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.
Canadian inspired layout of the Locomotive facility at Vancouver. The layout is based on a real locomotive facility building called Vancouver North which still exists , they have moved it across Burrard Inlet waterway to Vancouver waterfront, depicting CP, CN, British Columbia Rail and VIA Rail Locomotives.
A Z gauge layout depicting a compressed view area of Castell Coch and part of the Cardiff railway. Featuring the Tongwynlais North tunnel and part of the Walnut Tree viaduct.
The real railway opened in 1911, closed to passengers in 1931 and the track was lifted in 1953.
Modellers licence shows how the railway might have looked today had the A470 not been built.
The layout is still being constructed to the photos below as of real lie photos of the area, photos of layout will be uploaded once available.
The layout demonstrates that you don't need oodles of space and a complicated track plan to create a fulfilling "O" Gauge layout it measures just 5' 6" x 1' 6" including the traverser and is classed as a "Micro" layout to "O" Gauge modellers.
Clayton Road Depot is home to a varied collection of diesel shunters which work the local docks traffic.
Trackwork is Peco flat bottom with just one turn out which is operated with N C E Powercab D C C equipment.
The buildings are a mixture of Bachmann and Heljan, the over bridge is scratch built.
Diano Marina is a small seaside resort on the Riviera dei Fiori (the coast of flowers) in north west Italy, on the FS main line from Genova towards the French border at Ventimiglia and onwards to Nice and Marseille. Diano is between Imperia and Alassio.
The line carries local and inter regional trains as well as Intercity expresses to Milano and some through freight to southern France, including steel and gas. Until the surge in budget air travel there were also through trains to Spain and Rome, and nightly sleepers Nice-Rome and Venice, and a daily through train to/from Zurich in the summer.
The railway was originally almost all single track, winding in and out of each bay along the coast, but much of it has now been replaced by a 'direttissimo' high speed line running a mile or so back from the coast mostly in tunnel. Diano is one of the last few traditional passing stations on what was one of Europe's most beautiful train rides. Along with Cervo and Andora it is due for closure and replacement in the next year or so.
The line was first electrified on the three phase system with twin wires over each track, but this was replaced with 3,000v DC overhead in the 60's, when the substation was built. The OHLE equipment on the model is by Sommerfeldt but is not 'live' as it would have been too much of a faff to wire the fiddle yard.
We have had to make some compromises in modelling Diano - train lengths are roughly halved, the real thing accommodates regular 15 car invalid excursions to Lourdes: one level crossing and one siding at the substation have been omitted and the goods shed shortened: a couple of miles of seaside suburbia has been removed between the station and the Cervo headland tunnel, and finally our favourite hotel has been moved a block nearer the station so you can now watch the passing trains from a lounger by the pool!
We have been visiting Diano since 1992 so the rolling stock varies in period but the layout is set around the Millennium. It is in HO scale (3.5mm/ft) and measures 11' by 9' and fits in our dining room (yes, Sue's very understanding) and uses Peco track, Gaugemaster control (simple DC cab control) and the rolling stock is mostly Roco with some Acme, Rivarossi, Lima, Heris, Lilliput etc.
One of the beauties of modelling a real place is you have to make unusual features for yourself, such as a toilet block with a palm tree growing out of one corner and a triangular greenhouse cafe extension. Other oddities to note are the use of the torrente (flood relief channels) as footpaths, the shaded LPG store, the genuine English graffiti found on the goods shed, the little signal box under the platform canopy with dispatcher in his magnificent red felt topped official hat, and us sitting outside the Bar Eden with a beer waiting for the level crossing bells to start.
Forest Gate, is a fictional location, not to be confused with Forest Gate in London, but placed roughly around the Worcester and Gloucester area. The town has a mix of old and new buildings not all currently occupied. Despite this construction of a number of new buildings continues, structure are still being squeezed onto every inch of available land.
The station and associated buildings were constructed on a disused railway yard which used to feed the factory. Constructed in the early eighties when traffic was relatively light, the car park is now too small and the station building is very inefficient, especially during rush hour.
