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16 February 2015

:::: 10 Working Layouts. 6 Traders. Across 2 Halls. ::::

Exhibition 2016

12th 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.

Elaine's Trains
Telephone: +44(0)1673 857 423

At Elaine's Trains we specialise in pre-owned model railway items, Hornby, Bachmann, Lima and
Tri-ang with a splash of continental HO, other gauges as available.

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 unusual items.

12 Volts DC Electronic Components
elephone: +44(0)121 628 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 other products.

Corris Narrow Gauge Railway
The Corris Railway was the first narrow gauge railway in Mid Wales. It is now operated as a volunteer run railway, taking passengers on a return journey from Corris to Maespoeth. We are continuing with work to extend the line despite the best efforts of Welsh bureaucracy and consequent mountains of paperwork (in two languages) to slow us down! We operate Easter to the end of September on Sundays with full weekends in July and four weekends throughout August. We continue to run the popular Gravity train on certain Sundays in the season. Please check our website ( for details of opening before you travel. The build of a second steam locomotive continues at a pace. This will look like the original Falcon locomotive which run on the Corris Railway until 1948. Our sales stand has a range of books, Metcalfe models and second hand railway items for sale to raise money for the Falcon project. 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.



Who will be there?...


1. Charlieville
2mm Scale, N Gauge
Christine Hodge (Sutton Coldfield Railway Society)

This is a 5ft x 3ft 6in N Gauge table top, circular layout plus rear fiddle yard, based on the Great N-Pire Railroad by Kent Wood and Ric Laban. The version built, is a small Plains Mid-West town of the 1950?s and 1960?s. The small population has a collection of steam loco?s, which used to run to the outlying farms and mine workings in the distant hills, delivering supplies and picking up produce and cattle for onward shipping. Charlieville now runs a tourist heritage line and is served by the cross-state Super Chief Santa Fe line, which stops on its way through.

The layout track is a pre-formed Bachmann track on a cork and MDF base, with switch points by Peco and Atlas. The buildings are a mixture of ready made, kit built and scratch built by Bachmann, Model Power, Lifelike and Walthers Cornerstone. The engine house is the remains of a Faller Old Stone Crushing Plant Kit, modified and with added workshop facilities. The town hall and cinema are Kato Japanese buildings suitably modified to American design. Visitors and locals are catered for by Rob?s Roadhouse”, and Imex Diner”. Paint used on the building is Humbrol Enamel, with acylics used on the scenery. The scenery is a mixture from different suppliers to give a sense of diversity and change. Vehicles have been chosen mainly from Atlas and Mini Metals range to reflect the time and the era, with old and new car in existence.

2. Williams Ridge
2mm Scale, N Gauge
Gary Williams

The layout is a fictional coal mine scene set around the American mid/south west with a ridge/cliff back setting. The original mine would have been in operation in the early 1900?s before closing due to the decline of the small local mining communities. Some of the original mine buildings are still in place and the old mine shaft lifting gear has been removed and stored adjacent to one of the original train tracks, now abandoned. The disused coal mine has been revisited over the last 80 years or so by various investors and has now re-opened using new mining techniques to go back into limited operation. The area had little attention until the main line through the area was re-laid to provide a route across the desert and scrubland. With the mine re-opening, a small transfer depot has been created to provide storage and transfer of minerals and chemicals away from populated areas. The depot is also used as a stop-off point for short goods trains and as a passing point to allow faster cross-country passenger and long-haul goods trains to overtake the slower locos. As the layout is fictional and has only a vague location in mind, there are a variety of loco?s branded from across the United States. The era of loco?s and stock is also varied, spanning from the 1970?s through to modern locos, all diesel or gas-turbine powered. Although not historically accurate, the layout has been a lot of fun to create and experiment with American stock rather than the usual British Steam or Modern Image which is popular with most people. I hope you enjoy my little piece of Americana.

