Our Layouts – up to 4mm scale

LAYOUTS AT EXHIBITIONS………………

Reeds Beck Waterworks : Chelmsford Exhibition: 19th October 2019, St. John Payne School, Patching Hall Lane, Chelmsford, CM1 4BS

Shortwaite Hill : TAVERHAM (near Norwich): 9th November 2019, Wensum Valley Model Railway Exhibition, Wensum Valley Hotel, Beech Avenue, Taverham, Norwich, NR8 6HP.

Thurtey: Expo Narrow Gauge, Swanley: Saturday 26th October 2019, White Oak Leisure Centre, Hilda May Avenue, Swanley, BR8 7BT.

(Featured below: “Shipmeadow” (009), “Ashfield Green” (009), “Shortwaite Hill” (009), “Thurtey” (009), “Old Chapel Yard” (009), “Reeds Beck Waterworks” (009), “Bird’s Folly” (009), “Nibley Knoll” (009), “Priory Waterworks” (009), “Hawkins Tower” (009).

By Richard Doe

The is Richard’s first layout in 009 scale when Peco announced their 009 Setrack. The (fictitious) layout is set in wartime in the Waveney Valley south of the river. The railway was financed by local printers W.H.Clowes with a few other businessmen and narrow gauge was decided to keep costs down. “Shipmeadow” is a small rural station and is situated about half way along the seven-mile line. The layout measures 49″ x 20″ including a rear fiddle yard, the track uses 009 “mainline” turnouts powered by Peco point motors and analogue control is using a Gaugemaster hand-held unit. The higher ground was made with polystyrene sheet and covered with filler and brown powder paint, and a variety of scenic materials have been used. A basic passenger shelter is a Hornby Bus Shelter with added wartime advertising signs. As a newcomer to 009 a variety of ready-to-run, kits, 3d prints and second-hand items have been used all painted/repainted in “Beccles & Bungay Railway” livery. A special moment was receiving the Reinier Hendriksen award at Expo Narrow Gauge in 2018.

B&BR No.2 a Narrow Planet Bagnall side tank with repainted L&B van.
The left-hand end of the layout with B&BR No.11, a Narrow Planet Penryhn Hunslet and mixed train.
B&BR No.12 a Bachmann Baldwin with added canvas roof frame hanging on the water pipe.
B&BR Hunslet No.11 passing the goods siding at the right hand end of the layout.
The Bagnall side tank passing rail car No25, a 3d print by Model Engine Works. A picture of the actual workhouse nearby has been added to the back scene.

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By Chris Seago

Ashfield Green was built for the Group’s 2015 Challenge, which was to build a narrow gauge layout with a scenic area of just two square foot, the equivalent to 288 sq. inches. The total layout length is 4ft 5″ x 9″ wide. The baseboard was built from MDF and has a simple single track sector plate off-scene. The track layout cleverly contains a passenger terminus, loco facilities, a carriage shed, small goods yard for freight and a siding extending to the local corn and seed merchants. The rural terminus is inspired by the North Suffolk countryside. The corn merchants building is built with card walls covered in Howard Scenics brick paper the roof is Wills plain tiles. The railway cottage is built with a Hornby “Clarabelle” carriage with a Wills sheet and batten roof. The station building is a modified Heljan kit and the engine shed and carriage shed are made with Wills and Evergreen sheets. The locos that are run are tram locomotives mainly white metal kits based on Kato 11-103 “N” gauge chassis, the coaches are Dundas kits and goods stock by Dundas or 009 Society flat wagon chassis with scratch built fittings and loads.

“Lark”, a modified Chivers Kerr Stuart Skylark shunts a goods train.
A railcar built using Dundas coach sides and matching guards van at the platform.
“Glem” before it received it’s names plates at the engine shed.
A vari-kit shunts vans to the corn and seed merchants building across the road from the station area.
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A view of the whole scenic section, fiddle yard on right.

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By Graham & Caroline Watling

After a spell modelling in Gn15 scale, Graham returned to 009 to build a layout based on a Cyril Freezer plan in the Peco booklet “60 plans for small railways”. It had appealed to him for a long time so when he found a suitable piece of ply wood (44″ x 24″) in his garage, construction began. The plan has been modified to a continuous run and runs from a lower station with goods siding, up “Shortwaite Hill” to an upper station with an engine shed and goods yard. The structures are mainly scratch built from Wills materials sheets, although there are some modified kits too on the layout, they represent North Yorkshire buildings. Locomotives are two Minitrains Bagnall wing tanks, a Narrow Planet Bagnall saddle tank, an old Jouef Decauville, a Peco “James” mounted on a Kato 11-103 as a tram loco, a scratch built diesel tractor and a Corgi die-cast rail bus conversion. Most of the stock is Dundas or Ashby/009 Society 4-wheeled types.

