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23 October 2021

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Exhibition 2021

13th November

10:00am - 16:30pm

Admission Prices:
Adults: 3.00
Children: 2.00
Family: 8.00 (2+2)

Where will it be held?...



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

Motorway: M42 Junction 5
Railway: Olton Railway Station

Buses to Hobs Moat road that stop in front of the nearby ice rink: 72, 72A. Buses that stop at Wheatsheaf, A45, Coventry Road: 60, X1, X2.
Bus Information: Available from Network West Midlands: 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.

Baz's Model Rail - 12 Volts DC Electronic Components
Telephone: +44(0)121 257 2717

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.

Helen's Trains
Telephone: +44(0)121 257 2717

Quality second hand rolling stock and accessories

Steve Currin Book Sales
Telephone: +44(0)7796 863249

Buyers and sellers of new and second-hand railway books.

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 was there?...

1. Stodden Hundred Light Railway
7mm Scale, O Gauge
Andrew Jones

The Stodden Hundred Light Railway is A Depiction of A Rural Railway on the Borders of Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire, in the Mid 1930s, Just Before Everything Changed With World War 2. 

Serving the Villages of Pertenhall & Swineshead, (The Line to Kimbolton Has Closed) This is A Branch (Twig) Off the Main Line Which Runs from the Iron Ore Pits Around Kettering to Great Barford Near Sandy, Where Connections Are Made With the LNER & LMS. 

Being an Economically Stretched Railway the SHLR Had to Make Do With Cast Off Locomotives and Passenger Coaches from the More Major Railways Or Industrial Users. With the Light Traffic 0-4-0 and 0-6-0 Tank Locomotives Became the Norm. 

Because It Was Always Short of Operating Engines, Deals Were Struck With Engine Manufacturers For Them to Come and Trial Their New Locomotives Out of the Public Gaze. This Was Time When New Technology, in the Form of Petrol and Diesel Locomotives Was Gaining Ground, so There Were the Occasion Appearances of Modern Traction on SHLR Trains. 

2. Southgate DMU
4mm Scale, 00 Gauge
Shaun Street

Southgate Dmu (Mid 1970s) is A Small Depot That Deals With Cleaning Up and Refuelling Dmu's and With the Occasional Invader from the Usual Diesel Or Two. The Idea Came from A Close Friend When I Suggested I Had Got Nowhere to Run All My Dmu's, Hence the Name Southgate. 

3. Catney Yard
Gn15, Gauge Diarama
Alan Eccles

Designed to Fit in an Ikea Kallax 4 x 1 Unit, Without the Dividing Panels 55ins x 15". 

Simple Oval 1" Diameter. Two Sidings to Park Locos For Workshop. Peco Track Work. Fosworks Remote Control to Track. Electric Gates at Both Ends 

4. Trains on the Move
3-rail, 00 Gauge
Richard Boyce

A Scenic Winter and Summer Display With Track, Locos and Rolling Stock Dating from 1950s and 1960s. Thomas the Tank Engine Can be Seen on the Inner Track to Keep the Younger Ones Entertained. 

5. Grange Aggregates
2mm Scale, N Gauge
Solihull Model Railway

Grange Aggregates Started Up Many Years Ago. The Canal Was Cut in Order to Transport the Stone Out Instead of Using Horses and Wagons. The Narrow Gauge Railway Was Then Laid to Take Stone to the Crushing Plant. Steam Engines Were Introduced on the Narrow Gauge in the 1800s. When the Main Line Railway Was Built, the Loops and Sidings to the Quarry Were Also Put In. All These Forms of Taking the Stone Out Are Still Very Much in Evidence, With Stone Going Out by Canal, Road Or by Rail. If You Have Any Questions

Please Ask the Operators. 

6. Todmarten Midland
2mm Scale, N Gauge
Ed Purcell

Todmorden Midland is A Terminus Modelled to N Gauge Standards But the Scenic Section Includes Station, Goods Shed, Coal Yard, Loco Shed, Canal Scene, A Couple of West Yorkshire Mill Buildings, A Pub And, of Course Distant Views of Hills. 
It is Assumed That the Midland Railway Decided to Try to Tap the Lucrative Traffic Around the North of Manchester and Towns Like Rochdale and Oldham. To Avoid Direct Competition With the L&y Or the LNWR the Mr Planned to Take A Single Line from the Terminus of the Worth Valley Line at Oxenhope Across the Moorland Near Hebden Bridge and to Access the Calder Valley (The L&ys Territory) at Todmorden and Then Develop A Line Across to the North Side of Manchester. The Success of the Recently Built Settle and Carlisle Line Meant That Plenty of Station and Other Building Designs Could be Adapted Quickly (From A Previous Layout!). However, When They Reached Todmorden the Money and the Drive Ran Out and the Lengthy Line from Keighley Was Left to Struggle on Into the 1950s and 60s Which is When It is Modelled. 

The Track is Peco With Points Operated by Seep Motors and Control is Analogue Via an Excellent Controller Designed by WMRC Member Ted Dudley and Built by WMRC Member Keith Paxton Which is Standard on the Clubs N Gauge Layouts. Stock is by Farish, Dapol, Peco, N Gauge Society and Union Mills Along With Some Kit Built Items. Motive Power Seen on the Line is Ex Mr 2fs, 3fs, 4fs, 2ps, 2-6-4ts, 2-6-2ts, 2mt 2-6-0s, Black 5s, 8fs, WD 2-8-0 S, Along With Some Standard Locos, Some Visiting Ex LNER Locos on Summer Holiday Trains and Even One Or Two Diesels and Dmus. 

Scenery Uses A Range of Manufacturers Products Including the Excellent (And Rare) Graham Avis Trees. Buildings Are Mainly Scratch Built With A Couple of Modified Kits. The Excellent Peco N Gauge Stone Plastic Building Sheets Have Proved to be Very Effective. However, the Church is Made from OO Gauge Wills Sheet! Some of the Buildings Are Scratch Built Settle and Carlisle Designs Which Are Justified by the Lines Presumed Historic Origins. Mill Buildings and Pub Are Scratch Built and based on the Types of Building Found in the Area. The Back Scene is Done With Acrylics. 

7. Parcs Wharf
4mm Scale, Em Gauge
Dave Griffin

The Name Parcs is Scrap Backwards Which Gives an Idea of the Layout Origins. After Over Sixty Years Modelling and the Domestic Managements Demands That the Railway Room Was Redecorated, I Decided to Clear Out the Accumulated Hoard of Modelling Bric-a-brac. The Result is Another Layout from What Was Already to Hand. 

It is Set in the Years Around Nationalization With A Predominantly L.M.S. Flavour. In Such A Short Length the Railway Possibilities Are A Little Limited, Therefore A Canal With Some Working Features is Included. 

8. 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 Junctions 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. 

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 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. 

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 Masons Arms, the George Hotel and the Fat Cat Caf from Solihull; Kings 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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