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Layouts at the 2023 Redditch Model Railway Exhibition

It is planned to have a selection of layouts in the popular scales. Layouts Booked so far confirmed will include for our 2023 show :

  1. Auch Ae - 4mm scale Scottish Region locomotive shed
  2. Harlyn Pier - 7mm scale layout based on a Cornish LSWR coastal station
  3. Oakenshaw - 4mm scale layout based in West Yorkshire

Others being confirmed ..........


Auch Ae - presented by Buchanan McInroy  - 4mm Scale

Auch Ae is a 4mm scale Scottish Region locomotive shed based in the 1960s. It is very much work in progress but showing it in a part built state gives the opportunity to see how a layout is built. All the track work has been laid using Peco code 75 track and wired for DCC operation. Buildings on the layout are scratch built and are based on prototypes in Scotland. The layout will be operated with a mixture of steam and diesel locomotives with many featuring working sound.

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Harlyn Pier - presented by Peter Beckley  - 7mm Scale

The layout, which is constructed at a scale of 7mm to lit to finescale '0' Gauge standards, depicts the terminus of an imaginary (ex LSWR) branch line on the north coast of Cornwall not far from Padstow in the BR period circa 1960. The station is set on a quayside that connects to a ferry service from the adjacent dock, similar to the arrangement at Lymington Pier, which was the inspiration for the layout. The trackwork is all handbuilt from TimberTracks, C and L and Exactoscale components whilst the majority of the buildings are scratch built and based on examples from the Cornwall or Devon area. The signals and level crossing gates are all operational and interlocked with the points. which hopefully avoids wrongly signalled movements. This however is not guaranteed! The majority of the locomotives and rolling stock have been constructed from kits by the layout operators. We try to feature stock that operated in the north Cornwall area during the period 1955 to 1965. However, it is not unknown for the occasional interloper to appear. The layout is run to a sequence which represents a busy summer Saturday. In reality this is much busier than would have been the case but it keeps the public (and operators) entertained. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. All the operators are only too pleased to be interrupted and have a chat.

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

Oakenshaw is a fictitious West Yorkshire mill town set in the early 1960's located somewhere near to the real town of Keighley on the Airedale line. Like so many of the Yorkshire mill towns the layout portrays a town in a valley centred around a river crossing. Regional boundary changes in 1957 brought this former Midland Railway Station into the short lived North Eastern Region of British Railways. The station is very much based on Midland Railway practice and the scale is 4mm using "OO" gauge fine scale code 75 track. All the buildings on the layout are scratch built, mainly using thick card for the basic structure. These were covered with plasticard to replicate stone or brick finishes. The structures have then been painted and weathered to represent the prototypes from the area. The fiddle yard features sixteen roads and is capable of holding 24 separate trains. All the buildings on the layout are scratch built, mainly using thick card for the basic structure. These were covered with plastikard to represent stone or brick finishes. Trains are made up of correctly trains for the era and location that are hauled by a mixture of steam and diesel locomotives.

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