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Layouts at the 45th Redditch Model Railway Exhibition

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

  1. Brynllwyd - 7mm Welsh narrow gauage layout
  2. EU (le Treport) Depot - 7mm 1950's French locomotive depot
  3. Farmers Drove - 2mm modern image layout
  4. Hounslow Sidings - 4mm modern image layout
  5. North of England Line - 2mm image layout
  6. Oakenshaw - 4mm layout based in West Yorkshire in the 1960's
  7. Packwood - New 4mm Western Region tail chaser layout
  8. Smallwood - Redditch Model Railway Club 4mm scale station based in 1970's
  9. Trinity Dock Street Bridge - 4mm dock yard set in 1939

Brynllwyd - presented by Dave Forshaw, Liverpool MRS  - 7mm Scale

Burshaw The Welshpool and Llanfair Railway was completed around 1906 and was sponsored by the Earl of Powys. This made Mrs Powys a bit jealous because the earl had built his train set just to carry his tenants produce to market and rail transfer in Welshpool for his own profit or so the rumour goes!!! So Mrs Powys decided to build her own railway so that she could visit her friends in Oswestry and go shopping with them. The Light Railway Order was granted on 12 September 1899, although modifying Orders were needed in 1904 and 1908 to assist in raising capital. So was born the ‘Tanat and Heniarth’ Railway. Our part of it centres around Brynllwyd which is a village somewhere between Heniarth and Tanat. The first sod was cut at Porthywaen on 12 September 1899 by the Countess of Powys but construction did not start until July 1901. During the construction period, the builder arranged to convey passengers free of charge on market days over part of the line. Some goods traffic probably also passed at this time. Contemporary travellers reported: The little six-wheeled engine was spinning along a quite a rate, considering its small wheel diameter; the carriage was a four-wheeled one, painted a dull red, and probably used at other times to convey the navvies to and from their work. Brynllwyd is an impression of the Welsh Narrow Gauge railways situated somewhere in Wales. The track design reflects our philosophy that we want to have a train moving on the layout all the time. The track layout is basically a laid out in a figure of eight.  We look for interesting ways to build our layout and after some research and advice from a fellow modeller we decided to do something different. The foundation for the scenery is Soundafoam aerosol from Screwfix which is normally used as a sealer for bathrooms etc. We found it dried off in a couple of hours and then we skimmed it with some Pollyfiller to create a firm foundation. This was then coated with stone Plastikote aerosol paint from Hobbycraft to provide a base to which black and grey paints were added. The buildings are from Tiny models and Petite Models ranges plus the odd scratch build item. The public house is a converted from a cottage in 1:43 scale. Partly rendered with sand and off white paint and the ends are Platikard stone-brick with each individual brick painted a different colour.. The chapel is 1:48 scale to improve the perspective of this area of the layout. The other buildings are scratch-built using card wood and corrugated aluminium. The Layout is DCC powered by NCE. The locomotives and rolling stock are an eclectic mix of freelance scratch built or kit bashed. 

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Eu (Le Treport) Depot - presented by Peter and John Smith - 7mm Scale

Eu is a real place in northern France, close to the coastal resort of Le Treport. The junction between three routes was at Eu (pronounced ‘Er’), and we have imagined a locomotive shed built by the Ouest Railway close to the junctions to serve the line from Dieppe. The location appealed because we already had a narrow gauge layout based close to Le Treport, but mainly because we couldn’t resist a layout called ‘Eu’! The layout is 0 gauge and we use Lenz DCC for control which means that all the engines have sound and many also have smoke. There is even a sound decoder built into the turntable. The locomotives with one exception are all ready to run models which we have detailed and weathered..... the odd one out is the little yard shunter called ‘Mouette’ (Seagull), which was built from a kit. In reality she would already have been scrapped by the time of our layout which is set in the mid 1950’s but she’s too nice not to use. If we can re-write history to create the shed itself then keeping a loco going for a little longer was easy!  All the buildings on Eu are scratch built, the shed itself based on Argentan. The track is Peco.  

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Farmers Drove - presented by Steve Farmer - 2mm scale

Farmers Drove depicts a rural station set in the fens of Cambridgeshire at the end of the 1970's. It represents a joint line between Spalding and March which dropped southwards towards Crowland before swinging east to March. The line stayed open as a diversionary route and there are some Keeleys grain mill and agriculture site behind the station. The layout took about a year to build and was constructed as challenge between a group of friends to produce the finished layout.

