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Layouts confirmed for Rail-Ex 2022

Layout 1:

Moors View

N Gauge

Moors View is an N gauge layout based on the ex LSWR (SR) mainline between Exeter & Plymouth. Skirting the northern flanks of Dartmoor, Moors View is a fictional small double line station somewhere between Okehampton & Tavistock and features a curved nine arched viaduct. Using imagination, the line has never closed and due to the sea wall at Dawlish being breached in bad weather, it sees many diverted trains. Making use of over 30 different prototypical loco’s the layout spans the 4 decades from the mid 1950s through to the early 1990s.

Layout 2:


Blowers Green

0 Gauge

    A Tyesley set passes 25213 waiting in the yard

Based on a former wagon repair depot in Birmingham and set in the BR blue period, 1968 to 1980’s, Blowers Green Wagon Repair Yard is designed to show that a medium sized 7mm FS layout can be a little more than just a shunting plank. Developed using two back-scene boards from my home layout “Vauxhall Wharf”, Blowers Green caters for main line urban services, short freight, P-Way formations and special workings, as well as trip workings with cripples or repaired stock. Blowers Green Wagon Repair is, or would be if it had ever existed, situated on the now mothballed line between Stourbridge junction and Wolverhampton and lies just south of Dudley Tunnel on the site of the former Blowers Green Station and near Netherwood Junction.

Layout 3:


Whithorn

00 Gauge

Whithorn is a small market town in Galloway in South West Scotland. Until its closure to passenger traffic in 1950 the town had the most southerly railway station in Scotland. It remained open for goods trains until 1965 when the Whithorn branch, along with the main line from Dumfries to Dunragit - ‘The Port Road’ - to Stranraer was closed. The plan was taken from the publication “Light Railway Layout Designs” by Iain Rice. To make the operation more interesting, this 4mm 00 gauge layout assumes the railway did not close, but continued to operate well into the 1970’s and beyond, allowing modeller’s licence to provide for a variety of locomotives and rolling stock.

Layout 4:


Oxford Road

00 Gauge

Oxford Road is a fictitious setting somewhere in West London in the mid 1980s to early 1990s. The layout contains a small depot, fuelling point, engineers siding and short platform which sees a sporadic service of garishly painted Network South East first generation DMUs. The Bakerloo Line runs on a lower level beneath it and has its own separate station. The layout uses Peco code 100 track and is DCC equipped using an NCE Powercab system. Structures on the layout are a mixture of card and plastic kits and scratch built. Rolling stock is a mixture of Bachmann, Hornby, Lima and Heljan with some extra detail added.

Layout 5b:

Bickerton

OO Gauge

The layout is an imaginary branch line set in the WR of BR during the BR Blue era. The station and signal box are of LSWR design with BR WR influences post nationalisation. Bickerton is now a terminus having been a through station prior to the closure of the line beyond Bickerton and only survived due to the clay and cement loading facility. The goods results in a significant amount of shunting activity.

Layout 6:

Cheffley

00 Gauge

Cheffley is a sleepy town that may have been served by the Southern Railway in the late 1930’s. The station buildings are still painted in the colours of the LSWR due to funding issues. The town is a branch line terminus for fast passenger services from Waterloo operated by the new electrified trains. However, some local services are still operated by venerable steam locomotives. The thirty or so structures on the layout include kits from the Petite Properties range and a selection of enhanced “down-loadable” card kits by Scalescenes. The folly is a scratch-build based on an article that appeared in Model Rail magazine. The station and signal box are “enhanced” out of production card kits depicting the buildings at Midsomer Norton. If you look closely you might glimpse a peddling cyclist and some pecking chickens.