3. Upp N? Bak”
009 Narrow Gauge
Les Plews

The layout represents a preserved 1 foot 1113É42 inches gauge railway running on the track bed of a former standard gauge line that linked the Iron Ore quarries on the northern extremes of Rosedale, North Yorkshire Moors to the sidings at the top of Ingleby Bank. The village of Uppin is half way along the line and sees many tourists during the summer, the station hosts many attractions especially vehicle rallies. Locomotives and rolling stock are mainly kit-built with some r-t-r items, from Parkside, Eggerbahn, Jouef and Roco ranges. I must pay tribute to the late Ted Hobday, a dear friend, without whose idea the layout wouldn?t have come to fruition, a small memorial to him can be found in a quiet corner of the layout. Please ask any questions about the layout or model railways in general.

4. Saltisford Lane
4mm Scale, OO Gauge
Mark Miller

Saltisford Lane is a fictitious Depot Layout set in Scotland in the 1980?s. It is imagined that Saltisford Lane is a small depot near to the much loved Eastfield Depot in Glasgow.

The layout comprises of a small running shed for fuelling and light maintenance at the rear left of the layout with a larger Traction and Rolling Stock Maintenance shed situated to the right hand side of the bridge carrying Saltisford Lane” the road which the depot is named after.

Many Scottish based locos can be seen, mainly from Eastfield but occasionally Inverness locos appear when they are needed for exam work at the T&RSMD.

5. Fair T?Middlin
4mm Scale, OO Gauge
John Collins

A OO” gauge layout set in an industrial area of the North of England during the 1950?s/60?s. A fictional based diorama set around the town of S?Eckerslike? dominated by a viaduct and substantial industrial red brick buildings built in the Victorian era.

The railway station was originally an intermediate station on Fair to Middlin line. The railway line was, however, truncated at Eckerslike following closure of the mine at Middlin during the 1930?s.

The railway nowadays is a branch line from Fair providing a regular passenger service between the two towns. There is also a busy goods shed serving local people and industry and a private siding to the large engineering works adjacent to the station with an active coal yard. BR steam loco as early green diesels and DMUs provide power.

6. Trains On The Move
Hornby Dublo 3-Rail
Richard Boyce

This is a scenic display with track, loco?s, and rolling stock dating from the 1950?s and early 60?s. Products such as Peco, K&M, Gaugemaster, Wills, Oxford vehicles and modern Hornby people, complete the scenic display. Thomas the tank engine” can be seen on the inner track to keep the younger ones entertained.

7. Wellington Street an Earl of Dudley
7mm Scale, O gauge
Mike Bragg

An 0 gauge Industrial Layout, Wellington Street” is my 7th Earl of Dudley based railway. All of the previous layouts have been area specific so for a change Wellington Street incorporates a number of key elements from all over the Earls system. The name is a modification of Wellington Road which was at the Eastern extremity of the Earls system although it was out of use just after the Second World War. However, there was a short section of line from the Wallows to Old Park Engineering, so by twisting fact with more than a generous helping of fiction, (or should that read Modellers Licence), Old Park has become Doolittle and Waite casters and fabricators. The Wellington Road land Sale Wharf has been moved to Cradley Heath where the line crossed Forge Lane renamed Wellington Street and connected with the GWR via Cradley Goods Yard (not modelled). So what else has been moved? Well a dismantled rail bridge which carried the GWR line from Old Hill to Dudley known as the Bumble Hole line.

8. Blyth Valley Maintenance Depot
45mm Scale, G gauge
G Scale Society, West Midlands Group

The Maintenance Depot was originally built as part of the Blyth Valley Group layout to provide stabling, refuelling and turning of locomotives. Due to changes in the hall profile and increasing numbers attending meetings it has been converted to a stand-alone layout (that can still be fitted to the main layout).

It shows an aging steam depot which has had facilities added for diesel locomotives, the new diesel tanks being in complete contrast to the older steam facilities.

The Group meets in the Scout Headquarters on this site once a month on Saturdays, from September April and then at members gardens throughout the summer. Details can be found at:

9. 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. 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.

10. 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.

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