Inspired by the small coastal quays in Devon during the 1930s, Exton Quay is a fictional location which features a small London and South Western Railway (LSWR) country station with bay platform, run round loop and two sidings for serving the adjacent quayside. At 7ft 9in x 2ft 2in, this stunning 'OO' gauge layout packs a lot into a small space. Read the full feature on Exton Quay in HM148 (October 2019) - on sale now.
Bee Road is set in the West Midlands during the 1960s transition from steam to diesel. Owned by Gerard Pearson, the layout represents the terminus of a fictional branch off the Nuneaton to Coventry line. At 13ft x 2ft, the location features an island platform station, goods yard and engineers' yard together with a canal scene and river, all within an overall industrial setting. Bee Road featured in HM109 (August 2016).
Fenny Stratford is an accurate representation of the BR London Midland Region station on the Bletchley to Bedford line (local to the Great Electric Train Show) in the 1950s. At 25ft 6in x 2ft 7in, the finescale 'OO' layout is digitally controlled using the NCE Powercab system and can be operated using handheld tablet devices.
Cherry Orchard is Ron Bailes' take on an East Anglian brick works in the 1960s employing both 'O' gauge and 'O-16.5' narrow gauge motive power and rolling stock. The layout aims to show the brick-making process with clay pits, works and onward transportation by rail.
Smallwood is a fictional town location set in the mid-1970s. This multi-level 'OO' gauge exhibition layout was built by Redditch Model Railway Club and features a down-at-heel terminus station, parcels depot and stabling point on the upper level, while the lower level features the remains of lines serving a disused station, which now form exchange sidings for freight activities. Digitally controlled, the layout is firmly set in the BR blue era.
Grindley Brook models a London and North Western Railway designed station in the BR era. This stunning 'O' gauge continuous run main line layout features highly detailed kit built locomotives and rolling stock, scratch built buildings, superb scenery and much more. Grindley Brook will feature in HM148 (October 2019).
Set in a small Cornish quay, this stunning 18ft x 3ft 'O' gauge layout models a former Great Western terminus in the mid-1950s. Freight traffic on Penpoll Quay includes wagon loads of china clay arriving ahead of an onward journey by ship, while coal is received by sea ready for its onward transportation up the branch line.
Loop Lane is a compact 6ft x 1ft 'OO' gauge micro-layout set in the 1980s and 1990s and represents a small loading/unloading yard during the transition from BR blue to Railfreight red-stripe era. The layout is packed with small details and utilises a Scalescenes box file building kit and several card kits from Scale Model Scenery. Loop Lane features Peco bullhead track and is Digital Command Control (DCC) operated using the NCE Powercab system. Baseboards are by Tim Horn. Locomotives and rolling stock are mostly ready-to-run items, with some kit-built vehicles too, all of which have been expertly weathered.
Branksdowne Junction models a fictional off-shoot of the West Coast Main Line in the Pennines, set in the 2000s. Branksdowne station is served by Northern Rail, TransPennine Express and London Midland services operating to/from Liverpool and Manchester, while the area also boasts a motive power depot which plays host to EWS and Network Rail locomotives and rolling stock. Analogue controlled, the layout features overhead electrification, LED signals, a mobile phone mast and even a scratch-built wind turbine!
Minories represents a down-at-heel railway terminal in the London suburbs during the late 1960s/early 1970s. The layout is representative of the suburban lines out of Kings Cross and St Pancras during this period, prior to electrification and is based on a classic design developed by the late Cyril Freezer, showing just what can be achieved in a limited space. Most of the motive power and rolling stock is ready-to-run, supplemented by some kit-built items, much of which has been modified and detailed. Minories is set to appear in HM149 (November 2019).