Layout 7:

Bere Banks

00 Gauge

Bere Banks is based on the station at Bere Alston on the Tamar Valley Line in Devon. Once on the ex BR Southern Region route that connected Exeter and Plymouth via Okehampton and served the ballast quarries at Meldon high on Dartmoor it was the junction for the branch that crossed into Cornwall over the Calstock Viaduct on its way to Gunnislake and Callington. The through route to Meldon and Okehampton north of Bere Alston closed in May 1968 but the line still serves Gunnislake. But what if the closure had not happened? The layout imagines the late 1960s to early ‘80s as if history took a different turn and the whole line was maintained as a secondary route avoiding Dawlish. Western Region diesel-hydraulics can be seen working out their days on the line, which has been handed over to the Western Region, on a mixture of trains ranging from fruit vans working down the branch, ballast from the quarries at Meldon, MOD movements and diverted services avoiding Dawlish, interspersed with a surprisingly regular local service along the branch and to Tavistock. The layout (21ft x 10ft) is laid with code 75 00 track and is DCC controlled.

Layout 8b:

Great Swilling

EM Gauge

Set in the 1950s, Great Swilling is a fictional junction on the BR London Midland Region Bristol-Birmingham route in the Gloucester area.

Railways came to the area when, as a natural progression, the Bristol to Coalpit Heath Tramway was be extended to reach Gloucester. Under the supervision of I K Brunel the Broad Gauge Bristol and Gloucester Railway opened in 1844, and quickly began to plan to join forces with the Birmingham and Gloucester company to form the Bristol and Birmingham Railway. Horrified by the prospect of a Broad Gauge line reaching Birmingham should the Bristol and Birmingham be taken over by the GWR, the directors of the LNWR supported its pre-emptive takeover by the Midland Railway in 1846! A connection to the Somerset and Dorset line then saw the Midland working into Bournemouth.

Notionally situated a few miles west of what was to become Michael Wood services on the M5 Great Swilling was one of two junctions, the other being Berkeley Road, for traffic to the Severn Docks. To avoid congestion an avoiding loop was laid to the east in 1939. The station was then only used for local and docks traffic. A tramway links the rear lines to Suppings Hole sidings and Sharpness docks. Built to EM Gauge standards most of the layout is scratch built. Rolling stock from kits and modified RTR with some scratch building. Swillings Brewery is still independent, 'The Better Pint'.

Layout 9:

BSC Shepcote Lane Tippler Sidings

OO Gauge

BSC Shepcote Lane Tippler Sidings is a OO scale steelworks inspired layout based on the Sheffield steel industry in the late 1980's , the part of the steelworks modelled is centred around coal deliveries for the furnaces . The layout’s main feature is a working Strachan and Henshaw wagon tippler to empty the incoming coal wagons , but also featured is a wagon traverser for the empties. All these items have been handbuilt from plasticard and brass. Stock on the layout usually consists of just two class 08 shunters , two brake vans and a few sets of coal wagons in their typical rusty condition , whilst a works industrial is also used on internal coal and coke trains.

Layout 10:

Bleat Wharf

OO Gauge

Bleat Wharf is a small inland quay 'somewhere in Somerset' and is at the end of a spur from the Highbridge branch of the S&DJR, set in the 1950s. Goods only, the yard is somewhat run down and approaching closure. Traffic now is mostly vans or covered carriage trucks serving the few remaining quayside businesses. Services run as required and haulage is provided by wheezy ex-Midland 3F tender locos from Highbridge with the occasional 4F or 1P 0.4.4T.

Layout 11:

Bishops Lydeard

OO Gauge

Bishops Lydeard is the southern terminus of the West Somerset Railway and is also home to Taunton Model Railway Group who decided to model their own clubhouse on the down platform! The layout is based between 2010 to the present-day capturing features that have appeared and disappeared in recent years. It also provides us with the scope to operate a wide range of locomotives and rolling stock, all of which has been seen on the West Somerset Railway.

Layout 12:

Halsdon Road

O Gauge

The layout represents a fictitious station somewhere in Southern territory (perhaps even the capital) with Locos and Rolling stock representing the mid-1990s. It has been extended over recent years and still needs a bit of detailing. It did appear in the February 2001 issue of the British Railway Modeller when it was only 21’ long, it is now 48’ 2”.

