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10 October 2017

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

Exhibition 2017

11th 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.

12 Volts DC Electronic Components


Telephone: +44(0)121 628 7522

Electronic components for the model railway enthusiast. Over 20 different switches available, numerous types and colours of cables including multi-strand 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
Email: (Marked, FAO: Rosie Guest)

Corris Railway is celebrating 50 years since the formation of the society this year. It started off as a historical society just trying to preserve a few artefacts that remained of the railway. Now, although we are only running just under a mile still, we have restored an engine shed, a new build carriage shed, 3 diesel locos, a steam loco built from scratch and we are halfway through the build of a second steam loco too. The extension to the line has been mired in red tape but it’s getting to the stage where we can start laying track in earnest. So altogether, not bad for 50 years I suppose. Trouble is we are 50 years older too!

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. Binton Junction
2mm Scale, N Gauge
Graham Price

“Changing times at Binton junction”. Goods yard closed, electrification of the mainline just started, newly constructed flats built by the local council.

A classic mainline, branch line junction: Station set in the 1960’s when a lot of social and railway changes were going on. The main theme of “Binton junction” I have tried to achieve the changing times of the period, steam to diesel and electric traction, closure of local railway facility’s, new flats replacing terraced housing, gas to electric street lighting and with some of the traditional industry hanging on still in there.

2. Bourton Yard
3.5mm Scale, HO Gauge
Paul Challenor

The layout is based on a USA, industrial rail yard around the early 1980’s. The locos are all DCC with the addition of sound from MRC sound decoders. All the work is done by the owner including weathering on the locos and rolling stock. Locos are a mixture of Atlas and Athearn Gennisis.

3. Charlton (The Strand)
4mm Scale, OO Gauge
David Boot

Charlton the Strand is what I call a “what if” layout. What if the railway, in particular the GWR, had arrived in Charlton Village rather than passing straight through Fladbury to Worcester from Evesham. Although it is not an accurate landscape of the area it is in theory sighted on the village green were a Brook runs through to the River Avon. For this exercise the Brook has been culverted. There is nothing unusual about the layout, being similar to many GWR branch line termini seen in or around exhibitions. The need to produce a smaller layout that I can handle in my advancing years, spurred me on to this idea, and has proved to have been the correct decision having attended two exhibitions recently.

The layout has code 75 track throughout, Peco points, Seep Point motors, a mixture of plastic constructed building and laser cut structures. The latter is my first venture into this medium. The signals are from the Dapol range, but as I inadvertently burnt out the some of the motors whilst installing them I have had to revert to more simplistic methods. Some of the buildings are from a previous layout, and the trees I’m afraid are ready made, my enthusiasm does not run to trying to replicate Beeches, Cedars and Oaks these days, although I have “dug up” and replanted some from my house bound layout.

My favourite period for modelling is the 50/60s for which I have plenty of appropriate stock to run, but occasionally you may see the odd stranger from another region appear. I still use screw link or three link couplings for authenticities sake as my hand is still steady enough to handle them.

The layout is 14ft long including the fiddle yard by 2’ wide and is built in such a way that it can be extended in either direction, as and when the mood takes me, but I am ever mindful that as time goes by I cannot handle big layouts, but you never know.

Finally the layout is built in such a way that I could possibly convert it to a LMS branch by replacing the station building the signal box and signals. If you have any questions please ask. I or any colleagues assisting me will be willing to answer any questions or queries.

4. Whitecross Street
4mm Scale, OO Gauge
John Baggaley

Set in the late 1960s/early 1970s (British Rail’s ‘Blue Period’) the layout represents a fictitious station and small parcels depot located near the real Moorgate Station. There was once a SECR service running from Snow Hill to Moorgate via an east facing junction from the Snow Hill/Farringdon line to the Widened Lines (which ran from Kings Cross & St Pancras to Moorgate). Although this SECR service ceased in 1916 and the connection lifted some years later, I have assumed that for my purposes it remained open and the line was later electrified on the 3rd rail system. The station is pure imagination and supposes that the independently minded SECR decided to build their own station rather than share the existing station with the Met, GN and LMS. It is supposedly located on the site of the Midland Railways (LMS) Whitecross Goods Depot, the area is now all vanished under the modern Barbican development.

The passenger service is by the Southern Region and sees a variety of EMUs. The small parcels depot is also accessible from the widened lines and in addition to SR trains sees Midland and Eastern Region diesel hauled parcels trains with locos and parcels stock typical of those regions. That is as far as a real life justification goes. The aim has been to produce a small and interesting layout to use a collection of EMUs and parcels stock.

