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Exhibition Layouts: 6th & 7th April 2024

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

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Descriptions are based on material supplied by the layout owners

Apple Lane Mk II  
Alex Barnard OO gauge 4mm scale

Apple Lane TMD is a modern imagine Traction Maintenance Depot in OO gauge. The layout is based loosely around Derby Railway Technical Centre and Crewe Grestly Bridge. There's a mixture of modern image locomotives as well as the occasional steam locomotive. The TMD features a wide variety of liveries from throughout the years from the early 2000s up to the present day. With it being a TMD, there will be a lot of light engine moves as well as the occasional freight and fuel trains.

We hope you enjoy!



 Castle Wharf Kendal
Ian Kirkwood OO9 gauge 4mm scale

Plans for a standard gauge light railway running south-east from Canal Head in Kendal, Westmoreland to Arkholme, serving various quarries and gunpowder works, as well as local farming interests, failed for lack of money. I have suppposed for this layout that a narrow gauge line - a much cheaper option - was built.

The layout represents the northern terminus in the 1930s. The canal is little used, most traffic being transferred to the LMS at exchange sidings just south of the area modelled. Trains to and from the exchange sidings are shunted at the wharf.

The buildings are all hand-made, mainly from car, and are based on actual buildings from Kendal. The carriages and wagons are from kits and the locos are from the excellent Backwoods range of kits.

Elin Bach Slate Quarry Co  
Jeremy Kirkwood

Elin Bach is one of the levels in the extensive Brynmwg Slate Quarry in North Wales. The layout depicts the loco shed where the level's two Hunslet locos live and the sidings that originally served the incline down to the lower levels. This incline has been out of use for a number of years. As the slate tips expanded, a new incline was built clear of the ever growing tips. The old incline has now been partially buried. The locos can be seen shunting wagons of finished slate from the cutting mills, ready to head for the new incline top and beyond - as the quarry company's advertising puts it, "from the top of the world to the roofs of the world".

The layout is built to 009 scale and is an exercise in creating a realistic but minimum space, go anywhere, model using commercially available track, rolling stock, locos and buildings. It is powered by two 9v batteries.



 Farr End
Peter Cullen

Farr End is a small market town in Shropshire which has a narrow gauge tramway style railway linking local communities. A railcar provides a convenient passenger service with short goods trains transporting much of the local produce.

In future years the railway will be taken over by the enthusiastic volunteers who operate the nearby Bowleggett Manor railway and will be linked to that railway via a cutting through the quarry side.

Richard & Paul Eason P4 gauge 4mm scale

It is the 1980s and summer. The yard at Frampton serves the nearby inland waterways dock at Sharpness and is connected via a spur to the nearby Sharpness branch. The decline in rail traffic to the docks has contributed to the deterioration of the yard at Frampton, however its location is key to its survival.

Frampton provides a useful rail connection to the nearby surviving industries and more recently the district civil engineer has started to utilise the yard's proximity to the nearby Bristol to Gloucester main line. With frequent visits from mainline locomotives, yard space soon becomes scarce as the resident class 08 shunter jostles wagons for space.

Frampton is a fictional location. The layout was originally conceived for the Scalefour Society 18.83 Challenge and has been built in accordance to the competition rules. Its design permits easy storage and transporation, with the layout easily fitting in a small family car. Although the overall dimensions of the layout are small, it demonstrates that an intensive operational layout can be achieved in a small space. Operation is by 12V DC. Wagons and locomotives consist mainly of detailed and converted ready-to-run and kit-built stock, running on hand-built trackwork, mainly constructed using copperclad and 'ply and pins' method.



 Halfpenny Green
Cradley Heath MRC OO gauge 4mm scale

A station that never was.....

The "Wombourne branch line" of the Great Western Railway (GWR) commenced construction in 1913, eventually opening in 1925, after a pause during the First World War.

When the idea was originally conceived, the branch line was to be constructed between Wolverhampton and Bridgnorth via Wombourn, with an additional line to branch off and join up with the Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton line in Kingswinford. However, when the branch line finally opened, the line between Wombourn and Bridgnorth never came to fruition.