From my experiences of exhibiting previous layouts, part of the fiddle yards are left exposed (with scenic items on them) to save customers injuring themselves trying to get a look at hidden locomotives etc. To the viewers left is the stabling point of “Halsdon Junction MPD” which allows for the locos to be on display. To the right the part on view, represents the closed “Halsdon Docks” station and what would have been the head shunts for the docks, now for a distribution centre. The only unusual train movement is the scrap trains which are run round in “Halsdon Road” and propelled into the scrap yard off scene.

Layout 13:

Dawlish Warren

N Gauge

A stunning recreation of summer days in South Devon spent at Dawlish Warren station at the start of the famous sea wall section of British Railways Western region main line, the layout is based in the halcyon days of the iconic Diesel Hydraulic era between the 1960s and 1980s. Featuring working signals this layout is an excellent place to simply stand and watch trains pass by….. Don’t forget your ice cream!

Layout 14:

Hills of the North

    The Spirit of Shap

OO Gauge

The mainline over Shap summit in the Cumbrian fells has been an irresistible draw for generations ofrailway enthusiasts. The layout attempts to recreate something of this atmosphere in the classic steam era of the 1950s and ‘60s on British Railways London Midland Region West Coast mainline. It includes a recreation of the banking arrangements that were employed to assist the heavier trains up the incline: the layout has been deliberately built on a gradient so that the trains really do have to climb the bank. The layout takes three places on the climb of Shap Bank and blends them into one continuous scenic presentation some 35 feet long. In the uphill direction, trains enter the scene under the Greenholme road bridge. This then transforms into the ‘classic’ location on the prolonged embankment at Shap Wells. Trains then enter a sizeable cutting before passing the sidings and signal box at Shap summit itself. Here, any bankers employed ‘drop off’ the rear of their train, before crossing over to return down the bank towards Tebay. The scenic work attempts to capture the bleak open moorland setting, with plenty of drystone walls (51 feet to be exact) and few trees. A graduated, forced perspective approach has been applied behind the mainline to blend into the backscene. Working signals are installed, including the distinctive Intermediate block colour light signal at Shap Wells.

Stock operating on the layout mirrors the changes which took place in the period between Nationalisation and the elimination of steam in 1968. Starting in the 1950s crimson & cream era, the full range of the iconic ex-LMS Stanier steam fleet can be seen at work, with famous trains such as the Royal Scot, Midday Scot and the Caledonian featured. By the late 1950s, maroon-liveried stock is much in evidence with BR standard types also at work. Before long, the first diesel-hauled trains appear and the once-proud Stanier Pacifics are relegated to freight duties. As the 1960s progress, the first sightings of blue and grey stock are seen and the remaining steam locomotives are in increasingly filthy condition. The first Freightliner trains are now running whilst some early restored steam locomotives can be seen working enthusiast railtours. Finally, a complete blue and grey rake headed by a brand new D400 type signifies the end of the sequence. We hope you enjoy your visit to Shap Fell and are transported back to the classic BR era railway scene at this most recognisable of locations.

Layout 15:

Fry’s Somerdale

OO Gauge

In 1924 Fry’s started construction of its new chocolate factory at Keynsham, near Bristol. The location was ideal due to its close proximity to the Great Western mainline between Bath and Bristol, with a rail link established in 1924 onto the 228 acre site from the adjacent Keynsham Railway station. At its height, the factory employed over 5,000 staff and was served by some 2 ½ miles of sidings, with the site employing its own dedicated shunting locomotives: at first steam Sentinel No.7492 (now preserved at the Avon Valley Railway) later to be replaced by Hunslet diesel number D1009. The site was accessed via an ungated road crossing next to Keynsham Station. Here the tracks rounded a sharp curve from a spur at the end of platform two on the up line and ran across the A4175 before passing through a narrow gateway. The line remained in use until September 1978, with the connection to the main line removed in July 1980. Built on three Scale Model Scenery laser cut baseboards (two BB001 Large Diorama boards, acting as fiddle yards, and a BB010 Double End board as the scenic section) the layout depicts this crossing scene. Operation is automated by a Blocksignalling SS2A DC shuttle system, automatically shuttling between ends about every 40 seconds. Locomotives and stock cover the entire history of the site from the 1920’s to 1970’s, including the factory’s very own Sentinel No.7492 in Fry’s Somerdale livery. Further details on the history of the site and layout can be seen the October 2020 issue of Railway Modeller magazine

