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Model railways in solihull

Exhibition 1999

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).

P.D.C. Models

10,Glyndwr, Knucklas, Knighton, Powys, LD7 1RR

Telephone: 01547 528767

Small model railway layouts and Dioramas – Built to order.




Email: michelle’

Telephone: 01564 777130

Specialists in BRIO wooden toys.

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1. Cherwell Junction

By Solihull Model Railway Circle
Gauge = '00'/4mm

‘CHERWELL’ is our exhibition layout and is developing fast. Its design means a number of scale length trains can run simultaneously. The scenery is now taking shape, the tramway is now laid, and colour light signals on the mainlines. If you look carefully you can see: Pigeons roosting under the station bridge; Foxes using the trackbed as a shortcut and one fox eying lambs, gulls eggs and the shepherd on the upper pasture; Cats watch building work in the arch from the platform; Gulls above the sea and on the cliffs with a lonely Cormorant.

2. Brensham Juction

By John Cox
Gauge = ‘EM/4mm

The layout is set in Worcestershire countryside, somewhere around Evesham. The name of the junction and the branch come from John Moore’s book on life in this area before the war. I have set out to capture the essence of Broom Junction on the ex-Midland Redditch line to Ashchurch, by including the north box, signals, sidings, grounded coach, island platform and the road bridge. I have endeavoured to get the feel of the midland style with correct signals, design box and rolling stock. All the buildings are scratch built replicas from plans drawn by Illife Stokes of ones in the Evesham area. The sequence of operation is taken from a 1930’s working timetable and includes through branch passenger trains, pick up goods with interchange traffic and numerous fitted though freights.

3. Ballykiren

By Ned Williams
Gauge = ‘7mm Narrow-gauge’

Ballykiren is yet another attempt to cram a quart into a pint pot. A roadside half on an Irish narrow gauge railway is served by trains running from hidden revolving sector plate to hidden revolving sector plate. There is just space for a junction with stretch of roadside tramway and the outskirts of the village served by the halt.

4. Hickham

By Don Marshall
Gauge = ‘OO’/4mm

Hickam is over 48 years old, showing the original Triang track and modified engines. Children will love this layout as they may see someone they recognise (Thomas and Friends).

5. Libbyville

By E York
Gauge = ‘OO’/4mm

The design is basically a small village with industrial site and farm land. There is one main road running through Libbyville with the usual facilities of a pub, church, station etc. and a new development. The building of the layout has been a joint effort and this is our first attempt. We have made errors and learnt from them, but would have made considerably more if it was not for the help and advice given by more experienced modellers. The layout has further work to be done on it.


by Bob Brown
Gauge = 'TT3'

Foxbury is the terminus of a former Great Western Railway brach line in east Gloucestershire. It is set in the late 1950's; the final years of operation for many such lines. The buildings you see on the layout with the exception of the Brewery, are all models of actual ones that were located along the Cheltenham to Kingham line - the inspiration behind the layout. The locomotives and nearly all of the rolling stock are kit-built. A wide variety of kits and equipment is available in 3mm scale through the 3mm Society and specialist firms like 3SMR. If you have any questions about the layout don't hesitate to ask.

7. Tolshaxam

By Patrick Cook
Gauge = ‘O’/7mm

It is based on light railway somewhere in East Anglia in the 1930 – 1948 period. The stock is kit built and the buildings are scratch built. The stock is typical of what could have been on a light railway such as this.

8.Bottrill Street Yard

By Revd Nigel Adams
Gauge = ‘O’/7mm

“Thirty years ago I built an OO9 layout on an Ironing board and I have always hankered after the simplicity of the folding legs, plugging in the current and the layout being ready to run. However, now I model ‘O’ gauge it seemed out of the question until I saw a second-hand wooden ironing board for sale at the shop round the corner. So I brought it for £6 and tried various possibilities. Eventually, I came up with a layout measuring 8’ x 1’7” which is split into two 4ft sections which are created face to face for transport with the bottom one being attached by conti-joiners to the outriggers running across the ironing board which is 12 inches wide. Many of pervious layouts I have modelled loco sheds of one sort or another but this one is different. It depicts a small yard which is on a short branch from a nearby station and it serves two factories as well as a goods unloading platform.

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