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Our 2020 exhibition will have  two large halls (Main Hall & The Gym)

with layouts and trade stands and demonstration.



H & A MODELS 19 Keats Way,  Higham Ferrers, Wellingborough,  Northamptonshire NN10 8DQ

01933 355531

We stock a comprehensive range of plastic coach & wagon kits in O, OO, OO9 and N Gauge, from suppliers such as Parkside Dundas, Ian Kirk, Coopercraft, Rodney Stenning, Mailcoach and Cambrian. We also carry 'OO' gauge wagon decals (Please contact us for availability) and a range of Precision paints relevant to the kits we sell. We visit a variety of exhibitions - please browse our website to see our full range and where we will be next.

COASTAL DCC  71 Alan Road Ipswich Suffolk IP3 8EY  01473 403764

Coastal DCC is run by Railway Modellers for Railway Modellers. We are actively involved in exhibiting our layouts, demonstrate and organising exhibitions around the country. We are dedicated to giving you the Railway Modeller the very best DCC advice. We aim to supply you with the best DCC equipment to suit your unique needs

Are you a member of a modellers club? -if you are we would be delighted to give you an evening talk on DCC, show you some of the systems that are available, the pitfalls and hopefully dispel some of the myths.

Model Scenery Supplies

At our Norfolk base we stock, for sale through our internet shop, hundreds of items needed to build realistic terrains and landscapes, from the base board right through to the finishing touches and details. Our realistic, individually made miniature scale model trees – at sensible, affordable prices – are a special feature.

We specialise in 'N' and '00' gauge, supplying interesting, quality products to enhance and complement the railway scene – selling through our internet shop and at railway exhibitions only.

AMBERLY SERVICES    25 Heol Llwyd, Ammanford, Carmarthenshire SA18 2EN

07802 271081

Assorted small tools, Fasteners BA (Down to 16BA)& Metric (Down to 1mm), Self tapping screws (Down to 1mm, Twist drills - 0.3mm upwards, Small compression springs. Assorted 0 Gauge accessories. Little Loco Co. and Dapol 0 gauge Locos & rolling stock Range of LEDs & Led Strips of various sizes & colours. Assorted 7mm painted figures. Willing to attend Model Railway Exhibitions etc.

JUST IN CASE   Paul Austin, Bury St. Edmunds

A trader with a large selection of carrying and storage cases for your models at very reasonable prices.  Egg box type foam inserts for existing cases are also available. Also sells used N gauge items when available.


Our club president Derek Buck  and our old friend Andy Hastings will be giving a demonstration of scratch building and kit bashing of rolling stock & locos.  If you want to know how to do it sit down and ask.  They do like to chat  and don’t bite. (Often!)

Tony Wright-Loco/Carriage building Techniques in 4mm Scale and Loco Clinic

Well-known modeller Tony Wright will be showing off some of the best locomotive and rolling stock building in the hobby, principally involving soldering techniques.  He will once again help visitors with his loco clinic and repair any ‘Dodgy’ mechanisms if he can for a donation to charity.

LONGSTONE    Gn15  Barry Weston, Stowmarket

This 1:24, 15″ gauge layout (or popularly Gn15) was built after a long time modelling in 009 scale. The scenic area is 5ft 5″ by 3ft 3″ and displayed end-on showing three scenes, a mill, a village scene and a moorland scene. There is a fiddle yard at one end where ordinary Peco 00 track is used, but in the scenic area Peco 0-16.5 Streamline is utilised.

The points are powered by Tortoise slow action turnout machines. The buildings are scratch built based around a foam board shell with Slater’s 0 gauge Dressed Stone as a cladding, and card tiles on the roofs. Some of the buildings have York Modelmaking laser cut window frames. The rocks were made of a mix of sawdust, p.v.a, acrylic paint and lightweight filler, and much use was made of floristry materials from a garden centre for the foliage. The locos are all Smallbrook Studio kits, the wagons are by Sidelines and Smallbrook, and the coaches scratch built and Smallbrook


This layout is a faithful representation of the Rolvenden 840ft. station yard on the Kent and East Sussex Railway, as it was in the 1940s, covering both wartime and peacetime rail traffic. The buildings with the exception of the oast house (which is a repainted Hornby Skaledale), are scratch-built using photographs and plans from various reference books.  The cottage  is a replica of Colonel Stephen’s Staff Cottage which was at Rolvenden and has been renovated and now at Northiam Station.

A hop field has been included as this was a major feature of the area, together with typical hop-pickers hut and gypsy caravan .   Ground cover is a mixture of 'Woodland Scenics' and real ash & dirt to add to the authenticity

BOOKS BRIDGE   0 -16.5    Stuart Marshall, Stevenage

I like making smaller layouts and taking them to exhibitions to show what can be achieved in a relatively small space. The layout came about with the need to find a location for my next project as the space in my railway room/office was taken up with 2 other layouts which I didn't want to dispose of. The only space available was above one of the layouts and by adding long shelf brackets to the shelving system already supporting my bookshelves I was able to place Brooks Bridge high enough not to interfere with the operating of the layout underneath. This also gave the layout its name as it bridged across the layout using the book shelving.

