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Model railways in solihull

Exhibition 2002

15th November

10:30am - 5:00pm

Admission Prices:
Adults £2.00,
Children (5-15) & Seniors £1.00,
Family £5.00

Where was it held?...

1st Shirley Scout Headquarters
(rear of Bank of Ireland) Stratford Road (A34) Shirley, Solihull.

Birmingham A to Z Ref:
Page 107, H4.

FREE car park next to exhibition.

one moment for colour location map

Leave M42 at Junction 4.

Follow signs to Birmingham (A34).

Stay on A34 until Saracens Head pub on left in Shirley.

Turn left 100 yards past Saracens Head into service road leading to a car park at the rear of the shops.

Exhibition Hall is next to the British Legion Building.


Keith's Model Railways

2 Holyrood Drive, Countesthorpe, Leicester LE8 5TR
Telephone: +44(0) 116 277 8634

New and second hand Model Railways, (run by genuine enthusiast).


The Corris Railway

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 Christmas.

Who was there?...

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. Chillingworth
by John Cox
Gauge = '0'/7mm

This is a moving diorama, rather than a layout and as such sets out to demonstrate the possibilities of a small operation in 7mm scale. The concept is that the viewer is assumed to be looking out of a window of a carriage of a train that has drawn into the station on the mainline. What they see is the branch line bay platform and a small goods yard. At the far side of the yard a short narrow gauge line runs into an interchange platform. The viewer might see the branch line train making a connection or some shunting being done. Every so often the narrow gauge train shunts a wagon into the yard.

The setting is somewhere in the Surrey/Sussex border area; the mainline is on the Redhill/Guildford ex-SECR line and the branch connects with the ex-LBSCR Guildford/Horsham at Cranleigh.
The Station buildings are modelled on those at Marden SECR, the signal box at Goudhurst on the Hawkhurst Branch and goods shed is based on the one that stood at Fittleworth LBSCR.

3. Kineton
Gauge = '00'/4mm

Kineton is a small fictional station just this side of the Welsh Mountains. It is a through station with a closed fiddle yard at one end and an open yard at the other end to add working interest. This is part of the clubs extensive layout.

4. Leamington Trinity Road

by Mark Miller
Gauge = '00'/4mm

This represents a fictitious terminus station in Leamington Spa. I have built it in conjuction with my school, hence the name Leamington Trinity Road. It is a modern image layout with the odd steam special. Expect to see class 03, 20, 24, 25, 31, and 156. The layout is 8’ long and this will be its first exhibition.

5. Drummond
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!

6. Llangennith

by Hannah (& Tony Drew)
Gauge = '00'/4mm

Llangennith is a ‘real’ place, this layout represents a small, fictitious station on an imaginary GWR line around it’s’ coast.
The layout came into being when, at the age of 10 years, I announced that I wanted to have a layout of my own (just like Dad’s). After lengthy negotiations with the ‘domestic authorities (Mum), it became clear the only acceptable space site for such a venture would have to be the… windowsill! So we embarked this upon minimum space exercise.

The only kit built items, are a pair of Ratio 4 wheel coaches and a couple of wagons. The scenic structures, the signals, signal box and cattle dock are standard, if slightly butchered Ratio products. The station building is a prototype card waiting room kit, whilst the platform, coal staithes, goods shed and the factory are all scratch built from Wills plastic sheets, balsa wood, card and 0.6mm & 1.5mm veneers. All the stonework is made from Wills coarse stone sheets and the grass is gardener’s capillary matting. Finally the ballast is provided by nature – it’s called granite!
(See Railway Modeller March & May 2001 issues)

7. Moxley
by John Ross
Gauge = '0'/7mm

This layout is a suburb of Wolverhampton, near the end of its existence. It still has an occasional passenger service. The main reason for its survival is the Moxley Cycle works which has long since ceased (to manufacturer bicycles) and now deals in the import and service of Japanese Fork Lift Trucks.

8. Waterfall Junction
by Ken Jones
Gauge = 'N'/2mm

This freelance N gauge layout measuring less than 2ft by 18 inches was built in 1999 by me to act as a test bed for some of my rolling stock but went on to become a layout in its own right. It could be anywhere in rural England, Scotland or Wales and various locomotives negotiate this tight single track line passing under the waterfall which was the place that the main line, now a mere siding, joined this delightful scene.

The waterfall and river are made from a 2 pack Faller system, the track is Peco and the controller is a special one built locally by Len Bane to enable slow running.
Tender locomotives and those with a long wheelbase cannot negotiate the tight curves.

Look out for campers, a train spotter, and a man with his dog and another one cycling home from work.

Ken Jones is Chairman of West Midlands area group of the national N gauge Society.


Club Activities  

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Our Next Exhibition:

2024 SMRC Exhibition

Future Exhibitions:

2025 SMRC Exhibition


The Great Central Model Railway Event

Dean Forest Railway
- 1960's Mixed Traction Weekend

Chernet Valley Railway, Model Railway and Classic Car Event

The Great Gathering (A4's)
- National Railway Museum, York

Chinner & Risborough Open Day
& Buckinghamshire Railway Centre
1940s Weekend

Didcot Railway Centre
& Pendon Museum

Barrow Hill Roundhouse
& Peak Rail

York Railway Museum

Warley MRC Exhibition

Didcot & Pendon Railway Trip

Llangollen Railway Trip

Five set of to the
Severn Valley Railway

Toddington Railway Trip

Didcot Railway Trip

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