coloured Swap Shop has just started on Saturday mornings. Steam traction ended nearly 10 years ago and the railways have yet to change significantly other than the total  use of diesel and electric power. This is because of continued under investment and the industrial unrest that went with the 1970's. This in itself creates an interesting period in railway history to model.  We are in the railway backwater of Smallwood a town somewhere in England with a terminal station that has seen better days. The glass has long since gone from the all over station roof and the provision of four platforms are from an era of far more affluent times than the current general run down appearance. The station still boasts a parcel depot as well as a small stabling point for DMU's. The future will see further rationalization as the Sprinter trains are introduced in the 1980s and the parcel depot is closed   At a slightly lower level below the station are the remains of another station that now serve as exchange sidings for a number of local industrial concerns. These sidings would only just see out the 1970s becoming part of the town's bypass road   The layout is being been built as a test bed for a much larger layout based in the same blue diesel era. The layout will be fully operated using DCC and features buildings. Locomotives and rolling stock are a mixture of kit built and ready run items all suitably weathered and detailed for the era portrayed. The layout has been designed to create an interesting variety of prototypical train movements in a relatively small area.     

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Studley and Astwood Bank - presented by Steve Monk - 4 mm Scale

The station is three miles south of the town of Redditch, on the line which left the Birmingham to Gloucester main line at Barnt Green and re-joined it again at Ashchurch near Tewkesbury. The line ran through the towns of Redditch and Evesham. At its beginning was operated by the Midland Railway until it became part of the London Midland and Scottish Railway in 1923. At nationalization in 1948 was part of the London Midland Region and following reorganization of the boundaries the Western Region in 1958 until final closure on 6th July 1964. The station facilities comprised of a yard that could handle up to fifty five wagons in its heyday. A Signal box, with a 16 lever frame and goods shed with a single cart/lorry porch and loading cane. There was also a cattle dock and weigh bridge. In the yard there was space for  household coal and timber merchants, which included T & M Dixon, The Alcester Co-Operative Society and G. Shimpton.  Some modeller’s licence has been taken at the Redditch end of the layout to give some additional points of interest.

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Su and St Paul - presented by Doug Grazier - 3.5mm Scale

In 2017 Su & Saint Paul a small division point is busy. Steam and diesel locos from tourist roads come in for servicing and repair and the railroads that closed this small division point (back in the 1970's)  now see it as a useful storage and holding facility for their big diesels. Variety is the daily fare. From articulated steamers showing they can still haul the tonnage, to delightful 4-4-0s recalling a time when style graced the high iron, to big growling diesels needing fuel. What the railroads in the 70's threatened to bulldoze flat continues to service and repair the power of many railroads.

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Trinity Dock Street Bridge - presented by Gavin Rose - 4mm Scale

It’s a dark, dank February Monday morning in 1939 as we see the workings around part of the old town docks in Hull, Yorkshire, as the smoke, soot and grime mix with the mist blowing up the Humber. Short trains rattle back and fore on the rails laid into the stone sett paved dock roads as they are taken to the different quays and sheds and crossing the swing bridges over the channels between the docks. Only the South Easterly wind is not only bringing the ‘Sea Rouge’ off the North Sea, but the threat of war from mainland Europe.

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