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Model railways in solihull

Exhibition 2005

12th November

10:30am - 5:00pm

Admission Prices:
Adult £2
Senior / Child £1
Family £5.

Where was it be 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: 0116 277 8634

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

The Corris Railway

Solihull Model Railway Circle - Corris Railway Sales Stand

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. website

Hobby View

40 Underhill Lane, Underhill
Wolverhampton WV10 8NS
Telephone: 01902 831296


DVD's and Video, specialist for the rail enthusiast.

Societys and Clubs

Birmingham Society of Model Engineering

Small display of model Engineering

Solihull Model Railway Circle - Birmingham Society of Model Engineering

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?...

1. Cherwell
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. 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 2005.

2. Nancledre
0.16.5 7mm Narrow Gauge

Warley MRC

Solihull Model Railway Circle - Nancledre

This is a fictitious narrow gauge railway called the “Oneslip & Downe” (or the ODLR) based in the Cornish holiday area. Nancledre is a sleepy harbour village, but both the railway and the surrounding area have been rescued from decay and are now starting to enjoy a renaissance since enthusiasts preserved the railway. The locos are from several preserved and abandoned lines in the UK. Some of the stock is known to have disappeared in the late 19th or early 20th centuries, but modeller’s licence prevails. The layout was started several years ago as an end-to-end “U”shaped line, but has been modified to allow trains to run round, this leaves time for operators to discuss the finer points with the public. Details still need to be added, few layouts are ever complete.

3. Birmingham MRC

4mm Scale, OO Gauge

Birmingham Model Railway Club

This delightful 12ft layout era 1950's BR Terminus. website

4. Mark
009 Narrow Gauge

John Phipps

Solihull Model Railway Circle - Mark

Mark is a Station on the Simon and Mark Railway. A Narrow Gauge concern, which transports passengers, coal and general goods.  The main feature is the station that is built almost entirely of concrete. The layout is set in the 1950’s.
5. The Layout with No Name
7mm Narrow Gauge
Harvey Faulkner-Aston

Solihull Model Railway Circle - The Layout with No Name

Narrow Gauge modelling with a twist!
Inspired By 'Spaghetti' Westerns films of the 1960's and 1970's and Ready-to-Run on 30 stock. All stock is heavily weathered Bachmann running on - virtually buried up to railhead height in ballast - peco set track. The layout reflects a not to serious side to the hobby.

‘The Layout with No Name’  plan

6. Moreton Loco
4mm Scale, OO Gauge

Rob Newman

Solihull Model Railway Circle - Moreton Loco

Moreton Loco shows part of a motive power depot in the British Railway steam era between the dates 1948 -1968 and features a large number of kit-built and detailed ready to run locomotives.  The scene is set as some locomotive servicing facilities built as newer addition to a larger motive power depot (which is beyond the bridge).  The layout may by operated to reflect distant or near regions.  
7. Marken
2mm Scale, N Gauge

Margaret and Ken Stephenson

Solihull Model Railway Circle - Marken

Marken is a fictitious town in Germany with a loop running round the town; it has a ruined castle and a working water wheel on a timber hill.
8. Hornbydale
4mm Scale, OO Gauge - Junior Layout

Nathan and Dennis Reynolds

Solihull Model Railway Circle - Hornbydale

The idea of Hornbydale is to show what can by achieved starting out with a basic Hornby train set  and adding to it over years!

9. Mount Pleasant
4mm Scale, 00 Gauge

Mike Bragg

Solihull Model Railway Circle - Mount Pleasant

Mention the Black Country to anyone not from the West Midlands and you will create ideas and images ranging from dark satanic mills to those that are not political correct. Certainly there were the steel works of Stewarts & Lloyds and Round Oak. Chain and nail making around Cradley and Lye, foundries etc., but there was also the beautiful and delicate cut glass of Stuart Crystal and Royal Brierley.

The Black Country is an industrial area, formerly in the south of the county of Staffordshire and the northern fringe of Worcestershire, where an unusually thick seam of coal approached the surface, and iron and limestone could once be found. From the middle of the nineteenth century onwards railways crossed the area, linking it with far-off places, and created a complex network of lines. The layout tries to give a snap shot of the area rather than set out to provide a definitive picture of any actual place.

Set in the late 6's - early 7's, Mount Pleasant depicts the last throws of a British Railways Western Region back water.

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1940s Weekend

Didcot Railway Centre
& Pendon Museum

Barrow Hill Roundhouse
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