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2017 is our 50th Anniversary year so look out for events to mark this significant milestone for Worcestershire's oldest model railway club



Layouts at the Golden Jubilee Redditch Model Railway Exhibition

It is planned to have a selection of layouts in the popular scales to celebrate 50 years of Redditch Model Railway Club. Layouts Booked so far confirmed will include :

  1. Abbotswood Junction - 4mm layout based south of Worcester around 1970
  2. Arrowmouth - 4mm West Coat Main Line layout in 1960's
  3. Buckshee - 4mm Scottish Region layout in 1960's/70's
  4. Camel Quay - A North Cornwall inspired layout in 4mm
  5. Charlton The Strand - A Former GWR branch station in 4mm
  6. Dunnage - A minimum space 7mm layout
  7. Franwood TMD - A British Rail motive power depot in 4mm
  8. Llantwy - A welsh narrow gauge layout
  9. Mers-les-Bains - 1/32 scale French Narrow Gauge layout set in 1950/60's
  10. Rails along the Sea Wall - 2mm model based on the sea wall at Teignmouth
  11. Smallwood - NEW Redditch Model Railway Club 4mm scale station based in 1970's
  12. Sydney Gardens - 4mm model based on GWR main line near Bath
  13. Vale of Oxbury - 2mm model based on Western Region main line in Oxfordshire
  14. Werrington Road - 4mm model modern image layout based in the Midlands

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

Abbotswood Junction the prototype is situated just south of Worcester, where the ex LMS Gloucester to Birmingham line is joined by a cord from Norton Junction on the ex GWR Worcester to Oxford line. This is a OO layout featuring DCC Sound and working semaphore signals. The layout is a trains in the landscape layout and is set in the period 1967 to 1973, end of steam to TOPS period, although we may stray to 1977. Green and blue diesels running on trains that are representative of the period at this location are featured, and preserved steam could appear! The premise is that the Stratford to Cheltenham line closed when through services finished in 1965 and so the layout at Abbotswood has had to be expanded to accommodate extra traffic. An up loop with a direct connection to the Worcester cord (this was only ever a kick back siding) has been laid in and the layout has been resignalled to accommodate this prior to the Gloucester MAS scheme. Unfortunately there has recently been a derailment on the Worcester cord so all services are having to run via Bromsgrove, this is until phase 2 of the layout including Norton Junction is built.  

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

It is fitting that Arrowmouth should be at the 50th Anniversary Redditch Exhibition as it was built back in 1992 the club. 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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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 realized 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.

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Camel Quay - presented by Ray & Polly Wilton - 4mm Scale

Camel Quay is a typical North Cornwall ex-LSWR station on the River Camel lying on the Rock-Delabole Railway (had it been built). The station, with its goods shed, bears a resemblance to Padstow on the opposite side of the river. There are local passenger services and express trains from Waterloo. Southern National’s fleet of Bedford OB buses link the High Street and railway station with outlying towns and villages. The quay was built by the Rock Delabole Railway Company but the busy sidings also serve a small fishing fleet and small coasters carrying local china clay and coal. There is a repair shop, offices and a few marine businesses on the dock side. The Railway Tavern receives a delivery from the brewery and the hotel welcomes a special guest. Locals and holidaymakers buy fresh bread and cakes, stop off for afternoon tea or queue for fish and chips. Representing the late 1950s Locomotives are sound fitted and include M7, N Class, O2, T9, Beattie Well Tank and Class 22 diesel hydraulic. Coaching stock consists mainly of Maunsell and push pull sets. Open and covered clay wagons are shunted along the quay while daily goods vans are uncoupled from passenger trains and shunted into the goods yard.

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

Charlton The Strand is what I call 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 having attended two exhibitions recently. Although it is not an accurate landscape of the area it is in theory sighted on the village green were a 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 latter is my first venture into this medium. The Signals are from the Dapol range, but as I inadvertently burnt out the some of the motors whilst installing them have had to revert to more simplistic methods. Some of the buildings are 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 favorite 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 or 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.? 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.

