The 10th 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 15 June 2019. Admission £5.00. Children free.
Visitors who attended in previous years could confirm the warm welcome and the quality of the refreshmernts. We hope 2019 will be no different! Similarly, the range of exhibits at this charity show will appeal to both keen modellers and local families.
The 2019 poster shows Stanier 0-4-4T 41900 standing at Barnwood shed awaiting its fate. This was the last of its class to be withdrawn, in 1962. It was fitted with push-pull apparatus, and its service included trains on the Tewkesbury and Upton-on-Severn line.
The Stanier designed 2P Class of 0-4-4T was introduced in 1932 with a weight of 58 tons 1 cwt, a boiler pressure of 160 lb per square inch and twin inside cylinders of 182 bore and 26″ stroke. Driving wheel diameter was 5′ 7″ and the tractive effort developed was 17 100 lb.
SOMERSET LANE 7mm 0 Gauge by Alex Hodges
Somerset Lane is a play on Devons Road, in Bow, east London – the first British Railways depot to be built for solely diesel traction. The period chosen for the layout is late 1950s and early 1960s and the stock of early BR diesel shunting and mainline locomotives reflects what would have been found in east London at that time. The stock is a mixture of kit built and off the shelf items with some modification as required. The layout was produced to see what operations could be performed in a small space in terms of an O Gauge layout. Despite the layout only being just under 9ft long, the aim is to always have something moving to maintain both operator and viewers’ interest. There is a small yard in front of the motive power shed to allow shunting with goods shed and loading docks. Somerset Lane’s rolling stock includes British Thomson-Houston Class 15 D8207 and – sporting more grilles than a chain of Little Chefs – the even less successful North British Locomotive Class 16, in this case D8403. The two discs on the Rugby built 800 bhp machine indicated an ordinary passenger or mixed train while the single disc code on its Caledonian cousin was for a branch freight or train stopping between signal boxes.
BLENHEIM ROAD 4mm 00 Gauge by Reg Owens
Blenheim Road is a fictitious terminus Station set somewhere in South West London. This allows a variety of rolling stock from other regions to access Blenheim Road via the West London Line through Kensington Olympia. The station track plan is loosely based on Cyril Freezer’s “Minories” plan adapted to Reg’s own operating and personal preferences. Layout construction is softwood timber frame with a plywood top. Peco track and points plus cosmetic outside 3rd rail are used throughout. The buildings and other structures are a mix of off the shelf, kit or kit bashed and scratch built using a variety of materials. Control is DCC (Digitrax) allowing the use of sound on some of the stock. Points and signals are controlled by a conventional DC (analogue) system. In this picture, a multiple unit wired Class 33/1 stands with a rake of maroon carriages across a platform from a 2BIL electric multiple unit. In the nomenclature of the Southern Railway – and later British Railways Southern Region – 2BIL indicated a two car unit with both carriages including lavatories. They were eventually to become known as Class 401 under British Rail’s TOPS renumbering and were in service from 1935 to 1971.
DOCK STREET 4mm 00 Gauge by Chris Hopper
Dock Street Sidings is a self-contained micro layout built quickly as a test track and also so Chris can still run the stock from his now sold “Pixash Lane” layout. It is a simple set of sidings which can be used as an “Inglenook” shunting puzzle using wagon cards if required. IMr Hopper has added a short head shunt off scene to improve operations. The layout has been built using Peco Code 75 track and the buildings are a mixture of scratch-built, plastic kits and L-Cut. Chris has also made use of Redutex 3D textured brick sheets. It is loosely based in the 1960/70s and depending on the stock used can be located on the BR Western Region somewhere in the Gloucester area or in the North Wales or Merseyside area on the London Midland Region. Both Blue and Green diesels are used. Chris may also try running the layout with some more later stock from the “Railfreight” era.The layout is run with an NCE DCC system and many of the locomotives are sound chipped. The couplings are Kadees which are operated using fixed magnets. Chris tries to operate “hands off” as much as possible. The locomotives are detailed and weathered ready-to-run from Hornby, Bachmann, and Sutton’s Loco Works and the wagons are mainly Bachmann or kit-built.
