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Neither the service provider nor the domain owner maintain any relationship with the advertisers. The prototype is situated just south of Worcester, where the ex LMS Gloucester to Birmingham line is joined by a chord from Norton Junction on the ex GWR Worcester to Oxford line. In case of trademark issues please contact the domain owner directly (contact information can be found in whois). All the buildings have been worked upon and re-painted, the baseboards made to fit properly and all of the scenery restored as it had yellowed with age.
It takes features from each line in an attempt to recreate a terminus at the end of the line from Paddington via Swansea.The start of the last decade of the 20th century was a time for change in west Wales with the loss of direct services to London and radical changes in the parcels and freight areas. Yet it maintains operator interest with a regular passenger service and a small goods yard behind the station. The actual Ashburton station is quite well known and we are aware that some of the model's features are not quite right, in particular the real layout is slightly curved but we feel that it captures the real one well enough.
The layout is a trains in the landscape layout and is set in the period 1967 to 1973; end of steam to TOPS period, although we may stray to 1977. Aberdaugeddlaw, although losing its daily HST to London, still retains newspaper and mail trains with an improved Sprinter service to Swansea, Cardiff and beyond.
The station building is typical of the style used on the line, the other being of GWR origin. Green and blue diesels running on trains representative of the period at this location are featured; and preserved steam could appear! Freight is buoyant with a revitalisation of the dock area to servie the import and export of steel products.
The premise is that the Stratford to Cheltenham line closed when through services finished in 1965 and so the layout at Abbotswood has had to be expanded to accommodate extra trafnc.
Locomotives are kits or re-chassied plastic models and other rolling stock is kit built or re-wheeled propriety models. An up loop with a direct connection to the Worcester chord (this was only ever a kick back siding) has been laid in and the layout has been resignalled to accommodate this prior to the Gloucester MAS scheme. Although not seen at the terminus itself, oil trains still move huge tonnages from the west Wales refineries and a new flow of coal has begun using a redundant refinery wharf. To give a flavour of the Abbotsbury Branch, I have tried to model several structures on the branch-line that did exist such as the goods shed at Portesham along with Abbotsbury Locoshed and Water Tower. Unfortunately there has recently been a derailment on the Worcester chord so all services are having to run via Bromsgrove, this is until phase 2 of the layout including Norton Junction is built. Trains to watch out for are the Cornishman and the Devonian, but perhaps freight is more interesting with the Waterston to Albion tanks booked for a pair of 37s, the St Blazey to Etruria clays booked for a Western and the Malago Vale to Worcester vans booked for a Warship. One joy of this location was that you could never be quite sure what might turn up; so a few surprises might also be in store.
Trackwork is hand built using plywood sleepers and C&L track components with turnouts operated electrically by slow-action motors with the controller of the EMGS type. The Abbotsbury Railway in Dorset was first proposed during the 1870's and finally came into existence during the 1880's with hopes of making profits by extracting iron ore from a site near to Portesham and also limestone near to Abbotsbury itself, along with local produce and livestock such as cattle and sheep. One of several schemes also anticipated extending the line further westwards, eventually as far as Bridport and beyond to Axminster and thence to Exeter. Afterwards it will be dismantled for salvageable components unless of course someone wants to purchase it.If you've not seen Anderstaff Yard before it is set circa 2000 in theearly days of EWS. Baseboard construction is of plywood, Peco track is laid on a cork base and electric point motors are a mixture of Peco and Seep. The hope was that boat traffic via the port of Weymouth would enable travellers from the continent to access the south-west of England.
Railfreight wagons are fitted with Peco uncouplers to enable 'hands off' operation by means of strategically placed electro magnets. The main industry is a dairy and there is a branch line interchange yard and a track to an off-stage paper mill. Unfortunately it was soon realised that the line would be too costly to build with little if any profit and was thus terminated at Buckshee.Buckshee is situated just slightly north of Kilinver on the shore of Loch Feochan (a sea loch) with a short branch of about 2 miles heading north east to serve a distillery in the village of Feochan.
The layout started life as an oval test track, but developed into an exercise in minimum space modelling by accident following a chance remark by my partner about it fitting on her desk.
It is set in winter because the original idea was for a Christmas scene complete with snow. The layout is operated on DC but has been used successfully with a DCC system.Other US railroads and periods make occasional appearances on the layout. After Christmas the "snow" was removed in order to operate the layout for my own enjoyment. It was a compact site and although not modelled to full size there has been only a small amount of compression to keep it to a managable size.The layout is finescale "00" and the buildings are scratch built from the few plans available and photographs from various sources. The operators are always happy to discuss the layout, US rail-roading and modelling and - occasionally - DCC operation. It was never built with exhibiting in mind (it would weigh a lot less if it had), but some of my colleagues at Syston M R S saw it and asked if I would bring it to our next show, and I was bitten by the bug.
