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Saturday & Sunday 21st/22nd March 2015
Victoria Hall, Keighley

Including Demonstrations from

Keighley Model Engineering Society
Bradford Model Engineering Society
Keighley Plastic Model Club
(see this years winning entry below)
The Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Society
UK TrainSim
The 2mm Scale Association
The Aspergers Flyers

Visiting Layouts

1, North of England Line - N/2mm - Scarborough & District Railway Modellers 

Winner of the Public Vote for best layout 2015
North of England Line - Scarworth Junction has been constructed to show scale length trains running through a typical
northern landscape. Exhibitions normally feature 1930 - 40's LNER/LMS era on one day and 1950 - 60's BR era on the
other. Many loco's and much of the rolling stock are scratch-built, as are the buildings. Over 325 hand painted people
are going about their daily lives and eagle-eyed visitors will spot many different cameos in and around the town including:
the Scardale Hunt at the stately home; scouts around the campfire; drinkers at the pub; rowing boats (and models) on
the river; and the local market traders and stalls in the town square. There's wildlife as well with foxes, rabbits, a squirrel
and a badger all to find

2, Chestnut Road - 00/4mm - Andrew Street, Barnoldswick

Chestnut Road is a fictitious location set in the present day based around the Midlands. The locations is based on a
medium sized container depot with a depot and fuelling point with passing freight and passenger services to keep
interest. The locomotives are from the major manufacturers Classes 08 - 67 while the odd DMU can also be seen.
The rolling stock is also from the major manufacturers; the freight that can be seen on the layout varies from
containers, china clay, engineers and Network Rail test trains, plus many more. All the scenery and buildings are
off the shelf items from Bachmann, Hornby and Woodland Scenics. The fiddle yard can hold approximately 15 trains
so there is plenty of variety to keep your interest

3, Dixon Green - 16mm/32 mm gauge - Phil Thompson, Sheffield

This scale/gauge combination is used to model narrow gauge railways of around 2 foot gauge (60cms). The locomotives
are the stars - from tiny, battery-powered diesels up to locos that run on real steam. these "live steam" locos are
powered by gas,  have a proper working boiler and working cylinders with real valve gear. Many are operated using
radio control of both the valve gear and the regulator. Most of our battery powered locos are also radio controlled. We
usually operate our trains on garden railways, where it is possible to create a living scenery using really plants, as well
as bridges, embankments and tunnels. On Dixon Green, we avoid bridges, embankments and tunnels to make the layout
easier to transport to shows. We also have rather tight curves compared to the sweeping curves you might have in a garden

4, Haymarket Cross - 00/4mm - Ian Harper, Scarborough 

An historically accurate 00 model railway layout portraying a busy East Coast main line steam shed circa 1961/2.
Although fictitious the layout plan is based on the shed at Scarborough 50E in the mid 1950s. The period around
1961/2 was a very interesting time on the East Coast main line with many new diesel classes appearing. These
locos ran side by side with the existing classes of steam locos. The stock used on Haymarket Cross has a wide
selection of these locos with classes A4, A3, A2 and A1 being well catered for. There are also B1, K3, D11/2, O1,
O4, 9F and WD as well as Standard Class 3 & 4 tanks. Diesel locos in use include class 08, 20, 23, 24, 25, 31, 37
and 40 with of course a large number of Deltics. