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MODEL RAILWAY EXHIBITION


SATURDAY 4 APRIL AND SUNDAY 5 APRIL 2009

 
 

   
 

THE NEXT EXHIBITION WILL BE HELD ON
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  Harlyn Road depicted an ex LSWR branch line terminus in North Cornwall west of Padstow. The track plan was typical of the London & South Western Railway and the buildings were scratch built models of actual structures – the only exception being the kit of Swanage signal box. Kit or scratch built rolling stock was from either the 1924 LSWR era or from British Railways Southern Region around 1960 and run on an intensive and very entertaining sequence.  


   
 

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LAYOUT AND ATTRACTION REVIEW

 
 

   
  BILLINGHAM STREET by Les Williams

0 Gauge 7mm Scale

 
 

   
  The railwaymen of Billingham Street pause for a moment to examine a 16 ton mineral wagon full of blue oil drums before considering what useful work they can do with 47 087 "Cyclops"  
 

   
  While a lady in a white hat looks at the Lansdown model of an Austin A110 Westminster the railwaymen of Billingham Street pause for a moment to examine a 16 ton mineral wagon full of blue oil drums before considering what useful work they can do with 47 087 "Cyclops". Click on picture for more about Class 47 diesel electric locomotives  
 

   
  Billingham Street was a small stabling point near Billingham in the North East of England servicing collieries in the area. The layout was built to show how much 0 Gauge layout can fit into a small space and featured ready to run and kit built rolling stock by Heljan, Bachmann, DJH alongside Lansdown, Vanguard and Corgi road vehicles.  
 

   
  Billingham Street was a small stabling point near Billingham in the North East of England servicing collieries in the area. The layout was built to show how much 0 Gauge layout can fit into a small space and featured ready to run and kit built rolling stock by Heljan, Bachmann, DJH alongside Lansdown, Vanguard and Corgi road vehicles.  
 

   
  FRAMPTON by Paul and Richard Eason

P4 Gauge 4mm Scale

 
 

   
  Blue liveried 08 623 hauls a pair of two axled oil tank wagons out of Frampton Yard past a "Shark" ballast plough fitted brake van at the end of a short Civil Engineer's train  
 

   
  Blue liveried 08 623 hauls a pair of two axled oil tank wagons out of Frampton Yard past a "Shark" ballast plough fitted brake van at the end of a short Civil Engineer's train.  


   
  One summer during the 1980s the fictional yard at Frampton served the nearby inland waterways dock at Sharpness and was connected via the spur onto the nearby Sharpness Branch. The decline in rail traffic to the docks had contributed to the deterioration of Frampton Yard although it still provided a useful rail connection to nearby surviving industries. More recently, too, the District Civil Engineer had started to use Frampton Yard due to its proximity to the Gloucester to Bristol main line, bringing articulated locomotives into the realm of the resident 08 shunter.

Frampton was originally conceived for the Scalefour Society 18.83 Challenge and according to the rules of the competition easily fitted into a family sized car. The wagons and locomotives were operated by 12v dc and were mainly detailed and converted ready to run and kit built stock while the hand built track mainly comprised copperclad using the the "ply and pins" method.

 
 

   
  Frampton was originally conceived for the Scalefour Society 18.83 Challenge and according to the rules of the competition easily fitted into a family sized car. The wagons and locomotives were operated by 12v dc and were mainly detailed and converted ready to run and kit built stock while the hand built track mainly comprised copperclad using the the "ply and pins" method.  
 

   
  ELM PARK by Bentley Model Railway Group

EM Gauge 4mm Scale

 
 

   
  Green liveried Birmingham RCW built D6534 powers a train of 16 ton mineral wagons past Elm Park's two storey signal box. Click on the picture for more information on the Esso tank wagons in the background.  
 

   
  Green liveried Birmingham RCW built D6534 powers a train of 16 ton mineral wagons past Elm Park's two storey signal box. Click on the picture for more information on the Esso tank wagons in the background.  