While it may not be totally accurate, we have been assured by those that knew the location that we have captured the essence of the site.It is normally operated with GWR stock representing the mid 1930s, although little changed over the years until closure in 1962 so it would be possible to run BR stock.
The layout has been in making for a number of years and is the work of a small group of Redditch Model Railway Club Members. The TMD has a small halt station which sees a local DMU service and parcel trains.It is set in the mid-seventies when British Rail blue livery rules the rails. The layout has very much been a product of cramming as much in a small area to both give operational interest and allow the finished product to be easily transported to exhibitions in a small hatchback car.The layout was first shown at the Redditch Model Railway Club Exhibition in 2004 in a very much unfinished state. Loco's and rolling stock are the usual mixture of Farish, Dapol, Peco and N Gauge Society kits. The station building is perhaps more elaborate than usual as this station served nearby Dunster Castle. Limesbridge  Margaret & Paul Garratt OO gauge 4mm scaleThis was the first exhibition for Limesbridge. This has been rationalised over time but still maintains a rail link for the movement of fuel, stores, munitions and a variety of military vehicles. Dukes and Maharajahs were visitors during the inter war years and polo was a very popular pastime.
The layout is intended to depict the atmosphere that was around a GWR station during the 1930s. I wanted to be able to provide shunting activity as well as the ability to run "through trains from one hidden area to another.
Being fictitious, it allows the use of modellers' licence in creating something that depicts a rural location.The station forms a junction where passenger trains arrive from the main line to connect with trains for the local branch.


The focus of the layout is a small loco shed (Ratio) overshadowed by brooding brewery buildings.
The local Guard's Brigade is on parade receiving new regimental colours from Her Majesty the Queen. The size of the layout with a large fiddle yard allows us to run longer trains using a variety of rolling stock.Track work is SMP with hand built pointwork operated with Peco motors.
The brief was for the layout to include through running of realistic length trains, a station, goods yard and engine servicing facilities, abil- ity to justify the use of two railway companies, realistic operation with no tail chasing, capable of two engine movements at the same time and all in a space of 4 foot by 2 foot using proprietary track, buildings kits and bits and pieces as far as possible. Rolling stock is a mixture of proprietary and kit built, all vehicles would have been seen on the GWR in the 1930s even if they never reached a small station like this. Set on an embankment, closely surrounded by a mix of housing and industry, the Yard represents a typical minor railway installation that operated for over 100 years, virtually unnoticed.But traffic is declining, things are becoming run-down and neglected. The result is a LMS single track secondary mainline with GWR running rights and GWR branch line junction or vice versa if the fancy takes us. The North Eastern Railway con- trolled most of the lines in the North East of England between the Humber and the Tweed and became part of the LNER at the grouping in 1923.At Elderdyke there was a short branch to Clogger, to capture the vegetable traffic.
Will Mortimore's Yard last much longer than the Western Region's distinctive diesel hydraulic locomotives, themselves under a sentence of death?Although a fictional location, inspiration has come from many real places. Elderdyke was not the largest village on this section of the route, so was not blessed with a passing loop, but it was the most convenient location for the Clogger branch to join the route. The firm from which the layout takes its name ran a coal merchant's business based in Chippenham station yard for many years. We were able to get so much in such a small space as a result of the introduction of PECO N gauge live frog double slips. There was a siding connecting the works of Moore's printers, who had acquired the contract.
Similarly, other buildings on the layout are modelled on structures in the Chippenham area, some of which are now but a memory.The layout features Digital Command Control using a Lenz 90 unit, and a mix of RtR and kit built rolling stock, with some major conversions and scratch built stock planned.
Dydley Junction is now more or less complete, only the signals need to be mechanised so that one day they will eventually be working! The Sentinel railcar on the branch passenger was one of the last in service and was in the course of being replaced by a C16 on push—puIl, so both are evident.Passenger trains over the HB&SR were never very long, three or four coaches usually being quite sufficient to cope with passenger numbers. Nictun Borrud WEBSITE  Fareham & District MRC OO gauge 4mm scaleNictun Borrud is set somewhere in the rolling chalk downland of the Hampshire Downs. Tourists had not returned to the island after the Second World War and the halcyon days of the 1920s and 1930s were now a distant memory. The layout is built to finescale OO standards and features Southern Region.The layout is intended as a fairly close representation of what might have existed at Southwick if the US Army Transportation Corps had had their way and built a branch line to allow the Allied Heads of Government and Defence Chiefs meeting to take place at the SHAPE headquarters in HMS Dryad. In the event, the meeting took place aboard the LMS Royal Train which was parked in the goods yard at Droxford for the duration. Mannin Middle assumes the Foxdale branch had been extended southwards to form a junction with the southern line at Ballasalla. It is likely that this line would have left the Mean Valley line just south of Soberton village. Although passing through a largely rural area which did not contribute much passenger traffic, the route would have been useful as a means of travelling from the south to the north of the island thus avoiding Douglas.