Constructed on purpose built plywood baseboards with Peco OO trackwork (Code 100), the scenic is inevitably a bit limited and utilise a variety of sources for the structures, mostly modified Metcalfe and Walthers kits. Rolling stock is from most of the major manufacturers supplemented with kit built models mainly from DC Kits and Kirk. It is DCC controlled with analog switched tortoise point motors.

The operational side uses 2BIL, 2HAL, 2EPB, 4CEP and other multiple unit stock, Class 33s and 73s, with short van trains, Class 419 Motor Luggage Vans hauling a parcels van or two. Classes 15/16/24/25 from the LMR and ER may also appear. It is usually operated with stock in a mix of liveries from the late '60s/early '70s. However if required can also be operated as predominately green or blue period.

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5. Kinlet Road
4mm Scale, OO Gauge
John Williams (Wyre Forest Model Railway Club)

For several years in a row, as a club we attend the Warley Show with our club information stand. About 8 years ago we decided as a club that a small layout would be ideal to display the information stand and give us members a bit more something do and be more interesting to visitors.

Kinlet Road was designed with ease of transport in mine. We want it to have DCC sound and with no point motors – points operate with wire in a tube. The layout is split in the middle and the one end of the layout becomes the top of a box for transportation. We use “The Gauge Master Prodigy DCC Controller”. The first couple of years the layout attended Warley Show without any scenery, as we did not think it was a requirement at the time. However, we did eventually add scenery. All the buildings are scratch built, with some modified kits. The layout depicts a very small depot in British Rail Blue days -We think these sound better than the modern ones.

6. The Wallows- Earl of Dudley Pensnett Railway
7mm Scale, O Gauge
Mike Bragg

The Wallows is a portable layout set in the Black Country an area once described as “red by night and black by day” where furnaces lit the night sky and smoke hid the sun during the daylight hours. In certain corners of the Black Country, behind forbidding wastelands, or at the bottom of unkempt lanes far from the beaten track that generally end up in a no-man's-land of former industrial occupations, you might still come across a relic or two created in the great age, the age that witnessed the profile of the Dark Region being raised to an unprecedented level as it became the beating heart of Britain’s Industrial manufacturers. The area just to the north of the Dudley-Brierley Hill road is known as The Wallows, and was very much the centre of the Pensnett Railway. The model has been designed to include some of the features of the area such as the Harts Hill Iron Works and of course the inevitable pub a feature that has become the signature building of all my previous Earl of Dudley based layouts. The Baseboards are commercial products from Grainge and Hodder, track work is scratch built as are the structures whilst the electrics and controls are analogue as DCC on a layout this size would be wasted.

7. Tanybwlch and Penrhyn
009 Narrow Gauge
Nigel and William Smith

The original model based on tanybwlch station, marks the half way point on the Ffestiniog railway, its sylvan setting ever popular with visitors, the quiet surroundings occasionally broken by the hustle and bustle caused by trains passing each other.

In contrast, the new extension based on Penrhyn Station sees trains either stopping for a few solitary passengers or pass through onto the next stations. The layout is set towards the end of the high season (summer/early autumn), from the late 1990’s onward. Allowing vintage and modern coaching stock to be run, hauled by locos associated with the line, such as double & single Fairlies, George England saddle tanks, Ex Penrhyn Hunslets and the funky diesel.

All of the buildings, locos and rolling stock are either scratch built or from kits. Approximately 300 trees provide the Sylvan setting; more are to be planted in due course. Watch out for the demonstration slate train, as there are rumours that this will return back to Porthmadog by gravity.

Modellers licence has been required due to the space available, therefore the layout is not to scale. However, it is hoped that the layout provides those familiar with the Ffestiniog railway with a few memories.

The railway, featured in the February 2014 edition of the railway modeller, appears at exhibitions in support of the Ffestiniog railway society, and the team who maintain the real Tanybwlch Station.

8. Nancledre
16.5 Narrow Gauge
Warley MRC

Nancledre is a small Cornish village midway between St Ives and Penzance. The harbour came into being when the local landowner joined the rush to extract tin from the moorland above the village and realised the best way to get the raw material out of the Duchy was by sea. The original cart track was converted and a narrow gauge line was put in place, known affectionately as O&DLR (Oneslip & Downe Light Railway). This eventually fell into disuse until the upsurge in holidays and railway preservation brought about its re-opening, when the opportunity was taken to extend the line along the coast to the local beach and on towards Penzance.

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 Café 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.

The 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 scale model of the goods shed at Eckington on 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 and 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.

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