2016 Show

Elsmcroft Yard – O Gauge – in build – Gloucester Model Railway Club

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Eigh Bay Halt – O Gauge – Mr C Heard

Originally purchased through an internet auction site the layout depicted a GWR China Clay branch. With replacement buildings and railway infrastructure, you now see a Midland Railway micro-branch at the start of the Great War. Being close to the sea, the branch is the embankment point for the First Battalion Kelbrooke Light Infantry, a platoon of which can be seen on and around the Halt. Passenger services continue, being provided by a MR 1P 0-4-4T, whilst goods movements and shunting are undertaken by the branch stalwart 0-4-0Ts Eileen and Mary Baker.

Private Owners Wagons – O Gauge – Display – Mr I Pope

The diorama consists of the empty wagons sidings and the screens building of a hypothetical colliery ‘somewhere in the Forest of Dean’. The aim is to be able to display a large number of the private owner wagons that worked into the area. Construction and detailing of wagons will also be undertaken over the weekend and I am happy to discuss any wagon owner from anywhere in the country via our large database of owners and photographic collection which will also be available.

Alkerton Road – OO Gauge – Mr M Browne

Alkerton Road is a fictitious location somewhere between Birmingham and Bristol on the Midland and Western Region Main Line. The layout is designed with a rural station to provide through running. The intention of the layout is to show minimal uncluttered track as one would observe in the countryside. The station, Alkerton Road, has a passenger/parcels bay platform with a small engine maintenance shed left over from bye-gone days.
The station comprises of kit bashed and scratch built buildings. A small nine road fiddle yard with automated points supplies the trains to the up and down lines. Running stock is a mix of steam and diesel depending on the era being depicted.

Cheltenham South and Leckhampton – O Gauge – Gloucester Model Railway Club

Cheltenham Leckhampton Station was opened in 1881 with single line track as part of the Banbury and Cheltenham Railway. It was originally named Leckhampton and the line was doubled in 1902. Services of the Midland and South Western Junction Railway also used the station as it was permitted to use the line from Andoversford to Cheltenham. The station closed to passengers and goods in 1962.
It was sited in a cutting to the east of the road to Birdlip (B4070) with the road crossing North to South via a bridge, which still exists. The station building was a typical GWR brick suburban building on the up (northern) platform. A waiting shelter was sited on the down platform and gardens were a feature of both platforms.

Goods sidings were located to the east of the station with a small goods shed, yard crane and weighbridge. A signal box was also at the east end and controlled both the main lines and the sidings.

The station was renamed “Cheltenham South and Leckhampton” in 1906 to attract custom from the growing south of Cheltenham and to enable the new service from Newcastle-upon-Tyne to Swansea, the Port to Port Express, to call at Cheltenham. This train took the Hatherley loop to Gloucester to save a reversal at one of the main stations in Cheltenham. The platforms were also extended to cater for these longer trains. The name was simplified in 1952 to “Cheltenham Leckhampton”.

The whole site was about ¼ mile long and to the east of the site the line was crossed by a brick footbridge. Although this footbridge and the cutting to the east still exist, the latter being a nature walk, the station site now consists of two blocks of flats and an industrial estate.
Locomotives were mainly of GWR origin and in the early days MSWJR the largest being the heavy freight 2800. However, in the 1950s it is known that trains from Andover, via the old MSWJR line ran usually headed by a Southern U class 2-6-0.

Vopak Terminal – OO Gauge – Mr P Rolley

Vopak Terminal depicts the contemporary freight operations at the chemical facilities located at Barry Docks, in South Wales.
A regular EWS rail movement of both chemicals and box containers from the Continent are unloaded at the small tarmac apron and taken by road to the nearby Silicone processing plant.

The dockside is open to the public and close up “street running” of the train can be seen as it winds its way across numerous un-protected road crossings on its way from Cadoxton to the port.

Heybridge Wharf – 3mm – Mr M Corp

The layout was built for the 50 something challenge to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 3mm Society 1965-2015. The scenic section is 50 inches long by 50 cm wide and is built to fine scale standards with a track gauge of 14.2mm.

