Club & members' layouts

Woolston - Club layout

4mm Scale OO gauge  19 X 6 feet

The layout started life as three baseboards with some track donated to the club. Over the years it has been gradually extended and now appears in its new form as a continuous circuit. Woolston depicts a secondary line in the North of England. The survival of the line is mainly due to the mineral traffic from Woolston Quarry together as a diversionary route during engineering works. The scene is set in late 1950’s / early 1960’s, with locomotives and stock from the London Midland and Eastern Regions represented. Beyond Woolston Station can be found the loading area and exchange sidings of Cockin & Brown Quarries Limited. The line curves through the works before entering the narrow tunnel of Neville Brow. A narrow gauge track runs from the quarry head via a girder bridge into the crushing plant. Most of the buildings have been scratchbuilt with some using modified kits. The backscene is made up of an arrangement of calendar / picture book illustrations to create the surrounding countryside. The layout features operating signals and level crossing gates. You might see wagons being loaded in the quarry prior to transportation.

Glazebrook - Club layout

2mm Scale N gauge  14 X 3.5 feet

A model of one of our local stations, now sadly little more than a bus shelter. In the fifties the goods yard was still open, as was the branch to Wigan. At that time the line was largely worked by ex LMS locomotives plus DMUs, rolling stock for a slightly earlier period provides greater variety being largely ex LNER and GC in particular. Grand National day gives a license to run almost anything!

Traffic was generally heavy, with trains to and from Stockport and Wigan passing through and crossing the paths of those on the main line from Manchester to Liverpool.

The station area and yard are being modelled to scale, to make the layout easily transportable, the west junction area has been selectively compressed. Although a relatively small station the prototype track plan managed to include both single and double slip points.

Tunley Marsh - Chris Tungate

2mm Scale N gauge  8’ X 1’6”

Tunley Marsh was originally built by Richard Bardsley as a GWR branch line terminus. Aspects of the layout's construction were described in the book “Making a Start in N Gauge Railway Modelling”.

Since taking over the layout Chris has moved the period forward to late 1950s Western Region. The Station Master seems to have a supply of GWR paints however, and the station looks much as it did before. Traffic flows remain good and a nearby, mysterious, Government facility brings in frequent parcels trains, although we are not allowed to talk about that!

Scale:  1:148 Gauge: N Period/Location: Late 1950s Western Region BR.

Contact for exhibition bookings: [email protected]

Cilgwyn - Peter Dibben

009 Scale 1:76, Gauge 9mm

Reality: The North Wales Narrow Gauge Railway built a line to Bryngwyn to serve the slate quarries around Moel Tryfan.  There was also a “branch” which took tourists to South Snowdon.  Traffic never reached expectations and the railway operated in receivership for most of its life with passenger services ceasing in 1913.  Revival came in 1923 when the Welsh Highland Railway extended the line from South Snowdon to Beddgelert and Portmadoc.  The line to Bryngwyn now became the branch and never reopened to passenger traffic although its freight, mostly slate, was the company’s biggest source of income.  Like its predecessor the WHR operated for most of its life under an official receiver and never paid any dividends.  In its final years the WHR was operated by the Ffestiniog Railway with a year round freight service but only a sparse summer tourist service on the through route.

The Model: Represents the Brngwyn branch as it might have been if traffic had met the original expectations.  The heyday it never actually had with passenger trains re-instated on the branch.  These terminate at the station, while much of the freight continues up the working model incline towards the quarries. Because it is not a totally accurate model I have changed the station name to Cilgwyn the name of one of the Moel Tryfan quarries and also the name of a village to the south.  

Bellwether Works - John Gough

4mm Scale OO gauge  5’ X 1’1”

Bellwether Works - Na it doesn’t; with its dated workforce joke, this imaginary works is a part of the ICI Group, its production primarily based on alkalis and sodium (Na) salts.

The layout does not try to represent a particular site or production process but is intended to give an overview of one small part of the extensive railway systems used by the alkali chemical industry in the North West of England, in particular Cheshire, in the 1960’s. A major part of these  privately owned railways belonged to ICI, then, the bellwether of the British economy.

Arley Dale - Club Layout

4mm Scale OO gauge  16 X 8 feet

Arley Dale is a “modern image” layout currently under construction by a team of 6 club members. The layout represents a stretch of double track mainline passing alongside a ballast loading facility for both rail and road export. Ballast is transported to the facility by conveyor or tipper truck from a nearby quarry.   Over the years the site has been dramatically rationalised and two rail sidings, previously used for ballast traffic, now form the basis of a modest general freight depot, including container handling. Arley Dale has a small un-manned station allowing the local community to benefit from a frequent DMU service to towns further along the mainline.

The layout is a continuous circuit with an eleven road fiddle yard. Trackwork is Peco Streamline Code 100 with Seep and Peco point motors. Operation of locomotives is by Digital Command Control  (DCC).