   
  Elm Park was a fictitious area of south East London served by a spur off the old London & South Eastern Railway main line from London Victoria. The station was originally on a through line which reduced to single track as it passed through a short tunnel but was cut back after World War II to form a terminus with run round facilities. By the late 1960s a small general freight yard and a linoleum factory remained in use - visited by green and blue examples of Classes 33 and 73 - with passenger services worked by 2 or 3 car electric multiple units. The 12' x 2' layout featured track hand built from C&L components with buildings mainly scratch built using plastic moulded sheets on hardboard backing.  
 

   
  Elm Park was a fictitious area of south East London served by a spur off the old London & South Eastern Railway main line from London Victoria. The station was originally on a through line which reduced to single track as it passed through a short tunnel but was cut back after World War II to form a terminus with run round facilities. By the late 1960s a small general freight yard and a linoleum factory remained in use - visited by green and blue examples of Classes 33 and 73 - with passenger services worked by 2 or 3 car electric multiple units. The 12' x 2' layout featured track hand built from C&L components with buildings mainly scratch built using plastic moulded sheets on hardboard backing.  
 

   
  MORETON NEW SHED by Rob Newman

00 Gauge 4mm Scale

 
 

   
  What's the difference between Moreton New Shed and the Sunday Sport? One has a number of attractive yet often dirty looking models surrounding 72006 "Clan Mackenzie" and the other is a tabloid newspaper. Also visible, from left to right and top to bottom, are Pickersgill designed ex Caledonian 3P 4-4-0 54501, Ivatt designed ex LMS 2MT 2-6-0 46460, McIntosh designed ex Caledonian 3F 0-6-0 57587 and Stanier designed ex LMS "Black Five" 4-6-0 45400.  
 

   
  What's the difference between Moreton New Shed and the Sunday Sport? One has a number of attractive yet often dirty looking models surrounding a famous Mackenzie and the other is a tabloid newspaper. Also visible, from left to right and top to bottom, around 72006 "Clan Mackenzie" are Pickersgill designed ex Caledonian 3P 4-4-0 54501, Ivatt designed ex LMS 2MT 2-6-0 46460, McIntosh designed ex Caledonian 3F 0-6-0 57587 and Stanier designed ex LMS "Black Five" 4-6-0 45400.  
 

   
  Moreton New Shed showed part of a motive power depot in the British Railways steam era of 1950 -1968 with some additional facilities for servicing diesel locomotives. However, kit built and detailed ready to run locomotives from all over England and Scotland appeared on the layout which replaced the former "Moreton Loco" layout, ruined by flood water in 2007 but still donated a number of scenic items to its succesor.  
 

   
  Offering a contrast to the pre-Grouping steam, three different approaches to diesel electric traction line up on Moreton New Shed with Birmingham RCW Type 2 D5356 standing behind English Electric Type 4 D368 and North British Type 2 D6115.  
 

   
  Offering a contrast to the pre-Grouping steam, three different approaches to diesel electric traction line up on Moreton New Shed with Birmingham RCW Type 2 D5356 standing behind English Electric Type 4 D368 and North British Type 2 D6115.  
 

   
  POOLE IN WHARFEDALE by Tom Couling

00 Gauge 4mm Scale

 
 

   
  A Gresley pacific accelerates a two carriage train westbound from Poole in Wharfedale's curved platform past the coal drop toward the signal box - although only being a 3MT Class A8 tank engine 69882 isn't going to give "Mallard" any sleepless nights!  
 

   
  A Gresley pacific accelerates a two carriage train westbound from Poole in Wharfedale's curved platform past the coal drop toward the signal box - although only being a 3MT Class A8 tank engine 69882 isn't going to give "Mallard" any sleepless nights!  
 

   
  The beautiful valley of the River Wharfe marked the northern boundary of the industrial region formerly known as the West Riding of Yorkshire and the railway eventually built through the dale was a joint North Eastern and Midland Railway venture, linking the Leeds to Carlisle route with the Leeds to Tyneside line but bypassing Leeds itself. In the 1950s local trains to Leeds and Harrogate would have passed excursion trains to the coast and such freight workings as ICI anhydrous ammonia tank wagons from Billingham to Heysham, where ammonia and nitric acid were combined to make ammonium nitrate fertilizer. ICI Billingham's Haber-Bosch method of anhydrous ammonia production helped produce a 39% nitrogen fertilizer against the 21% nitrogen equivalent of fertilizer made from ammonium sulphate in turn made from bubbling coke oven gas through sulphuric acid. The robust ICI anhydrous ammonia tank wagons - seen below behind "Dub Dee" 2-10-0 90641 - had a high tare weight of 22 tons but were not through piped or vacuum braked!

