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Layouts at the 2021 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 2021 show :

  1. Auch Ae - 4mm scale Scottish Region locomotive shed
  2. Broadwater Junction - 2mm scale railway
  3. Brynllwyd - 7mm scale welsh narrow gauge railway
  4. Bear Creek Junction - 4mm scale American logging layout
  5. Bewdley - 4mm scale layout based on the prototype station
  6. Harlyn Pier - 7mm scale layout based on a Cornish LSWR coastal station
  7. Oakenshaw - 4mm scale layout based in West Yorkshire
  8. Motley Sub Shed - 7mm scale locomotive shed
  9. Rowington for Shrewley - 4mm GWR layout set in Warwickshire
  10. Weaver Hill - 4mm main line modern image layout

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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Broadwater Junction - presented by Warley MRC  - 2mm Scale

This is unashamedly a 'watching the trains go by' layout intended to entertain members and public alike. range of sources was used for its implementation: coastal and estuary lines like the Cambrian, others in the West Country as well as some Scottish and Southern scenes. The main location for the look of the line was the Dovey estuary section of the Cambrian, though the line can be run to represent any region with a quick change of the signal box (we have several). With the siding down to the disused wharf long since closed, the signalman’s job is lonely here where the branch serving a quarry heads off inland. The layout now features working signals. A new design of baseboard was developed with open frames around a structural spine of the backscene board. This has proved very successful. Wiring is kept above the baseboard level on the fiddle yard side of the backscene for ease of maintenance. Ease of carrying was also designed into the layout whose four sections will each fit between the wheel arches of most cars. The type of baseboard structure is reasonably light with the legs also designed for lightness. Exhibition lighting was carefully planned for strength and lightness too.

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Brynllwyd - presented by Bernard Morgan  - 7mm Scale

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 converted from a cottage in 1:43 scale partly rendered with sand and off white paint and the ends are Plastikard 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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Bear Creek Junction - presented by Adrian Hall  - 3.5mm Scale

Arcadia Colorado became the 38th state of the Union on the 29th December 1876, only 25 years after the first settlement was established in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. However during the 50 years up to 1900 the area boomed thanks to silver and gold strikes around Leadville and in the Front Range, San Juan and Uncompahgre Mountains. This in turn led to boom times for both the Narrow and Standard Gauge railroads of the area, especially after the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad reached Leadville in 1880. To say that construction of the railroads in the Rockies was difficult is a massive understatement. Indeed no other railroad construction in the Old West, even in the mountains of Washington State and Oregon, faced the hazards and difficulties of the terrain tackled by the Rio Grande in the 1870's.  Men and mules alone accounted for the mountain grades that brought the three foot iron to Alamosa and Silverton and over Marshall Pass into the Gunnison country.  All supplies and construction material had to be carried in for the railroad by mule team or trains of oxen. Railroad ties were transported lashed to the backs of burros while rails were tied to saddles and trailed along the ground.  In their ongoing pursuit of the riches of the mountains the Narrow Gauge railroads built towering structures to scale the mighty canyon walls and tunnelled relentlessly through the bluffs and outcroppings to reach the work camps. Thus by the Georgetown, Breckenridge & Leadville Railway reached Silver Plume via the Georgetown Loop in 1884 and the Manitou & Pike's Peak Railway completing the rack and pinion line to the 14, 115-foot (4, 302 m)  summit of Pikes Peak in 1890. Meanwhile the Standard Gauge roads ploughed through the valleys following the mighty rivers upstream, as typified by the Royal Gorge War between the Denver & Rio Grande Railway and the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad in 1879. Thus we have the setting for Bear Creek Junction! Although a fictitious location, the layout is set in one of the many canyons typical of Colorado where mining and logging proliferated.  Here you will be able to see fragile wooden trestle bridges curving round mountains, view soaring steel trestles crossing valleys and hear the sounds of steam engines roaring out of rock faced tunnels.  With steam predominant on both the Narrow and Standard gauge tracks, the marvels of late 19th and early 20th Century motive power will parade before your very eyes. Wonder at the intricacy of the dual gauge track where the model point work had to be hand built to suit the location, and look out for the 2ft 6in gauge mine tram. Listen to the working of the lumber camps and mines in the mountains and admire the laser cut wood and scratch built model buildings and structures in their working environment.  The setting is also bounded by the wilderness of the mountain forests where you will be able to see Black Bears in their natural habitat. But a word of caution is required as these animals are wild and unpredictable, so please . . . DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!

