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2017 is our 50th Anniversary year so look out for events to mark this significant milestone for Worcestershire's oldest model railway club

See our Arrowmouth layout at the Warley Model Railway Exhibition at the NEC over the weekend of the 25th and 26th November

 

 

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. Burshaw North Western - 2mm layout based in on the West Coast Main line in the 1970's
  2. EU (le Treport) Depot - 7mm 1950's French locomotive depot
  3. Farmers Drove - 2mm modern image layout
  4. North of England Line - 2mm image layout
  5. Oakenshaw - 4mm layout based in West Yorkshire in the 1960's
  6. Smallwood - NEW Redditch Model Railway Club 4mm scale station based in 1970's
  7. Trinity Dock Street Bridge - 4mm dock yard set in 1939

Burshaw North Western - presented by Dave Forshaw, Liverpool MRS  - 2mm Scale

Burshaw North Western is a fictitious station location on the West Coast main line (WCML), in North West England. The overhead wires are almost complete as part of the Weaver Junction to Glasgow project to complete the WCML electrification from Euston to Glasgow, which will be switched on in a couple of years’ time. New 4 aspect colour light signalling has recently been commissioned as part of the upgrade. So in Burshaw it is the early 1970’s, steam has gone and still banned from the main lines. The British Rail corporate blue-grey image is sweeping across the country, but not yet complete. The Total Operations Processing System (TOPS) has yet to be implemented, so all locos still carry their original numbers. The D and E prefixes are disappearing as there are no longer any steam locomotive numbers for them to clash with. Some are still in green or electric blue, with varying amounts of yellow on the front ends, as well as rail blue. Coaching stock is mainly in blue grey, with the occasional maroon interloper. LM region has just taken delivery of its first air conditioned stock (Mark 2d), but most trains are formed from Mark 1, 2a and 2c stock, gradually being cascaded as the new designs take over the prime trains, including the Royal Scot, which is usually in the hands of a pair of English Electric Type 4 Co-Cos (later Class 50). Freight is also in a transitional period, as the traditional short wheel base unfitted and vacuum braked wagons start to give way to the new air braked stock, including HOP AB (HAA), OPEN AB (OAA) and VAN AB (VAA). The Freightliner brand has been running for a few years, and established block working, along with merry go round (MGR) coal trains, and oil trains with 100 tonne bogie tank wagons. Motorail is in operation as the reliability of output from British Leyland as it was recently branded is somewhat lacking! The layout measures 12 ft x 4ft, built from 6 baseboards, 4 of which were recycled from previous projects. There is a 4 track continuous circuit (up and down fast & up and down slow) and a branch line plus diesel MPD, giving the potential for 6 simultaneous movements. The fiddle yard can hold over 30 trains, giving plenty of variety on a relatively small layout. Like previous WMRC projects, we like to run authentic formations and use unusual rolling stock, so for this layout, practically all locos have been renumbered and many un-refurbished and/or repainted to make them correct for the period. Early AC electrics (81 and 85) have been created, along with the prototype HST, and Manchester Pullman. Most of the early Mk 2 coaches are conversions using Electra Graphics sides. Burshaw is an amalgam of my home village, Burscough in West Lancashire, and my surname. It is the 3rd layout to use the name, with the ‘North Western’ being derived from the Wigan (London &) North Western station, which was modernised in the 1960’s and provided some of the design cues, as a typical 60’s brutal rebuild, which occurred at several stations along the WCML.

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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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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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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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