Also visible was a Derby Lightweight twin car diesel multiple unit, valiantly competing against bus and road lorry traffic actually moving at realistic speeds. Although the buildings on the layout were reproductions of those found at the real Pool in Wharfedale, the addition of an "e" to the name allowed some minor track alterations to the actual location.

 
 

   
  The beautiful valley of the River Wharfe marked the northern boundary of the industrial region formerly known as the West Riding of Yorkshire and the railway eventually built through the dale was a joint North Eastern and Midland Railway venture, linking the Leeds to Carlisle route with the Leeds to Tyneside line but bypassing Leeds itself. In the 1950s local trains to Leeds and Harrogate would have passed excursion trains to the coast and such freight workings as ICI anhydrous ammonia tank wagons from Billingham to Heysham, where ammonia and nitric acid were combined to make ammonium nitrate fertilizer. ICI Billingham's Haber-Bosch method of anhydrous ammonia production helped produce a 39% nitrogen fertilizer against the 21% nitrogen equivalent of fertilizer made from ammonium sulphate in turn made from bubbling coke oven gas through sulphuric acid. The robust ICI anhydrous ammonia tank wagons - seen below behind "Dub Dee" 2-10-0 90641 - had a high tare weight of 22 tons but were not through piped or vacuum braked!  
 

   
  HAYLING ISLAND by Richard Pretious

00 Gauge 4mm Scale

 


   
  With a rake of Maunsell carriages across the platform, blue liveried Stroudley designed Class A1 "Bodiam" was just one of a host of Brighton built 0-6-0Ts dominating Hayling Island's steam motive power.  
 

   
  With a rake of Maunsell carriages across the platform, blue liveried Stroudley designed Class A1 "Bodiam" was just one of a host of Brighton built 0-6-0Ts dominating Hayling Island's steam motive power.  
 

   
  Just off the South Coast of England is Hayling Island. At the end of the Nineteenth Century a railway had been constructed for the use of goods and the local community and after the Second World War Hayling Island became a holiday resort well visited during the summer months by both holidaymakers and day trippers. A very intense regular passenger service was operated, with a range of small steam locomotives eventually giving way to William Stroudley's "Terrier" 0-6-0Ts. However, marine erosion of the wooden trestle bridge which linked Hayling Island to the mainland was to force the closure of the line in 1963 - after which one of the Terriers became a public house sign on the island. This has since returned to steam on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway. Hayling Island was the first layout that Richard Pretious had designed for exhibition use and the track, buildings and some rolling stock were mostly hand built from kits directly or in modified form.  
 

   
  Despite being a beautifully accurate evocation of the early 20th Century at Hayling Island, Richard Pretious's layout also carried an homage to British science fiction in the form of Thunderbird 4 and Austin Power's union jack "Shaguar".  
 

   
  Despite being a beautifully accurate evocation of the early 20th Century at Hayling Island, Richard Pretious's layout also carried an homage to British science fiction in the form of Thunderbird 4 and Austin Power's union jack "Shaguar".  
 

   
  CWMDERI by Gwynne Chivers

00 Gauge 4mm Scale

 
 

   
   
 

   
  A Welsh railway line reverberates to the whistle of an English Electric 8SVT engine as a train of 16 ton mineral wagons is hauled past the newly installed red lights and stabling point at Cwmderi by 20 192.  
 

   
  Cwmderi took its name from the fictional town featured in the BBC Wales Welsh language soap "Pobol-y-Cwm" produced for S4C and represented the confined track plans forced on railway builders by the lack of ground space at the heads of the valleys at the north western edge of the South Wales coalfield.