Layout 16:

Moos

HO and HOe Gauge

The location is Waldviertel in Lower Austria where we find a through junction station located on a subsidiary line running from Zwettl to Horn. From the junction a standard gauge branch leads off to Huf, while a narrow-gauge heads South to Krumau-am-Kamp. Whilst the main running line is electrified neither the narrow gauge nor the branch are, and rely on diesel and some steam traction. The narrow and standard gauge lines share the station area space using a section of Tillig dual gauge trackwork . The era modelled is from the late 1970’s onwards which allows a flexibility in the range of rolling stock, so that some interesting items may appear from time to time. The locations of Horn, Zwettl and Krumau-am-Kamp exist – the rest is fiction.

Layout 17:

Norman Colliery

O Gauge

Welcome to Norman Colliery, a layout that was born out of a need to have somewhere to shove wagons about with my growing collection of early design diesel shunters. The colliery is at the end of its life with the lower screens closed down, and only the top screens in use. The only problem is that the feeder road to those upper screens has been closed by subsidence and so a link line has had to be made to the lower line. This has given a multi-level layout, something that is not often seen in O gauge. The engines are all kit built from various manufacturers, except one 03 from that came from Brassworks. The wagons are all kits, mainly Parkside Dundas, with a couple of Slaters’ and Piercy. The colliery buildings are all scratchbuilt from foamboard with brick and stonework from Slaters and window frames from Highland castings. The layout manages to capture the atmosphere of a run down and depressing colliery.

Layout 18:

Dewerstone

00 Gauge

The layout is set in the 1930’s and is loosely based on the old Clay Dries at Shaugh Bridge on the outskirts of Plymouth, the remains of which can still be seen today. To add more interest to the layout it was also decided to add a Flour Mill which was located further downstream and a goods only branch line from the Tavistock line for the South Devon Railway to tap into this lucrative traffic. Traffic from the Flour Mill was originally taken by horse and cart to Shaugh Platform on the branch. The track is hand built and consists of code 75 bullhead rail and C & L chairs on plywood sleepers and timbers. The buildings are scratch build from card and the rolling stock is mostly kit built with ready to run items modified and detailed. For those of you who are interested and to save confusion, the Dewerstone is a large granite rock formation situated on land where the Rivers Plym and Meavy meet and is a very popular spot used by rock climbers these days

Layout 19c:

Cog Road

O Gauge

Cog Road is an imaginary branch of the Barry Railway dating from the late 1890s, that ran between Dinas Powys and Penarth, cutting across the moors via Cog Road and Swanbridge. Set in the mid 1920s, the layout depicts the terminus station as it became, along with goods yard and cattle dock, which kept the line alive. Many former Barry, Taff Vale, Rhymney, Cardiff, Brecon & Merthyr, Neath and Brecon Railways locos and rolling stock absorbed into the Great Western Railway can be seen, along with newer GWR stock and Cambrian.

Layout 20:

Broadford

HO Scale

Broadford is a service and dormitory town located 72Km north of the City of Melbourne in the sheep and cattle district of south central Victoria. The town is served by a station on the double track broad gauge (5ft 3in) railway from Melbourne to Albury/Wodonga on the border with New South Wales. Running alongside is a single track standard gauge line which was laid in the 1960s to allow through running to Sydney. Just south of the station there is a passing loop, ballast and cripple sidings. The layout depicts the station and the nearby standard gauge passing loops as they were in the mid 1990s. This allows the running of the broad gauge up and down passenger services and intra-state freight traffic; and the standard gauge Melbourne to Sydney XPT and interstate freight traffic to New South Wales and Queensland. Signalling is a mixture of automatic colour light and manually controlled somersault signals. Rolling stock is from almost all the Australian ready-to-run and kit manufacturers

Layout 21:


