Here are a selection of layouts for you to view. In each case, there is a summary listed here, but more photos, videos and information can be found by clicking on the link for more info. Here are quick links to the section containing the layout - click the layout name.
7mm scale / O Gauge
This is the model is of Aylesbury LNWR, and is the first station in Aylesbury running in from Cheddington - and located where B&Q now is. It is to EM gauge and was built by Geoff Williams and his sons. Originally a loft layout, this is the second attempt by Geoff and was modelled in the early 70s’.
BEIJIAO - REAL WORKING STEAM IN 2004! Let us take you back just a few years to a time when you could still see large steam engines in everyday use – come back with us to China in 2004! At that time Western railfans flocked to China to photograph the very last of world steam and this layout recreates their experiences.
Our model is an accurate portrayal of Bournemouth West in the period 1959- 1962.
Brighton East is 4mm/ft using EM gauge track and depicts a Southern Region Rail terminus in the period loosely around 1998 to 2003 where 3rd Rail EMU’s prevail on passenger services.
The layout is our take of what could have been if the line had stayed open. In reality, the real station in Northamptonshire closed in the ‘60s after the decision was taken to abolish the line; one that is seen by many to have been short-sighted. If it had stayed open, it would be the ideal route for freight today with its larger loading gauge.
Eccleston is a village in West Lancashire which never had a railway. It did, however, have two cotton mills and was surrounded by rich arable land, so there would have been sufficient traffic to justify one.
Freshwater was the western terminus of the 12 mile long Freshwater, Yarmouth and Newport Railway on the Isle of Wight. Opened in 1888, the Southern Railway lengthened the platform, removed the loco shed and carriage shed, and modified the track layout slightly in 1927, but the line was never very successful, and closed as early as 1953.
Our O gauge Finescale layout is based on a fictional station set on the now closed ex-LNWR line between Whitchurch and Chester in Shropshire in the period 1954 - 1964. Although there was never a large station with a yard at Grindley Brook, but just a wooden halt, the location was chosen as the point at which the railway crossed the Llangollen Canal.
High Wycombe is an EM gauge layout trying to capture the atmosphere of the station in the early 50s. The town is about 40 miles northwest of London and lay on the old GW & GC Joint line opened in 1906
Addison Road is nowadays known as Kensington Olympia, on the busy West London route between Willesden and Clapham Junction. Because this was a joint line, formerly involving the L&NWR, GWR, LB&SCR and L&SWR, it has proved to be a good choice for a club project. Our O gauge fine scale model shows the station as it was around 1925, enabling us to run trains in both pre- and post-grouping liveries.
Kyle of Lochalsh was originally built in Barcelona, Spain as a micro layout capable of being transported via box-files. It was first exhibited in 2010 at the Burgess Hill Model Railway Club annual exhibition having being flown in by hand luggage the day before.
The layout represents a small fictitious goods yard, somewhere in South East London. Timescale is the late 1950's early 1960s, near the end of steam, with an occasional diesel to be seen.
Love Lane is a fictitious location some near Chigwell in North West London set in the period around 1958. It’s on the Great Eastern railway coming out of Liverpool Street and continues through Love Lane onto Ongar and Dunmow and then into East Anglia
This layout is modelled on the Denver and Rio Grande Western in HO scale.
Modbury is a 2mm Finescale layout representing a Great Western “might have been” through station as it might have appeared c.1906. The layout has a small traintable type fiddle yard at each end of a scenic section.
A couple of years ago I found photos of an old watermill in East Sussex, near Forest Row, close to where I grew up. The mill disappeared in the thirties; the photos show a run down but functioning building in 1903, with a sandstone base and clapboard upper frame set in a rural location - and I can't get it out of my mind - I really want to build it.
The layout is based on Ilfracombe, but is set at sea level with a port as in Padstow. It consists of the station in a large shed, and then round the garden. O gauge, finescale, and operated using DCC.
Pottendorf is a small branch terminus station in Oberfranken at the end of a long hot summer in the 1950’s. Old operating practices remain in place, with passenger services either in the hands of a railbus or larger loco hauled trains that feed direct from the branch to either Nuremberg or Wützburg
Romford resides on the Great Eastern Main Line, some twelve miles east of Liverpool Street.
Railway modelling for many of us is about recreating childhood memories. For me it was the Great Eastern Main Line. Despite the lure of the LMS with their magnificent Pacifics, it wasn't until I moved away from Essex that I realised how much I loved the Great Eastern with its varied EMUs and the resplendent diesels allocated to Stratford depot.
So why Romford? I wanted a location which offered an interesting mix of railway operations and also a busy street scene. Romford offered all of this; an atmospheric coal yard with a siding to the brewery and a branch line to Upminster with its red brick LT&S station building unusually situated in GER territory and a busy four track suburban and main line.
The layout is P4 scale and based in the 1970’s as I remembered it. I will, however, adopt some artistic licence by including the branch to the brewery and some time-travel back to the steam era (as the architecture had changed very little).
So don your tank tops and flares, and join me on a journey down memory lane….
Photograph courtesy of David Christie.
This is a new layout in 2mm Finescale set in BR days in the 1970's. It is based on the Woodhead (Manchester, Sheffield & Wath) route. This is a 'taster' of the layout which will be shown in Railex 2022.
Wendover is a small Buckinghamshire market town situated on the north western edge of the Chiltern hills. It is very picturesque with the main street little changed for 150 years. The Metropolitan Railway came to Wendover in 1892 with the line between Aylesbury and London, Baker Street. At around the same time the Great Central Railway began the process of developing a London terminus and goods depot at Marylebone. It acquired running powers over the new Metropolitan Line.