Now the history. The model is set in the Early Edwardian Period and Books Bridge is the terminus on a short branch off the Lark Valley Railway. The railway followed the River Lark from south of Bury St. Edmunds till it joined the River Ouse near Mildenhall. The railway served the local agricultural communities, shipping fruit and vegetables etc. to the Great Eastern Railway and the quays in Bury St. Edmunds as the River Lark, at this time, was navigable for large wherries travelling to the sea from Bury St. Edmunds via the River Ouse and Kings Lynn. The railway, like its standard gauge counterpart the Wisbech and Upwell Tramway, ran for a large part of its length alongside the road hence the need to follow tramway rules regarding its operation. When first built, the Company Directors looked at what was happening elsewhere and approached Beyer Peacock to build similar locomotive to those, they had just produced for the Glyn Valley Tramway. Having been built under the Tramways Act, tramway rules stating that the driver must have a clear view of the road meant the locos pulling their trains cab first, which or course requires a turntable at each terminus.

BISHOPS LANE BREWERY    0 Gauge  Colin French  Suffolk

Colin is a regular exhibitor at our shows and as he is a prolific builder of "interesting" layouts always generates something different. He has again this time! This is a shunting puzzle layout!

To start the wagons are positioned at three points:

A) against the main line buffer stop:

B) in front of "C":

C) at the entrance to the Brewery on the front siding

A dice is thrown and the number which comes up determines the two wagons to be replaced by the arrivals on the main line. Only three wagons are allowed on each of the two sidings - there are six permutations but it does require two locos to shunt!


Page: Westgate Park

Westgate Park is Ely and District Model Railway Club’s N scale layout.  It has through main line platforms which also serve three secondary branch lines.  There are adjacent maintenance facilities to service both DMUs and diesel locomotives.  Located in the Midlands somewhere between Birmingham and Nottingham, the town of Westgate is on the side of the main double track nearest the viewer with access to a medium size quarry on the other side.    Due to the substantial increase in rail traffic on the main line  in recent years, it is understood that Network Rail is in the process of consulting about electrification.

The layout is freelance and could represent any era since nationalisation with changes to the signalling and buildings.   You see it today as a part completed layout needing many finishing touches .   Club members use their own steam,  diesel  and multiple units including a Midland Pullman and several Voyager sets.  

Westgate Park has been in the making for at least seven years.  It started out as a conventional but complex dc layout which never worked as hoped.   Two years ago, it was converted to dcc using MERG (Model Electronics Railway Group) equipment.  At the same time the point controllers were converted to MERG’s Cbus and a new control panel built.  Today, the control panel is a computer display using PanelPro - a free to download program – clicking on an icon sets up one of the various routes from the storage yards to the scenic area with the advantage that you cannot set up conflicting route.

The baseboards, made from 12mm thick ply on softwood frames, are designed to withstand the rigours of storage in our clubroom.   There are five baseboards each measuring 4ft long x 3ft wide, secured using clamps and aligned with brass dowels making them easier to erect and dismantle.

ROYSTON WHARF     009   Royston MRC

Royston Wharf depicts a narrow gauge line running through a village station which includes the usual facilities of a goods yard, cattle dock and engine shed.

The wharf provides warehousing and transfer facilities to a canal. The main industry of the villagers is the local ironstone mine.

NONSUCH  - 16.5mm gauge (0-16.5) Derek Reeve Sudbury

If the Tudors had developed the railways this is how it may have looked. NONSUCH is in fact a real place in Surrey where Henry VIII built a palace in 1538. Rolling stock, building (and mice!) are all scratch built


GREAT EASTERN RAILWAY SOCIETY                                       

The Society was formed in 1973 in order to promote a widespread interest in the Great Eastern Railway, (GER), its predecessors and its successors, such as the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER), British Railways (BR), Network Rail and the current privatised Train Operating Companies (TOCs) operating in the East Anglia area. To encourage and co-ordinate research into its history, and to provide a permanent record of the results. This is being achieved by building upon the knowledge of the known GER experts, and by locating and studying all surviving records of the railway. In so doing, the Society has established a high reputation amongst railway enthusiasts, historians, museums and professional railwaymen for the quality and accuracy of its publications, its expertise and activities.

However, you don't have to be an expert to join the GERS - details of the benefits of joining the Society can be found on their website or at the exhibition.


8 Ffolkes Place   Runcton Holme   Kings Lynn  Norfolk PE33 0AH

The specialist for music and transportation.  Thousands of books currently in stock videos and magazines too!

We are pleased to offer a huge selection of music books, rock and pop books, record collecting books, rock biography books, guitar books, guitar tutor books, guitar tution videos, guitar amplification books, guitar building books, guitar history books, tram books, bus books, rail books, railway books, rail videos, railway videos, transportation books, electrical books and general books.

GREAT EASTERN TRANSPORT FILMS   31 Ives Road, Norwich,  NR6 6DY  07585  923605

DVD’s  of  trains, buses and trams in UK & Europe  from 1986 – present day


Royston Model Engineering Society

5”  & 3.5”  scale live steam engines & rides


Our club president Derek Buck  and our old friend Andy Hastings will be giving a demonstration of scratch building and kit bashing of rolling stock & locos.  If you want to know how to do it sit down and ask.  They do like to chat  and don’t bite. (often!)

Tony Wright-Loco/Carriage building Techniques in 4mm Scale and Clinic

Well-known modeller Tony Wright will be showing off some of the best locomotive and rolling stock building in the hobby, principally involving soldering techniques.  He will once again help visitors with his loco clinic and repair any ‘Dodgy’ mechanisms if he can for a donation to charity.