Long Melford Junction

00 Gauge

The layout is based on Long Melford, and not an exact replica, as to portray it to scale would mean that it would be probably twice as long as it is now! The track however has been reproduced in the same form as the prototype, but with some shortening. The layout is 34 feet long, and 10 (36x12 total) feet at its widest. The scenic area of the layout is 2ft 8inches deep, and 24ft long, depicting the station on the Stour Valley Line in Suffolk, as it was in the late 1950’s. Trains run from Sudbury at one end, through to either Cambridge or Bury St Edmunds at the other, via the junction which is operational on the layout. Shunting also takes place in the goods yard. Two fiddle yards are used, with a looped system at the Sudbury end, and another looped system at the junction end. The layout is DCC controlled with slow motion motors controlling the points, and the semaphore signals all have built in bounce! All the pointwork is hand built, and buildings are a mixture of kit and scratch built.

Layout 22:

Compton Martin

OO Gauge

Compton Martin is a steam era layout based in the late 1950s and early 1960s with BR Southern and Western region locomotives making an appearance along with a bit of a Somerset and Dorset theme. Occasionally a Peckett industrial loco appears from the local factory, running powers having been granted permitting it to collect its own wagons from the yard. There never was an actual Compton Martin station but with a bit of artistic license and research you can make it fit………. The layout was conceived as a small terminus, showing what can be created in a small space to capture the feeling of a railway station in a rural location.

Layout 23:


Torreycombe

00 Gauge

Torreycombe is situated in North Devon, somewhere West of Barnstaple. The station was closed to passenger traffic in the 1950s after its transfer to the Southern Region under boundary reorganisation arrangements. Substantial milk traffic has kept the line open and the local dairy has taken tgnhe opportunity to extend their warehouse into the old goods yard. Torreycombe is connected to the Taunton- Barnstaple line and so ex GWR and Southern locos can be seen side by side

Layout 24:

Bridgebury Gate

N Gauge

Bridgebury Gate is a fictional town set somewhere in the south of England, not too far from the West Country, sometime between 1966 and 2000. Bridgebury Gate consists of a twin track main line, with a branch and limited freight facilities. Trains go up the branch to 'Mikel End', a somewhat ancient branch line that only survived total closure by being reduced to single track. The remnants of the former double track are still visible. Around the back of the layout there is a limited six-lane fiddle yard, with each line able to hold two six or seven coach trains or one really long one. The layout is basically a good place to enjoy running trains and to watch them go by!

Layout 25:


Bembridge

00 Gauge

Bembridge was the eastern most station on the Isle of Wight located some two and three quarter miles north east of Brading Junction. The line opened in 1882 and was closed in 1953 due to declining traffic. In the 1920’s with the introduction of the Adams O2 Class tanks the sector plate was increased in size from 16’,5’’ to 25’ to accommodate the longer wheelbase engines. In 1935 the Southern Railway decided to make the line one train working so there was no need for signals. The signal box is effectively a ground frame and was operated by the fireman to allow the engine to run round its train. The line was mainly operated with the Beyer Peacock 2-4-0T, Terriers and later the O2’s; this also included a push pull operation. During any quiet period of the day the duty engine would leave its train at Brading or Bembridge and perform shunting duties at St Helens Quay. Coal wagons would also be propelled from St Helens to the coal siding. The long siding was used to store rolling stock when no other space was available locally.

Layout 26:


Kozel Cement

H0 Gauge

Originally conceived by Alan Wardman, the layout was purchased in 2018, and work began to tweak the layout, which included revamping the scenery, adding a number of new details as well as extending the layout by 18” to give a larger headshunt, which helps move wagons from one side of the inglenook to the other. So, after many years of being simply a cement works, Kozel has now been gifted a set of offices as well as some undercover storage for bagged and palletised loads. The Layout and Operations: Kozel is set in the mid 2000s with a mixture of Czech (CD Cargo and CD) Cement trains as well as some from other operators including DB ( Deutsche Bahn). Most mainstream Czech classes of diesel loco are catered for as well as some less common, as well as a few private locos including the works own V15 shunter.

