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Where was it
Shirley Scout Headquarters
(rear of Bank of Ireland) Stratford Road (A34) Shirley, Solihull.
A to Z Ref:
Page 107, H4.
car park next
M42 at Junction 4.
signs to Birmingham (A34).
on A34 until Saracens Head pub on left in Shirley.
left 100 yards past Saracens Head into service road leading
to a car park at the rear of the shops.
Hall is next to the British Legion Building.
Keith's Model Railways
2 Holyrood Drive, Countesthorpe, Leicester LE8 5TR
Telephone: 0116 277 8634
New and second hand Model Railways, (run
by genuine enthusiast).
The Corris Railway was the first narrow gauge railway in
Mid-Wales, beginning in 1859 as a 2'3'' gauge horse-hauled
tram road carrying local slate. Steam arrived in 1878 and
a passenger service operated from 1883 to 1930. The Railway
closed in 1948 and was dismantled soon afterwards. A Preservation Society reinstated part of the original line
so that passenger services could recommence in 2002 after
a break of 72 years. We have on sale second hand railway
books, videos and some model railway items, new Corris Railway
items and books, children's toys and books and range of
Thomas the Tank items.
G.W.R. Sales Stand
The Gloustershire and Warwickshire
Railway (Birmingham Division) Sales stand, helps to
rebuild the railway from Toddington to Cheltenham Racecourse.
We have a selection of Railway Models, 'Day Gone By' Road
Models, Toys, Jigsaws, Books and Stocking Fillers for
Solihull Model Railway Circle reserve the right to make changes to our programme and we cannot be held responsible for layout failing to arrive on the day of the exhibition.
Who was there?...
4mm Scale, OO Gauge
Solihull Model Railway Circle
Cherwell, is a scenic OO gauge, 26 feet 6inches by 10 feet
6 inches, four track mainline with an integral branch
line. It features working automatic signals and has largely
scratch built buildings.
Over the past 12 months additional momentum has been gained
following the invitation of Cherwell to the Warley Model Railway
Club's National Railway Exhibition at the NEC in 2006.
We have partially rewired the layout for added reliability
and added some more scenery and buildings. This
· Timber yard at the end of the Tramway.
· Tunnel entrances below the upper branch station.
· Stone capping on various walls.
· Greenery along retaining walls.
· New Houses.
The layout still needs a lot of buildings and scenery
work. The layout was built mainly to display scale length
mainline trains, those being run reflecting the varying interests
of the membership. Trains run are usually British outline,
but can come from any part of the UK mainland and from
any date between about 1900 and 2004.
1mm Scale, Z Gauge
This is Ken's first Venture in Z gauge,
which is a fictitious small town in the mountains in Germany,
famous for it small chapel and Martyr's cross.
The railway enters the town with it's typical one German platform
from single track tunnels within the hills.
There is a passing loop and though line at the station allowing
lots to happen for such a small place. Look out for the special
(Ken is better Known for his N gauge layouts. His suitcase
layout appeared at our Exhibition
2mm Scale, N Gauge
A Continuous layout built in an A4
box file just to show what can be achieved with N gauge.
Set in a heritage industrial site, which some people are keen
to preserve and other want to redevelop - A 0-6-0 tank loco
or class 08 shunter goes round while oberservers decide whether
to keep the site or not.
Ken was challenged to make this layout, following the success
of his suitcase layout.
4. Ridgacre Road
4mm Scale, OO Gauge
This minimum space layout represents a fictitious industrial
complex on the outskirts of Birmingham and the black country
in the mid – 1960’s. Freight traffic is
brought into the yard by BR (WR) pannier tanks. The
yard is shunted by a couple of engines operated by the factory.
My next layout is fixed in the loft, and based on Arley on
the Severn Valley Railway. I have an article about it in the
February 2005 edition of 'Model Rail'.
5. Capel Blaenau
009 Narrow Gauge
Capel Blaenau is a fictitious location situated in North Wales
on the edge of Snowdonia. The narrow gauge railway was originally
built at the start of the 20th Century to serve the local
slate quarries in the region, though timber, and increasingly
passengers formed the mainstay of traffic.
As elsewhere in the region these fell into decline in the
mid 1920's and winter passenger trains were discontinued from
1932. The line closed during the second world war and reopened
in 1947 and survived thanks to a local publicity campaign
until the late 1950s.
The period depicted is prior to closure with the quarries
still in operation. Traffic on the line consists of local
passenger services, together with slate and other mineral
traffic. Because of under investment in the line motive
power has to be hired in from other nearby railways including
the Ffestiniog, Tallylyn, and the former Great Western Railway.
2mm Scale, N Gauge
As Featured in ModelRail No.52 February 2003
This is a model of Buxton station and the diesel - fuelling
depot. The period is from the 1980's to the closure of the
depot in the 1990's. The station serves passengers to
Manchester and the surrounding districts. The depot re - fuels
and services loco's mainly from the stone quarries around
All of the buildings are scratch built by me from phototographs
and a visit to the site. The track is 'peco' and the scenics
are from 'Greenscene'.
My Thanks go to Stephen Farmer for all the advice, help with
the electrics and transportation to the venues. Also
to Adrian Newman for the loan of some early photographs of
Buxton. Fred and John who assist at Exhibitions.
To view Buxton
Photos Click Here
2mm Scale, N Gauge
Margaret and Ken Stephenson
Laxey is a fictitious location in America. Buildings
are scratch. There is a mine and small harbour.
8. Birmingham MRC
Birmingham Model Railway Circle
Eight foot by two foot junior layout and a display of various
model railway items by the Birmingham Model Railway Club.
7mm Scale, O Gauge
Barry Pallett, Member of 'Birmingham Society of Model Engineering'
Dabieallie is on the Speyside line which opened in July 1865
it followed the River Spey, from Craigellchie, to the
Boat of Garten and is part of the Great North of Scotland
Rialway'. The period modelled is 1896-1904.
4mm Scale,OO Gauge
Aberdaugleddaw takes its inspiration from the area known as
the “Little England Beyond Wales”, an area crossed
by the lines to Milford Haven, Pembroke dock and Fishguard
Harbour. Aberdaugleddaw, itself, takes features from each
linein an attempt to recreate a terminus at the end of the
line from Paddington via Swansea.
The Start of the last decide of the 20th century was a time
for change in West Wales with the loss of direct services
to London and radical change in the parcels and freight areas. Aberdaugleddaw, although losing its daily HST to London, still
retains newspaper and mail trains with an improved sprinter
service to Swansea, Cardiff and beyond.
Freight is very buoyant with a revitalisation
of the dock area to serve the import and export of steel products.
The MOD also have a strong presence with two depots
on the Aberdaugleddaw branch. Although not seen at the
terminus itself,oil trains still move huge tonnages out from
the West Wales refineries and a new flow of coal has
also began using a redundant refinery wharf. The fuelling
point at Aberdaugleddaw still solders on to serve locomotives
working freight trains in the area and also any On –
Track plant equipment working in West Wales.
If you know of any interesting workings in West Wales, I would
be very interested to hear about them as I am always looking
for new services to run on the layout.