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Layouts at the 2025 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 2025 show on it new MARCH date:

 
  1. Auch Ae - 4mm scale Scottish Region locomotive shed
  2. Bere Banks - 4mm scale layout based in West Country
  3. Copper Wort - 4mm scale layout based in Burton on Trent
  4. City Basin Goods  - 2mm scale 1960s/early 70s  Western Region Goods Yard
  5. Oakenshaw - 4mm scale layout based in West Yorkshire
  6. Penybontfawr - 4mm scale layout based in Mid Wales

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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Bere Banks - presented by Keith Sully  - 4mm Scale

Bere Banks inspired by the junction station at Bere Alston west of Tavistock. It’s “as if” the 1968 closure of the through route between Meldon Quarries and Bere Alston never happened. Providing an alternative route avoiding Dawlish to Plymouth and Cornwall, from Exeter, via Coleford Junction, Tavistock to Bere Alston. The branch to Gunnislake and a small goods yard remain, with DMU’s serving the growing commuters and tourists around this isolated part of the county. You can watch diversions and summer specials passing through on the mainline. With Westerns, Warships and Hymeks, supported by a cast of class 25, 33, 37 and 47’s providing the motive power. You may recognise the distinctive LNSWR station buildings. The overall layout had to be compressed a little, hopefully capturing the essence of the architecture in the area. Join us to soak up the atmosphere of a summer Saturday in the early 70’s.

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City Basin Goods - presented by Stephen Dance  - 2mm Scale

This layout is set in the late 1960s/early 70s somewhere on the Western Region of British Rail and attempts to portray an urban freight yard. Such yards were still commonplace at this time, especially in larger towns and cities where the freight facilities were often quite separate from the main passenger station. Examples on the WR which were served by their own branch lines included Reading Central Goods (closed 1983) and Newham which handled freight for Truro (closed 1971). Traffic handled varied widely, from general freight through specific flows of bulk commodities such as fuel, heating oil, bitumen and cement to parcels. Most of these yards vanished during the 1970s and 80s as freight traffic patterns changed radically, concentrating on block trains of just one commodity. Such locations are now either derelict, or more commonly, completely erased and buried under office blocks, industrial estates, new housing, or as in the case of Reading, new road schemes. Even the traffic flows depicted on the model which still exist on today’s railways have gravitated to fewer, larger facilities. General freight in the form depicted here is long gone, and BR abandoned the parcels market to the courier companies and Royal Mail in the early 80s. Indeed, National Carriers Ltd after privatisation, many buyouts, takeovers and mergers later is now part of the DHL empire. The Western Region of the period still managed to largely retain its own pre nationalisation character, even 20 years after the end of the GWR. Motive power was unlike any other region being based mainly on its own diesel-hydraulic designs. Although steam had ended 4-5 years earlier, much steam era infrastructure still survived including redundant water towers and cranes which will be modelled. Although now 'modernised', the railway still carried much freight traffic in speed restricted, short wheelbase, wooden wagons and coal in unbraked steel mineral wagons. The late 1960s was a period of great change for railway liveries. The older green and maroon colours for locomotives were giving way to the new corporate image of BR blue. This took many years to achieve and resulted in a glorious hotchpotch of livery variations as stock was gradually repainted. The blue paint used during the early days did not wear well, especially combined with engine anti-corrosion additives and the new-fangled mechanical washing plants, where the chemicals used acted more like paint stripper. Motive power straight out of works after overhaul would look smart, but within a year or two, details of previous liveries could well start showing through the new layer of paint as it faded and wore away; sometimes sections of new paint just fell off. All a challenge to replicate in model form. On the model I have included fuel and cement terminals, National Carriers depot (where wagonload traffic and bulky sundries traffic was dealt with), and a BR parcels depot - all typical traffic sources of the period. Domestic coal is still delivered by rail, but the coal yard is assumed to be 'off stage'. There is also an exchange siding which receives trainloads of aggregates. A variety of privately owned ex BR locomotives and industrials moves the wagons to and from the unloading facilities. The model is in N gauge using Peco code 55 track. Control is standard DC. For such a simple layout DCC digital control is unnecessary. Couplings have been changed on locos and stock to the MBD/DG system and uses electro magnets placed under the track at strategic locations to effect uncoupling, hopefully hands free!

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Copper Wort - presented by Pete Gross  - 4mm Scale

This is my fourth railway modelling project which is currently under construction. A scene of an Edwardian period Burton-on-Trent brewery and High Street circa 1902. The concept of the layout is one large brewery premises located in the centre of Burton on Trent at the turn of the 20th century. Breweries at this time were often very large concerns and the property and land footprints spread throughout the town in all directions. Private railways served the brewery premises which were served from Midland Railway secondary lines running down from the main line in and around Burton railway station. This created dozens of level crossings across most of the town centre streets. I wanted to create a town scene and level crossing amongst the brewery to show this concept working. I wanted a lot of the renowned Bass red paintwork on the vast array of brewery buildings. Striking, definitive and memorable from an earlier visit to The National Brewery Centre in Burton on Trent more than 20 years ago. In contrast the High Street, typically late Victorian / Edwardian, has a lot of browns and beiges. Brilliant white is a thing of the future in my little model world. The track plan is based on Worthington’s Brewery around the High Street road crossing and includes maltings, brew house, ale stores and cooperage. The track design is taken from Cliff Shepherds book Brewery Railways of Burton on Trent and bent round into a hexagon shape. Each hex board includes scenic centre pieces and when joined up provides the complete process story. Buildings are based on the breweries of Bass, Ind Coope, Trumans, Peter Walker and others, located in and around Burton on Trent. There is a High Street scene on one board that divides the brewery in two. Brewery trains have to squeeze behind buildings, around tight corners, and across the road crossing to get from one part to the other.

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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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Penybontfawr - presented by Steve Monk  - 4mm Scale

Penybontfawr is a small town located in the Tannant valley in mid Wales. The original line was built to transport stone and minerals, mostly granite and lead ore from the lead mines at Llangynog to Oswestry and beyond. The layout is loosely based on the station and small goods yard at Penybontfawr, and is a might have been had the line been developed further after the GWR took over the line after the grouping of 1923. It is also assumed that the line between Penybontfawr and Llangynog had been closed after the line was subject to severe flooding and land slips on the line west of Penybontfawr. 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 is a true scale replica of the prototype that existed at Penybontfawr. The trees are a mixture of both handmade and Woodland Scenics 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 an exhibition.

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