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NORTHMOOR – Alan Clegg – 4mm OO Gauge   Cambridgeshire

Northmoor is at the end of a short branchline from a secondary mainline in the midlands, in the mid 80s. It  is served by a basic DMU service with various wagon trips to and from the wagon repairs shops provide enough traffic (just) to justify the branch being kept open, 

SPRIGGS LANE – John Hayes – 4mm OO Gauge   Cambridgeshire

Spriggs Lane is a fictional station in the West of Cardiff, somewhere off the South Wales Main Line. It has similar geography to Dingle Road on the Penarth Branch, but also has an adjacent Servicing Point dating from the days of steam. The Spriggs Lane branch is blessed with a triangular junction onto the main line, so it is a convenient Canton depot out base and sees a wide variety of mainly freight locos. The passenger service has been reduced to a captive shuttle diagram running into the old Bay platform at Cardiff Central, but owing to it’s close proximity to Cardiff it is a favourite service to send units out on proving runs post maintenance – so anything on depot can and does turn up on the service. Set in the late 1980s / early 1990s a rich variety of liveries from BR blue through to sectorisation can be seen. The Sprinters and Pacers are starting to displace the 1st generation DMUs but can still be seen alongside them.

Stock on the layout is all contemporary with the early 1990s, super-detailed using the techniques of the time, hopefully demonstrating that a pleasing result can still be had on a budget

BROOKS BRIDGE   0 -16.5    Stuart Marshall, Stevenage, Herts

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.

Templegate Wagon Works – Dave Tailby  Leicestershire- 7mm O Gauge

A ‘martini’ layout (Anytime, anyplace anywhere!) representing a small wagon repair facility served by a diesel shunter tripping wagons in and out



Wickham Market Station (sign-boarded “Wickham Market for Campsea Ashe”) is on the East Suffolk line between Lowestoft & Ipswich & was dual track, with an up-line and a down-line – each with its own platform.  There is a further a platform for the Framlingham branch which joins the mainline at Wickham Market Junction also shown on our layout. – The station has a signal box and numerous sidings and goods facilities & grain facilities. Services for passengers included a ticket office, waiting room and bookstall, and the nearby Talbot Hotel (now “The Dog and Duck” village pub). There was especially ample provision for loading goods and livestock to and from the agricultural hinterland, and even ramps for military vehicles during the Second World War. Some vestiges of this infrastructure can be traced today.

The line itself, together with branch lines to Framlingham, Snape and Aldeburgh, was completed by the East Suffolk railway company in 1859 and train services started on 1 June that year.  This was towards the end of the period of ‘Railway Mania’ that swept Britain during the early part of the 19th Century. The section of line between Ipswich and Halesworth completed the East Suffolk link from the Liverpool Street to Cambridge line  to the south west, and the Halesworth, Beccles & Haddiscoe lines further north, with its onward  links to Norwich.

Raven Hill (O9)  O scale  (9mm track) Narrow gauge by Graham & Caroline Watling,  Norfolk


An 09 scale scenic model of a 15” gauge railway modelled in 7 mm scale & inspired by the North Yorkshire scenery. Trains run along the hillside into “Raven Hill” village station, a through station on the fictitious “Penny Howe Light Railway, which is portrayed in the 1960’s  when a land owner has re-laid the line running on an old tramway track bed.  Holiday makers & day trippers are catered for, whilst the railway also carries light goods & food supplies to the local farms & villages.

Locomotives are resin kits or 3D printed bodies running on mainly on Kato (11-109) 4 w tram chassis. Wagons & coaches are also resin kits or scratch built or converted/ modified commercial bodies running on Peco 009 bogies.

Barnwood   N gauge  Andrew Farnell  Melton Mowbray  Leics

Barnwood is a fictional location in north west England, on a loop line of the West Coast Mainline between Preston & Lancaster. It is on the coast  with a small port with regular connections to the Isle of Man & Northern Ireland.  The town is busy with passing freight as it acts a second route between Preston & Lancaster as it relieves pressure on the two track West Coast Mainline. Passenger services are worked by Regional Railways trains running between Preston & Barrow in Furness. There is a short branch line to Glasson on the estuary of the River Lune. The port features container, grain & steel terminals, with appropriate  ships at the quayside.  In the town there are oil, cement & Royal Mail terminals,  a large warehouse  and  a siding  for transhipment of logs, together with a small loco depot.  Around thirty different trains run on the layout  from the off scene  storage roads.

