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Exhibition 2001

24th November



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).

Lynton and Barnstable Railways

Telephone: 0121 447 8101

Who was there?...

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.

by David Boot
Gauge = '00'/4mm

Packwood is a fictitious layout based on GWR practice. The period shown is between 1946 and 1956 which enables stock to be run either from the late GWR period or early BR Western Region era. The station and yards depicted are theoretically situated in a field which exists on the west side of the Stratford Road in Hockley Heath and shows what might have been if the GWR had ever extended from Dorridge.

The layout underwent a change during 1999 converting the original "L" shaped plan into a straight line, with a 3'0" extension, which now occupies a space of 19'-6" by 2'-3" a further 4'0" extension is under construction which will contain a branch to Bentley Heath!! so that is something to look out for in the future. The changes has seen the resisting of the some of the original buildings with some new features added such a the stream and village school.

The stock, as always is a mixture of detailed ready to tun and kit built loco's, coaches and wagons which is supported by stock from Alan Eccles's collection. The layout is often left in charge of my 6 year old Grandson, Joshua, who has been capable of operating it for at least 2 years and he along with Alan and myself will be only to pleased to discuss any topics with you and try and answer any questions you may have.

Kettlewell LMS
by John Cox
Gauge = 'EM'/4mm

This layout depicts what might have been had the line from Grassington been extended from Skipton all the way up the Wharfedale valley to Kettlewell. The period modelled is in the 1923/30 era, just after grouping. Most of the fixtures and fittings are ex Midland as are the locos and stock. The operation is based on the working timetable of the branch and includes regular passenger, freight and goods movements. A quarry trip and a through working from the North Eastern are also included.

Locos are kit built and the stock come sfrom a variety of manufacturers reflecting the Midland Railway. Buildings are scratch built and represent those in the area. The scenic side attempts to represent those in the area. The scenic side attempts to represent a small village which is crowded into the valley. The layout design ofers interesting operation in a small space and is easy to transport. This layout featured in the June 1995 issue of British Railway Modelling.

by Rob Newman
Gauge = '00'/4mm

Drummond is a rural terminus in the Highland which can be operated with appropriate stock between the years 1950 to 1980. The layout uses code 75 track with kitbuilt or detailed proprietary vehicles.

The track plan follows no actual prototype but if you can recognise features from Kyle, Oban, etc. the all will not have been in vain!

Cleeton St Mary
by John Andrew
Gauge = 'O' 7mm

A small imaginary mainly mineral branch line terminus in Shropshire in then late 30's era. GWR in structure and ownership, the LMS have limited running nights. Locos and stock are mainly kit built.

The operators will be happy to give more information as far as they are able. The layout has been built by John Andrews with assistance from fellow members of Warley Model Railway Club.

Indian River
by Bob Wright
Gauge = 'O' 7mm

Indian river is the main passing loop on the Denver Rio Grande narrow gauge line between Silverton and Ridgway in the Rockies.

The town has grown up around the reailway, it's 1924 and most of the gold mines are played out, but you still see one or two prospectors looking for that one big find.

he model has so far taken two years to build and is 90% finished, all buildings are scratch built with the exception of the main station building which is a 'Lionel Kit', most of the rolling stock is 'Backman' 16.5 painted and weathered.

Please feel free to ask any questions you might have.

Capel Blaneau
by John Perkin
Size = 5' x 2'
Gauge = '009'

Capel Blaneau is a fictitious layout set somewhere in North Wales. It uses locomotives from neighbouring railways to compliment its own, so a variety of Narrow Gauge engines can be seen duriing the day. Whilst the layout is priivately owned it is used to promote the gloucestershire warwickshire steam railway based at Toddington in the Cotswolds.


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