Hucclecote Model Railway Exhibition 2018

CarisbrookeThe 9th Hucclecote Model Railway Exhibition will be held at Hucclecote Methodist Church, Carisbrooke Road, Hucclecote, Gloucester GL3 3QP – on the Number 10 bus route from Gloucester to Cheltenham – from 1000 to 1700 on Saturday 16 June 2018.

Entry prices will be £4.00, accompanied Children free.

Visitors who attended in previous years could confirm the warm welcome and the quality of the refreshmernts.  We hope 2018 will be no different!  Similarly, the range of exhibits at this charity show will appeal to both keen modellers and local families.

The 2018 poster shows a Southern Region Bulleid “Merchant Navy” pacific starting a Waterloo bound train from Salisbury in 1965.  This former London and South Western Railway route to Bournemouth was the last bastion of British main line steam, only yielding to diesels in 1967.  The area behind the train in the picture is now a depot for the latest diesel multiple units on the line.  These are much more comfortable and efficient than their steam antecedents – and accelerate smoothly without wheelslip.  The Bulleid Pacifics often displayed spectacular pyrotechnics  when trying to start in the wet near electric third rails where sanding was not allowed.


Barnwood Halt by  Barnwood Model Railway Club 4mm OO gauge

This layout aims to allow the younger audience members to drive a selection of 0-4-0 driven passenger and freight stock.


BRS Depot by Martin Nash

A static display of a busy British Road Services Depot set in a town scene

Universal Works in Clarkson’s End by Alan Drewett 4mm OO gauge


In 2017 it was announced that there would be no petrol or diesel engined road vehicles built in Britain after 2040.  In the mid 20th Century petrolhead haven of Clarkson’s End however, liquid hydrocarbon fuel keeps arriving by diesel train to supply a range of circuit racing and road sports cars – and even a small fighting vehicle developed from them. Manufacturers like Jaguar, Volvo, Mercedes Benz and Aston Martin. Drivers like Ivor Bueb, Stirling Moss and Mike Hawthorne.  Time to put a tiger in your tank as you go beyond petroleum and get out of town fast!

Paynestown by Reg Owens 4mm OO gauge

Paynestown is a fictional South Wales valley terminus served by one of the pre-grouping railway companies which later became part of the G.W.R and in turn Britush Railways Western Region. Paynestown is modelled around the 1960s, which enables us to run steam and diesel locos in the transition period.Paynestown is a fictional South Wales valley terminus served by one of the pre-grouping railway companies which later became part of the G.W.R and in turn Britush Railways Western Region.  Paynestown is modelled around the 1960s, which  enables the operators to run steam and diesel locos in the transition period.  Because Paynestown is supposedly situated at the northern part of the South Wales coalfield it is assumed that the connection with the former London & North Western Railway / London Midland and Scottish was made, which allows us to run a greater variety of locos and rolling stock. The layout uses Peco code 100 track and points.   Buildings – such as the non conformist chapel seen here – are mostly scratch built using different types of materials. Control of the layout was originally analogue but has been converted to D.C.C.(Digitrax system) which allows the operation of some sound locos

Snug End by Philip Bird 4mm OO Gauge

Snug End was inspired by a competition in the Homby Magazine to build a diorama in 3 square feet (432 Square inches). Snug End was inspired by a competition in the Homby Magazine to build a diorama in 3 square feet (432 Square inches). The baseboard is 45.4 in x 9.5 in (3 square feet) and is used at home like that, but for exhibitions two small extensions are added to each side to for a transient loco at the upper level and a third at the rear to simulate the mainline and to allow trains to be changed.

The design is based on the Inglenook Shunting Puzzle and was redrawn many times to get it to fit within the area whilst enabling shunting with a diesel up to the size of a class 20/25. The track is hand built using SMP parts directly onto the plan and all the points are wyes of different radii (e.g. 2lin/24in).

Stock is mostly Bachmann with modified couplings to enable hands free uncoupling. The operators will be pleased to show how this is done.  Operation is normally DCC with sound but it can also be analogue DC.  The layout was constructed by Graham Gatehouse who is a master at small and micro.

