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MODEL RAILWAY EXHIBITION


SATURDAY 10 APRIL AND SUNDAY 11 APRIL 2010

 
 

   
 

THE NEXT EXHIBITION WILL BE HELD ON
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IN MEMORIAM

BERT HAWKINS

We were saddened to hear of the sudden death of Bert Hawkins from Gloucester Model Railway Club.  Bert exhibited his LNER layout Kingsgate Shed along with his superb collection of locomotives on more than one occasion at Cheltenham.  His booming voice was World renowned and the loud shout of "tea-up" would be enough to drown any PA system on a club night.

We shall all miss him and his great sense of fun


 

LAYOUT AND ATTRACTION REVIEW

 
 

   


  RIVENDELL by Brandon Evans
 O-16.5 Gauge 7mm Scale
 
 

   
  Rivendell was originally one end of the Twickenham and District Club's narrow gauge layout but ended up stored in Brandon's loft for 10 years until he was talked into rebuilding it. Time and an attentive squirrel partially destroyed the layout and one of the boards had to be scrapped. The baseboards were modified, trackwork relaid, rewired, buildings rebuilt and the scenery completely replaced. It may have been easier to build a new layout!
 
 

   
Rivendell was originally one end of the Twickenham and District Club's narrow gauge layout but ended up stored in Brandon's loft for 10 years until he was talked into rebuilding it.  Time and an attentive squirrel partially destroyed the layout and one of the boards had to be scrapped.  The baseboards were modified, trackwork relaid, rewired, buildings rebuilt and the scenery completely replaced.  It may have been easier to build a new layout!

The neglected feeling attempted to depict narrow gauge railways in the 1930s as bankruptcy loomed, but represented nowhere in particular.  The rocks were plaster castings from rubber moulds, the wooden buildings were all scratchbuilt, fences made from Chinese takeaway calendars and trees constructed from Scalelink etchings.  

Stubs points ( although perhaps not prototypical) were included in the goods yard and Ho Kadee couplers, operated by electromagnets, were used for hands-free working.  The turntable was added to turn the Baldwin tank locomotives ( like 4-6-0ST 530 pictured above) which in reality ran very roughly in reverse - just as had been the case on the Glyn Valley Tramway.

A full history of Rivendell and a large number of photographs have been published in Issue 48 of Narrow Gauge World and in British Railway Modeller Annual of  2007.
 

   
A full history of Rivendell and a large number of photographs have been published in Issue 48 of Narrow Gauge World and in British Railway Modeller Annual of 2007.


 

CANADA ROAD by Peter Johnson
EM Gauge 4mm Scale

 
 

   
  Canada Road modelled the era before Docklands became smart executive homes and attractive waterside theme pubs somewhere between 1950 and the late 1970s. Worn down black steam engines were reaching the end of their days, green diesels had arrived but themselves were soon to be swept away by a tide of corporate blue paint.
 
 

   
  Canada Road modelled the era before Docklands became smart executive homes and attractive waterside theme pubs somewhere between 1950 and the late 1970s.  Worn down black steam engines were reaching the end of their days, green diesels had arrived but themselves were soon to be swept away by a tide of corporate blue paint.

The small exchange sidings just off Canada Road were visited by a variety of mixed traffic locomotives working to and from the large local marshalling yard.  Occasional larger locomotives were rostered, looking a little out of place on only a short string of wagons.  The shunting engines then sorted the arriving trains, often taking short "trip" workings out to the nearby industry and wharves.  Sometimes the loaded trucks were checked on the weighbridge before onward movement.

The region and period of the scene changed throughout the day, showing more than 20 local types of diesel locomotive and over 40 different designs of wagon which used to be found aroud the country - such as blue diesel hydraulic D6333 coupled next to a Presflo (pictured above next to Class 02 D2136) and a Clayton Class 17 seen below next to some BR standard brake vans.

Also of note were such features as a ruined lean to brick hut with the rafters largely devoid of tiles, the twin sewer outlets, modelled with clingfilm and varnish and the partly sunked scratchbuilt barge "Ellesmere".
 


Also of note were such features as a ruined lean to brick hut with the rafters largely devoid of tiles, the twin sewer outlets, modelled with clingfilm and varnish and the partly sunked scratchbuilt barge "Ellesmere".
 

