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St. Margaret's Hall, Coniston Road, Hatherley, Cheltenham, GL51 3NU
Exhibition organised to raise money for
Descriptions are based on material supplied by the layout owners
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
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
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.
Hobbs Row Halt
Hobbs Row Halt is a classic English country micro—layout, 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.
Midholme more photos
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!
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.
Abbotswood - the back room story
Southdown bus garage on the south coast
|John Emerson, O gauge||Mark Begley|
|Richard Self||Steve Harrod|
|Martin Lewis Model Railways||Penduke Models|
|RCSW (Pre-owned) Models, Clive Reid||Rly books, timetables, photos, Stewart Blencowe|
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