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GREAT EASTERN MODELS  1199 Plumstead Road, Norwich Norfolk  NR1 4AB       01603 398163

Specialising in OO and N gauge modelling, Great Eastern Models offers a comprehensive range of ready to run locomotives, rolling stock, scale building, scenic products and accessories. Large stocks of both new and second hand railways for sale and model railway collections always wanted for part exchange or cash.

Pre-orders can be taken for any models due to be released. Friendly family-run store selling at internet prices. All the service - none of the hassle.


The purpose and primary objective of The B17 Steam Locomotive Trust is to create a new build LNER Class B17 4-6-0 express passenger locomotive capable of operating with either the GE pattern tender or the LNER Group Standard tender. Engineering development and construction and the subsequent operating/maintenance regime will all be compliant with Railway Group Standards in order to obtain appropriate certification from the Vehicle Acceptance Authority for operation on the national network and preserved railway heritage sites.

Graham Varley   Loco and rolling stock building    Ely

Graham is a professional model maker. On display are examples of his work and he is available to answer questions on model making.

Railway Memories      Colchester   John Margerum   01206  841801

The Railway Memories stand provides a large selection of DVDs, T Shirts and greetings cards covering the British, European and North American rail scene.  All material has been produced from John's extensive photographic collection gathered during his many travels at home and abroad.


TASHVALE 2mm to 1ft, 1:148  N gauge   Ely & District Model Railway Club.  

Tash Vale is a simple table top layout using a mix of Peco Setrack and Streamline trackwork almost entirely built by Mark Brockman. The design has been adapted from the Peco Setrack planbook.  It is hoped it will inspire young and old alike to have a go yourself.

Club stand  here  where you can find out about  club membership and buy  second hand stock & books etc.

Kevins Trains

This trade stand offers in particular a wide range of second-hand model railway equipment and accessories for everyone, from beginners to experts.

QUESTA    0n30  Andrew Jones  Luton MRC

Questa is small town in New Mexico, situated in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains (Spanish for 'Blood of Christ'), the southernmost subrange of the Rocky Mountains. The Antonito and Taos Rail Road (A&TRR) served Questa as a depot on the line to Red River, a mining town in the 1870s.  However the mines at Red River were worked out by the early 1930s and, when the line was washed out between Questa and Red River, it was cut back to Questa, where mining for molybdenum had started.

Questa depot, situated on the edge of town, is small with just a couple of tracks serving a warehouse, stock yard and a fuel depot, which also has a Southern Pacific standard gauge spur.  There is another spur which serves the wolframite mine and which passes an old gold mine.  As Questa was built as a small passing depot, apart from the water tower there were no engine facilities.  A small engineering department, based in an old box car, looks after the switcher that is based at Questa to serve the mines, but larger locomotives must go to the wye junction by the molybdenum mine to turn as tender first running is very rare.  Engines and stock are from the A&TRR's own roster, but also from the Denver & Rio Grande Western (D&RGW) and Rio Grande Southern (RGS), which can access the A&TRR through a junction at Antonito.  

Depicted in 1952  the molybdenum mine is nearly worked out, so the future of the A&TRR looks bleak.

TEMPLEFIELD    “00”   David Fisher,    Leigh on Sea, Essex

Established as a fictitious layout in former GWR west London and inspired by the West Drayton - Uxbridge Vine St branch. The period is circa 1970 and there is still a small but frequent passenger service bolstered by a fuel depot in the former coal yard. Parcels and newspaper services are still operated. Buildings in the limited space are predominantly scratch built.

FENCHURCH ST PETER  -00  gauge  George Woodcock & John Norton   Northhants  

Fenchurch St. Peter represents a small remote station situated in the East Anglian Fens in the area between March, Wisbech and Spalding. The year is 1967 and the line it is situated in the Eastern Counties, is due for imminent closure. The station, is located a mile or so from the village it purports to serve, which is one of the reasons for the closure of the line.

The few passengers who use the station are conveyed on DMUs of various types & occasional loco hauled trains which travel between King’s Lynn, Wisbech and March. The station is now unmanned although there is still a signalman manning the box and operating the manually operated level crossing gates, as well as issuing the token to the drivers on the single track line.