Since the closure of Pwll-y-Dderwen colliery ( where the mid level line once ran ) in the 1980s the tourist traffic for the Outward Bound centre at Y Plas had justified a through service from the Swansea to Fishguard main line as well as frequent local services while Cwrtmynach Quarry also provided high volume traffic to its high level reception sidings. The old steam shed had been replaced by a diesel stabling and fuelling point and modern colour light signalling installed. Trackwork was all Peco Code 75 with all buildings being either kit or scratch built and rolling stock was fitted with Kadee couplings in conjunction with Digital Command Control ( DCC ).

 
 

   
  Cwmderi took its name from the fictional town featured in the BBC Wales Welsh language soap "Pobol-y-Cwm" produced for S4C and represented the confined track plans forced on railway builders by the lack of ground space at the heads of the valleys at the north western edge of the South Wales coalfield.  
 

   
  THOMAS by Cheltenham GWR Modellers 00 Gauge 4mm Scale  
 

   
  CAPITAL WORKS by Alan Drewett

00 Gauge 4mm Scale

 
 

   
   
 

   
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  LLANFAIRISH by Andy Cundick

009 Gauge 4mm Scale

 
 

   
  Livestock is taken to market across the bridge behind a brake van still in Great Western Railway markings and hauled by a locomotive suspiciously like Sir Haydn from the 2' 3" gauge Talyllyn Railway.  
 

   
  Livestock is taken to market across the bridge behind a brake van still in Great Western Railway markings and hauled by a locomotive suspiciously like Sir Haydn from the 2' 3" gauge Talyllyn Railway.  
 

   
  Llanfairish was originally conceived as an 009 test track but has since developed a life of its own - based on the goods only era of the 1940s and 50s at Llanfair Caereinion on the 2'6" gauge Welshpool and Llanfair Railway in mid Wales.  
 

   
  Llanfairish was originally conceived as an 009 test track but has since developed a life of its own - based on the goods only era of the 1940s and 50s at Llanfair Caereinion on the 2'6" gauge Welshpool and Llanfair Railway in mid Wales.  
 

   
  THE PINEWOODS LUMBER COMPANY by Guy Peck

N Gauge 2mm Scale

 
 

   
  As logs are raised from ponds and conveyed to the mill for sawing, Frisco liveried Bo-Bo switcher 364 hauls a Chicago & North Western Railroad marked snowplough - built from an expensive and rare brass kit and technically known as a Jordan Spreader. Click on the picture for a reference to Peter Andre.  
 

   
  As logs were raised from ponds and conveyed to the mill for sawing, Frisco liveried Bo-Bo switcher 364 hauled a Chicago & North Western Railroad marked snowplough - built from an expensive and rare brass kit and technically known as a Jordan Spreader. Click on the picture for a reference to Peter Andre.  
 

   
  This layout captured a typical North American logging scene with lumber brought to the sawmills by road and rail and held in ponds, lakes and rivers prior to debarking and cutting. Waste wood chippings would then go to the cardboard and paper industries while sawdust was piped to a burner as the sawn timber was either kiln or air dried. The Shay, Climax and Heisler steam locomotives that would have provided traction in the past were later replaced by diesels hauling skeleton log cars and gondolas.  
 

   
  This layout captured a typical North American logging scene with lumber brought to the sawmills by road and rail and held in ponds, lakes and rivers prior to debarking and cutting. Waste wood chippings would then go to the cardboard and paper industries while sawdust was piped to a burner as the sawn timber was either kiln or air dried. The Shay, Climax and Heisler steam locomotives that would have provided traction in the past were later replaced by diesels hauling skeleton log cars and gondolas.  
 

   
  MODEL BUS FEDERATION represented by Paul Mellor 4mm Scale  
 

   
  By the sodium street lights, two North Western Road Car technicians investigate a Leyland Olympian that is failing to proceed from Brocklecote Bus Station.  
 

   
  By the sodium street lights, two North Western Road Car technicians investigate a Leyland Olympian that is failing to proceed from Brocklecote Bus Station.  
 