Southdown Bus Depot by Vincent Tweed

A static display of a busy summer’s day at a Southdown bus depot in a Sussex seaside town

Westbridge by Alec Raybould 4mm OO gauge

Westbridge - a fictitious exhibition layout based on the Western Region during British Rail's blue diesel era in the early 1970s. It included a small terminus station, sidings and a scratch built three road traction maintenance depot.Westbridge is a fictitious exhibition layout based in the Western Region during the time of the British Rail blue diesel era in the early 1970s. Built in OO gauge, it includes a small terminus station, sidings and a scratch built three road traction maintenance depot. The track is Peco code 75 and control is DCC via an NCE Powercab. Locomotives are a mixture of Bachmann and Heljan and the majority of rolling stock is Bachmann. After the layouts initial four exhibitions, it was decided to extend it by three feet which now gives me much more operational interest whilst exhibiting. Regular passenger services terminate and depart from Westbridge which are either multiple units or Mark 1 carriage stock. There are also occasional parcel trains which are either loco hauled or operated by parcel units. Westbridge Traction Maintenance Depot is always busy with operation including light engine movements or an oil tanker train which serves the fuelling point. We hope you enjoy Westbridge as this is my first attempt at an exhibition layout which I partially built at the age of 15.

Bitterfeld by Eric Bird 3.5mm HO Gauge

The layout models Ho gauge from 1980 to present day Germany. It is a small permanent way yard / servicing point using a recycled second-hand American layout. Primarily to demonstrate German DCC items of rolling stock and advances in model technology, as well as the Kadee magnetic uncoupling system..Layout powered by Roco Multimaus or NCE DCC control systems. Models shown are straight ”out of the box” or may have some weathering.

Federal Street Yard by Chris Sharp 3.5mm HO gauge

Set in the city of Hereford in West Virginia, Federal street Yard is an urban styled shelf layout designed for switching and is set in a flexible period between 1960’s & 1980’s. It is DCC controlled with sound fitted locos.

Jenbach by Gary Ball 3.5mm HO/009 Gauge

This layout represents a typical area of the sort found within the European Alps. It has two tracks, the first a narrow gauge line running up over a viaduct into a short tunnel on to a high level station, and is served by both steam and diesel locos. The other line is in HO gauge with overhead electric stock, and starts from the same station, across the front of the layout into a tunnel from where it returns after appproximately 20 seconds.

There is a chair lift also going to the top station, various period cars and commercial vehicles on the road.

Heybridge Wharf by Michael Corp 3.5mm TT Finescale gauge

Mr M Corp's delightful contribution to the 2016 Cotswold Model Railway Show was Heyridge Wharf, a front-control layout built to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 3mm Society in 2015. In a scenic section measuring 50 inches long by 50 cm wide, 14.2mm finescale track was used to depict a fictitious port in Suffolk linked to the Great Eastern main line via the Hey Light Railway. Beyond Heybridge Wharf was a tramway section to the town of Heybridge. The layout was built of plywood with 3mm Society track and 32MR points operated by Hoffman point motors. Rolling stock was by Finney and Smith, Worsley Works and the 3mm Society. Buildings were scratch built or super detailed Bilteezi card kits.The layout was built for the 50 something challenge to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 3mm Society 1965 -2015. The scenic part is 50 inches long by 50cm wide and is built to fine scale standards with a track gauge of 14.2mm. Heybridge Wharf is purely fictitious and is situated somewhere in Suffolk at one of the last inland wharfs still operating. The railway was built under the Light Railways act as the Hey Light Railway to connect the town of Heybridge to the Great Eastern Main Line via Heybridge Wharf.  The trains from the main line enter Heybridge Wharf via the line between the church and the gas works. This is the end of the line for the stock not allowed to proceed along the tramway to Heybridge Town. Those that are allowed will run round their train and proceed along the tramway squeezed between the gasworks and Colly Tobbold’s brewery. The wharf still receives one of the last barges still trading but now converted with a diesel engine.

The layout is built of plywood with track by the 3mm society and points from 3SMR. Points are operated by Hoffmann point motors and couplings are adapted B&B. Stock is from Finney and Smith, now no longer trading, Worsley Works and the 3mm Society whilst some of the buildings are scratch built , most are super detailed Bilteezi card kits.

Ashbrook by John Thomas 3mm TT gauge

A fictitious layout (pictured left) based on the concept that the Midland & South Western Junction Railway continued as a secondary route through the Cotswolds despite the Great Western Railways endeavours to rationalise it during previous years.  The era is set during the 1950’s and allows through trains to be run from the Midlands (LMS), Southern as well as a variety of Western (GWR) and lately British Railways locomotives and rolling stock.