As well as the signal box, there is the now empty station building with a shelter on the opposite platform, as well as a virtually derelict goods shed. The main feature of the station site is a large grain store operated by Eastern Counties Farmers who also sometimes use the old goods shed for storing fertiliser and animal feed, which arrives by rail in 12T vans; grain is also dispatched by rail in BR grain hoppers of various types.

The track layout consists of the single track ‘main line’ and a passing loop with a couple of sidings serving the grain silos and the old yard. As well as the passenger services and the freight into the grain store there are occasional passing freights and also a daily parcels train between King’s Lynn and Peterborough. Though the layout is fictional, it is roughly based on Middle Drove on the branchline from Wisbech to Magdalen Road which closed in 1968.

BURNHAM  00  - David O'Rourke,   Peterborough

Burnham was built by. The layout depicts a small country terminus somewhere in East Anglia, with Great Eastern and Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway influences.

This gives the opportunity to run a mixture of rolling stock without it looking too much out of place. There is also a small goods yard and a wharf for small ships and barges.

ALSOP-EN-LE-DALE: N Scale, B.R.1950s    David Hall, Diss

The hamlet of Alsop en le Dale lies in the limestone country of Derbyshire, known as the 'White Peak'.  Alsop Hall being the ancestral seat of the Alsop family of brewing fame.  Alstonfield, 2 miles away across the county border in Staffordshire, was the only place of any size served by the station which was actually the closest for access to Dovedale but never advertised as such.   Today the site of Alsop en le Dale Station is an access point for the 'Tissington Trail' 1ong distance footpath/cycle track/horse riding route along the track bed of this, the former Buxton to Ashbourne line of the old LNWR/LMS railway.

Closed to passenger services in 1954 the line was retained for freight and excursion traffic, ramblers' specials and specials to see the Well Dressing at Tissington (next station to Alsop) an ancient and unique Derbyshire custom. The line finally closed in 1964.  The Layout depicts Alsop en le Dale Station in the days when the regular passenger service was still operating and up to closure in the 1960' s.  

ORFORD  0 Gauge  Paul Clark, Elmswell, Suffolk

Orford is an attractive Suffolk fishing village just south of Aldeburgh. A two-minute ferry ride across the harbour takes you to Orford Ness which from WW1 carried out weapons testing of various kinds and became the home of Atomic Weapons Research Establishment. The village never had a railway connection but there used to be a goods line branching off the East Suffolk Line north of Wickham Market which ran down to serve the maltings at Snape and then on to Orford passing Sudbourne.

Set in the 1950's the station building is based on that at Thaxted Essex while the mill is a suitably scaled down version of the one that stood at Kenton on the Mid Suffolk railway. The overbridge is based on the one at Stoke by Clare on the Long Melford - Haverhill line.

SHORTWAITE HILL - 009 - Graham & Caroline Watling   Norfolk

After a spell modelling in Gn15 scale, Graham returned to 009 to build a layout based on a Cyril Freezer plan in the Peco booklet “60 plans for small railways”. It had appealed to him for a long time so when he found a suitable piece of ply wood (44″ x 24″) in his garage, construction began.

The plan has been modified to a continuous run and runs from a lower station with goods siding, up “Shortwaite Hill” to an upper station with an engine shed and goods yard. The structures are mainly scratch built from Wills materials sheets, although there are some modified kits too on the layout, they represent North Yorkshire buildings. Locomotives are two Minitrains Bagnall wing tanks, a Narrow Planet Bagnall saddle tank, an old Jouef Decauville, a Peco “James” mounted on a Kato 11-103 as a tram loco, a scratch built diesel tractor and a Corgi die-cast rail bus conversion. Most of the stock is Dundas or Ashby/009 Society 4-wheeled types.

BAY CITY TERMINAL RAILROAD   HO    - Bill Tharp  Ely    

The Bay City Terminal Railroad is an American HO scale, freelanced micro-layout based in the San Francisco Bay Area. It depicts a small car maintenance facility that would fix freight cars and get them back into revenue service. The BCTR is part owned by the Western Pacific and Santa Fe Railroads and competes with the Southern Pacific Railroad for freight traffic in Northern California. Set in the 1970s, you will see a wide range of locomotive types, some of which were built in the 1940s. Such is the life of a cash-poor terminal railroad trying to make ends meet.