The buildings are from the Walthers meat packing warehouse kit, from which we got the main building (with loading dock) and grain unloading building.The baseboard is built as a single unit with legs that plug into pockets underneath. The layout gives a chance to show a varied display of shunters and wagon types, some which are scratch-built.
Well, as the original board was scavanged, the crew decided to continue this way of working and almost everything on the layout has been either 'nicked' or 'borrowed' from other projects or members' bit boxes. However the southern line remains open and it is still possible to travel from Douglas to Port Erin through the beautiful rolling Manx country- side in a wooden bodied coach hauled by a 19th century steam locomotive. We wanted to build a layout that would be of use beyond the competition and be interesting to operate too, as such it has exceeded the original design brief. The layout was originally built by Hugh Freeman of Kenilworth and was purchased by the present owner in 1999. The location is set in the Welsh borders and the time period modelled is late sixties to early seventies. It has a minimum size of 9’ x 2’-6" plus a fiddle yard which depicts a terminus made possible by the closure of the through line. 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 concept and design of Hillside Works is purely fictional and an enormous amount of modeller's license has been used during all design and construction phases. However, the through line can be restored by the addition of two further scenic sections and the use of the fiddle yard from our Knowle Bridge layout. The idea was to create an easily portable layout which provides sustained operational and scenic interest for the viewing public. The layout can be displayed from either side, enabling the layout to have a different perspective each show. Rolling stock is a mixture of kit built and converted ready to run items mostly from RICO and Parkside Dundas. The idea was to be able to run locomotives at home without taking up too much room but to have a decent size layout for exhibitions.The layout itself is based on Great Western practice during the 1950’s thus enabling locomotives from other regions to be found stabled in the engine shed. The buildings are both kit and scratch built using Ratio and Wills materials, with various scatters from the Woodland Scenics and Greenscene ranges. It also gives flexibility for locomotives with pre BR numbering to be seen depending on which end of the 50’s is run.The track is SMC with Peco code 75 points. Rolling stock is a mixture of Bachmann, Hornby, Lima and Heljan with some extra detail added. The backscene has been built and painted to represent colder autumn skies and the surrounding hillsides of a typical Welsh border area. Generally the railway and buildings are scratch-built using bits from various kits and the cooling tower is the Ratio kit. The trees are constructed using the traditional wire frame method, which is then hand soldered and covered in a plaster mix and painted to represent the bare branches that are to be found in the late November countryside of this region.Locomotives are operated by handheld controllers using DC cab control, with AC supply derived from a 15 volt transformer which has been safely electrically isolated, another transformer supplies the capacitor discharge unit, all have been hand built. The point motors are a collection of the older SEEP type and the more modern PECO type with base mounting adaptors. It is very loosely based on the track layout at Willesden, significantly scaled down to fit within 2 foot wide boards. Working lamp posts and coloured light signals, together with their automatic control systems, have been specially constructed to scale for this layout from my own designs. There is a working turntable built into the yard, again scratch-built to GWR design, which was given to me by a lady whose husband had sadly passed on.Locomotives and rolling stock are usually ready-to-run items with fine detail added and the odd one or two kit built ones.


There are approximately 40 locomotives in use on the layout at anyone time, with steam and diesels from all the B.R. Its loop allowed long slate trains, running down to Portmadoc under gravity alone, to pass equally long loco-hauled mixed trains taking passengers and empty slate wagons up to Blaenau Ffestioniog.The layout attempts to portray Tan-y-Bwlch station in the early 1900s before the station building was extended to make a dwelling house for the station master and the aim is to show one full day's running on the Festiniog Railway at that time.
There are quarrymen's trains, gravity slate trains, passenger trains and mixed trains passing through and crossing.The buildings, trees and walls are scratch-built.
There is a series of trains that supply the depot, consisting of diesel tanks, oil tanks, coal wagons, and spare parts wagons, and the depot has its own breakdown train. It is DCC controlled using a ZTC system with a main controller and two slave controllers, enabling up to three people to operate the layout to- gether. The narrow gauge dimension was inspired by the Golden Valley Light Railway in Derbyshire, which runs from the Midland Railway Centre at Butterley towards a natural burial ground.