   
 

YEOFORD by John Nicholas
EM Gauge 4mm Scale

 
 

   
  Yeoford, 11 miles west of Exeter, was the London & South Western junction station for lines to Plymouth and North Devon, the actual divergence being a mile west of Coleford Junction signal box. The wide arches and spacing between platforms were inherited from the Broad Gauge of the North Devon Railway. The LSWR extended the station as part of its double track main line to Plymouth, adding bay platforms and a small marshalling yard.
 
 

   
  Yeoford, 11 miles west of Exeter, was the London & South Western junction station for lines to Plymouth and North Devon, the actual divergence being a mile west of Coleford Junction signal box.  The wide arches and spacing between platforms were inherited from the Broad Gauge of the North Devon Railway.  The LSWR extended the station as part of its double track main line to Plymouth, adding bay platforms and a small marshalling yard.

Modelled in Edwardian times, local passenger and goods trains from Exeter were operated along with through passenger trains or coaches from from Waterloo, Down goods trains from Nine Elms and stone trains from Meldon Quarry. Slower trains were sometimes shunted into sidings to let faster services through while luggage and parcels were transferred between platforms on trolleys via the foot crossing.  Locomotives hauling the mainly non-corridor stock were in the most part by Adams and Drummond.

All the main features of the curved station were incorporated, with sidings reduced in length to compress the original 3/4 mile section for display on a 16' x 2' 6" layout.  Extra bridges were also incorporated to get trains "off stage" at either end behind the sidings.  All bridges and buildings were hand built, based on the North devon and South Western structures at Yeoford.  track was hand built using EMGS components.  Locomotives - with Portescap motors - and rolling stock were mostly kit built with some scratch building, including the brake van and ballast wagon seen below and Adams T3 4-4-0 576 seen above in the black and white banded green livery of his successor Dugald Drummond, Locomotive Superintendent of the London & South Western Railway from 1895 to 1912.
 


All the main features of the curved station were incorporated, with sidings reduced in length to compress the original 3/4 mile section for display on a 16' x 2' 6" layout. Extra bridges were also incorporated to get trains "off stage" at either end behind the sidings. All bridges and buildings were hand built, based on the North devon and South Western structures at Yeoford. track was hand built using EMGS components. Locomotives - with Portescap motors - and rolling stock were mostly kit built with some scratch building.
 

   
 

PIXASH LANE by Chris Hopper
00 Gauge 4mm Scale

 
 

   
  Chris Hopper is perhaps best known to exhibition patrons for his interest in US railroads but the DCC operated Pixash Lane was inspired partly by the announcement by Hattons of Liverpool of their special run of Class 14 locomotives by Heljan and partly by an excellent day out on the West Somerset Railway hauled by two of the real life "Teddy Bears"
 
 

   
Chris Hopper is perhaps best known to exhibition patrons for his interest in US railroads but the DCC operated Pixash Lane was inspired partly by the announcement by Hattons of Liverpool of their special run of Class 14 locomotives by Heljan and partly by an excellent day out on the West Somerset Railway hauled by two of the real life "Teddy Bears".

Pixash Lane was based on the idea of a short branch line close to the ex GWR Bristol to Bath route with a halt for occasional passenger services and freight services to local industries. Most of the buildings were scratch built, Kaydee couplings allowed some hands-off operation and track was a mixture of Marcway, SMP and Peco in the "off-stage" areas.

Among the motive power supplementing the Class 14s were a Class 25 wearing the headcode of a London Midland bound freight train and a more typically Western Region Class 35 Hymek.
 

   
Pixash Lane was based on the idea of a short branch line close to the ex GWR Bristol to Bath route with a halt for occasional passenger services and freight services to local industries. Most of the buildings were scratch built, Kaydee couplings allowed some hands-off operation and track was a mixture of Marcway, SMP and Peco in the "off-stage" areas.


 

GORPETON BLYMEE by Gordon Edgar and Peter Wilson
00 Gauge 4mm Scale

 
 

   
  Gorpeton Blymee represented a GWR branch line at the end of the Company's existence in the late 1940s just as the new British Railways was taking over. When the original line was laid out in the 1890s, Gorpeton Blymee would have been an intermediate stop on a through line but it became the inadequate terminus of a branch line when the original owners ran out of funds. The GWR took the line under its wing mainly to stop one of the interloper companies breaking into its territory. The financial loss outweighed the inconvenience of competition elsewhere.
 