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Hounslow Sidings - presented by Ray Norwood - 4mm scale

Hounslow is in Middlesex West London near Heathrow Airport, British Railways Southem Railway. Hounslow is on the Twickenham and Brentford loop from Waterloo, and a Barracks at Hounslow Heath which I think the Station was used as a military vehicle loading station during World War II. There is very little info I can find. The only photos I can find are taken from a footbridge over the railway looking towards the Station and a few of the station building. Hounslow is where I was brought up and also remember shunting there when I was a fireman at Feltham MPD. The viewing side of the layout is done by what I can remember. I am sorry if you know more of the yard, but this is what I can remember. The layout is viewed from the ends of terraced house gardens, and the operating system is by MERG DCC and the only turnout is operated by MERG servo4 circuit board with a Tower Servo, the lighting is of LED stripe (soft white), all of the buildings are scratch built at the same stile as Hounslow. The footbridge I have brought forward as it is part of the character of the Hounslow Station and wanted to get it in on the 4ft length x 2ft width. The fiddle Yard is 18ins length x 2ft width is of a sector plate type running on draw runners turned on there back so the overall size of the layout is 5ft 6in x 2ft. The locos consist of a class 08, PDK kit Q1, and a PDK kit M7, all locomotives that would have been at Feltham MPD.

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North of England Line - presented by Scarborough and District Railway Modellers - 2mm Scale

North of England Line - Scarworth Junction is modelled in N gauge and has been constructed to show scale length trains running through a typical northern landscape. Exhibitions normally feature 1930-40s LNER/LMS era on one day and 1950-60s BR era on the other. This allows the accurate portrayal of trains from both these eras. Many locos and much of the rolling stock are scratch-built, as are the buildings.  Over 325 hand painted people are going about their daily lives and eagle-eyed visitors will spot many different cameos in and around the town including: the Scardale Hunt at the stately home; scouts around the campfire; drinkers at the pub; rowing boats (and models) on the river; and the local market traders and stalls in the town square. There's wildlife as well with foxes, rabbits, a squirrel and a badger!   

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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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Packwood - presented by David Boot  - 4mm Scale

Packwood is what I call a “what if” layout. What if the railway, inparticular the GWR, had arrived in Charlton Village rather than passing straight through Fladbury to Worcester from Evesham. The need to produce a smaller layout that I can handle in my advancing years, spurred me on to this idea, and has proved to have been the correct decision having attended two exhibitions recently.  Although it is not an accurate landscape of the area it is in theory sited on the village green were a Brook runs through to the River Avon.  For this exercise the Brook has been culverted. There is nothing unusual about the layout, being similar to many GWR branch line termini seen in or around exhibitions.  The layout has code 75 track throughout, Peco points, Seep Point motors, a mixture of plastic constructed building and laser cut structures. The latter is my first venture into this medium. The Signals are from the Dapol range, but as I inadvertently burnt out the some of the motors whilst installing them have had to revert to more simplistic methods. My favourite period for modelling is the 50/60s for which I have plenty of  appropriate stock to run, but occasionally you may see the odd visitor from another region appear. I still use screw link or three link couplings for authenticities sake as my hand is still steady enough to handle them.

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

It is 1976 which is best remembered for the long hot summer and the Montreal Olympic Games. On television we have the delights of When the Boat Comes in, George and Mildred and Noel Edmund's Multi Coloured Swap Shop has just started on Saturday mornings. Steam traction ended nearly 10 years ago and the railways have yet to change significantly other than the total  use of diesel and electric power. This is because of continued under investment and the industrial unrest that went with the 1970's. This in itself creates an interesting period in railway history to model.  We are in the railway backwater of Smallwood a town somewhere in England with a terminal station that has seen better days. The glass has long since gone from the all over station roof and the provision of four platforms are from an era of far more affluent times than the current general run down appearance. The station still boasts a parcel depot as well as a small stabling point for DMU's. The future will see further rationalization as the Sprinter trains are introduced in the 1980s and the parcel depot is closed   At a slightly lower level below the station are the remains of another station that now serve as exchange sidings for a number of local industrial concerns. These sidings would only just see out the 1970s becoming part of the town's bypass road   The layout is being been built as a test bed for a much larger layout based in the same blue diesel era. The layout will be fully operated using DCC and features buildings. Locomotives and rolling stock are a mixture of kit built and ready run items all suitably weathered and detailed for the era portrayed. The layout has been designed to create an interesting variety of prototypical train movements in a relatively small area.     

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Trinity Dock Street Bridge - presented by Gavin Rose - 4mm Scale

It’s a dark, dank February Monday morning in 1939 as we see the workings around part of the old town docks in Hull, Yorkshire, as the smoke, soot and grime mix with the mist blowing up the Humber. Short trains rattle back and fore on the rails laid into the stone sett paved dock roads as they are taken to the different quays and sheds and crossing the swing bridges over the channels between the docks. Only the South Easterly wind is not only bringing the ‘Sea Rouge’ off the North Sea, but the threat of war from mainland Europe.

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