The idea of trains linking the industrial Midlands with the South Coast dates back to the 1840s, and in 1881 the Swindon, Marlborough and Andover Railway was completed. Its associations with the London & South Western Railway at its southern end, however, made the Great Western Railway hostile to the little company.

To avoid the GWR routes around Swindon, the Swindon and Cheltenham Extension Railway was initiated in 1882 to link the S.M. & A.R. with the Midland Railway at Cheltenham via Cricklade, Blunsdon, Cirencester, Chedworth and Andoversford.

The S.M. & A.R. merged with the S. & C. E.R. in 1884 to become the Midland & South Western Junction Railway. Narrowly escaping financial ruin from high building costs, the M. & S.W.J.R. ran its first train from Cheltenham to Andover on 1 August 1891. From 1892 to 1899 the new line was managed by Sam Fay of the London & South Western Railway, one of the leading railway personalities of his time. He turned the M. & S.W.J.R. into a highly efficient railway and gained it running powers over the L. & S.W.R. south of Andover. As early as 1894 holiday specials were steaming direct from Cheltenham to Bournemouth.

The 1914-1918 war damaged the trade of the M. & S.W.J.R. and when it fell to the Great Western at Grouping in 1923 many staff left rather than serve under the “old enemy”. despite playing a key role in the preparations for D-day in 1944 the line continued to be run down. Passenger services on what was affectionately known as the “Tiddley Dike” were withdrawn in 1961.

Bettws Road by Anthony Hubbard 2mm N gauge

Bettws Road was a fictional terminus with goods yard and coal staithes in the Wales of the 1930s and 40s. GWR railcars - including both Swindon and Gloucester RCW bodied examples -served the station while express passenger and freight trains passed by on the main line.Bettws Road is a fictitious location based in Wales around the 1930/40 era. The village has a terminus station with its own goods yard and coal staithes. GWR railcars – including both Swindon and Gloucester RCW bodied examples – serve the station while express passenger trains use the main line along with the odd freight train.

From previous encounters, as well as the beautifully detailed signalbox interior, I liked this line up of Swindon built parcels railcar 34 next to Dean Goods 0-6-0 2537, whose train included an Aero wagon for three-bladed propellers.

Two-bladed propellers for early aeroplanes could easily be transported in normal open wagons, however, by the late 1930s, three-bladed propellers with adjustable-pitch attachments in the bosses had been developed. Therefore, the GWR issued diagram E4 and built five wagons in 1938 for the special purpose of carrying these awkward loads, described as ‘wagons for three-bladed air screws with trestles and aperture in the floor’. Perhaps unsurprisingly, a further 170 were built during the early years of the Second World War. They received the telegraphic codename ‘AERO’ after 1942. The wagons were basically standard O32 open wagon underframes with a complete overall deck apart from an aperture to take the two crates that could be carried.  The end of the war and the subsequent development of commercial jet engines reduced the manufacture of airplane propellers and hence the need for these wagons; most had been converted to their original design as simple open wagons by the early 1950s.

By The Sea by Dave Lear 2mm N gauge

A modern layout in ‘’N’ gauge that could be anywhere on the south coast of England.

At the front of the layout is a busy beach area with a tram running along the promenade to a yachting marina with plenty of activity.

Behind the railway station there is a large seaside town with an assortment of shops and a large hotel.

See if you can find 7 seagulls.

Greenmead by Alex Hodges 2mm N gaugs

A fictional location in the 1980s and 1990s. The layout includes 5 platforms and a motive power depot with servicing facility. There is a 10-line fiddle yard

El Cremallera by Piers Milnes 2mm Z gauge

This is a representation of a railway in Catalunya, in north east Spain with very strong Swiss associations. It was electrified from the start in 1931, with all the 1 500 volt dc power equipment and locomotives being supplied by Brown-Boveri. It is fitted with Abt rack, also from Switzerland, with a maximum gradient of 15%.  El Cremallera – literally translated as The Rack – was originally owned and operated by a private company but was taken over by the Catalan government in 1981.  Since then the line has acquired an SLM built steam locomotive to haul special trains to the non-road accessible Sanctuary of the Virgin of Nuna.  The line also features a Spanish built diesel locomotive and various service vehicles.

The current operating stock is a fleet of modern-styled railcars, mostly Swiss built, which run a highly intensive service. Most of the rolling stock bodies are made from card kits. Marklin Z gauge track is used which is correct for metre gauge in N scale. There are no hidden storage areas and all the trackage is on view apart from that in two en-route tunnels.