The idea of the layout is that construction of the line to Bridgnorth has begun, but by the time it had reached Halfpenny Green, the decision had been made to not carry on through to its intended destination. The line opened to passenger and freight in 1925, with passenger services ending in 1932 as per the real Wombourne branch line. However, with the onset of the Second World War, passenger services returned to help serve the RAF facility nearby and the surrounding villages and remained in operation until closure as a result of the Beeching Report in the early 1960's.

The layout is set in the early to mid 1950's, representing a time when both passenger and freight services were starting to see a decline. The small branch line terminus is starting to look a bit over grown in places, but is still serving its purpose by providing supplies to RAF Halfpenny Green.

Kings Lane  
Freddie Papper OO gauge 4mm scale

King's Lane is a micro shunting puzzle layout in OO gauge. It is the owner's first layout begun when he was 7 years old.

It has a small station, fuelling point and engine shed. The design has been left deliberately generic so that a range of stock can be used to represent different regions or eras.

The layout uses Peco code 100 track, all of which is second hand.

Structures are a mixture of plastic and laser cut wooden kits with additional details added.

Stock is an eclectic mixture of Bachmann, Hornby, Heljan or Kit-built.

The layout is operated on DCC using an NCE Powercab.



Doug Johnson OO gauge 4mm scale

The layout is a simple mix of the Forest of Dean locations at Parkend and Marsh Sidings but created in a straight layout.

Dated between the 1970’s and 1990’s dependant on the rolling stock in use.

Consists of a single platform for British Rail’s Diesel Multiple Units and maybe the Dean Forest Railway preserved stock. Plus a run round area and loading siding for aggregates.

All locomotives are sound equipped.

Pen-y-Bont Fawr      more photos
Steve Monk OO gauge 4mm scale

Pen-y-Bont Fawr is a small town located in the Tanat Valley in mid Wales.

The original line was built to transport stone and minerals, mostly granite and lead ore from the mines at Llangynog to Oswestry and beyond.

The layout is loosely based on the station and small goods yard, as it might have been had the line been developed further after the GWR took over the line in the Grouping of 1923. It is also assumed that the line between this station and Llangynog has been closed after the line was subject to severe flooding and land slips on the line to the west.

The model was built in 2018/19 and all the track is Peco code 75 bullhead.

Most of the buildings and infrastructure is scratch built from plastic card and painted with household emulsion paints. The exception is the signal box which is a Ratio kit.

The goods shed and cattle dock is a true scale replica of the prototype that existed.

The trees are a mixture of both handmade and Woodland Scenic tree kits, ground cover is hanging basket liner and various shades and lengths of static grass.

The level crossing gates actually work as do the signals. The gates, signals and points all being electrically interlocked to prevent any conflicting movements.

The layout is wired so that it can run on both 12v DC analogue or DCC albeit not at the same time!

The layout also incorporates a built in "auto-shuttle" where a local auto train or DMU can be left to run back and forth automatically, giving the operator a break to sort out stock in the fiddle yard or chat to visitors at exhibitions.



Chris Hopper OO gauge 4mm scale

ERA/LOCATION: BR Railfreight/Speedlink (London Midland/Western Region) 1980s/90s

Penmaenbach is a self-contained shunting layout built using a custom-made Grange and Hodder baseboard kit and Peco Code 75 00 Bullhead track. It is a simple set of sidings which can be used as an “Inglenook” shunting puzzle (using wagon cards if required) as well as a connected branch line and small halt to add operational interest. The buildings are a mixture of scratch-built, plastic and laser cut kits. The bridges are made from styrene sheet. The overall setting is inspired by the railways of North Wales but the layout gives us an opportunity to use a wide variety of rolling stock from the 1980s and later when the BR Rail Blue era was ending and colourful Railfreight liveries were appearing. Other stock including Civil Engineers wagons or more contemporary DRS locomotives and nuclear waste wagons may appear from time to time.

The layout is controlled with an NCE DCC system and many of the locomotives are sound chipped. The couplings are Kadees which are operated using fixed magnets. We try to operate “hands off” as much as we can.

The locomotives are mainly detailed and weathered ready-to-run from Hornby, Accurascale, Bachmann and Sutton’s Loco Works and the wagons are mainly Bachmann, Hornby or kit-built although a number of newer manufacturers are now producing suitable wagons and locos. I’ve tried to add suitable loads to some of the wagons.