The stock is a mixture of kits and scratch building and illustrates attempts to model Festiniog vehicles over a span of some 40 years. One of the advantages of DCC is the use of sound, and there are some steam and diesel sound locomotives present.
The setting is almost timeless, but can be dated by use of different vehicles anytime from the present back to the 1950s. This layout is not intended to represent an accurate prototype, but to show off a sizeable collection of locomotives and to have a lot of fun doing so.
The full wagons are then moved back to the sidings the shunting engine goes back to the small locomotive shed. Remember the poem "Adelstrop" by Edward Thomas, where a GWR trains stopped unexpectedly, the quiet of the Cotswolds descended and only the sounds of birds singing were heard?
A cemetery lodge and chapel are the main buildings on the layout, with several scratch-built mausoleum structures and platform waiting building also present.
During the early years of nationalisation, life still goes on peacefully and quietly, punctuated by trains and the occasional aeroplane drone from the nearby RAF trainingstation a few miles away.
A plan once existed to connect the Cotswold town of Northleach by rail, with Andoversford to its west and Burford to its East. Windrush has thus become a small branch line from these plans, with a junction at nearby Sherborne.
The vehicles are also from a variety of sources, the hearses and limousines being from Oxford Diecast, and there are some horse drawn hearses and carriages by Preiser.
Passenger services to Andoversford via Sherborne Junction and to Northleach can be seen and the majority of general merchandise including livestock and parcels are still carried by rail in both easterly and westerly directions. The track used is the run-of-the-mill Peco code 100 Set Track buried up to the rail heads in graded sand ballast. Additional scenic details include Anita Decor’s “cacti” and other unusual desert plants, as well as two real cacti.The majority of locomotives, passenger and freight cars are from the Bachmann 0n30 range, most either heavily weathered or kit-bashed. The tramway continued to serve the limekilns until 1925 before being closed and dismantled. The electrics are the usual 12 volt DC as we like to keep this aspect of the layout as simple as possible. The switches (points) are all manually operated.The most unusual feature of the layout is the buildings and figures. The period modelled is early 1960's 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 Coalville 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 1960's was still quite busy with coal, oil and other goods.
On the model this is represented by a daily coal train and a twice daily goods train which has much traffic from the local mail order warehouse.
Rolling stock is a mixture of proprietary products some modified most weathered and indicative of that used in the area had the bore of Glenfield Tunnel been a little more generous. The overall size of the layout is 2060mmm by 430mm; it is completely self contained and at home can sit on coffee table legs and folds in two to form a box 350mm deep. The White Mountain operates on a short length of former Boston & Maine trackage, serving a number of small industries. Short workings from Wells River Junction into Othmar Yard are regularly worked by Vermont Systems or Guilford System (now Pan-Am) locos, the White Mountain running the services that continue through the yard and further to the east. There is also a small locomotive maintenance facility here.Industries here include Gray Concrete, Schroeder Chemicals and Van Pelt Plastics. Most of the buildings are scratch-built and are assumed to be on a short branch line with a halt and occasional passenger services.Most of the rolling stock is typical of the area and era - including the adjacentex-SDJR line to Bath Green Park but we do allow ourselves plenty of licence. We normally operate using DCC - between us we can provide NCE, Lenz and Digitrax systems - and the stock is a mixture of ready to run and kits and is equipped with the US Kadee couplers which allows some hands off operation. The Southern was noted for the efficiency of its operations and the N&W for its coal hauling. The mine on the upper level is typical of an older type of unit during the last days of its life loading bottom discharge hopper cars bound for the few industries that still need this type of unloading.
The cars are taken from the mine and eventually reach an interchange with the main tracks on the lower level. On the lower level can be seen the modern unit coal trains which need rotary tipplers to empty them as they do not have doors on the bottom. These cars run in long block trains from the mines to the power stations or other big users. A quantity of ready made points and flexible track were purchases secondhand, glued onto cork and then ballasted with ‘N’ gauge granite ballast.Buildings on previous layouts have been scratch-built but in order to save time, kits have been used here to good effect.
The goods shed and loco shed are modified Heljan and Airfix respectively, whereas the station building was put together without any modification at all.
The platform mounted signal box is also Ratio and boasts a fully fitted interior.Working signals always enhance a model railway and although only two are featured here they add another dimension to the railway scene. It is in OO gauge and includes a small terminus station, sidings and a three road traction maintenance depot. The track is Peco code 75 and control is DCC via an NCE Powercab and the majority of locomotives and rolling stock is Bachmann. We hope you enjoy Westbridge as this is my first attempt at an exhibition layout at the age of fifteen years.



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