The Bagnall saddle tank shunts the goods siding at Shortwaite.
The lower station “Stonegate” with a Minitrains Bagnall.

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Owned by Richard Doe

“Thurtey” was originally built in 2005 as a special layout to mark the 30th Anniversary of the Wessex Narrow Gauge Modellers and is quite a unique layout. The track plan is shaped to proclaim the numerals “3” and “0” with the number “3” forming the scenic section of three jetties and a turning triangle, and the “0” as the fiddle yard area. It is 30″ square and designed to be running in 30 seconds of placing it in position. Using second hand items the cost was £30, and there were 30 figures and animals. It was obtained about 2017 and Richard has refreshed much of the scenery, and modified it slightly, making it an operable layout again. Inspired by King Harry Ferry in Cornwall the layout has passengers and vehicles waiting for the ferry to arrive from the other side of the estuary while dredging debris is taken from the estuary bed and loaded into wagons.

A Motorail diesel waits with the guards van on the centre pier.
A train is ready to depart from the passenger pier while the Motorail waits in the siding.
The stone pier with barge.

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By Jim Bamber

This is Jim’s second 009 layout and it features his 2017 Challenge entry, a repair and maintenance shed (with fully fitted interior) in a railway yard set on the edge of a small town. There is a passenger station, quayside sidings and an access road from an over-bridge. The layout is 4ft. x 2ft. with a fiddle-yard stick to introduce new trains. He has built-up a large fleet of tramway style locos and there is new stock it seems is appearing all the while.

The right-hand side of the layout with a passenger train about to leave.
The quay side and maintenance shed building.

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By Chris Seago

This layout depicts a busy corner of a Victorian waterworks built at a time when there was great pride in such municipal utilities, this is reflected in the smart buildings and well-maintained grounds.

A view over the filter beds.

The narrow gauge railway delivers the materials required for the steam pumping engine, water filters, water treatment works and the workshops. The beam engine can be seen working in the pumping engine house along with the coal fires in the boiler house beside it.

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By Stewart Green

Just to the east of Halesworth was once a Southwold Railway engine shed near Bird’s Folly, it was made quite flimsily with wood and asbestos and usually the Manning Wardle No.4 “Wenhaston” was stored there. This layout is just under 5ft x 3ft and features the engine shed (made from plastic sheet), the gravel pit, Bridge No.2 and an image of Folly House nearby. There are SR locomotives made from Golden Arrow kits of No.4 “Wenhaston” running on a Minitrix 2-6-2, Sharp Stewart No.2 “Halesworth” and No.1 “Southwold” these run on MicroAce 2-4-0 chassis. Due to the layouts small size, usually one coach is run with a selection of wagons and vans of wagons and vans including of course six-wheeled Cleminson vehicles.

Sharp Stewart No.2 “Halesworth” passing the engine shed.
No.2 again with goods train crossing bridge No.2.
No.1 “Southwold” with a mixed train.

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Owned by Philip Moore

“Nibley Knoll” is a table-top layout with two levels. A continuous circuit runs through a small hamlet with a passenger platform, bay siding and goods siding, and also a tramway runs along the hillside from a tunnel to connect with the “mainline” station. It is an exercise in what can be achieved scenically in 009 scale in a small space (42″ x 26″) with hill scenery, a stream, the village hamlet and the railway facilities. Minitrains locomotives and Peco stock are mainly run.

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By Chris Seago

The layout depicts a busy corner of a Victorian waterworks where the railway serves the pumping engines, workshops and water treatment works. The beam engines can be seen working in the engine house and there are coal fires in the boiler house. It was originally built for the Expo Narrow Gauge 2016 Challenge – to build a working layout using just one point and three lengths of track in an area of 50cm x 25cm. It is operated as a “shunting puzzle” with stock selected by cards.

Stock is moved into the siding by a modified vari-kit tram loco.
Kerr Stuart “Lark” is seen in front of the engine house.

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Owned by Philip Moore

This small table top layout is still being regularly exhibited by Philip. It depicts a leafy Victorian park where a narrow gauge railway is being restored for visitors to ride on. In the centre of the layout is a lake with associated wildlife, and an old boathouse. The passenger platform is at the old folly named “Hawkins Tower” and nearby is the “Currant Bun” tea and cake stall where there is a siding. Minitrains locomotives ans Peco stock are mainly run.