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Bewdley - presented by Wirral and North Wales MRC  - 4mm Scale

Bewdley is based on the real station location on the Severn Valley Railway heritage line in the West Midlands. The layout depicts the station in the period from 1958 to 1969 with three platforms, and loops to allow trains to pass for the single line branches to Shrewsbury, Kidderminster, Worcester, Tenbury Wells and Hartlebury.

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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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Motley Sub Shed - presented by Rob Newman  - 7mm Scale

This is a minimum space 7mm/ft 0 Gauge layout occupying approx. 10ft x 2ft floor space upon which the main scenery is the fleet of locomotives! The collection of locomotives was once described as a ‘motley’ one, so it seemed the natural thing to do, when constructing a layout upon which to display them, to call it ‘Motley’! Engines need somewhere to rest until the time of their next working. The sub-shed seen here at Motley provides that space. This is not a large motive power depot, just somewhere to park locomotives between duties and perhaps replenish the tenders or clean clinker from the firebars. So much for the fiction, the locomotives themselves occupy most of the space on this small layout. Upwards of twenty engines can be seen ‘on shed’ at any given time and they will be seen going on and off shed, and being repositioned to allow others to move. The locomotives are rotated through the course of an exhibition, to allow different models to be on view. Most of the locomotives and other scenic items have been hand built from kits, and we are grateful to Keith Blake, Aidan Houlders and others for building these, and to Andy Wilkie who assists with the operation of the layout. It is possible to operate this layout with locomotives from BR (ScR), BR (LMR), BR (WR with SR interlopers!) or a wide variety of industrial types, or a mixture of all of these………. The layout is widely used to publicise The Stanier 8F Society Ltd, owners of Stanier 8F locomotive No 48773 [also known as LMS 8233 and WD307], currently awaiting overhaul and located in the Engine House at Highley on the Severn Valley Railway. For further details about the locomotive or membership of the Stanier 8F Locomotive Society please ask one of the operators.

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Rowington for Shrewley - presented by Richard Hewins - 4mm Scale

There is not, and never has been, a station called Rowington for Shrewley. This is an imaginary station situated between the real villages of Rowington and Shrewley. In true Great Western Railway fashion it is nowhere near either village. Just to the north of the imaginary station was the real station of Rowington that was the real junction with the Great Western branch to Henley in Arden. The period is set at 1922, so is pre-grouping and a lot of the coaching stock is in the 1912 lake livery. Virtually all the locomotives and rolling stock have been built from kits or scratchbuilt. It is built to 4mm scale with 16.5mm gauge trackwork made by SMP. Signals are a major feature on the layout and are made from a mixture of Ratio, Model Signal Engineering, Scalelink, Colin Waite and Springside components. Buildings and structures are modified kits or scratch-built and are all Great Western Railway prototypes. The scenics are from Penhaven Products and Woodlands Scenics, but the trees are handmade. Younger enthusiasts might like to guess how many cats there are on display. The layout was featured in the February 2010 edition of British Railway Modelling magazine.  

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Weaver Hill - presented by Benjamin and Richard Brady  - 4mm Scale

The layout is a simple yet effective idea. The idea is you sit or stand whilst the trains pass you by; there is no shunting or station stops. This is just a section of mainline with 2 fast lines and 2 slow lines with plenty of stock variety. The layout depicts only region set during the present day and is complete with over head electrification. It’s a sunny day and you have decided to go on a walk, and why not! However, you make sure it passes close to the railway; after all you like trains. So you find yourself in the country passing close to the mainline. You decide to take five and take in the view. What do you see? To the right of us is the road bridge we crossed to arrive to this spot it was only really a farm track and the main road passing over another bridge a little distance beyond. In front of us and over the railway we see a stables and the associated horse grazing, and not o stable hand in sight just to our left is a small pond, while little further to our left is Weaver Hill and it’s obelisk which can be seen for miles around (or maybe just the exhibition hall). Constructed in 1756 by the Earl Rathbury of the nearby manor for his daughter Georgiana. The railway at this point leaves us as it enters Weaver Hill tunnel. Maybe we shall stop a while and see what passes. Who knows you might see your favorite loco...  

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