May 2019 Exhibition

Our next exhibition is on Saturday 11th May 2019

at Swallowfield Parish Hall, Swallowfield Street, Swallowfield, RG7 1QX

Free parking,
Full disabled access.
Reading Buses route 7 (Tiger) stops close to the hall.
Adults: £4.00
Children: £2.00
Families: £9.00 (2 adults + 2 children)
We open at 10:00 and close at 16:30

Light refreshments available and a children’s layout for them to drive the trains

Layouts attending:

Layouts will be listed when they have been confirmed

Kidmore Cutting “N”:

Kidmore Cutting” is presented as a two tier layout with the lower tier giving continuous running, the upper providing shunting & thereby operator involvement.  The two tiers are not interconnected. The layout does not reflect any particular era or geographic area.  The intent is to recreate the feel of a rundown industrial location with a scratch built disused foundry forming the main feature.  Both it and the general warehouse behind are depicted in a semi-derelict state.  Surveyors are currently inspecting the old foundry with a view to converting the interior into modern apartments.  It is purely the smaller industries that keep the upper line open. The lower level line long lost its rail passenger traffic & more recently served to move freight between the small town and the mainline.   It has however been closed for several years.  The line is now being regenerated with passenger traffic through the use of modern Light Rail Transport (LRT).

No space for a layout…….this measures just 36” x 24”!

Santa Agueda “HO”:

Santa Águeda (pronounced Agatha) is a fictitious small town to the north of Lisbon. Portuguese railways have charmed enthusiasts for many years, with stock built all over Europe and North America, and a unique architecture.Tom and I were persuaded to build a layout, in order to show the stock that I had gradually accumulated as my interest deepened, not least due to the PTG Tours I had joined. The glorious diesel era – which is now in decline – included Alco, Alsthom and English Electric locomotives that achieved cult status. Looking back to the steam age, again, all the big manufacturers were involved. Very few models are available off-the-shelf, so most stock is heavily modified; some wagons have been scratch-built. All but two of the buildings are also hand-made, using foam-board. We attempt to show stock from either the 1960s or early 2000s, changing over at intervals. The façade of the church is based on St Agatha’s in Portsmouth; other buildings are loosely based on local designs, including the distinctive station. To the front is an olive grove in which three shepherd children are tending their flock. This is an allusion to the Fatima apparitions of 1917, although there’s no railway near there!

Erlegh Quay “OO” Built by Loddon Vale MRC:

Erlegh Quay is a dockside on the edge of a small town. There is a single-line branch leading from the main town station down to the quay, where there is a small station and an exchange siding. The dock railway is operated by the dock company’s own locomotives and only goods traffic flows in and out of the docks. As well as operating the dockside, there are more facilities inland and some warehouses under a viaduct on the landward side of the station. Presently, the docks themselves are closed for a major redevelopment, but the company hopes they will re-open again shortly.

Porlock “OO”:

The original Porlock layout was based on the Exmoor village station built by a Hemel Hempstead resident Bill Faulker as a home based layout.  Due to a house move the layout was donated to the Hemel Hempstead Model Railway Society in late 2012. After some debate it was decided to extend the layout by adding a fiddle yard, scenic board and produce a layout that could be taken to exhibitions. We have used a degree of modellers licence to produce what we hope is an interesting layout for both the general public and the society members. An interesting feature of the layout is a an inclined siding which allows coaches to be shunted into the siding then rolled back into the station which allows the locomotive to move to the other end of the train. We operate the layout either in the GWR period or BR Western region featuring steam passenger services, railcars, autocoaches and freight services. Buildings modelled are a mixture of kit built (Metcalfe, Ratio, Wills) and scratch built by the original owner.

Children’s layout

This layout lets the young and not so young drive trains around the track. Also a small “Brio” wooden train layout for the very young to play with.

Traders attending:

Twyford Model ShopOur local model and doll’s house shop bringing a good selection of stock in various gauges to help with your modelling projects.

Neil CresswellNew and second hand locomotives, carriages and wagons in OO and N with a selection of British, European and American outline.

Brunswick Paints:  Not only paints and brushes but also model locomotives, rolling stock and accessories.

JB models:  Storage boxes, glues and plenty of other useful items.

Societies attending:

Reading Transport Group: If you have an interest in Transport in and around Reading then this is the stall for you, also a good stock of books and magazines.

Berkshire Area N Gauge Group: Displaying examples of models built from kits exclusive to the N Gauge Society. If you are modelling N gauge, talk to this group  either about coming to their meetings or joining the Society.