Questions are welcome.

Severnside Steel  
Andy Goulding O gauge 9mm scale

Severnside Steel is an O gauge layout featuring a typical suburban factory complex, set in the middle to late 1980s on the Western Region.

It portrays a steel handling plant and is complete with a scratch built fully working steel coil unloading crane.

It also features a small refuelling facility for visiting locomotives and you will see a variety of diesel motive power and rolling stock from the era, along with a few surprise visitors.



John Chivers EM gauge 4mm scale

Situated around the sand and gravel pits of Tewkesbury, Shwt was a small station stop and goods yard on a previously busy double track London and North Western Railway (LNWR) line.

Modelled around the middle of the 1960's, the line in recent years has fallen upon hard times, converted to single track some time ago, the line beyond Shwt crossing has now succumb to the Beeching Axe. With the closing of the line, Shwt lost its passenger traffic and owes survival to the sand loading platform constructed next to the old engine shed. The only trains to reach Shwt now are mixed goods trains which supply the small coal merchant, the goods stores and the sand loading. As typical for the 1960's Shwt is occasionally the destination for railtours exploring old lines.

All trackwork is hand-built using C&L components to EM gauge.

Operation is completely DCC, including point control, managed by JMRI and normally controlled using tablets and smart phones.

All stock is fitted with Kadee couplings for ease of shunting.

Ian & Michelle Sandell EM gauge 4mm scale

The Swanish layout was an entry in the EM Gauge Society Chairman's Challenge for 2021/2022. Aspects of the design of the layout were the constraints as laid down by the challenge. The track plan is loosely based on Swanage Railway with slight variations.

The track and points had to be Peco EM gauge with a minimum of three points and needed to fit into a car complete with all the stock and operators.

The layout is 16 feet long and 2 feet wide, made up of 4 boards 4 feet by 2 feet. It is of no particular era so anything goes.

The station platform is a wooden base covered with Metcalfe tarmac card and Wills stone walling. The station building and signal box are Metcalfe GWR kits. The station lighting is from Layout4you. The goods shed and engine shed are Metcalfe Settle to Carlisle kits. The building lighting is from Railroom Electronics.

Points are operated by Tortoise Motors. The operating water tower is Dapol and control is by means of a Morley DC controller.

The layout is run by the husband and wife team, with the occasional guest operators.



 Thomas    more photos
Hucclecote Model Railway Enthusiasts OO gauge 4mm scale

We would like to thank Trevor Hallam for looking after the Thomas Layout for many years at our exhibitions and also for refurbishing it at his expense.

Unfortunately because of ill health Trevor is no longer able to continue so it was decided to offer Thomas free of charge to Hucclecote Railway Modellers on condition they bring it to all of our future exhibitions.

This is the model railway where Children can become Engine Drivers on the Island of Sodor and has of course been inspired by the Reverend Audrey books.

Our Thomas and Friends layout has been built for ten years now and in that time we hope it has encouraged many new railway enthusiasts to build a train set of their own.

Originally it was intended as a space filler at shows so needed to be small, easy to transport and have a simple track plan, easy for small children to operate.

After its first appearance it was clear this model railway would have to be included at all our exhibitions.

It incorporates a tunnel, station, level crossing together with locomotive and goods facilities. Train drivers should look out for many of the popular characters; Henry, Percy, Toby, Cranky, the Troublesome Trucks, not forgetting the Sir Topham Hatt better known as the Fat Controller.

The famous anthropomorphised rolling stock is mostly from the Thomas range and we are sure most of the adults and all the kids will love it.

Happy Driving, but please observe the track speed limits.

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.



Model Bus Federation WEBSITE  
Paul Mellor


NARTM (road transport) WEBSITE  
David Mellor

Travel 2000 Ltd  
Andy Peckham


Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway WEBSITE  

Ruhr Crisis 1923  
Alan Drewett


D shed diorama
Martin Nash

Wednor Halt  
Martin Nash


Loco Shed diorama
Martin Nash / Jack Boskett

Modelling Demonstrations
Mark Begley Richard Self
Steve Harrod Trevor Hale
Hereford Model Centre WEBSITE Rly books, timetables, photos, Stewart Blencowe WEBSITE

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