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2017 Exhibition Layouts

Details of the layouts that are booked to appear at the 2017 exhibition at the Royal Leamington Spa College are:-

Kineton - 2mm N gauge Finescale
St Ruth - 2mm Finescale
Ardmore - 2mm N Gauge
Hawthorne Dene - 2mm N gauge
Rockcliffe - 2mm N gauge
South Walton - 2mm N gauge
Kayruth - 2mm Continental N Gauge
Much Murkle - 4mm OO Gauge
Ashbrook Dale - 4mm OO Gauge
Anderby Creek - 4mm OO Gauge
Leicester Belgrave Road - 4mm OO Gauge
Eccleston - 4mm P4 Finescale
Rolvendon - 4mm P4 Finescale
Colinton - 4mm P4 Finescale
Hergest - 4mm OO + 009 Gauges
St Marnock Engine Shed - 7mm O Gauge
Warner Street - 7mm O Gauge
Common Road - 7mm O Gauge
Primrose Hill - 7mm O Gauge
Reely Grate - 7mm O Gauge
The Muck Works 7mm O Gauge
Plas Edwards Shed - 7mm O Gauge
Obersdorf II - 3.5mm HO Gauge
Hogsmead for Sodor - 4mm OO Gauge
Trinity Dock Street Bridge 4mm OO Gauge
West Works - Huntley & Palmers Biscuits Reading 4mm OO Gauge

All the above have confirmed attendance as of 17th February 2017.
Please note that the list of layouts attending is subject to change.

Layout: Anderby Creek - 4mm OO Scale - Stand 62 (M104 - 1st Floor)

Model railway layouts come into existence from a variety of starting points, some logical and planned, others less so. The Coventry Model Railway Club ‘Anderby Creek’ layout is one of those products of chance.

It started with a member who had decided on the layout name, unaware that such a place actually existed and had decided to build it as a dockside layout, in a mythical West Country location. When the baseboards and the some of the basic idea had come into existence, the member died, and the embryo layout was offered to the club.

The decision was made to relocate the layout to LNER territory, on the Lincolnshire coast, where, believe it or not, there is the hamlet of, yes – Anderby Creek.

The track plan was drawn up and things began to take shape. The scenery and buildings have a slightly austere appearance, with red brick and tiles. As ever, additional ideas came into the equation, which added further character.

To fit in with the LNER image, and the location, the layout uses ex-Great Northern prototypes, and LNER standard types but, typically, some incomers too

Electrically, fairly conventional lines were followed, and now includes full station and yard lighting plus variable white overhead LED lighting

Control at present remains in the hands of basic analogue controllers; coupling and uncoupling is done via under track magnets.

Layout: Ardmore - 2mm N Gauge - Stand 15 (Atrium)

Ardmore, 2mm N Gaugem Derek Gelsworth - Mansfield MRC


ARDMORE is an n gauge layout.3ft x 3ft, made inside a bedroom ottoman box. The lid was removed which forms the rear section which holds the stock. The box stands on its own legs and lighting is of multiple leds. The track is fine scale 12inch radius with one set of points to the front leading into a coal/builders merchant siding.

Two sets of points to the rear which are hidden.

Shunting sequence is possible with electro magnet uncouples.

Viewing is from the front and operating can be 360 degrees.

Blue diesels are used with various trucks and a dmu passenger service. The two hidden sidings at the rear of the box holds the stock.

I chose the name Ardmore after a whiskey from Scotland. Although totally fictional, I have tried to give a slight Scottish atmosphere to the layout.

It has its own lighting and 13amp power supply. Supported by legs so no tables are required.

Although only 3ft x 3ft, operating area should be 4ft x 4ft to give safe clearance.

Scenery is foam covered in pva soaked newspaper, when dried ground stone from the yungfau mountain of Switzerland is thrown by hand onto the glue.

Colour signals are fitted to the tunnel entrance, and semaphore signals to the bridge.

Layout: Colinton - 4mm Scalefour - Stand 38 (Sports Hall)


COLINTON- a 4 mm layout to Scalefour standards;

The layout was initiated for the Scalefour Challenge to build a portable layout within a surface area of 18.83 sq ft which culminated in an invite to the Society’s exhibition at Leatherhead in September 2005.

The layout replicates an actual location, that being Colinton on the Caledonian Railway’s Balerno branch to the south west of Edinburgh, now all part of Edinburgh district.

The location was chosen because there was freight traffic generated by paper and grain mill operations along the length of the branch as well as at the station itself. The track layout and lack of a run round loop in the station provides for restricted shunting movements that adds interest to the layout’s operation. With the removal of signalling in the early 1900s’, one engine in steam is the norm thus simplifying operations! 

Passenger traffic was discontinued in 1943 therefore the layout will normally be a freight only operation although enthusiast specials are to seen occasionally.

The layout has expanded and developed further since the competition in 2005 and is effectively complete although some stock noted on the branch is still being built.

The large industrial building replicates part of the original “Scott’s Porage Oats” Mill which remained until recently in use as flats but has now been demolished and replaced with new apartments. 

Please feel free to ask us any questions about the layout or location.

Alistair Dickson

November 2016

Note – Porage is the correct spelling in this instance




Layout: Ashbrook Dale - 4mm OO Gauge - Stand 58 (M102 1st Floor)

This "00" gauge layout depicts the station, good yard and stone loading areas of Ashbrook Dale a fictitious terminus station on a single line branch of the L.M.S off the main line to Manchester in Derbyshire.

The railway was instigated by the local  quarry owners as a way of gaining more markets for their stone, and the automated stone loading facilities is a feature of the layout. With the coming of the railway the village of Ashbrook has thrived and the framers now have a dairy for the onward distribution. of their dairy products and milk.

The layout is set in the 1930's and reflects the L.M.S locos and rolling stock of this period. Much  of the stock is kit built and includes experimental diesel electric locomotives that were trialled by the L.M.S at Derby. The working of the layout is with the public in mind so that there is a varied movements with typical rolling stock of the period.

All the building are typically L.M.S style and are scratch built from plasticcard the exception being the signal box which is a Churchill Brass Kit.


Layout: Common Road - 7mm O Gauge - Stand 67 (1st FLoor Library)

O gauge in a small space, by Peter Blakeman from the Leamington & Warwick Model Railway Society.

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