 

   
  Gorpeton Blymee represented a GWR branch line at the end of the Company's existence in the late 1940s just as the new British Railways was taking over.  When the original line was laid out in the 1890s, Gorpeton Blymee would have been an intermediate stop on a through line but it became the inadequate terminus of a branch line when the original owners ran out of funds.  The GWR took the line under its wing mainly to stop one of the interloper companies breaking into its territory.  The financial loss outweighed the inconvenience of competition elsewhere.

Tears in the doldrums followed but in 1905 Wilgar and Edson set up their factory.  The business boomed, even in the Depression years, which resulted in the town expanding and rail traffic mushrooming.  Consequently the single platform and goods yard no longer met the needs of the community of Gorprton Blymee.  The demands of the Second World War ( and Wilgar and Edson's very important and very secret contribution to ultimate victory ) meant that no action was taken to resolve the problems created by the inadequate infrastructure.

What with the entrance to the factory ( served by its own "Terrier" shunters), the station area and the goods yard Gorpeton Blymee could be a challenge to work and drivers and signalmen were kept on their toes, some opting for lighter duties at Paddington, Birmingham Snow Hill or Clapham Junction or just entering the Mr Universe contest....


 
 

   
What with the entrance to the factory ( served by its own "Terrier" shunters), the station area and the goods yard Gorpeton Blymee could be a challenge to work and drivers and signalmen were kept on their toes, some opting for lighter duties at Paddington, Birmingham Snow Hill or Clapham Junction or just entering the Mr Universe contest....


 

STONEBRIDGE by Roger and Robert Webb
00 Gauge 4mm Scale

 
 

   
  Based on Williton - on today's West Somerset Railway - Stonebridge was the Cheltenham GWR Modellers Group's first venture into layout construction using SMP trackwork and was first displayed in October 1987. A quantity of ready made points and flexible track were purchased second hand, glued on to cork and then ballasted with N gauge granite ballast.
 
 

   


  Based on Williton - on today's West Somerset Railway - Stonebridge was the Cheltenham GWR Modellers Group's first venture into layout construction using SMP trackwork and was first displayed in October 1987. A quantity of ready made points and flexible track were purchased second hand, glued on to cork and then ballasted with N gauge granite ballast.

Buildings on previous layouts had been scratch built but in order to save time modified kits were used - the goods shed and footbridge being Heljan and the locomotive shed by Airfix. Both the station building and platform mounted signal box were Ratio models built from the kits without modification, althougth the latter - based on Highley box from the Severn Valley Railway but with a more decorative chimney - did boast a fully fitted interior in keeping with the layout's working Ratio semaphore signals.  

Most of the road vehicles were customised in some way and a mixture of steam and diesel trains - such as the Anbrico version of Gloucester RCW built Great Western railcar W8W - evoked the British Railways scene of the 1960s.

Although now 23 years old, Stonebridge is still being updated with new equipment such as the smoke generators in the locomotive inspection pit, giving the impression that ex GWR pannier tank 4607 is in fact blowing down its cylinder drain cocks before moving off!

 


Although now 23 years old, Stonebridge is still being updated with new equipment such as the smoke generators in the locomotive inspection pit, giving the impression that ex GWR pannier tank 4607 is in fact blowing down its cylinder drain cocks before moving off!
 

   


THOMAS by Cheltenham GWR Modellers 00 Gauge 4mm Scale


  THOMAS by Cheltenham GWR Modellers 00 Gauge 4mm Scale  
 

   
  UNIVERSAL WORKS by Alan Drewett

00 Gauge 4mm Scale

 
 

   
  The redbrick architecture of Universal Works allows it to represent just about anywhere in the World that was industrialised in the 19th century while its modular construction also allows the close comparison of trains and aircraft.
 
 

   
The redbrick architecture of Universal Works allows it to represent just about anywhere in the World that was industrialised in the 19th century while its modular construction also allows the close comparison of trains and aircraft.  

As such, for the layout's debut at
the Cheltenham GWR Modeller's Exhibition in April 2010, there could arguably be no better theme to illustrate this multi-disciplinary capability than a salute to English Electric - a company whose products have captivated both train and plane spotters for over six decades.  Click on the picture for more details.

 


As such, for the layout's debut at the Cheltenham GWR Modeller's Exhibition in April 2010, there could arguably be no better theme to illustrate this multi-disciplinary capability than a salute to English Electric - a company whose products have captivated both train and plane spotters for over six decades. Click on the picture for more details.