   
  NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ROAD TRANSPORT MODELLERS

represented by David Mellor 4mm Scale

 
 

   
  Among the many new Mellor Brothers projects displayed at St Margaret's Hall in April 2009 was this telescopic trailer - used to carry long but relatively light loads by the three axled Mercedes tractor units of Edgwicks of Tewkesbury.  
 

   
  Among the many new Mellor Brothers projects displayed at St Margaret's Hall in April 2009 was this telescopic trailer - used to carry long but relatively light loads by the three axled Mercedes tractor units of Edgwicks of Tewkesbury.  
 

   
  TRAVEL 2000 LTD by Andy Peckham 4mm Scale  
 

   
   
 

   
  Since October 2008 Andy Peckham has definitely been letting the grass grow - and there is a random warning sign just outside the fence of Travel 2000's depot too!  
 

   
  SOUTH WALES BUS FEDERATION by Gordon Braithwaite 4mm scale  
 

   
  Among the many fascinating layouts brought to St Margaret's Hall by the South Wales Model Bus Federation - some featuring trains that did not move but buses that did - was this vignette of a Bedford OB that had demolished a hedge and a lawn before trying to complete the hat trick with a house. Have you had an accident in the last three years that wasn't your fault? Then why not spend some of your 100% compensation on some die cast vehicles?  


   
  Among the many fascinating layouts brought to St Margaret's Hall by the South Wales Model Bus Federation - some featuring trains that did not move but buses that did - was this vignette of a Bedford OB that had demolished a hedge and a lawn before trying to complete the hat trick with a house. Have you had an accident in the last three years that wasn't your fault? Then why not spend some of your 100% compensation on some die cast vehicles, like the long-gone format of observation coach seen below?  
 

   
  Among the many fascinating layouts brought to St Margaret's Hall by the South Wales Model Bus Federation - some featuring trains that did not move but buses that did - was this vignette of a Bedford OB that had demolished a hedge and a lawn before trying to complete the hat trick with a house. Have you had an accident in the last three years that wasn't your fault? Then why not spend some of your 100% compensation on some die cast vehicles, like the long-gone format of observation coach seen below?  
 

   
  MODELLING DISPLAYS by Harvey Faulkner-Aston, Steve Adcock, Steve Harrod, Rob Owst, Andi Dell and Trevor Hale.  
 

   
  Sunday 5 April saw Andi Dell demonstrate this modern image layout - complete with overhead catenary, diesel fuelling point, Digital Command Control and - powered by a laptop computer - sound. In this picture a 4mm model of Romanian built 56 003 stands in front of a similarly blue liveried Peak.  
 

   
  Sunday 5 April saw Andi Dell demonstrate this modern image layout - complete with overhead catenary, diesel fuelling point, Digital Command Control and - powered by a laptop computer - sound. In this picture a 4mm model of Romanian built 56 003 stands in front of a similarly blue liveried Peak.  
 

   
   
 

   
  My particular interest was also taken by this DC kits model of a Gloucester RCW Class 128 Diesel Parcels Unit being assembled by Rob Owst. the finished version was displayed in October 2009.  
 

   
  Everyone who takes part in the Cheltenham GWR Modeller's Exhibitions - be it erecting a layout or taking the money on the door - does so with with the same care and dedication that has gone into making this 0 gauge model of Swindon built "Warship" D832 "Onslaught" so painstakingly accurate. I salute you all!  
 

   
  Everyone who takes part in the Cheltenham GWR Modeller's Exhibitions - be it erecting a layout or taking the money on the door - does so with with the same care and dedication that has gone into making this 0 gauge model of Swindon built "Warship" D832 "Onslaught" so painstakingly accurate. I salute you all!  
 

   
  Also in attendance were Cheltenham Model Centre (Saturday) Castle Trains (Sunday), Stewart Blencowe (Railway books, timetables and photographs), Robbie's Rolling Stock ( 00 and N gauge wagons ) and Clive Reid (RCSW Models)

DVDs of the Cheltenham GWR Modellers Exhibitions from 2006 onward are now available from Richard Pretious of Iron Horse Video Productions based at 77 Tilney Close, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 2BG.