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Model railways in solihull

Exhibition 2006


11th November

10:30am - 5:00pm

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

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).


Corris Narrow Gauge 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.


40 Underhill Lane, Underhill
Wolverhampton WV10 8NS

Telephone: +44(0)1902 831296


DVD and Video specialist, for the rail enthusiast.

SiSt Trees

4 David Home View
Heath Grange
TD11 3SX
Telephone: +44 (0)1890 817111


We are SiSt Trees, suppliers of high quality scale model trees and landscaping materials for discerning modellers!

Suitable for model railways, wargaming, architectural models, cake decorators, dolls houses, gifts...The list is endless!


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?...

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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 2006.

New for this year includes:
Footbridge down to platform 1 & 2 on main station including lights in platform buildings. Scratchbuilt buildings above main station with a local theme. Scenery work on the upper branch goods yard and lights added to platform. Lower branch platform building and platform fencing. The layout still needs a few more buildings, other scenery work and lots of small detail. This layout will be going to Warley Model Railway Club’s National Railway Exhibition at the NEC on 2nd & 3rd December 2006.

2. Cancelled

3. Manorfold Valley
2mm Scale, OO Gauge
Birmingham Model Railway Club

This is the clubs first venture into this small scale. Started by two new members of club following publication of plan and details in modelling magazine, about 3 years ago. However members moved away, left club and layout was mothballed with only limited track laid on bare baseboards. Finally it was decided by Gerry Baylis a member of 4mm section to continue with project and he was assisted by club member from Czech Republic - which probably explains the continental flavour. It has taken about 2 years to bring layout to this stage and Shirley will be its first exhibition.

4. Milldale
2mm Scale, N Gauge
Churnet Valley Model Railway Department.

Based on the London Midland Region, Derbyshire area in the 1960’s. Heavy mineral or local passenger, whether diesel or steam hauled are the usual motive power on this layout. The line is an imaginary link located between the Tissington Trail and the Caldon Lowe branch, Milldale being a small hamlet just south of Hartington. "All stock on the layout at this time is either Peco or Farish. Trackwork is by Peco with signals by Ratio." Milldale was built by Peter Lowe and the late Colin Plant, in the mid 1980’s, who were at the time members of the Macclesfield Model Railway Club.

5.Graben See
2mm Scale, N Gauge
Margaret and Ken Stephenson

An end to end layout with trains and trams set in a fictitious area in Bauaria.

6. Paradise Green
4mm Scale, OO Gauge
Rob Newman

Pardise Green is not what the suggests, being a district in a large urban area. Two different railway companies chose to serve the city, and at Paradise Green they made great efforts to avoid the tracks and property of each other, thus the lines had to run at different levels and to sometimes contend with sharp curves to find a suitable route. Paradise Green had a railway workshop, part of which is featured, whilst its rival company was forced to ‘cut and cover’ at lower level to make room for its through tracks. It was not a pleasant place to live, but many had to find their home here, in the ‘tenement’ type buildings over looking the lines.

7. Preservation Road
2mm Scale, N Gauge
Roger Dean

A compacted freelance loco depot with all the locomotives being preserved in various lotations across the uk. Plus a rural village and country station – Pickle Halt.

8. Ironvill Road
4mm Scale, OO Gauge
Alan Wilson (Ian Cantrell)

This layout is to prove that you don’t need a great deal of space to have a OO gauge layout as it has been built entirely on an ironing board, hence the name Ironville road. The layout represents a fuelling stabling point somewhere on the western region set in the late 1960’s when at that time mainly diesel of the hydraulic era ruled the routes to the west country, however interlopers from other regions may also make an appearance.

9. Otterbridge
EM Gauge
Peter Bailey

Otterbridge is a typical Hampshire market town, served by the Southern Railway from Eastleigh and the Great Western Railway from Winchester. The Period is approximately the 1930’s. Do, Please talk to the operators, even when their back to you and look busy!

10. Bachdale and Dibley Level
009 Narrow Gauge
John Wormington   

Bachdale is imaginary village in a former Lead mining area and the line was originally built to serve the mines at Dibley Level. It was extended to Fewgley(to the right of the area modelled) The line is now in the hands of a preservation company and is set in the year 2000.

11. Dovington Camp
4mm Scale, OO Gauge
Paul Taylor

Small MOD depot, shunting trains ready for the mainline.

12. Harchester Stabling Point 4mm Scale, OO gauge
John Anderson

Harchester is located in the Midlands (1980’s -1990’s) and is a focal point for rail activity. The small locomotive stabling point at Harchester is used by all manner of sectors from Intercity and Parcels to Railfreight Distribution, Coal, Metals, Oil and Construction. Harchester was conceived as a working diorama to show my GROWING stock of customised locomotives and rolling stock in a realistic setting.

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1940s Weekend

Didcot Railway Centre
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Warley MRC Exhibition

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Llangollen Railway Trip

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