  SANDY LANE 2000 by Denis Stevens
00 Gauge 4mm Scale
 
 

   
  Sandy Lane was a fictional layout loosely based on British Railways Western Region's Old Oak Common diesel depot. Although built in the 1990s, Sandy Lane has been updated, DCC fitted and now operates ready to run diesels from the year 2000 onwards.
 
 

   

Sandy Lane was a fictional layout loosely based on British Railways Western Region's Old Oak Common diesel depot.  Although built in the 1990s, Sandy Lane has been updated, DCC fitted and now operates ready to run diesels from the year 2000 onwards.


 
 
 


 

GLASLYN JUNCTION by Frederick Lea
TT Gauge 3mm Scale

 
 

   
  Glaslyn represented the Cambrian Coast line (and branch to the fictitious Caergwyddno ) somewhere near Porthmadog in the 1950s and 60s. Typical Cambrian wooden trestle bridges crossed the River Glaslyn ( made from Woodland Scenics Realistic Water ) while the baseboards were constructed from plywwod on a softwood framework. A cassette system was used to replace conventional fiddle yards at either end of the layout and the buildings were scratchbuilt from card or DAS modelling clay and then painted with watercolours or acrylics. locomotives and rolling stock were kit built and many can be obtained from the 3mm Society.
 
 

   
Glaslyn represented the Cambrian Coast line (and branch to the fictitious Caergwyddno ) somewhere near Porthmadog in the 1950s and 60s. Typical Cambrian wooden trestle bridges crossed the River Glaslyn ( made from Woodland Scenics Realistic Water ) while the baseboards were constructed from plywwod on a softwood framework. A cassette system was used to replace conventional fiddle yards at either end of the layout and the buildings were scratchbuilt from card or DAS modelling clay and then painted with watercolours or acrylics. locomotives and rolling stock were kit built and many can be obtained from the 3mm Society.  

I was also particularly pleased to see the appearance of a 3mm scale model of a Gloucester RCW Class 100 diesel multiple unit on Glaslyn Junction ( above) as well as ex GWR 0-6-0 2255 pictured next to the water tower below.
 

   
I was also particularly pleased to see the appearance of a 3mm scale model of a Gloucester RCW Class 100 diesel multiple unit on Glaslyn Junction ( above) as well as ex GWR 0-6-0 2255 pictured next to the water tower below.


QUELQUE PART EN FRANCE by Simon Newitt

Nm Gauge 2mm Scale


This layout was originally built by Rodger Main and was called The Salt Marsh. This was an accurate representation of part of a French metre gauge line, the Tramways de la Vendee, which ran down the West Coast of France until the 1950s. It was more specifically based on the Musee de la Petit Gare at Ile d'Olonne in the Vendee region.


This layout was originally built by Rodger Main and was called The Salt Marsh.  This was an accurate representation of part of a French metre gauge line, the Tramways de la Vendee, which ran down the West Coast of France until the 1950s.  It was more specifically based on the Musee de la Petit Gare at Ile d'Olonne in the Vendee region.

The layout is now owned by Simon Newitt and has been moved several hundred kilometres inland to somewhere in central France, rebuilt and renamed.  The backscene on this layout is a modified photograph taken from a barge on the Canal du Nivernals, near a village called Cravant in Burgundy - hence the vineyards on the hills!

Simon was using Quelque Part En France as a test bed for his new Nm layout, Chatel Sur Yonne, based on Burgundy's Vonne Valley.  This particular take on the Nm format uses Z gauge track to represent the once extensive French metre gauge wherein run railcars ( or Autorails) by firms like De Dion and Billard using a notation system based on Type, Horsepower and Fuel.  Hence one class of Autorail is described as A80D , developing 80 bhp and running on diesel.



Simon was using Quelque Part En France as a test bed for his new Nm layout, Chatel Sur Yonne, based on Burgundy's Vonne Valley. This particular take on the Nm format uses Z gauge track to represent the once extensive French metre gauge wherein run railcars ( or Autorails) by firms like De Dion and Billard using a notation system based on Type, Horsepower and Fuel. Hence one class of Autorail is described as A80D , developing 80 bhp and running on diesel.


  MODEL BUS FEDERATION represented by Paul Mellor 4mm Scale  
 

   
  Looking ahead to 2010's Golden Jubilee celebrations, the North Western fleet has recently been augmented by the Optare Solo seen above at Brocklecote bound for Gloucester's Southgate Street while a very modern Gloucestershire Double Decker is being converted from a London bus with a central entrance for disabled passengers.
 