Crikey! It’s a Shed – Peter Boyt – 4mm OO Gauge

Is a Tramway layout in OO and HO, it is 10 ft long by 2ft 6ins wide.

It features a continuous oval of track, a fully working Tram shed fed by a traverser, a small funfair as part of the layout with fully working and illuminated Ferris wheel and kids roundabout with other static items. All in the vicinity of a Tram terminus and other buildings. I run up to 50 various trams from 7c ar continental ones to 4 wheel London trams, not all at once!.. The inspiration for the layout comes loosely from Chrich Tramway in Derbyshire. 



East Quay is part of a small coastal town situated on a river estuary in the southwest of England. The ferry across to the other side of the estuary departs from the left-hand end of the harbour wall when the tide is high enough. A number of prosperous small businesses have grown up along the line because of the trade brought in by the ferry and the coastal goods traffic. As a result, East Quay has limited passenger facilities and a short platform, but a busy goods yard.

In the summer months East Quay is filled with holiday makers, but at other times of the year the area is the preserve of local fisherman and the remaining coastal traders. Today we see the little harbour at half-tide and the water is ebbing quickly. The few small craft will soon be resting on the muddy harbour bottom.

There are no big engines or express trains here, just small engines shunting the yard or arriving with two coach trains.  East Quay was elegantly modelled to OO finescale standards by Mick Payne of Kettering who generously passed it on to St Neots MRC in 2021.

NIGHTLAYERS DROVE Cambridge 31A Model Railway Club. OO


Much of the track plan and some of the buildings are based on Saffron Walden, but the model does not represent any actual location.  It represents a country junction somewhere in East Anglia, where the lines of two pre-grouping companies crossed. A joint station was built and stock from a variety of origins can be seen. In addition to the through trains, two bay platforms service local traffic. The physical junctions are assumed to be off the viewing area, in terra fiddleyards.

The period represented is not precisely set, so we can run the layout pre-nationalisation, BR steam era, or even early diesel period, depending on the stock used.

Some of the buildings on the layout are scratchbuilt.  Others are made from kits, although most of these have been modified to a greater or lesser extent.

The name Nightlayer’s Drove is taken from an area on the northern fringe of Chatteris

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. The baseboard has been built in the traditional way and dressed with off the shelf kits and other products. The majority of the bridges have been scratch built to suit their particular location.

Children can drive a train.

Ely & District Model Railway Club.      https://elymrc.org.uk/

Our own Club stand – here you can find out about club membership and buy second- hand stock & books etc.


Our President Derek Buck  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. He  does like to chat  and doesn’t bite. (often!)

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

Well-known modeler 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.

Terry Mecalfe – Tree making One of our resident “lumberjacks”  shows how to build trees for your layout.


Royston Model Engineering Society

5”  & 3.5”  scale live steam engines & rides


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

01933 355531   http://www.hamodels.net/

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.

JUST IN CASE   Paul Austin, Bury St. Edmunds

e-mail; patandpaulraf@live.co.uk


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.

GREAT EASTERN RAILWAY SOCIETY                                                 www.gersociety.org.uk/

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  NorfolkPE33 0AH


Thespecialist 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.


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

http://www.greateasternmodels.co.uk/       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.

RAILWAY MEMORIES      Colchester   John Margerum   01206  841801  Margerumsdepot@aol.com

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.

Layouts 4 U     36 Elwyndene Road, March, PE15 9BL Tel: 01354 652302

https://www.layouts4u.net/            https://www.hobbytools4u.co.uk/

Extensive range of OO Gauge Lights, O and N Gauge lights

Working streetlights / yard lamps / signals / lampposts / building lights / coach lighting and many unusual illuminated accessories      Plus unique hand-made scenery items.

We are also suppliers of high quality hobby and craft tools for all your modelmaking needs!

The Railway Memorabilia Shop


The Railway Memorabilia Shop is run by an Ex Network Rail signalman and his wife, who are both Railway enthusiasts and have been for many years.   We also fund raise for The Sir Nigel Gresley Locomotive trust and you will see me around the Heritage railways.

We sell Railway Fob Watches From The LNER GWR and Southern Regions, Cuff links and many wonderful items Including the Family Of Railway Bears, Jigsaw Puzzles, Badges Key Rings and Fobs Metal Plaques and Signs Both Large and Small.