Situated somewhere in the Forest of Dean, Bicsdale is a fictional place where one of the typical drift coal mines is operating in the Forest in the 1950's.
Originally built to serve a somewhat remote nearby small township, the mine has a connection from the Ross and Monmouth Railway and there is still plenty of passenger traffic with station facilities and a timber merchant also on hand.
The extension into the yard through the bridge to the side of the tunnel entrance was formed when Bicsdale number 1 drift (this now closed the entrance can be seen close to the coal drops), was found to be capable of producing sufficient coal to export via the railway. Later on the mining operation was transferred to number 2 drift and the tramway runs off scene towards that entrance which is still in use.
Regular service both passenger and freight run from the Chepstow and Pontypool directions normally with ex GWR locomotives and from north of Ross with ex LMS stock, still maintaining the joint running of pre nationalisation days.
Pointwork is all handbuilt using C&L components these are matched to their flexitrack.
Operation is completely DCC, including point control which is managed by JMRI and normally controlled using tablets and smart phones.
All stock is fitted with Kadee coupling for ease of shunting.

At the start of the 19th Century the fictitious Dorset seaside town of Broadwell had grown into the largest of the Jurassic coast resorts. However it was without a rail service until the Great Western Railway partnered with the LSWR to build a double track main line along the Devon/Dorset coast. Junctions were made with all the other established branch lines from Exmouth though to Bridport.

Our snapshot of this imaginary line covers a ten-year span of British Railways ownership between 1955 to 1965. The predominant traffic is steam hauled local passenger trains. We depict Western Region local trains from Exeter via Bridport to Weymouth alongside Southern Region locals to and from Exmouth, Sidmouth, Seaton and Lyme Regis. Through express trains from Devon and Cornwall head to and from London Paddington and Waterloo respectively. Inter-regional expresses from the North are seen, sometimes with through engines.

The track and points are hand built. The majority of structures are scratch built and are based on real-world prototypes. The sequence of trains and the automatic route selection of points is computer controlled. Details of train movements are output to the public-facing video screen along with real-time on-train video and background information about the layout.

Broadwell is the latest club layout built by the Cardiff Model Engineering Society, based in Heath Park Cardiff. It continues the club's 50-year history of producing quality finescale OO exhibition layouts. We open our club's facilities to the public 12 times a year providing 5" and 7¼" gauge live steam train and 18" gauge tram rides.

Gauge '0', 16mm Scale, Narrow gauge model railway.

The layout was designed to allow the continuous running of live steam model locomotives, also it was to be as compact and light as possible for a portable model railway. The layout when erected is approximately 21 feet by 14 feet and along with its scenery and accessories fits into a trailer 5 feet long, 3feet wide and 2 feet high.

The track and points are scratch built using Tenmille bullhead rail reclaimed from a garden railway. There is no electric power to the track the locomotives used being either steam or battery powered. The layout isn't a copy of any particular railway.

Set in the late 1990's, Kleine Albula is a representation of a fictitious passing loop station, many of which can be found on the largely single track network of the Rhatische Bahn, in South-Eastern Switzerland. The layout is set in winter depicting clear roads and tracks but with plenty of snow still in evidence.

The snow effect has been achieved using multiple layers of artex on top of the traditional scenery. The buildings, tunnels and the viaduct are all from commercially available kits by Faller, Peco & Kibri.

Rolling stock is primarily from the Bemo range with a few D&R Modellbahn items also included. The catenary comes from Sommerfeldt but is purely artificial. The trains running represent the various types of traffic seen on the RhB, including the Glacier Express, various freights, and enthusiasts specials. The layout is controlled with Gaugemaster handheld controllers with the track layout being fully sectionalized.

Photos supplied are from 2 years ago and things have developed since.

The layout packs a lot of detail and operating interest into just a 4ft by 2ft 6inch and features an entire village bought from car boot sales and charity shops.

The buildings are resin cast cottages sold as collectors items including 'Tetley Tea folk' houses. They are to slightly varying scales and are used to "force the perspective" on the layout by using the larger ones at the front and smaller ones at the back to increase perception of depth.

The most any of these buildings have cost around £1.50 each. The station buildings and other railway structures are scratch built in plasticard based on Midland Railway and Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway prototypes. There is a small harbour which serves Mardy Frozen Foods warehouse and Mardy marine ships handlers.

Three trains can run simultaneously two on the lower track and one on the high level branch line.

The track is a mix of Marklin and Peco and all points are electrically operated. The lower tracks are fitted with overhead catenary.

Rolling stock is a mixture of diesel, electric and steam based on Marklin chassis and includes class 47s, 56s, 90s and HSTs. Steam outline includes LNER A3s and A4s. Rolling stock is a mix of scratch built and repainted Marklin items.

Hidden on the layout (and very small indeed) the good folk of Midsomer Mardy are up to their favourite pastime, murder!

Midsomer Murders is a popular TV detective show in England set in a sleepy village full of thatched roofed houses. See if you can spot the murders that have or are about to happen.

The layout is quite ground breaking in representing the U.K rail scene in Z.

Pencader was a station on the GWR line between Carmarthen and Aberystwyth. It was also the junction for the Newcastle Emlyn branch, the actual junction being some distance to the north (left as you look at the layout). The layout has been built to EM standards with most of the stock either being kit built or modified proprietary.

All the track on the scenic section is hand made using Exactoscale components. Baseboards are ply with the scenery being teddy bear fur on cardboard formers. All the buildings are scratch built using a mixture of plastic and plywood. The electrics are analogue. Set in the 1930s, before Manors were introduced, the model is an accurate representation of the period with the trains being based on the timetables of this period.

Tim returns with another of his layouts which is based on Colonel Stephens Hadlow Light Railway.

Ryders Green Wharf is a representation of a typical rail, canal and road interchange on the Birmingham Canal Navigations at the heart of the industrial West Midlands. The canal wharf is now disused and road transport is becoming ever more popular as the flexibility of the lorry signals the end for the internal narrow gauge railway.

A Scottish Distribution Yard set in the 1980`s, with diesels !!!!! a layout to compliment the well travelled and popular Trevanna Dries.

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.

Weobley is a small market town to the north west of Hereford and is one of the well known "Black and White" towns full of half timbered houses.

Whilst it never had a railway I have based my layout on an imaginary branch line from Hereford built by the Shrewsbury and Hereford Railway which became a joint line of the GWR and LMS.All the major buildings are scratch built and are based on actual buildings of the S & H Rly. The line is jointly worked by GWR and LMS trains.

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