Heybridge Wharf is purely fictitious and is situation somewhere in Suffolk at one of the last inland wharfs still operating. The railway was built under the Light Railways Act as the Hey Light Railway to connect the town of Heybridge to the Great Eastern Main Line via Heybridge Wharf.

The trains from the main line enter Heybridge Wharf via the line between the Church and the gas works. This is the end of the line for the stock not allowed to proceed along the tramway to Heybridge Town. Those that are allowed will run round heir train and proceed along the tramway squeezed between the gas works and the Colly Tobbold’s Brewery. The wharf still receives one of the last barges still trading but now converted to a diesel engine.

The layout is built of plywood with track by the 3mm society and points from 32MR. Points are operated by Hoffman Point Motors and couplings are adapted B&B. Stock is from Finney & Smith, now no longer trading, Worsley Works and the 3mm Society. Whilst some of the buildings are scratch built, most are super detailed Bilteezi card kits.

Coleford – 4mm / 009 – Mr J Wilkes

Coleford is based on a real railway in the Forest of Dean, with history having being warped a little to suit a “narrow” (gauge) mind. The railway from Coleford to Monmouth had its origins as a 3’6” gauge plateway, (The Monmouth Tramway) carrying coal, clay and lime to the River Wye at Monmouth. Here it has been reinvented as a 2’ gauge railway serving a quarry, gold processing and a chocolate factory. You will have to ask for the history!
I wanted to design something that was portable and not large. At the same time, I wanted something that was interesting to operate. I have always been a fan of unusual trackwork. On Coleford there are two different types of track: stone based chairs and longitudinal sleepers. I used and abused commercially available track to construct these.

The locos and stock are a mixture of bought, kit built and scratch built, including some very unusual locos. Some of the stock is quite unusual too – look out for the chocolate wagons.

The scene shows the railway in a fairly run down state in the depth of winter. So there are lots of bare trees and all the people look miserable.

Brimscombe – N Gauge – Shirehamption MRC

Brimscombe station is located on the cross country line between Gloucester and Swindon. The Cotswold town is deep in the Frome river valley to the east of Stroud.

The layout includes the station area and part of the long climb up the valley out of the village towards Chalford and Sapperton Bank.

Our model railway is 24 feet long by 3 feet wide, track work is Peco code 55 finescale on the viewing side and code 80 in the fiddle yard. Electrical control in conventional DC cab control but can be switched to DCC operation if we wish. Most of the buildings have been scratch built.

Trains can operate using a timetable, for one of the highlights look out for the heavy freight trains on the long climb out of Brimscombe towards St Marys crossing.

Baynard – N Gauge – Forest of Dean Model Railway Club

Baynards is a British N gauge layout based on the station of the same name on the Horsham to Guildford line of the Southern Railway. The station layout and surrounds are closely based on the real location, but the layout has also been extended to allow scenes typical of Southern England to be modelled. The layout is modular and can be exhibited in a number of configurations; large or small.
No particular era is modelled but trains from the 1940s to the 1960s may be seen. We hope you enjoy the layout and look out for the various cameos particularly the cricket scene.

If you have any questions about the layout, or railway modelling in general we will be happy to answer them if we can.

Baynards is the first of a series of new exhibition layouts that the Forest of Dean MRC is building. If you live in the Forest of Dean area and would be interested in joining us please talk to anyone on the layout who will be pleased to give you details of the club.

Northbridge – OO gauge – Mr M Kelly

Northbridge is an area North West of Leicester city centre and for the model it is assumed that the Leicester & Swannington Railway terminated here instead of at West Bridge. The period modelled is the early 1960s and whilst none of the infrastructure is a copy of anything that existed then, it does try to give an impression of that area as it might have been.

For operating purposes the passenger service did not cease in 1928 and in addition to trains from Coleville, a service from Leicester London Road has been invented to provide extra traffic. The goods yard at West Bridge was in reality very much larger and even in the mid-1960s was still quite busy with coal, oil and other goods. On the model this is represented by a daily coal train and twice daily goods train which has much traffic from a local mail order warehouse.