 

   
  Looking ahead to 2010's Golden Jubilee celebrations, the North Western fleet has recently been augmented by the Optare Solo seen above at Brocklecote bound for Gloucester's Southgate Street while a very modern Gloucestershire Double Decker is being converted from an east London bus with a central entrance for disabled passengers.  Based on Creative Master's newest release (UK 9017) of one of a batch of Polish built Scania Omni City doubel deckers, the central door aperture is being filled with white metal profiled panelling. Once in service with the North Western Road Car (Glos) Company, the wheelchair facility will be just opposite the foot of the stairs, as is the practice on current Stagecoach double deckers.
 
 

   
Looking ahead to 2010's Golden Jubilee celebrations, the North Western fleet has recently been augmented by the Optare Solo seen above at Brocklecote bound for Gloucester's Southgate Street while a very modern Gloucestershire Double Decker is being converted from a London bus with a central entrance for disabled passengers.




  TRAVEL 2000 LTD by Andy Peckham 4mm Scale ( Sunday only )  
 

   
  Since its last visit St Margaret's Hall, Travel 2000 has expanded into a new gravel-floored yard - seen here being occupied by the school bus fleet - and gained an inspection ramp visible just behind the shed and to the left of the cream coloured Peugeot-Talbot Pullman minibus with brown "Provincial" branding.
 
 

   
  Since its last visit  St Margaret's Hall, Travel 2000 has expanded into a new gravel-floored yard - seen here being occupied by the school bus fleet - and gained an inspection ramp visible just behind the shed and to the left of the three-axle cream coloured Peugeot-Talbot Pullman minibus with brown "Provincial" branding.  

Also of note is the Black Knight, a new luxury addition to the Black and White fleet.  Based on the Original Omnibus Company model of a Volvo B12B with Van Hoole Alizee bodywork, this livery was derived from that of Hoddeston, Hertfordshire based Golden Boy.

Below meanwhile, Paul Mellor has added some beautiful detail to the AEC Routemaster 18 CLT in the wedding hire fleet.
 
 

   
Below meanwhile, Paul Mellor has added some beautiful detail to the AEC Routemaster 18 CLT in the wedding hire fleet.


MODEL FAIRGROUND by Martin Nash 4mm Scale


Once again, Martin Nash's fairground took us back to the 1960s with the addition - between Coconut Shy and Ghost Train - of the Famous Laughing Clowns. The idea behind this sideshow was to throw a ball into the mouth of a revolving wooden clown, timing its entry so that the ball left the clown via a chute with a worthwhile prize attached. In contrast to this quest for precision - but also new-was the distorting Hall of Mirrors.


Once again, Martin Nash's fairground took us back to the 1960s with the addition - between Coconut Shy and Ghost Train - of the Famous Laughing Clowns.  The idea behind this sideshow was to throw a ball into the mouth of a revolving wooden clown, timing its entry so that the ball left the clown via a chute with a worthwhile prize attached.  In contrast to this quest for precision - but also new-was the distorting Hall of Mirrors.


Once again, Martin Nash's fairground took us back to the 1960s with the addition - between Coconut Shy and Ghost Train - of the Famous Laughing Clowns. The idea behind this sideshow was to throw a ball into the mouth of a revolving wooden clown, timing its entry so that the ball left the clown via a chute with a worthwhile prize attached. In contrast to this quest for precision - but also new-was the distorting Hall of Mirrors.


  MODELLING DISPLAYS by Mark Begley, Steve Adcock, Andi Dell, Harvey Faulkner-Aston and Trevor Hale.  
 

   
  Once again, Harvey displayed his prowess with all things "Way Out West" while elsewhere an N gauge marshalling yard was under construction.
 
 

   
  Once again, Harvey displayed his prowess with all things "Way Out West" while elsewhere an 2mm fine scale gauge marshalling yard - complete with Presflo wagon -was under construction by Trevor Hale.
 
 

   
  Once again, Harvey displayed his prowess with all things "Way Out West" while elsewhere an N gauge marshalling yard was under construction.
 
 

   
 

Also in attendance were Cheltenham Model Centre (Saturday) Castle Trains (Sunday), Stewart Blencowe (Railway books, timetables and photographs),  Iron Horse Videos and DVDs, Clive Reid (RCSW Models) Robbie's Rolling Stock and Paul Clarke, Fine Art Photographer.

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.