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Exhibition Layouts: 24th & 25th October 2020

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

50th Cheltenham Exhibition

Exhibition organised to raise money for

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Descriptions are based on material supplied by the layout owners

Abbot's Morton      more photos
Paul Fogg, Sodbury Vale MRC OO gauge 4mm scale

Abbots Morton is situated on one of the proposed lines from Broom junction to Worcester. It has been assumed that the line was started but only reached Abbots Morton before the funds ran out. This is the reason the model is a terminus, as was quite usual for railways of that period.

The line through Broom was operated by the Midland Railway, London Midland and Scottish, London Midland region of British Rail, until finally being taken over by the Western Region.

The majority of stock that operate on the layout are types that are based at Saltley, Gloucester Barnwood or Bournville, often locomotives from other locations may also appear.

The layout was designed from the outset to be DCC (digital command control) and uses a SPROG device to provide the train control with tablets used as controllers operating the “Engine Driver” app. Locomotive decoders are from Bachmann, Hatton's and DCC Concepts.

Layout trackwork is SMP code 75 Bullhead, points being SMP plastic kits, these are operated by Trainstronics point motors. The only signal is from the Dapol range, buildings come from all the usual sources, Hornby Skaledale, Wills and Ratio kits, plus a plethora of small items from various sources, all which go to make up the overall scene.

One novel feature is the uncoupling of the Sprat and Winkle couplings, these being fitted to all stock. This is accomplished using rare earth magnets raised and lowered by servos.



 Bilston Road Engine Shed    more photos
Roger & Robert Webb OO gauge 4mm scale

Bilston Road was built by Peter Cullen and appeared last in April 2007 at Cheltenham. Recently we requested Peter re-exhibit it with us. The news came back he was looking to sell the layout, at which point we agreed a price and purchased it without hesitation.

The layout represents a typical sub-shed in the industrial Midlands on the Western Region of British Railways.

Locomotives return for overnight servicing and simple running repairs. Stock is mainly ready to run with some having added detail.

It is hoped to exhibit the layout at a later date when engines from the 1930's will be featured.

Coaley Junction
Forest Green Modellers OO gauge 4mm scale



 Garfield WEBSITE    more photos
Alan Drewett OO gauge 4mm scale

In the year 1960, Cassius Clay has won Olympic Gold, Anthony Armstrong Jones punched above his weight by marrying Princess Margaret and on the British railways a branch line in the North Cotswolds a London Transport steam locomotive was transferring wagons to a rapidly dieselising Western Region.

Garfield was originally built by George Lowell with track and scenery re imagined by Robert Webb and additional contributions from Malcolm Bell and Alan Drewett.

Just over six feet long, Garfield is analogue with rod in tube operated points, kit and scratch built structures and kit and ready to run rolling stock.

Incidentally, can anyone find Garfield the ginger cat?

Great Swilling
Dave Burnett EM gauge 4mm scale



 Ryders Green Wharf
Peter Cullen OO9 gauge 4mm scale

The Refuse Yard
Jeff Dike OO gauge 4mm scale



Mini scenes  
Tracey Lippett


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