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Richard has imagined that the original line was built to carry slate from quarries in the mountains to the port of Aberclydach. After commercial operation ceased, the Clydach Railway Preservation Society took over the ownership of the railway in 1954 and re-opened it. 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. Surrounded by housing and industry, the yard is now very run down and used for assembling wagons to be forwarded to local customers.
The line later expanded onto the track-bed and bridges of a standard gauge branch line which had closed in the 1960's. The new section was opened in 1979 and since then passenger numbers have grown, new stock has been built and now the Clydach Railway (Rheilffordd Clydach) is undoubtedly one of the “Great Little Trains of Wales”.
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. The layout depicts a typical British branch line terminus in the 1950s or early 1960s, a period of great transition as road transport took over from railways and steam gave way to diesel traction. The layout was featured in RAILWAY MODELLER magazine in November 2010, and also in the May and June 2012 issues.
Green and blue diesels running on trains representative of the period at this location are featured; and preserved steam could appear! The idea is to assemble 5 of the 8 wagons on the layout into set order using the smallest number of moves. The choice of buildings, scenic details, colours, plus locomotives and rolling stock re?ects a setting not too far from the Bristol area. 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. The track is Peco code 75, points are fitted with Seep motors, the stock is fitted with DG coupling and uncoupling is done with electro-magnets.
Locomotives featured include class 03, 08, 20, 31, 47 and 55.The stock is Heljan, Bachmann and DJH, mostly ready-to-run and some kit-built. In most cases, the rolling stock has been weathered to replicate the condition of the period. 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.
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. Budemoor is a fictitious Junction off the Exeter, Oakhampton, Barnstaple and Plymouth lines to the town of Bude.
To this end it uses buildings from Hornby and Bachmann plus Peco code 75 track giving a ?ner appearance.
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.
Lord Bodger, the local landowner and entrepreneur put up the vast majority of the money needed to build this line in order to have his own access to the railway.
Its harbour, a busy port for the export of stone, slate and minerals and the import of steam coal from Wales for the mines static steam engines and the railways. Points are operated by Fulgarex slow action motors and the signals are from the new Dapol range.The ready to run locomotives are controlled using Digital Command Control (DCC), a relatively new innovation in model railways. 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. Due to the nature of the area and steep incline the branch into Bude had weight restrictions for locomotives and trains, goods trains requiring two manned brake vans for trains of more than 10 wagons. This provides excellent running through precise motor control and greatly simplifies the amount of layout wiring. Locomotives and rolling stock are from all areas which formed the Southern Railway after grouping. The line was built at the turn of the century and ran in a south—westerIy di- rection from Glastonbury via the villages of Walton and Pedwell across the peat moor to a junction with the West of England main line at Athelney. Passenger traffic was at its heaviest during the summer thanks to the Victorians who developed seaside resorts such as Bude, Minehead, Ilfracombe and Padstow. 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. Completed in 1877 the line is renowned for the rugged Moorland, its tunnels, viaducts, amazing scenery and snow, the stone station building itself is famous for being the highest on the English railway network at 1,150 feet.The layout is 00 gauge built to traditional methods using Peco ?ne scale track. The track and wheel standards are the same as those used for the 3mm society fine scale but to a gauge of 21mm. In 1911 the South Polden Light Railway was built from Bleakhouse Road across the levels to a number of peak works near Westonzoyland and Burrowbridge.
It was then dragged, kicking and screaming, into the industrial revolution by the arrival first of the canal and then by the railway in the 1880’s by way of a branch from the Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton at Stourbridge Junction. 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. Cowgill village is half a mile away while Dent itself is nearly 5 miles further to the west.The layout runs with LMS motive power on one day and British Railways steam the other, rolling stock re?ects this. At the height of production during the 1920s it in turn was fed by several narrow gauge tramways. The track is constructed using Broad Gauge Society 4mm scale bridge rail soldered to copperclad sleeper strip. The coal ran out in the 1920’s, but by then large deposits of fireclay had been found, and the production of firebricks and pipes had become the main industry.The model depicts the station and exchange sidings in the early 1960’s before the Beeching axe removed the passenger services in 1964. In 1937 the Government established an Army stores depot at Burrowbridge, which continued to be rail-served until its closure in 1964. The town is served by a single track branch from the equally ?ctitious junction at Newent on the Gloucester to Hereford Line. The Army maintained its own motive power at the depot, which occasionally ventured down the Light Railway as far as Bleakhouse Road on transfer trips.
