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21 October 2015

::: New Admission Prices for 2018. 10 Working Layouts. 5 Traders and Society Support. ::::


Exhibition 2015

14th November

10:00am - 16:30pm

Admission Prices:
Adult £2.50
Senior £2.00

Child £1.00
Family £6.00

Where will it be held?...



St Mary’s House, Hobs Meadow
Solihull B92 8PN

Motorway: M42 Junction 5
Railway: Olton Railway Station

The 71 and 72 buses stop in front of the nearby ice rink.
The 58, 60 and 900 all stop on the A45.
Bus information available from:
Network West Midlands on 0871 200 22 33 or

FREE car park next to exhibition


Keith's Model Railways

2 Holyrood Drive,




Telephone: +44(0) 116 2778634

New and second hand model railways, run by genuine enthusiast.

Ians Trains

12 Hollyoak Road,

Sutton Coldfield,

West Midlands,

B74 2FG

Telephone: +44(0)121 3531948

Providing a comprehensive selection of new and pre-owned desirable model railways in, O, OO and N-Gauge from mint and boxed loco’s to useful bargain accessories. Supporting numerous exhibitions throughout the Midlands and beyond.

Steve Currin Book Sales

Telephone: +44(0)7796 863249
Buyers and sellers of new and second-hand railway books.

Derby Trees and Scenics

113 Allestree Close,



DE24 8SX

Telephone: +44(0)332 239570

Realistic model trees using fine wire in all sizes and demonstration of tree modelling. Available in different gauges and scales (2mm, 3mm, 4mm and 7mm). Busch, Greenscene, Javis and many other unusal items.

12 Volts DC Electronic Components

Telephone: +44(0)121 682 7522

Electronic components for the model railway enthusiast. Over 20 different switches available, numerous types and colours of cables including multistrand and ribbon. Numerous LEDs and miniature bulbs stocked. Large range of lighting and a selection of colour light signals. A range of tools for your wiring jobs and others.

Corris Narrow Gauge Railway

The Corris Railway is a Narrow Gauge Heritage Railway in Mid-Wales operated entirely by volunteers. Passenger services are steam hauled and operate at weekends, from Easter to the end of September, with extended openings in the high season. We are currently raising money for a second steam locomotive; we have three carriages under construction in the carriage shed and have started to extend the line. There is plenty to do and we welcome new members and volunteers. Second hand railway models will be on sale on the stand, OO gauge for layouts, Corris souvenirs and some children’s toys. Any enquiries can be directed to Rosie Guest by email:

If you have a exhibition standard layout and like to exhibit it at our exhibition please contact us.

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.


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the members pictures
of the Exhibition

Alan Bell



Who will be there?...


1. Central Goods

2mm Scale, N Gauge

Mike Rymill

This layout depicts Birmingham Central Goods depot in 1950?s with a few changes that may have been. A very busy depot in its heyday complete with a bonded warehouse. All trains were fed from the south west of Birmingham, into the Depot. The disused track bed to the depot can still be seen today at the back of Five Ways station. Originally terminated at Granville Street, but was extend by a tunnel to Suffolk Street, by Navigation Street. Stanier House and The Mail Box now stand on the site.

2. Binton Sidings
2mm Scale, N Gauge
Graham Price

A classic continuous run, two level, secondary line set in the industrial north east midlands in the late 1950?s to early 1960?s. A layout built to fit into a small space where space is very limited. The idea for the layout was taken from Railway Modeller roughly two years ago but with modifications made to suit.

3. Talledaga Crossing
3.5mm Scale, HO Gauge
Doug Grazier

This line was built to access the timber and ore deep in the hills. To get there necessitated tight twisting curves, tunnels and sharp grades.  Talledaga is no more than a passing place just before the short lines split off into the hills.  From there they bring out timber and ore to take down to the main.  Slow powerful locos move short heavy freight passing the occasional passenger train.

All locos are DDC with sound, NCE provides the control, track is Peco, code 83 lay on cork and the buildings are a combination of kid and scratch built.

4. Welford Yard

4mm Scale, OO Gauge

Shaun Greet

This layout is set in London around 1975 1978. Welford Yard depicts a small freight yard off a cross London line. Dealing with van and open wagon freight, to a local warehouse. Stock includes classes 03, 08, 20, 24, and 25, with a scenic area of only 37 inches it shows what can be done in a small space.

5. Oldendaze

4mm Scale, OO Gauge

Birmingham Model Railway Club

The layout was constructed by a club member who sadly passed away about 4 years ago and his family kindly donated it to us in his memory. The layout is a fictional location and includes the builders own ideas, experienced from building many layouts over a number of years. It is presumed to be in early BR era although a change to available stock during operating allows a little modellers license! It basically consists of a branch line terminus with access to a quayside, goods yard and basic engine shed & facilities. Buildings are all scratch built including the station, local industry and a few of the houses.