Layout 27b:

Upperton

N Gauge

Upperton is a fictitious station set in the 1960s located south-west of Salisbury on the mainline to Exeter and Devon, carrying through traffic from the North, East and South of England to West Country resorts. This gives a good opportunity for locomotives and rolling stock of all regions to be run on the layout. While the layout is not run to a timetable, operating practices of the full-size railway are followed as closely as possible, though our main operating aim is to have constant movement, display a large range of rolling stock and to entertain.

Layout 28:

Lisworth Bay

N Gauge

The London and South Western Railway forged its way south-west during the railway age of the 19th Century, sprouting branches to coastal towns on its way; Lisworth Bay was one of these. Although originally a terminus, during the Great War the line was extended to serve a nearby ordnance depot and the road access to the station was interrupted by the installation of the level crossing across this extension. Improvements in roads in the post-WWII years saw a decline in its use and the extension was due to be lifted during the 1950’s. However, the increased tension of the Cold War years encouraged the government to retain it as a precautionary measure. The branch was “rationalised” shortly after nationalisation and became a single line, the track-plan being simplified and part of the original down line retained only as a storage siding. Trains are typical of those seen on the region; portions of express passenger services, split at various stations en route, reach the terminus alongside local passenger workings, freight, parcels, newspaper and milk traffic. The whole branch to Lisworth Bay, was condemned to be closed as part of the Beeching Report and trains last ran in the early autumn of 1966. The trackbed has recently become a cycle route. The layout is modular with the fiddle-yard at 90° to the scenic section. The original format featured only the station approach and terminus but has been extended by the addition of two more boards, the first featuring a farm and the second a 60’ high viaduct over the River Lis.

Layout 29:

Launceston Steam Railway

009 Gauge

Launceston Steam Railway in Cornwall is a delightful 2ft gauge line built, owned and operated by Nigel and Kay Bowman. Nigel and Kay have been extremely helpful allowing me generous access to the station site to take measurements and photos in preparation for the building of the layout and rolling stock. At Launceston there are four Quarry Hunslet locos − Lilian, Covertcoat, Velinheli and Dorothea. The four model steam locos have been built by adapting kits produced by Brian Madge. The electric motors are hidden inside the boiler/tank assemblies and the drive is by a rubber belt housed inside the firebox. This method of driving small chassis was developed by Nigel Lawton. The tenders for Lilian and Covertcoat have been scratch-built in brass. Two coaches have been adapted from etches supplied by Allen Docherty of Worsley Works. Another has been built using some of the parts from a kit supplied by Parkside Dundas with added scratch-built parts. The fourth coach has been adapted from a 3D printed Isle of Man carriage supplied by CWR Railways.

Layout 30:


Bowleggett Manor and Farr End

009 Gauge

Bowleggett Manor is the country estate of Lord and Lady Fitztightly. Lord Fitztightly has established a narrow gauge passenger carrying railway in the old quarry on the estate, however the enthusiastic and resourceful volunteers who help to run the railway have grown tired of going round in circles and have constructed an extension down to the local market town of Farr End. Now they feel they have a proper railway and more scope for realistic railway operation

Layout 31:

Calstock Riverside

0-16.5 Gauge

Calstock Riverside:- A further development on the Calstock theme, this latest layout from Chris Peacock shows the village of Calstock and the riverside moorings to which the railway carries stone from the local Okel Tor mine. This excellent layout has plenty to see.

Layout 32b:

Partial Eclipse

OO9

"Partial Eclipse" features a peat railway as once used in the Brue valley in Somerset. There are three foci of interest. The most obvious is the "ramp". This is based on the three narrow gauge ramps used by the Eclipse Peat Co. They were designed by Peter Alexander and Jimmy Godwin and we are grateful to Peter for his information. To the right of the layout is a representation of the place where the "train went in the Drain". An 0-6-0 tender engine on the S&D branch line collided with a Lister on the crossing and plunged into the South Drain. No-one was injured but the loco could not be retrieved and was cut up on site. On the left is an active peat cutting with some imaginary drama. Initial soil removal has revealed human remains. Are they recent or ancient? The police have arrived as well as a well known archaeologist. The period is late 1950s so the archaeologist was obviously a Time (Team) Traveller!