The station building is from Watchet on the West Somerset line, the goods shed is from Henley-on-Thames, in Oxfordshire, and the engine shed is based on a picture of the original one from Watchet. The main line which has now been singled heads up over the Mendip hills to Bath crossing a viaduct and then through a tunnel. The branch is just 8 miles long, with one intermediate station at the village of Kempstone, a small halt serving Sollers Hall and finally Much Murkle itself.There is a rail served quarry located approximately 1 mile outside of Much Murkle. The section south from Bleakhouse Road to Athelney was closed to passengers in 1951 and to freight in 1952. All trains departing the quarry have to reverse at the terminus station before heading back to the main line. The rest remained open to passenger and freight traflic until the final closure of the S&D in March 1966. Extreme railroading in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, the town of Bootlegger is a rough tough place; this is the real "Wild West", the "West" that Hollywood did not show you. 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 quarry has no run round facility, this often leads to more interesting stock movements.The quarry is not the only significant industry using the line.
The main reason for its survival was the transfer of peat traffic from the light railway to the 'mainline' at Bleakhouse Road, occasional Army traffic from Burrowbridge and sun-dry wagonload traffic for the surrounding agricultural district. The model railway is operating in the period late 1970's early 1980's using rolling stock that was likely to be used at that time mainly from Bachmann, Hornby and Heljan and is DCC controlled with sound.
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. The town of Bootlegger Canyon is a major railroad junction; it is the hub of the Denver, Darius, South Park and Pacific Railroad (DDSPR). Originally built by a pre-grouping company, the line has survived the Beeching cuts and forms a busy avoiding line. The light railway closed at the same time as the S&D, although the narrow gauge tramway feeding the Bleak Moor works survived into the early 1970's, when the peat works itself closed. Coal is the main source of freight traffic with rich veins of Anthracite running throughout the area; add this to livestock and the timber trade and you have a classic old west railroad town. The buildings are in the case of railway infrastructure based on those on the Somerset & Dorset Railway and are scratch built. 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.
The goods yard is also busy as the old factory buildings have been taken over by a mail order company and so wagons come and go bringing and taking away products.In reality the layout is purely fictitious and has been designed and built to entertain the viewing public and provide interest for the operators. The model is set in the period between 1959 and 1964 and features the end-on junction with the light railway and the nearby level crossing at Ham Lane. Bootlegger was given its name by early prospectors; the area was renowned for the brewing of illicit alcohol which went on in the densely wooded areas of the Canyon.
The platform canopies are of two different types, with the up side being of a similar design to Glastonbury, whilst the down side is similar to that at Templecombe which was built in 1938. The layout has no geographical location but is set during the period of 1955-65 and shows rolling stock (predominantly diesels) that would have been seen on British Railways during that period. However heavy logging has changed the landscape in recent years, the extraction of the Rockies natural resources have decimated some areas, this is the era well before any concern for the mountain environment. Locomotives from Templecombe and Highbridge sheds typically shared the passenger and freight workings on the branch to Bleakhouse Road.
When surveying a route for the DDSPR from Denver through the Platte Canyon towards the first mines at Darius, Leadville and Mt Zion it was clear that gradients of 4 per cent could not be avoided. The local Guard's Brigade is on parade receiving new regimental colours from Her Majesty the Queen. Electrically the layout can be operated by 1 or 2 operators with their own controllers.The buildings are mainly from card or plastic kits either as designed or modified to suit.
This would not only make it difficult to haul trains from Denver into the Rockies but also to safely manage full coal trains back down through Bootlegger. The layout is set in the BR 1960s period, which allows us to run a variety of steam and diesel locomotives at the same time.
The rolling stock is a mixture of proprietary and kit built, all vehicles would have been seen on BR in the 1955-65 period although not necessarily together.
