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Exhibition Layouts: 4th & 5th April 2020

St. Margaret's Hall, Coniston Road, Hatherley, Cheltenham, GL51 3NU

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Descriptions are based on material supplied by the layout owners

Andy Cundick 12mm gauge 4mm scale

Arigna was the branch terminus at Lough Allen of the 3 foot gauge Cavan and Leitrim Railway in northwest Ireland. The railway connected the Midland Great Western Railway mainline at Dromod with the Great Northern Railway of Ireland at Belturbet. The branch to Arigna ran from the railways headquarters at Ballinamore to Arigna mainly alongside the road.

The line was originally the brainchild of the Earl of Kington to serve one of the few coalmines in Ireland at Arigna, the coal was the main reason for the lines continuing existence up until closure in 1959.

In recent times the privately owned Cavan & Leitrim Railway has been based out of the Dromod Station, in County Leitrim. Volunteers ran trains for a while before track conditions deteriorated, a transport museum is based there, with trains of every gauge, buses, planes, fire engines and artillery guns from World War I and World War II.



 Bettws Road    more photos
Tony Hubbard & Michelle Brindle N gauge 2mm scale

Bettws Road is a fictitious location based in Wales around the 1930/40 era. The village has a terminus station with its own goods yard and coal staithes. Railcars serve the station while express passenger trains use the main line along with the odd freight train.

City Basin Goods  
Stephen Dance N gauge 2mm scale



Dave Fryer OO gauge 4mm scale

Gas Lane  
Bob Vaughan OO gauge 4mm scale

Gas Lane is a follow up to my previous layout Condicote, which featured in Hornby magazine Issue 7. it came about after my club's exhibition manager came looking for layouts and I offered a new layout for the annual show. I then puzzled as to what to build.

The result is this compact gas works setting which uses a baseboard 4ft 8 1/2ins x 1ft 4in to portray goods operation in an industrial setting. Historically resources for gas works are scarce, but a visit to Fakenham gas works in Norfolk, which is England's only complete, although non-operational gas works, provided all the information I needed to get started.

I've always enjoyed scenic modelling and much time and effort has been invested in adding details to the layout including people, scenic items and especially within the garden of the manager's house. In operation I have a wide range of rolling stock to choose from and due to its nature Gas Lane can operate in a number of periods and regions by changing the locomotives and rolling stock over.

As a minimum space layout Gas Lane is very entertaining to operate.



 Heybridge Wharf    more photos
Mike Corp 14.2mm gauge 3mm scale

Heybridge Wharf is purely fictitious and is situated somewhere in Suffolk at one of the last inland wharfs still operating. The railway was built under the Light Railways Act as the Hey Light Railway to connect the town of Heybridge to the Great Eastern Main Line via Heybridge Wharf.

The trains from the main line enter Heybridge Wharf via the line between the church and the gas works. This is the end of the line for the stock not allowed to proceed along the tramway to Heybridge Town. Those that are allowed will run round their train and proceed along the tramway squeezed between the gasworks and Colly Tobbold’s brewery. The wharf received one of the last barges still trading but now converted with a diesel engine.

The layout is built of plywood with track by the 3mm Society and points from 3SMR. Points are operated by Hoffmann point motors and couplings are adapted B&B/DG. Stock is from the 3mm Society, Worsley Works, whilst some of the buildings are scratch built, most are super detailed Bilteezi card kits from the 1960’s.

Hobbs Row Halt  
Bob Vaughan OO9 gauge 4mm scale
Featured in Hornby Magazine August 2013

Hobbs Row Halt is a classic English country microlayout, complete with thatched cottage and "chocolate box" garden. It started out as a simple circular piece of track on an MDF "Wobble Board", obtained from the local charity shop, that I used for running in new locomotives. But after placing a couple of surplus buildings from my Tansey Bank layout inside the loop to check on coach clearances, I realised that a bit of scenery would not go amiss, and Hobbs Row Halt is the end result.