Dienw - Club Layout

4mm Scale OO9 gauge  12 X 2 feet

Background History:The year is 1943 and Britain is at war with Germany. Under wartime emergency conditions all station names have been removed. The purpose was to cause the maximum amount of confusion to enemy paratroopers, (who were expected to drop from the skies at any moment disguised as nuns). An unfortunate consequence was the confusion of the passengers, officials and lines management.

Location: Somewhere in North Wales, (Sorry can’t be more precise, there’s a war on you know!) there is a little-fach (small railway) doing its best against the enemy. (The Germans, not the English for once.) The line has received a major boost in traffic from the new mysterious military building, rumoured to have something to do with explosives. all the locals know for sure is that it receives many trains of military supplies. This little junction on its main line, with the branch line going off to Llan CENSORED is like many narrow gauge lines, alternating between absolute quiet and complete mayhem. The line is of course fictitious, although some items of rolling stock may be identifiable. These of course have been transferred from their proper homes to assist with the war effort (Well that’s our excuse anyway).

Stockton Mill - Katherine & Allan Stephenson

4mm Scale OO gauge  7’6” X 1’4”

I have always taken a keen interest in my dad’s layouts and on occasions helped operating them at exhibitions. I asked if we could build my own layout. My particular interest is in making and adapting kits as well as painting them and figures. My dad built the baseboards, laid track and did the electrics for me. The scenery, buildings and details are a joint effort. I have spent and enjoyed many hours putting kits together and painting them. Most of these were bought cheaply with others “borrowed” from my dad’s store. Some of them have simply been split down the middle to make two buildings out of one.

The layout is very small and we tried to fit a small station with some sidings into the limited space available. We spent a lot of time with track templates stuck onto old wallpaper until we were happy. We have set the time and place as the early 1960s somewhere in northern England, mainly because most of the locomotives and rolling stock are loaned from dad.

Hironochō - Peter Dibben

N Gauge    1:150 Scale

Hironochō represents the terminus of a minor independent railway in Japan.  There are several railways of this type in Japan and the model aims to capture some of the typical features of these railways in a very small space.

In the early twentieth century roads were generally poor and the railway was built to open up the area surrounding the city for development.  This proved successful and the area has now become a busy suburb and the railway provides commuters, school children and shoppers access to the city centre.  The station has been modernised with a small office block, this being financed by the sale of surplus land released by shortening the platforms to match the two car trains.

Euro Fracht Zentrum - John Gough

3.5mm Scale HO gauge    8’ X 2’

Euro Fracht Zentrum is intended to show a multi-product cargo terminal served by rail, road and barge. Almost the entire layout is scenic with only limited hidden track behind the back scene to exchange stock.

I noticed when exhibiting that people pay limited attention to the scenic part of the layout spending their time looking at stock in the fiddle yard, why not let them see it all?
Freight stock from various European countries can be seen, common practice in Europe.

The model does not represent a specific location, but is somewhere along the corridor of the rivers Rhine and Danube in the border region between Germany and Upper Austria.

Orford Park Zoo - Allan Stephenson

4mm Scale 9mm gauge  13’6” X 2’6”

It’s a busy summer’s day with many families and coach parties visiting the Gardens for a lovely day out. In fact it’s so busy that the miniature railway has to run many additional trains. The miniature railway was built in 1932 to the unusual gauge of 21 inches as an added attraction to transport visitors around the zoo. The railway proved popular and was extended and developed throughout its history. Mounting costs forced the closure of the zoo at the end of the 1973 season.

Originally the layout was the section centred on the station (Zoo Central). It has now been extended to incorporate the sheds and workshops, the main entrance as well as many more animal enclosures and associated buildings.

Locomotives are adapted 'N' gauge items with stock mainly scratch built on 'N' gauge chassis. The majority of buildings are scratch built or heavily modified kits. The layout has working features including signals, colour lights, turntable, running water, level crossing gates and working clocks.

Wild Boar Fell - Matt Peers

4mm Scale OO gauge

A layout based on a fictitious town in Cumbria close to the Yorkshire border, set in the mid 1960's after the infamous Beeching report, steam is still king but dieselisation is starting to take effect.

Bad Kissen - John Gough

3.5mm Scale HO gauge    8’6'' X 1’6''

Bad Kissen is a Western Austrian village near the German border. It is at the end of a short non-electrified single track line from Lipz; the major in the region through which the cross border line runs.

Traffic consists of local services and is supplemented by the tourist trade and freight for the local sawmill / timber fectory. The proximity of the border often results in a mixture of stock on the line

We currently have a number of layouts under construction in OO and N for use with both DCC and DC operation. Members are also very active building layouts at home in a wide range of scales and gauges. We have also undertaken special projects for organisations including Lymm Transport Museum.

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