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Dunnage - presented by Rob Newman - 7mm scale

This is a  minimum space 7mm/ft 0 Gauge layout on different levels occupying 6ft x 4ft floor space, operated from the rear. There are two distinct systems on the layout, and industrial tramway line and a British Railways 1950/60 era locomotive sub shed both of which serve a small nearby harbour through which the export of timber is important. The buildings are predominantly scratch built and follow a generic theme. They include industrial premises and warehouses as well as the locomotive shed structures. The locomotives and rolling stock are also mainly kit built with just a few modified ready-to-run examples. The layout is used to publicize The Stanier 8F Locomotive 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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Franwood TMD - presented by Neil Woodbine - 4mm scale

Franwood Traction Motive Depot is a fictional modern traction depot based loosely in the Black Country area of the West Midlands. The layout portrays operation from the British Rail blue era of the 1970s, through the 1980s and into Sectorisation of the 1990's. The layout operated using a DCC system with some of the locomotives having sound chips fitted to create an added dimension to the layout operation. Franwood has become a tribute to my late father who sadly passed away shortly before its completion.

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Llantwy - presented by David Jeanes  - 009 Scale

Llantwy is a fictitious Welsh Country town serviced by a canal and narrow gauge railway.  The layout is set in the latter part of the 1930s just before the outbreak of the Second World War. All the buildings are scratch built to suit the locations on the layout. All the buildings and the locomotives are scratch built as is virtually all of the rolling stock. None are built to any specific plans but are very much designed for the layout and are the result of a very fertile imagination.  

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Mers-les-Bains - presented by Peter and John Smith - 1/32nd Scale

Mers-les-Bains is a French metre gauge station in 1/32nd scale, representing a small port and holiday resort on the Picardy coast in the early 1950's. Mers-les-Bains is a real place, a resort in the south of Picardy adjacent to Le Treport, and it is still served by a standard gauge line but we have imagined a metre gauge system terminating in the town on the quayside, the Picardy Coast Railway or Chemin de Fer de Cote de Picardie. We have made no attempt to portray the real Mers les Bains, other than the name the layout is pure imagination. All the loco's and stock are scratch built, the track is hand built using C&L components, and all the buildings are also scratch built. 

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Rails along the Sea Wall - presented by Brian Silby - 2mm Scale

Teignmouth  is probably the most photographed sea wall in the UK and I make no apologies for building the layout. I chose the Teignmouth section of the line to model mainly because my wife modelled the Dawlish section. The period modelled is late 1960s to early 1970s. I have amassed several N gauge diesel hydraulic  locomotives from the Graham Farish range plus a couple of dmu’s, mark one coaches and freight stock of the period. I have used Kato Unitrack for the scenic section and this joins up with the fiddle yard that I have used on several of my other continental based layouts.

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

With our oldest exhibition layout at the exhibition we thought it fitting to have our latest Smallwood. 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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Sydney Gardens - presented by The Park Keepers - 4mm Scale

Sydney Gardens is set in the ornate gardens alongside the Great Western Railway's Paddington to Bristol main line on the outskirts of Bath. Based on photographs, site visits, measurements of the existing structures and with only minor compression at the country end, the layout gives viewers the, opportunity to step back in time to witness 'Kings',  'Castles' , ‘Warships’, and  'Westerns' travelling  through the gardens which Brunel was so keen to blend in to the Georgian architecture of the surrounding environment.  Many of the structures are made from card laminated with Scalescenes texture sheets although 3D printing was used for the ornate balustrade, with similar technology employed to create the railings and stone work on the bridges. Trains you will see today depict typical BR traffic from the 1950s and 1960s including express passenger services, local stoppers and freight.

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Vale of Oxbury - presented by Carl Woodwards - 2mm Scale

An imaginary Western Region junction station somewhere in Oxfordshire in the 1960's with all the trimmings. Train spotters on the platform watch Swindon's finest steam locomotives  and new diesel hydraulics hauling scale length trains.  Over 40 locomotives are on the roster to haul 400 items of rolling stock which have been detailed and professionally weathered. The layout is DCC controlled using the NCE Pro-cab system and a number of locomotives are now sound equipped. To add operational interest, the turntable has been motorised, the semaphore signals work and some stock has been fitted with auto un-couplers. Prototypical buildings are mostly scratch built with the Daiary based on Wallingford, Engine Shed from Kingham, the Station House from Culham  and the Goods Shed from Tetbury. The photographic backscene of the Oxfordshire hills draws much positive comment and a conscious effort has been made to refine the scenery to depict high summer.

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Werrington Road - presented by Neil Favell  - 4mm Scale

Werrington Road (Patrick steel works) is a layout depicting a small portion of a Midland based steel works. A high level branch line runs from end to end along a grassy embankment in front of the steel works which has a lower level wagon loading siding in the works. Set in the ten years between the late 1980s to late 1990s, loaded steel wagons are tripped from the steel works to the off scene yard to be marshalled for onward movement. Engineers trains, scrap trains and light engine movements can also be seen and an occasional DMU service extended from the main network taking workers to/from the works.

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