Layouts Confirmed to date (March 2019)
- Creating Cameo Layouts - The Challenge, All Gauges, Model Railway Journal Cameo Competition Finalists – the six best layouts entered in the MRJ Cameo Layout competition will appear in public together for the first time, with the judging to take place on the afternoon of the Railex Saturday and will be judged by Iain Rice, Gordon Gravett and Chris Nevard. The standard of modelling is expected to be among the very best, see below for the six layouts.
- Bottom Works Sidings, 4mm Scale, OO Gauge, Exhibited by Chris Matthews, Set in the heart of the South Yorkshire coalfield, the layout assumes a steelworks coking plant was developed just to the south of Wombwell, itself South of Barnsley.
- Cameo Callaton, 2mm Scale, 9.42mm Gauge, Exhibited by Mick Simpson, This little project is based loosely on a prototype set in the 1980s which existed close to the real Callerton (note the slightly different spelling), north of Newcastle upon Tyne.
- Dewerstone, 4mm Scale, EM Gauge, Exhibited by Stephen Sims, The layout is based on the old Clay Dries at Shaugh Bridge and set the period as Circa 1930.
- Lananta Quay, 3mm Scale, 14.2/21mm Gauge, Exhibited by Nick Salzman, The layout is situated in North Devon/Cornwall, the track features mixed gauge of the old 7 foot Broad Gauge and standard gauge. The period is from the late 1870s until the end of the broad gauge in 1892.
- Midland in Bristol, 7mm Scale, O Gauge, Exhibited by Richard Ellis, The layout inspired by the Midland Railway's goods dock yard which used to exist in Bristol and is depicted as it might have appeared around 1907.
- Newton Heath Works, 7mm Scale, 31.25/16.2mm Gauge, Exhibited by Mike Baker & Martin Finney, The layout is based on the ball clay industry on The Isle of Purbeck in the county of Dorset, which is one of the many clay workings in the area.
Not in the competition but also exhibited for the first time is a layout by Iain Rice, Iain came up with the whole concept of this based on his book 'Creating Cameo Layouts' that was published in 2016, his layout is:
- Longwood Edge, 4mm Scale, P4 Gauge, Exhibited by Iain Rice & Don Leeper, On the model, a small L&Y wayside station (Longwood Basin) and a goods depot serve the canal basin and associated industries. At the higher level is Longwood Edge station, terminus of a newly-built suburban branch of the L&NWR. The period is set in 1910.
- Arun Quay, 31.2mm Gauge, Exhibited by Gordon & Maggie Gravett, The layout is based is a small quayside yard on the River Arun - near Littlehampton in West Sussex. It is fed by a line on the trackbed of an old tramway that, together with many of the facilities and workshops.
- Central Works, O Gauge, Exhibited by Luton Model Railway Club, The location of the layout is based on the intense network of sidings that once existed at Longbridge, Birmingham. Although this was a BMC factory, the location can be adjusted to feature other makes of vehicles and thus regions of operation. This enables a great variety of locos and stock from the late 1950s through to the 1960s to be run.
- Crowsnest Wharf, 16.5mm Gauge, Exhibited by Trevor Hughes, This model shows the line at Crowsnest station in 1926, where the line from Snailbeach mine joined the main railway to Pontesbury. The old lead mine at Snailbeach had been reopened for the mining of Barytes, the white rock which was being used in the paper industry.
- Newhurst, O Gauge, Exhibited by Cliff Williams, Newhurst is a fictitious location on a secondary main line somewhere in Hampshire near the New Forest, the name deriving from New Forest and Lyndhurst. The station is at the junction of a short branch to Bramble Quay, which is also fictitious. The layout is set circa 1961/62.
- Penfold Priory, O Gauge, Exhibited by Bridgend Model Railway Group, The era of the layout is circa 1930/40 in GWR days with LMS having running rights. The trains enter the scene through the overbridge, with the loco shed facilities on the left. Passing the signal cabin and coal yard, coming into the busy terminus.
- Sherton Abbas, 31.5mm Gauge, Exhibited by David Stone, Sherton Abbas is a 7mm scale representation of a Great Western Railway branch line terminus, which is set in the Edwardian era circa 1905. The name Sherton Abbas comes from Thomas Hardy’s novel “The Woodlanders”, quite what he would have made of the layout is anyone’s guess!.
- Ellesmere, OO Gauge, Exhibited by Phil Greaves, Ellesmere is set in the period of 1958-1962, and is situated on the Cambrian Railways main line between Whitchurch and Oswestry.
- Leighton Buzzard(Linslade), EM Gauge, Exhibited by Tony Gee & Members of the Denny Family, Originally built by Peter Denny the layout represents the Great Central Railway in 1907, with almost everything built from scratch by this pioneering modeller.
- Leysdown, P4 Gauge, Exhibited by Adrian Colenutt, Leysdown, this terminus was the largest station on the Sheppey Light Railway line and served the embryonic seaside resort offering very limited facilities including cattle pens along with a horse and carriage dock.
- Newhaven Harbour, OO Gauge, Exhibited by Wirral & Wigan Finescale Railway Modellers, The layout is based on the infrastructure of the Newhaven and Seaford Branch in East Sussex and is intended to provide a flavour of the general location and reflect operations on the BR Southern Region between 1968 and 74.
- New Kensal Green, OO Gauge, Exhibited by South Coast Rail Modellers Development Group, This layout represents a fictional BR(WR) London area MPD with through running relief/suburban lines set between 1956-62.
- Llangerisech, 9.42mm Gauge, Exhibited by Nigel Ashton, Llangerisech is set on the North West coast of Wales on the Llyn Peninsular. Although a railway was proposed to the location, it was never actually built. The layout will be displaying the early 1930s, but also the 1960s and late 1970s periods by changing the stock and various scenic features.
- Mini-MSW - 'The Banking', 9.42mm Gauge, Exhibited by Alan Whitehouse, The layout represents the Wath branch of the famous Manchester, Sheffield & Wath system – The Woodhead Route – in its last few years of life. By the mid 1970s most of the traffic from the extensive Wath Concentration Yard in South Yorkshire was MGR coal trains hauled by pairs of Class 76 electric locomotives.
- Wickwar, N Gauge, Exhibited by Farnham & District Model Railway Club, Wickwar is a small town on the important secondary main line between Bristol and Gloucester; modelled as it was around the early 1950s. The small goods yard was removed in 1963 and the station was closed in 1965, though the line is still heavily used.