Club Layouts

IMG_1592Detailed below are the club layouts – either under construction or permanently assembled in the clubroom for regular weekly running. There is an entry for all of the current layouts, layouts that have recently left us and also a link to a page where you can our Member’s Layouts. As a club we try to accommodate every option when it comes to layouts, be it scale, era or geographic location.

Each layout below has a brief description of it’s operation, type of control system and Exhibition details, if appropriate. Click on the layout name or thumbnail to see the picture gallery of each layout.

12One of the new breed of layouts is this ‘HO’ layout. It primarily designed for modern image diesel hauled freight trains that are sound equipped & DCC controlled. Not built for the exhibition circuit.
HINTON PARVA – ‘OO’ scale – layout details for Exhibition Managers can be found here
IMG_1585As a ‘OO’ gauge layout Hinton Parva doesn’t come much bigger. Devised many years ago by members such as Dave Potter, Harry Fielding, Graham Muspratt and many more, HP has evolved into what is exhibited today. It was featured in ‘HORNBY’ magazine Issue 9 March 2008. A complex amount of electronics and a maze of wiring ensure a compulsive display at any exhibition.
IT’L’DO – ‘O’ scale DCC – under construction
Itldo 003An American O Scale layout using DCC. A 24ft run with a number of industrial sidings and a rail barge connection at one end gives plenty of scope for further scenic development and some interesting moves. Not planned for the exhibition circuit.
LEIGH QUAY – ‘O’ scale DCC – under construction  (new management)
Leigh Quay 001A new exhibition layout being built by the British O scale team. It represents a dockyard scene with hand built track, largely embedded in concrete and cobbles. A high level line provides additional variety.
Leigh Street  ‘OO’ scale DCC – Now being rebuilt

Modern Image  – No pictures yet



OXFORD – ‘OO’ scale DCC – under construction
OXF 2Oxford will be a large, DCC controlled, finescale ‘OO’ exhibition layout of the eponymous city’s GWR station, set around 1960 on a summer Saturday. Featuring steam and early diesel’s it will be as prototypically accurate as possible in operation as well as visually within the confines of the need to provide intensive and interesting operation for the entertainment of the public and the robustness needed by an exhibition layout. The MERG DCC system is being implemented here with the layout group members building all of the components.
PROSPECT POINT – ‘HO’ scale DCC – layout details for Exhibition Managers can be found here
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA 12′ x 12′ L-shaped layout of a logging/mining railroad in Montana in the last days of steam. Logs arrive to be sent on, or milled and pulped on-site. Ore from two mines is delivered on three different track gauges. Switchbacks (zig-zags) up the hillside climb 50 feet and connect three small junctions. Geared steam locos – Shays, Climaxes and Heislers – enable a scale mile of switching runs in difficult terrain.
PROSPECT VALLEY – ‘HO’ scale DCC – layout details for Exhibition Managers can be found here
25As part of the American members exhibit Prospect Valley is a small neglected town containing a small amount of switching (shunting to the un-initiated) and a transfer point for the ore mine up in the hills. Strange engines can be seen emerging from the forest pulling loaded gondolas for the waiting main line locomotives to disperse to various off scene locations.
Quincy & Cedar Creek RR  –  On30 scale DCC  – Under construction

This narrow gauge layout is set in north America deep in a forest area where trees are cut down, transported to the sawmill where they are converted into sawn timber. Ties (sleepers) are moved in gurney cars into pressurized cylinders where they are injected with preservatives before trans-shipping into railroad cars for shipment to far flung railroad expansion projects.

TT 2In addition to the American ‘O’ scale test track mentioned above, the club also has a 20′ x 13′, three gauge test track – our members use this for testing new purchases / builds / modifications. Each gauge (‘N’, ‘OO’ & ‘O’) has two tracks, each with a passing loop and all six of these tracks can be operated using DC or DCC.
Layouts that have recently left us:  Sold or Dismantled
 HAMILTON – ‘N’ scale