The cottage is from the Bachmann Pendon Little Chapel Cottage resin model and the magnificent trees are from the Realistic Modelling Materials range of ready to plant foliage. Hobbs Row Halt was featured in the August 2013 edition of Hornby Magazine.



 Malmesbury WEBSITE    more photos
Swindon MRC N gauge 2mm scale

Malmesbury was acquired by us in November 2018. It was built several years ago by a Vicar in the Midlands. He sadly passed and the layout was offered firstly to Malmesbury Museum then Swindon Steam Museum, both declined, reasons unknown.

The model is scaled down to half size but it shows the flavour of the line. The cattle dock is also in the wrong place so I hope I can rectify this at some point.

Parts of the layout have been refurbished and our plans are this will be an on going project.

Midholme      more photos
Richard Holmes N gauge 2mm FS scale

Midholme is a small through station based loosely on the Somerset and Dorset Railway, it is located at the end of the five mile single track line from Bath. For the next 32 miles through to Templecombe the line is twin track. The station has a small goods yard including a depot for local agricultural supplies and coal merchant.

Traffic on the line comprises a regular passenger service from Bath to Bournemouth and intermediate local services terminating at Templecombe. There is a steady flow of general goods traffic and coal trains serving the Somerset coalfield. Weekends in the summer are very busy with many special trains for holiday makers from the North and Midlands travelling through to the South Coast.

The period of the layout is two years either side of 1960. Most stock is either former London Midland Scottish or British Rail standard whilst the Somerset and Dorset was always a steam line, occasionally there is some modellers licence and British Rail green diesels are run.

The layout is modelled in 2mm scale and the track is 9 mm code 40 Finetrax.



 Oxford Road    more photos
Richard Papper OO gauge 4mm scale

Oxford Road is a fictitious setting somewhere in West London in the period mid 1980s to early 1990s. The layout contains a small depot, fuelling point, engineers siding and short platform which sees a sporadic service of garishly painted Network South East first generation DMUs. The Bakerloo Line runs on a lower level beneath it and has its own separate station.

The layout uses Peco code 100 track and is DCC equipped using an NCE Powercab system. Structures on the layout are a mixture of card and plastic kits and scratch built.

Rolling stock is a mixture of Bachmann, Hornby, Lima and Heljan with some extra detail added. The layout was not actually built to exhibit so may occasionally need a little poke to keep everything moving!

Steve Cox OO gauge 4mm scale

Readham the model layout has been inspired by a combination of the conurbations of Reading and Cheltenham.

Buildings are scratch built, there is a traditional Regency inspired residential and shopping area, plus a modern retail park. The station complex includes a full station with four platforms. A modern Bombardier Flexity 2 tram can be seen running through the streets and shopping areas.

Other scenic highlight features include a Showman's winter quarters with working drop tower ride and transport park with pulled down rides.

Trains are modern image and DCC controlled and include sound.



Streatwell Green
John Long OO gauge 4mm scale

Three Acres      more photos
Gloucester MRC TT gauge 3mm scale

Three Acres was mainly built by Phil Bird and a few members of the Gloucester Model Railway Club.

It is based on the station at Dymock, after the lines to Ledbury and Hereford were closed. It stayed open for a while primarily as a goods line, there appears to have been a considerable tonnage of coal moved through, before complete closure.



Ed Purcell N gauge 2mm scale

Watley's End  
Andy Babb, Sodbury Vale MRC OO gauge 4mm scale



Model Bus Federation WEBSITE  
Paul Mellor


NARTM (road transport) WEBSITE  
David Mellor

Mini scenes  
Tracey Lippett


Abbotswood - the back room story  
Phil Bullock

Southdown bus garage on the south coast  
Vincent Tweed


Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway WEBSITE  

From rockets to the moon WEBSITE  
Alan Drewett

Modelling Demonstrations
John Emerson, O gauge Mark Begley
Richard Self Steve Harrod
Trevor Hale 
Martin Lewis Model Railways Penduke Models WEBSITE
RCSW (Pre-owned) Models, Clive Reid Rly books, timetables, photos, Stewart Blencowe WEBSITE

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