Exhibitions


Our next show is Saturday 6th May 2017

Swallowfield Parish Hall,

Swallowfield Street

Swallowfield,

Reading

RG7 1QX

 

Opening times 10:00 to 16:30

Admission:  Adults/Seniors £4.00

Children £2:00

Family £9.00

Free parking

Full disabled access

Light refreshments

Stagecoach route 7 from (Reading to Aldershot) stops close to the hall.

Layouts and traders will be listed when they are confirmed.

Layouts

Loddonside: OO gauge, British outline. Built by Loddon Vale MRC.

Our first attempt at a DCC layout. This layout is a freelance design of a busy Motive Power Depot with a working turntable. Lots of steam and diesel locomotives move about the depot keeping the viewers interested. Many of the locomotives have sound chips fitted.

Dark End: OO gauge, British outline.  Built by David Mitchell.

An OO Gauge DCC layout measuring just 48” x 15” (122 x 38cm).  The track plan is taken from that for “Kyme”.

Based on that familiar location of “nowhere in particular”, the layout represents that tired & dirty railyard behind a row of terraced two ups / two downs.  These are now all empty, semi derelict, & awaiting the demolition company.  All that remains of any life is at the end of the old street where a builder’s merchants still supplies an ever diminishing trade.  Perhaps unusually, all the backscene buildings are made of wood.

Stock is a very much a varied bag being dependent upon the vagaries of the mainline and wagons in transit.

Images of this layout & others in the “Kidmore” series may be found at www.kidmorengauge.weebly.com

Garratt LaneOO Gauge, British outline, built by Andrew Nibbs

This is Andrew’s latest layout. A Southern Region terminus with 3rd rail electric units operating the passenger services. There is also an army logistics depot to generate lots of interesting freight movements. As this layout is still being constructed there are no photos available at present.

Barrack Way: OO Gauge, British outline, built by Dave Lear

This layout is not based on any particular army camp, but has plenty to see, it has a large camp on one side and living quarters on the other, with 5 blocks of flats for army personal, and houses for Officers and there are plenty of shops for their wive to visit. On the camp itself you will see where the tanks are loaded and unloaded from the train. In the top corner you will find a small group of soldiers on manoeuvres with tanks and guns.

Bryn-y-Felin: 4mm scale 009 gauge, Welsh narrow gauge, built by Matthew and Helen Kean.

Bryn y Felin is an attempt to capture the look of the old Welsh Highland Railway in North Wales. The station is inspired by Beddgelert, the main intermediate stopping point on the WHR but it has been moved a mile down the line at Bryn y Felin between the girder bridge and River Glaslyn. The date is roughly in the second half of the 1920’s but the exact year is vague.

Seaside layout4mm scale 009 gauge. Freelance design. Built by Richard Standing

Imagine an island with sandy beaches and palm trees, a destination for cruise ships and where millionaires keep their yachts, precise location unknown but with a British influence. Less affluent tourists also visit the island to take in its beaches and excellent surfing conditions, so one of the millionaires has upgraded  a narrow gauge freight line connecting a coastal village with a small small port to the island’s capital in order to cater for the visitors. So the sun shines (usually!), passenger and goods trains ply their trade, holidaymakers enjoy themselves on the beach and the Beach Boys drift over a distant radio.

 

For some years Richard has contemplated the possibility of constructing a small layout using a laptop to provide an animated backscene. This sat very firmly on the back burner until a work colleague showed Richard the YoWindow weather app which fitted the bill admirably! The laptop has also enabled some basic sound effects to be provided.

 

NewtownN gauge, British outline, built by Brian Lee

Brian likes to add a lot of scenic detail to his layouts, giving the audience plenty to look at. Brian likes to keep a steady supply of trains passing through the station.

Engaine-cum-Hardy: N gauge, British Outline. Owned by Robin French

This layout has been featured in Model Rail Jan. 2013, Railway Modeller  Sep. & Oct. 2013 and British Railway Modeller Sept. 2015.

This layout has a four road mainline station capable of accommodating 2 x 7 coach trains plus branch trains. It has a fully functional goods yard including coal and brewery sidings. The brewery siding has a working wagon turntable. Wagons are automatically coupled and uncoupled.

There is also a large MPD.

A view across most of the layout.

Braysdale: N gauge, British outline. Exhibited by Tring and District Model Railway Club.

This is a small layout depicting the essence of the Settle and Carlisle Railway with stone built station, viaduct and houses with a river and hills behind.

Fineton: N gauge, British Outline. Exhibited by the Tring and District Model Railway Club.

This is a freelance model based on a cross-country branch-line in the N.E. The station has a small goods yard and adjoining quarry.

 

Orestone Quay: OO Gauge, British Outline. Owned by the Burgess Hill Model Railway Club.

Orestone Quay depicts a harbour somewhere on the south coast in the period around 1947. Trains make their way through narrow streets, beside scratch built shops, to arrive at the main quayside, where several ships can be seen. There are three lines beside the quays where un/loading takes place. The fine detail of the layout accurately portrays the period modelled.

Odawara-ko: N Gauge, Japanese outline.    Owned by Roger Comber.

The historic city Of Odawara lies around 65 miles south-west of Tokyo. The station there boasts no fewer than 14 platforms, which serve the Tokaido Main Line of Japan Rail and the Odakyu private railway. As such, it is the inspiration for this layout, albeit on a much more modest level of 3 terminal platforms approached along a double track main line by way of a crossover. For added operational interest, there is a small oil depot with a wonderful gantry scratch-built by the original owner and designer of the layout, Phil Hendry. Beyond that is an equally small container depot. The city is famed for its pleasure beaches on Sagami Bay and only has a small harbour (or “-ko”) although that is not served by the actual railway. Here, we stretch a point for a little more scenic interest. For the visitors with an interest in fiddle yards they will not be disappointed as it is an unusual train length turntable.

Plus a childrens layout where children are encouraged to drive trains around the track also a wooden Brio train set for the younger children to build and play with.

Demonstration by our member Reg. Long on radio controlled OO gauge locomotives. Not even two wires are required to run these locomotives.

Reg. demonstrating his radio controlled locomotives

Traders

JB Models: Rolling stock storage solutions. Baseboard hardware and N scale detailing items.

Berkshire Model Shop: Good quality pre-owned OO and N gauge rolling stock, also new kits and scenic items. The shop also stocks dolls house items.

Brunswick Railways: Stockist of Bachmann, Heljan, Hornby, Parkside, Phoenix precision paints, Springside and much more.

Neil Cresswell Model Railways and Toys: New and high quality used items. Specialise in Hornby OO but other gauges stocked and available.

Societies

Berkshire N gauge group

Didcot Steam Centre

Reading Transport Group