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

Kinlochlaggen “N gauge”

The layout is based on a rural station somewhere in Scotland. The station has a passing loop and limited freight facilities. Different eras can be operated.

Collinsville “HO”

Collinsville is a small town on a New York Central branch line running between two major towns in upstate New York. Last winter a violent storm washed away a bridge on the west side of the town, this meant that Collinsville has become a temporary terminus, pending bridge repairs at some time in the future. As Collinsville was not designed as a terminus this makes shunting passenger and freight trains difficult. Because some of the sidings on the line to Collinsville can only be accessed in one direction of travel some freight cars are brought into Collinsville to go straight back down the line, as these cars have either been picked up or are being set down on the return trip.

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!

Melin Dolrhyd “009”

Melin Dolrhyd is a mill on The Welshpool & Llanfair Railway. Built long before the railway, the mill was on the bank of the River Banwy and when the railway was built the line threaded between the mill and the river, creating a very recognisable stretch of line. The model attempts to capture the simplicity of the location where occasional trains disturbs the quiet riverside location.

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.

Kidmore Boxed “OO”

Adopting a track plan from an early Hornby Yearbook, “Kidmore Boxed” was created.  As a great fan of micro layouts, I have now built over twenty five, experiments can be tried at a variety of scenarios & scales

The layout is designed to fit inside & be displayed on a Really Useful Box designed specifically to store wrapping paper. This permits a working layout size of 28 x 8″ (710 x 20mm) ensuring it both fits & can be easily removed from the box.  The original build, which now forms the left hand side, was a standalone layout operated with an add-on “fiddle stick”. This can still be operated as such.  Resultant from a number of posts to RMWeb, a second box / layout was added to the RHS.  This doubles the operational area by via a short bridging track .  The top RH track of this second module has deliberately been left straight to facilitate a third module (!).

No particular area or era is modelled.

No space for a layout …… there’s always space !

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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.

Tidworth “OO”

This layout is set in the Network Southeast era. It was featured In June 2018 Railway Modeller.

Belbroughton “O”

A Western Region branch-line in the late 1950’s.

Belbroughton in North Worcestershire is a village in an area bounded by Kidderminster, Bromsgrove, Longbridge and Stourbridge.  In real life the village never had a railway but this is what could have been if the LMS and GWR had built a line into the town.

The line in from Kidderminster fights the contours of the region causing it to enter the station via a rather circuitous route, whereas the line from the LMS at Longbridge takes a shorter route to Belbroughton coming off the Halesowen branch at Rubery.

However by the time the layout is depicted the line to the Midland region has been closed leaving the stub of the branch now used as siding, but the resultant track formation in the station has not been rationalised leaving the odd layout of the line crossing over towards the engine shed that would have provided a direct access to that side of the station.

The industry in the area is the manufacture of agricultural equipment, Isaac Nash, a local company, had branched out from starting out making scythes to larger pieces of equipment for the farming industry.  Raw materials are delivered to their rail connected factory with the finished goods shipped out to various parts of the country by the wagon load.

Train services on the branch are predominantly in the hands of the WR with the odd intruder bringing or taking special trips for the factory.  The passenger service is mainly a shuttle to Kidderminster provided by either a GWR railcar or an Autotrain using the Pannier outsheded at Belbroughton, but occasionally due to failures a loco & coaches may appear.  There is the one train each way which goes through to Birmingham in the rush hour which can turn up a variety of workings.

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.