With some interesting shunting operations and DCC sound locomotives, we hope you enjoy the layout. 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.
Our town grew situated here at the western end of the 10 mile long geological fault that is the Canyon; it was a natural course for the railroad to follow on its final part of the climb into the Rockies and actually saved the railroad builders the need for a substantial tunnel. Ideas were taken from Mickeldever Station, Eastleigh Depot and other selected parts of the Southern Region.The oil depot comprise of six large storage tanks, with piping on gantry work connecting to the rail tanker loading areas and fed underground for the road loading complex.
Folly Lane  Jason Hannant OO gauge 4mm scaleFolly lane is a modern image layout using stock that could be seen in the period from 1996 to the present day. The facility modelled is also complete with a plant room and general service areas.Next door to the oil depot is the parcel handling area which is used to feed the local road network. Rolling stock is from Bachmann, Heljan, Hornby, and other manufacturers of modern image stock. This time I wanted to produce a rural, scenic diorama, a definite departure from my previous urban based railways.
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 layout is fully wired out to DCC standards and is controlled by a Gaugemaster Prodigy Advance system which also provides a sound system. The Bachmann On30 revolution has caught my imagination in recent years with some amazing ready to run items of narrow gauge rolling stock. Add this to some inspirational photographs of the present day preserved 3 foot gauge railways of Colorado. 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.
This part of the world has the most amazing scenery but when I saw photographs of autumn in the Rockies I was hooked. It is unusual to see a particular season modelled in any gauge so I decided that it had to be autumn in Bootlegger Canyon, Colorado. Corporate blue is the only colour seen, but sound is also evident on the diorama set at night, with the tenement blocks and yard dimly illuminated, the atmospheric layout takes you back to the mid 1970's.
Dydley Junction is now more or less complete, only the signals need to be mechanised so that one day they will eventually be working! A close examination of the layout will show clues to the date and the location of the area represented, but it is an amalgamation of a number of places and buildings known to the builder, the rolling stock obviously but also look out for the ATM, the Gatso road safety camera, wheely bins as well as the direction signs and road markings.
This layout is based on the premise that government funding was made available to regenerate this area, resulting in a shopping village, new homes and businesses on the colliery site. 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.
With one small exception all of the buildings are scratch built in card and then painted and Hnished by Graham. However, a chance re-encounter with the layout resulted in it coming back in to my ownership. It is also used occasionally to service rolling stock when the carriage and wagon repair shops are full.It must be emphasised that the only authority to enter a diesel depot issued is in the form of a permit from the responsible office.
It needed some restoration and at this point the decision was taken to add the LRT system on a track that was previously a derelict platform line. Mannin Middle assumes the Foxdale branch had been extended southwards to form a junction with the southern line at Ballasalla.
While undergoing restoration the chance was also taken to extend the platform, rebuild the bridge and also put a cover over the fiddle yard, which is now a set of industrial units and a car dealership.
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 original tall square warehouse with a canal entrance as well as the usual road and rail ones was omit- ted as at over half a metre high, it was impracticable to model so I substituted Burton—on-Trent's Cheese and Corn Warehouse number 2.

The layout is now based in the sectorization era somewhere in the north west of England and various different locomotives can be found stabled. 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. The canal may look as though the barge would not be able to pass through but I can assure you that before I detailed the arches etc I did check it. The layout was originally built by Hugh Freeman of Kenilworth and was purchased by the present owner in 1999. The main warehouse has been left open on 2 sides in an attempt to show how goods had to be manually transferred from rail to road vehi- cle and sometimes stored in the building.
Most period photographs show these yards as being crammed with wagons and horse drawn road vehicles. 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.
I am not sure that this was always the case but I try to match the evidence with as many vehicles as I can. Rolling stock is a mixture of Bachmann, Hornby, Lima and Heljan with some extra detail added.
I have supposed that the Metropolitan Railway did actually build the proposed line from Quainton Road to Oxford.
It is very loosely based on the track layout at Willesden, significantly scaled down to fit within 2 foot wide boards.
There are approximately 40 locomotives in use on the layout at anyone time, with steam and diesels from all the B.R. 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.