The track work is peco 100 using small radius electro-frog points electrically operated. Rolling stock is a mixture of proprietary products, some modified, most weathered, and indicative of that used in the area had the bore of the Glenfield Tunnel been more generous. Many of the buildings are Metcalfe, all altered in some way to fit the location. Most of the business names are those that existed in the North Bridge area.

Lindon Road – OO Gauge – Mr J Long

Set in the British Railways period, this small layout represents a fictional southern region branch line through station located in the River Medway area. The branch leave the Paddock Wood-Maidstone line near Yalding and runs close to the villages of Coxheath and Hunton to terminate at Chainhurst.
The line is in its final few years of operation. The passenger service is being run down and short trains are the norm, one coach sufficing fir the remaining traffic, with the occasional two coach push-pull set. Freight services ate still quite busy and coal and grain terminals at Chainhurst bring a lot of traffic to the line; sufficient to ensure its survival until the late 1960s.

The layout itself consists of three conventional chipboard and timber baseboards with self-contained turntable fiddle yards at each end. The track is SMP Scaleway, with the points being made from the same company’s copper clad kits. Pointwork is operated by the old H&M solenoid motors, with the few signals being worked the same way.

The station building is based on East Farleigh on the Paddock Wood-Maindstone line (still standing at the time of writing) with the other railway buildings being made from modified commercial kits. The low relief buildings at the back of the layout are scratch built from Wills Building Sheets.
The scenery is based on polystyrene foam, carved to shape and covered with plaster bandages, painted and then overlaid with Woodland Scenic ground cover.

Motive power consists of small tank engines and diesels, mostly kit built, or Southern and BR standard origin, with passenger and goods stock from most of the kit manufacturers.

Runport St Nicola – OO Gauge – Mr A Drewitt

Before the Manchester Ship Canal could be completed in 1894 the (fictional) aristocratic owner of the salt marshes between Ince and the River Mersey insisted on an aqueduct under, rather than a swing bridge over, the canal to be built to offer “free and unfettered” access between them and his oil refinery and model town of Runport St Nicola. A Midland Railway branch line from Helsby then linked Runport St Nicola and its refinery with docks on the marshes. When the docks fell out of use in the 1990s they were filled in and the site became a regional airport for Liverpool and Cheshire – often used for diversionary landings from North America, Ireland and the Isle of Mann. The variety of visible trains at the start of the 21st Century reflects this!

Chipbury – N Gauge – 1960s – Barnhill Club

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Grumbling Goods – G scale – Mr M Smith

GrumblinG Goods was designed as layout for a child (or adult) to enjoy operating at the 2011 Gloucester Model Railway Club (GMRC) show. The layout was unexpectedly popular, with nominations for “Best in Show”. The local newspaper carried a picture of it. Children loved to drive the “G” scale engines, (roughly 1:30, and twice the size of “00”).

The track consists of a simple circuit, with a loop and three sidings of varying length. Principal buildings are a British station, signal box, house, bridge, platelayers’ hut, water tower and coal stock. There is one power supply/controller, with various isolating breaks in sidings. Rolling stock usually consists of a blue tank engine hauling named coaches and also a green 0-4-0 saddle tank (both made famous by the Rev. Awdry) with a short goods train from the Bachmann Thomas range. They can be replaced or augmented with stock from other manufacturers as required.
During the GMRC 2011 show, one visitor gave an invitation to visit the care home where she worked, as entertainment and a talking –point for the residents. Since that initial visit, GrumblinG Goods has returned and also appeared in other care homes.
In care homes, the models are used to initiate railway-related reminiscences from the residents. Members of the Gloucester Model Railway and their wives help children and adults to drive the trains. We try to spend as much time as possible listening to the residents, who are encouraged to operate the layout.

The layout is also suitable for fund-raising events e.g. school fairs, fetes, where children could be charged to drive the engines.
The layout has now been seen at three model railway shows, one summer display and four different care homes on several occasions.

During 2013, the layout was lengthened by four-feet to provide additional visual interest. From the reaction of visitors to the Cotswold model railway show, this was judged to be successful.