A number of train operating companies run services to and from the station, these including First Great Western and Arriva Trains Wales. It is not unusual to see many varied liveries especially where stock has been transferred from other regions. Although located firmly on the English side of the border, the Parkway station is, in my strange world, maintained by Arriva Trains Wales.
The large factory at the southern end of the layout is based loosely on the Forgemasters Limited plant in Taffs Well, just north of Cardiff. It is still busy and regularly receives coiled sheet in various telescopic steel hood wagons, the freight cars are backed directly into the building or left on its solitary siding. The condition of the buildings on the site have deteriorated over the years with the original offices now empty and about to be demolished to make way for yet more modern structures.
The scenic section of the layout is 11 feet by 2 feet with the whole layout measuring 13 by 6. It is mainly DCC sound and is as up to date as possible given how often train operating companies change their liveries. It has been a joy to build though there are still areas yet to be finished and I am currently working on a further 6 foot extension.
Mutton is the only intermediate station on the Lamb Regis branch in Devon. Opened in 1899, it ran from the junction at Eweminster, on the L&SWR mainline to the pretty seaside town of Lamb Regis, via Mutton. Well known for its tortuous curves and a couple of notable climbs it was never the easiest line to work and provided a challenge to the motive power department at Exmouth Junction. Motive power was provided from opening by a variety of small tank engines including a couple of Terriers acquired from the LB&SCR. These lacked 'puff' and L&SWR O2 0.4.4t were next before the authorities settled on the Adams Radial tank engines following modifications made to them to allow the negotiation of the sinuous route.
By the 1950s, the three survivours of the class were retained for use of the branch. Such was their popularity with enthusiasts, even when the curves were finally eased to allow other motive power onto the branch, they stayed on. Other types used were 700 class 0.6.0 tender locos along with O2 and M7 0.4.4T engines with even an occasional T9 sneaking onto the early morning goods workings. The Radials remained until finally ousted by Ivatt 2.6.2Ts in 1962.
One Radial 30583 was preserved.
The layout depicts Mutton from 1955 until 1962, just before the arrival of the Ivatt tank engines. A bit threadbare now but still a nice place to spend time watching trains and listening to the birds and the wind in the grass
The scenic section is 120 cm x 40cm with the base board being the top from a flat pack TV table by a certain Swedish furniture manufacturer. Fiddle yards at each end are smaller TV tables from the same source measuring 90cm x 26cm..
Overall size required is 10ft x 2ft. Mutton is operated from the front which can be exciting as I leap between fiddle yards...........really.
Trackwork is all PECO code 75 with points worked by 'pokey finger'.
Buildings are ready to plant items from the Bachmmann Scenecraft range. All have been weathered and adapted in some way
Platform is from PECO concrete edging with a plasticard top and supports, painted and weathered to look like concrete
Other details are scratchbuilt lamps and loading gauge with bufferstops by Peco.
Static grass is from WWS using their applicator.
Control is by way of a Gaugemaster 'Combi'..Lighting is courtesy of Herr Lidl.
Portskerra is the terminus of a ficticious Highland Railway branch line on the north coast of Scotland. Although a branch to Portskerra was proposed as a Light Railway in 1898, and some surveying work carried out, the line never progressed beyond that.
The model uses buildings of typical Highland style and the track layout has features of other Highland termini incorporated. The time period is spring 1915, the increase in traffic due to the Great War bringing many wagons from 'foreign' companies to this normally quiet line.
The layout is constructed to 4mm scale, but uses E.M. gauge track for greater accuracy, plain track being C&L with hand built pointwork. Buildings are constructed from plasticard or wood. Grassland uses Noch electrostatic fibres to give a rougher look, while the leafless trees are made from twisted wire covered with filler.
Locomotives are kit built from a variety of sources, rolling stock is kit built, modified or scratchbuilt from drawings available from the Highland Railway Society.
St Kenvince is a fictitious location on the Cornish main line. The inspiration for this layout came from Burngullow. I was keen to get away from the end to end concept and have a continuous run for a change. The layout features a China Clay loading facility with the main line passing in front. St Kenvince is also another location where the main line becomes single track heading further into Cornwall.