The period is set between the Wars when the day excursionists from Bristol and surrounds liked to take the waters of Chew Valley and Blagdon Lakes, whose existence, at this period in time, is also fictitious, also they have been greatly en- larged to take small pleasure steamers. 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. West Harptree is the main village for the lakes having a small pier [not modelled], gift shops and tearooms and is also the focal point for the area's industry having a dairy, Farmers' Association stores, builders merchant and of course the local coal merchant. One of the advantages of DCC is the use of sound, and there are some steam and diesel sound locomotives present. Hallatrow was the junction for the actual Camerton branch (of Titfield Thunderbolt and Ghost Train fame), which has been retained, but has had a fictitious link line added to the Somerset and Dorset Joint Rail- way at Midford with a south facing junction, at the southern end of the viaduct, which enables through running from that line to West Harptree for both freight and passenger trains. 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 track is Peco code 80 rail in 3mm Society Ratio sleeper units and the hand built points have been purchased from 3SMR, a 3mm specialist shop.
Most of the engines are kit bodies (some much modified for variety) on 3SMR chassis with Branchlines gearbox and motors. The full wagons are then moved back to the sidings the shunting engine goes back to the small locomotive shed.
The coaching stock is mostly scratch built with most of the freight stock originating from the 3 mm Society or one of the other 3mm specialist suppliers, of which both operators are proprietors of one - Finney & Smith Kits. 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?
Scenery is based on concepts taken from Landscape Modelling by Barry Norman published by Wild Swan. 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. It allowed local residents travel between the towns without need for lengthy inland detours via the Great Western Railway. A plan once existed to connect the Cotswold town of Northleach by rail, with Andoversford to its west and Burford to its East. It imported coal for merchants and gas works and exported a considerable amount of limestone from quarries in the Gordano Valley.
In financial difficulties from the beginning, 'CoIonel' H F Stephens was appointed General Manager in 1911 but despite returning occasional profits, the fortunes of the line steadily declined and the last train ran on 18 May 1940. Windrush has thus become a small branch line from these plans, with a junction at nearby Sherborne.
The WC&PR's rolling stock was typically run down, second hand equipment, bought cheaply from other railways, some of which were also run by Col Stephens. 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 layout is a virtually dead scale representation of the Ashcombe Road terminus in Weston—super-Mare as it was in the mid 1930s before the south side of the line was developed.
With the exception of the station, all buildings remain today and the trackbed is a footpath.
The layout has been featured in Model Railway Journal No 162 and the Railway Modeller February 2007 issue.
The tramway continued to serve the limekilns until 1925 before being closed and dismantled. Westonmouth Central WEBSITE  Adrian Full OO gauge 4mm scaleWestonmouth Central is the third layout that the builder has set in the fictional city of Westonmouth. Situated on the Bristol Channel coast the city has a large modern dock complex to the north, and a popular holiday beach to the south. The loco stabling point for the area, Westonmouth Hillside, was the first layout in the sequence (and is now confined to home), Mortimore's Yard is a small set of exchange sidings serving what remains of the city's historic dock industries, whilst the project seen here represents a small part of the city's main passenger station.
The layout is set in the mid-1970s, when the distinctive Western Region hydraulics were in decline, and the newer class 50s were making the depot fitters lives a nightmare! Mark 1 coaches dominate the passenger rakes, whilst parcels trains still feature some pre—nationaIisation vehicles.
In the mid-1970s the railways still had a distinct regional atmosphere; it was very much the traditional railway, in this case the Great Western, but with diesels.
The buildings of the station reflect that lack of change, although the new Power Signal Box is a rude intrusion on the scene and is a harbinger to things to come. In this way the long platform at the front of the layout is actually a bay platform, and where the viewer stands the main through platforms would lie. Similarly the station pilot loco may be found there between duties or perhaps a defective coach that has been removed from a passing train (or, more likely, a disgraced class 50!).
As well as meeting the rules of the competition one aim of the layout is to act as a photographic background, where stock projects can be recorded in a natural setting.
The opportunity was also taken to move to finer scale track (C&L) and a first attempt at building a turnout. The layout is controlled by Digital Command Control, using a Lenz Set 90, and Silver decoders.

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