6. Millend

16.5 Narrow Gauge

David Jeanes

Millend is a freelance layout depicting a narrow gauge railway somewhere in Wales in the 1930?s. It is a small exhibition layout that hopefully creates the character of a narrow gauge railway. Locomotives and rolling stock have all been scrath built by me out of plastic and wood, but they don?t follow no particular prototype. Control is D.C.C. and points are hand operated.

7. Swan Bank

7mm Scale, O Gauge

Paul Challenor

This layout has been built in less than a year and made its debut at the Warley Show 2012. My history is as an accomplished military and aircraft modeller and I have carried many skills from this over to the model railway scene. I started in N gauge but soon made the change to O gauge after seeing my dear friend, Kevin Cartwright?s, Stodmarsh layout. I discovered that this would be a better gauge to work in, and I also developed the skill of building etched brass locomotives.

What you see today is a small O gauge layout, built primarily to go on to the Exhibition circuit (providing Show Managers like it enough to book it!) It can be set up at home and is easily transported in the family car.

The layout is fictitious, depicting a small road, rail and canal interchange somewhere in the West Midlands, in the BR period. It utilises some of my recently built stock. The locos and rolling stock are mainly brass and plastic kits, many of which are from the Connoisseur Models range. The Proprietor of Connoisseur has helped me greatly with advice on kit assembly and choice of motors etc. The buildings are a mix of kits, Skytrex and modified and scratch built.

I hope you approve of what is exhibiting here today, and please feel free to ask any questions you may have on any modelling topic as I like to have a chat between running trains.

8. Primrose Hill

7mm Scale, O Gauge

Mike Bragg

Primrose Hill was once part of Earl of Dudley?s Saltwells branch. The layout demonstrates that you don?t need acres of space to model in O gauge as it is only about the size of a large ironing board. The main focus of the layout is the buildings which are Noah Hingleys who made the anchors for the Titanic, Lloyds Proofing House which tested chains, The Round of Beef pub and the Transhipment shed. The buildings are all scratch-built using 2mm Lite Ply embossed Plastic overlays. The track is code 100 rail (commonly used in OO gauge) soldered on to copper-clad sleepers.

9. Cherwell

4mm Scale, OO Gauge

Solihull Model Railway Circle

A scenic OO gauge, 26 feet 6 inches by 10 feet 6 inches, four-track mainline with an integral branch line. It features working automatic signals and has largely scratch built buildings with a local theme, e.g.: The Manor House, The Mason?s Arms, The George Hotel and the Fat Cat CafZ? from Solihull; King?s Heath library; Tyseley Station; and Water Orton Station. 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 the present day. If you look carefully you can see pigeons roosting under the station bridge, foxes using the track bed as a shortcut and one fox eyeing lambs, gulls eggs and the shepherd on the upper pasture, cats watching building work in the arch from the platform and gulls above the sea and on the cliffs with a lonely cormorant.

10. Avonbridge

7mm Scale, O Gauge

Solihull Model Railway Circle

This layout is a 30 feet by 13 feet , three-track, continuous run with station and storage loops. Early in 2013, we widened two of the front boards to provide some space to allow for shunting. The boards are made from 9mm exterior plywood with some aluminium box-section bracing and steel box-section legs with rubber door-stops as feet. PECO code 124 bullhead track is laid to a minimum radius of 6 feet.

Points are operated from the main panel using Hammant and Morgan motors. Buildings are based on local Midland Railway prototypes and therefore the layout represents a busy MR branch line somewhere in the midlands, although the stock, run is from a variety of companies and eras to suit our varying interests. Most buildings are scratch-built from a combination of Plastikard and wood. The main station building is a model of Northfield and the small shelter on the opposite platform is from Moseley. The signal box is modelled on Luffenham, with Marton Junction?s coal bunker. A scratch-built goods shed from the Birmingham and Gloucester Railway is at one end of the station and future developments will probably include a footbridge between the platforms, back scenes and possibly a small engine shed.

At one end is the road-over-rail bridge at Ripple, near Tewkesbury and at the other end a section of the 1816 Edstone canal viaduct from Bearley, near Stratford Upon Avon. People and accessories are from various manufacturers, including PECO and Preiser.

11. A Scottish Branch

4mm scale, OO gauge

Solihull Model Railway Circle

A new end-to-end branch line club layout based on Scottish practice, displayed here partly built to give an insight into layout construction. It is 16 feet long by just over 2 feet wide and we are using SMP code 75 bullhead plain track and handmade Marcway points and it has been constructed to run with either DCC or traditional control. There is a terminus station at one end and a hidden 'fiddle' yard with a traverser at the other with a scenic section in between. A major part of the concept is the use of very deep baseboards with the railway running through the middle, allowing greater depths and heights of scenery for a more interesting appearance. The major architectural feature is the curved viaduct based on Killiecrankie.




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Warley MRC Exhibition

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