Baseboards are built from plywood with softwood framing to give an overall size of 12' x 6'. The backscene was painted by my father in law, Eddie Fry. Scenics are from a variety of sources such as Woodland Scenics, Scenecraft, Wills & Peco. The main clay dries building where the wagons are loaded was kit-bashed my deputy engineer, Mike Bishop, originally starting life as a DMU depot. Trackwork is Peco code 100 throughout.
Set in the sectorisation era of British Rail, I have tried to replicate many of the types of trains used during the period. All of the rolling stock is RTR from the main manufacturers and control is by the Lenz DCC system, with the optional use of mobile phones and/or tablets for wireless control. Kadee couplings are used to allow hands free shunting in the clay yard.
If you have any questions about the layout, we would be most happy to answer them.
Coal preparation plants or "Washeries" as they where known were erected at collieries to separate shale and stone from small pieces of coal. Sometimes a washery would serve more than one colliery. This layout depicts a small washery which is not part of a colliery complex.
The layout is 20ft by 2ft 2ins consisting of five boards arranged on a curve. Each board has a raised back scene. A single line runs along the back and is seviced by a two road fiddle yard. The line is quite seperate from the washery so it can be run on DC or DCC depending on the locos used. The trackwork either side of the washery is arranged on gradients so all wagon movements ar either under gravity, by creeper or propelled by locos. This avoids coupling and uncoupling. Full wagons of unwashed coal are brought to the tippler where they are unloaded on to a conveyor. From here the dirty coal is taken to the washery where debris is removed and transported by another conveyor to the aerial ropeway filling station ready for transfer to the tip. Clean coal is loaded into empty wagons ready for the return journey. Two Lancashire boilers supply steam where necessary. Three operators are needed, all of whom are happy to answer any questions.
By 1880 the coal mine owners in the upper Rhondda valley needed an alternative outlet for their coal other than the existing Taff Vale Railway route to Cardiff docks. The Rhondda & Swansea Bay Railway was constructed in the 1880's from Port Talbot into the Afon valley, the first section to Pontrhydyfen opening in June 1885. The line was subsequently extended to the head of the valley and through a 2 mile tunnel to form an end on junction with the Taff Vale Railway at Treherbert and, with a further extension in the opposite direction to Swansea docks, enabled coal produced in the Rhondda valley to be taken down the Afan valley and on to Swansea docks. It also allowed through running of passenger trains between Cardiff and Swansea via the valleys so relieving the busy coastal main line. The R.& S.B.R. and T.V.R. both provided through trains though engines were changed at Treherbert. As can be expected with the opening of this new route coal mining in the Afan valley itself developed rapidly.
The G.W.R. took a controlling interest in the R.& S.B.R. in 1906 and provided engines to supplement those of the R.& S.B.R. These engines were repainted and renumbered as R.& S.B.R. Locos.
We have based our model of Ynysafan on Pontrhydyfen as it would have been in the pre-grouping period. The baseboards are 12mm ply, the track is SMP Scaleway with scratch built points operated by wire in tube and ballasted with ash collected from local closed railways. All the buildings are scratch built, copied from old photographs and plans we have managed to collect of buildings that existed at Pontrhydyfen and Cwmavon. The prototypical rolling stock is a mixture of kit built and ready to run suitably altered for the period.
The layout is a faithful replica of the station and surrounding area in 1922 just prior to the Taff Vale Railway losing its independence at the grouping. Rolling stock is either scratch built, kit bashed or etched brass kits representing the stock and motive power used on the branch at the time.
Baseboards are open top construction on braced ply frames located at joints by brass connectors and steel bolts with captive "tee" nuts.
The main track work is purpose built using ply sleepers and plastic chairs and accessories, ballasted with a sieved mixture of recovered ash and proprietary fine ballast.
Control is by conventional wiring using hand held controllers. Most of the points are operated by "Tortoise" motors with Peco motors in the storage areas. Signals are MSE components adapted to accept solenoid operation.
The scenery is an adaption of the Pendon egg crate/card former system with scrim cloth covering and various surface treatments including flock, ground rubber, scatter materials and teddy bear fur. Rock faces are carved Dry Wall adhesive and the buildings and structures are all scratch built using a combination of preformed and flat plastic sheet.