Saturday, 26 September 2015

WestFest 2015 - Part 4

An annual exhibition organised by the South West local group.  

North Ealing 

Another 2015 Anniversary AGM 50 Something challenge layout - 3mm scale 12mm gauge built by Nigel Cullimore of the Dorset group.

The layout is set in North London in 1969 as a branch from West Ealing station serving the North Ealing area. 

The main traffic in later years is to "Hoods" the local coal merchant, and to "Read's" Engineering works in addition to commuter traffic at the High Level terminus. 

The miners' strike in 1972 will force a 3-day week, power cuts and a coal shortage resulting in many businesses closing, including both "Hood's" and "Read's". 

This combined with local families moving to London overspill towns like Andover and Basingstoke will lead to the closure of the branch in 1974, leaving just the London Underground station and buses to serve the area. 


Teignford is a British Railways (Western Region) layout located in South Devon built by Steve Fackrell of the Dorset group. 

Modelled in 3mm scale with a gauge of 12mm it is Steve's second layout in what he feels is the Premier scale. 

Teignford is an area producing clay and has industries associated with this production. A weekly livestock market is held nearby thus bringing traffic to the station.

The layout has ply-topped baseboards framed with 2"x1" softwood to which the legs are slotted into. Trackwork is all Peco HOm with pointwork operated by wire-in-tube with polarity changing switches.  

Buildings are a mixture of kit-built (the station building) and scratch-built principally from artists' mounting board covered with a selection of brick/stone paper and contoured plastic sheet. 

Rolling stock is kit built with locos being a mix of white metal and etched brass bodies with etched chassis mostly driven by Mashima motors and Branchlines 40:1 gearboxes. 

Coaches are a mix of plastic kits from the 3mm Society and etched brass from Worsley Works or Brynkits. Most of the wagons on show are from the 3mm Society range with some etched brass from Finney & Smith. 


WestFest 2016

WestFest was first established in 2007 with the intention that the hosting of the annual show would rotate between the various West Country Area groups, with 2015 having been hosted by the South West group.

For 2016 the baton is passed to the North Wilts group and will be held in Royal Wooton Basset.

See you there!

Friday, 18 September 2015

WestFest 2015 - Part 3

An annual exhibition organised by the South West local group. 

Part 3

Heybridge Wharf

A 50 Something challenge 3mm scale 14.2mm gauge layout by Mike Corp of the Bristol/Avon group.


Heybridge Wharf is purely fictitious and is situated somewhere in Suffolk as 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 gas works and Colly Tobbold's brewery. The wharf receives one of the last barges still trading, but now converted with a diesel engine.

The layout is built of plywood with 3mm Society 14.2mm gauge track and the pointwork from 3SMR. Points are operated by Hoffmann stall point motors and couplings are adapted B&B. 

Rolling stock is from Finney & Smith (who are 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.

Dunkton Combe

A Great Western 3mm scale 12mm gauge layout presented by Richard Pope of the North Wilts Group.
History: The line ran from Limpley Stoke, on the Bath - Westbury line, to Hallatrow on the Bristol - Frome line.

In real life, the line closed to passengers in 1925. The section from Hallatrow to Camerton closed completely in 1932 after all the local rail-served collieries were worked out. A service of one coal train a day, also carrying small amounts of other local goods, continued from Limpley Stoke until the Camerton Colliery closed in 1950. The remaining goods service to the school and mill at Monkton Combe ended in 1951.

In our imaginary world, the last 6 miles between the junction at Limpley Stoke and Dunkerton have remained open into the mid-1950s, with a basic service of 5 passenger and one goods train per day on weekdays and Saturdays. There is normally no service on Sunday but you may see a ballast train arrive, run round and depart again to work further back along the line. Passengers are mainly workers at the nearby mill (owned by T R Freeman & Sons and producing flock for filling matresses) and day boys at the public school. The mill and school also account for most of the goods traffic.

Bob Brown, who built this layout, named the station "Dunkton Combe", as a compromise between Dunkerton and Monkton Combe.  It is not an accurate model of either station, though both had a station building similar to the one modelled by Bob 

With so few trains on the line, it is worked as "one engine in steam". There are no signals or signal boxes and all points are worked by hand. There is no loco shed at the terminus, nor any facility for watering locos. Train movements are adapted from the February 1912 timetable.


A Midland & South Western Junction Railway (MSWJR) 3mm scale 12mm gague layout  by John Thomas of the North Wilts & Gloucester group.

This layout represents a double track through station loosely based on Foss Cross on the Midland & South Western Junction Railway (MSWJR). The concept is that the MSWJR continued as a secondary route through the Cotswolds despite the Great Western Railway's endeavours to rationalise it. You can legitimately run though trains from the LMS in the north and the Southern Railway in the south, as well as a wide variety of Great Western types and (in the later period) Midland and Southern Region as well as the local Western Region and British Railways stock.

John's aim in building the layout was to depict trains passing a wayside station, with all passenger trains calling at the station and the occasional goods or local passenger train stopping to shunt.

This layout is unusual in having a fiddleyard at each end with a model of a through station in the middle. The buildings are based on prototypes from the Cotswolds. John's scratch-built models contribute to the unique and convincing appearance of the layout.

Further layouts to follow in Part 3...

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

WestFest 2015 - Part 2

Saturday 12th September 

WestFest 2015 - an annual exhibition organised by the South West local group. 

Part 2

West Street

Another 50 Something from this year's AGM; a BR LMR goods warehouse and yard, modelled by Geoff Gay of the South West group.


Addison Park

Continuing the London Transport theme is Addison Park, an imaginary location situated in West London very close to Kensington Addison Road (aka "Olympia") station. 

Modelled by Phil Hutchings of the Chilterns group, it brings the charm of things such as Routemasters, Trolleybusses and Underground "R" and "F" stock to the world of 3mm. 

The layout is constructed to 3mm scale 14.2mm gauge and although nearly entirely scratchbuilt, many products from the 3mm Society's large range have also been used, including the trackwork which has been handbuilt using Society track components.


Further layouts to follow in Part 3...