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Club members model in a wide range of scales and gauges.

The layouts described here are private layouts and not available for exhibitions.


ABERROG (0-16.5)  by Roger Elkin

The layout is to a scale of 1:43 (7mm to one foot - the same as 0 gauge) but runs on Peco 16.5mm narrow gauge track (the same gauge as 00).

Aberrog is a fictitious fishing village and holiday resort on the coast of North Wales. The town is served by a narrow gauge branch line going up the valley, which also has an interchange goods yard with the British Railways standard gauge line near the harbour. The 2ft 3ins gauge line from the harbour was originally built to carry stone down from the quarries in the mountains, and to transport fish and other goods to the remote villages in the valley. The period is set in the late 1950s/early 1960s when some of the freight and local passenger traffic still survives and a preservation society are starting to develop tourist passenger services, including some trains with a buffet/observation car.

The harbour station at Aberrog

The area modelled depicts the narrow gauge terminus, the goods exchange shed with the standard gauge, and part of the harbour. The narrow gauge line disappears into the hidden sidings behind the loco shed and workshops at Crompton Lodge. The track on the model is Peco 0-16.5, and the locos and rolling stock are a mixture of kit and scratch built items together with some adapted from 00 gauge products. The back scene is hand painted in acrylic paints and most of the buildings are scratch built from foam board and Plasticard.

The layout was originally built for exhibition use, but has now been retired from the exhibition circuit and is permanently set up at home.


BURNSIDE (N gauge) by Martin Marriott

Burnside, despite its Scottish name, is a freelance layout based in Southern England.   It represents a terminus station with a branch line connection.   The time is the 1950's and rolling stock from the grouping companies is still in evidence.   A nearby factory complex sees daily deliveries of coal and materials with finished goods being transferred on the daily mixed goods service. The branch line sees regular railcar workings which cater for what is effectively two branches served by Burnside station

The track is Peco N gauge finescale Streamline laid on a cork base ballasted with granite and PVA glue. Points are powered by SEEP motors. The basic scenery is lightweight ceiling tiles stuck together with PVA and covered with Polyfilla substitute (cheaper) and Woodland scenics. The platform is old Hornby/Minitrix and the buildings are Ratio kits and the signal box has a fully detailed interior.

Rolling stock is mainly RTR, but there is a parcels railcar built using Arnold Langley kit and a very smooth running Lifelike GP40 chassis; the best slow running loco on the layout is a second-hand Graham Farish green Class 20 which has been weathered a bit.

The layout was built for exhibition use, but has not been out on the exhibition circuit for some years now.





The Backford and Stanton Light Railway (BSLR) is an 0 gauge garden railway, built to finescale standards using Peco track. The track gauge is 32mm and the scale of the models is 7mm to 1ft. The minimum radius curve is 6ft. and the steepest gradient is 1 in 50. The line represents a preserved line the Cheshire/ Welsh borders area, enabling a wide variety of locos and stock to be run ranging from a Terrier 0-6-0T to a class 47 diesel. There are even some 3rd & 4th rail electric locos and units- but don't ask where they pick up the current from!

The railway operates in all weathers and a snow plough is available for use in winter. The track is nickel silver and plastic so does not rust. Locomotives and stock have to be regularly maintained to ensure reliable running in all conditions. Most of the buildings and scenery are left out all the year round, but also require maintenance to counteract the effects of strong sunlight and gale force winds.

There are 7 stations on the line; the three terminal stations are undercover, but the two intermediate stations and a halt on the main line are out in the open. There is also a short branch line serving a dairy as well as having passenger traffic worked by push-pull trains and diesel multiple units.

Working signalling is installed (although it is not fully interlocked) and BR bell codes are used to communicate between signal boxes. The line is often operated to a timetable which requires 8 or 10 people to fully staff the stations.



RIO GRANDE (American On30) by Peter Watson

Rio Grande is being built to a scale of 1/4 inch to one foot. American narrow gauge locos will run in a setting of contemporary buildings, with a high level of scenic detail.


ROGGWIL (Swiss H0 & H0m) by Roger Elkin

The layout, which occupies a spare bedroom is basically a metre gauge (HOm) oval inside a standard gauge HO oval. The metre gauge is based on the Rhatische Bahn, with the standard gauge is based on the SBB. To store all the stock there is a 2-level fiddle yard with standard gauge on the lower level and metre gauge on top. To achieve the difference in height some quite steep gradients are required - but these add to the Swiss atmosphere.

Among the working scenic features included in the new layout are a working street tramway which can be either manually or automatically controlled and a working funicular leading to a snow-capped mountain with the inevitable restaurant.

The trains available include an SBB inter-city double-deck push-pull set, international expresses (including some through ICE workings from Germany), local trains, goods trains and even the occasional steam special. On the metre gauge there is a representation of the famous Glacier Express, and also the Bernina and Arosa Expresses using the latest designs of rolling stock. Again preserved steam and vintage electric specials can be run as on the real Rhatische Bahn.


WOODSIDE (00 gauge) by Roger Elkin

Woodside is an extensive 00 gauge layout in a loft which dates back over 40 years, although it has been altered and rebuilt several times in that period. The layout is set in the Cheshire area not far from the North Wales borders, and the main terminus station (Woodside) is a scratch-built scaled down model of the Chester General station building, while the suburban terminus station (Southwich) uses Hornby Skaledale buildings combined with scratch-built ones based on the architecture used by the LNWR at stations along the North Wales coast.

The period modelled is the late 1950s/early 1960s. The geographical area selected allows the use of both London Midland and Western Region locos and stock, together with Southern green coaches on through workings from Birkenhead to the south coast. Eastern Region trains appear on workings of the ex-LNER Cheshire Lines Committee services.

The locos and stock are mainly detailed and weathered recent ready-to-run items from Hornby and Bachmann, together with some kit-built locos, to provide a representative selection of the trains that worked in the Chester/North Wales area in the 1950s and 1960s. A mixture of steam and diesel traction can be seen.

The track is Peco and all the points are electrically operated with diode matrix route setting from two push-button panels. Signals are Berko searchlight colour light ones, interlocked with the points by means of micro-switches and relays.

Scenic features on the layout include a disused quarry served by a narrow gauge (009) railway, a canal, pottery with traditional bottle kilns, a Crosville bus garage, British Road Services depot, timber yard, theatre, market square, banana warehouse, Royal Mail depot and a parcels depot. The buildings are a mixture of Hornby and Bachmann moulded resin ones with laser-cut plastic ones. The latter are produced from our own drawings and include various factories, warehouses, shops and a theatre.