The British Rail Class 50 Diesel Locomotive – also, like the earlier Class 40, known as an English Electric Type 4 – was a Co-Co configuration engine built in 1967 and 1968 by English Electric at Vulcan Foundry at Newton-le-Willows. Designed to haul passenger express trains on non-electrified stretches of the West Coast Main Line, 50 locomotives were built and renumbered from D400-449 and later to 50 001–50 050. The engines initially saw work to Preston, Lancaster, Carlisle and Glasgow and were redeployed to the Western Region after electrification was complete on the West Coast. With the introduction of the HST in the West, they next saw service out of London Paddington to Birmingham until the late 1970s. After refurbishment, they worked from Paddington and Waterloo until complete withdrawal in the 1990s.
JOINT HARRIER STRIKE FORCE 4mm 00 Gauge by Alan Drewett
The Joint Harrier Strike Force represents a Harrier – and US Marine Corps AV8A – forward base somewhere in West Germany complete with tactical refueller, Bedford MK lorries, tanks and even a Sikorsky CH-3 Jolly Green Giant helicopter ready for a rescue behind enemy lines. The Hawker Siddeley Harrier – introduced to the RAF on 1 April 1969 – and the Scorpion tank were news in the early 1970s and caught my imagination as a youngster at the time.
As relatively small strike aircraft, Harriers were able to hide individually under camouflage nets, trees or structures such as bridges rather than sit together on an airfield dispersal area in the manner of Hawker Hunters or English Electric Lightnings. As such an enemy would waste more time, energy and aircraft trying to locate and destroy them.
Once in the air too, the Harrier proved an agile and elusive target for opposing air superiority fighters because of its unique lift and propulsion system. Unlike the earlier Short SC1 or later Yakovlev Yak-38 Forger – fitted with separate lift and thrust engines – the Harrier was built around a single example of Sir Stanley Hooker’s Bristol Siddeley ( later Rolls Royce ) Pegasus turbofan. This supplied cold compressed air to the front and hot exhaust efflux at the rear to two pairs of jet nozzles which could be swivelled – or vectored – by the pilot. When vectored downward, the Harrier rose vertically. When vectored aft, the Harrier moved forwards and when vectored slightly forwards the Harrier slowed to a halt and moved backwards. This last manoeuvre – known as Vectoring in Forward Flight or Viffing – could be used to allow enemy fighters chasing a Harrier to overshoot and themselves become vulnerable to gun or missile fire. However, once the Harrier had viffed, a large amount of energy was required to accelerate again.
WINTERWELL ON THE FOSSE 3.5mm TT Gauge by John Thomas
Winterwell-on the-Fosse is a fictitious small country market town (Winterwell actually exists as a large farmstead surrounded by numerous cottages and many stone built buildings). Set in the Cotswolds in the 1950s, it is served by a rural branch line. The economy is very much agricultural as one would expect, based on this rural background. It is envisaged that this branch tine (although now much rationalised) once formed part of the Midland and South Western Junction Railway: To this end it would have been possible to see both locomotives and rolling stock from the GWR, LMS and Southern railways. It is a 3mm scale layout with the aim to give a flavour of the Cotswolds. Most of the buildings are scratch built and based on actual buildings within this area. The brewery complex is a kit which has been altered and reduced to fit this scale, with other buildings added to complete this typical Cotswolds scene.
OILY END IN THE BUSHEY AREA 2mm N Gauge by Alan Drewett
Oily End in the Bushey Area began with the concept of an easily accessible and transportable test track to which other components could be added to form a layout. These initially comprised a concrete airfield to display 1/144 scale aircraft from the Jet Age Museum Reserve Model Collection and an oil tank farm recycled from components previously used on another N gauge layout. This had been a “roundy” with British Railways late crest era freight trains held in a fiddle yard at the rear, moving to the front to cross on the passing loop of a single line. Without such a fiddle yard, locomotives and brake vans would have to be reconfigured out of public view at either end of the straight track. But rather than tunnel mouths or over-line buildings I opted to use wooded hillsides – the bushy areas of the title – made from scrap wood, Gorilla glue, paint, trees, flock powder and lichen. I also decided to describe the layout as being a branch line somewhere in rural Hertfordshire. Hence the play on the town of Bushey, within easy flying distance of both the Handley Page works at Radlett and those of de Havilland at Hatfield. In this picture de Havilland Comet C4 XR397 – one of five supplied to RAF Transport Command – awaits refuelling from the tank farm while in the background Birmingham RCW Type 3 Bo-Bo D6572 hauls a train of Berry Wiggins oil wagons.
RIDDLE TOWN 2mm N Gauge by Anthony Hubbard
Riddle Town is set in the 1960s / 1970s era. DMUs serve the station and run to Old Town, where a small refuelling depot is situated.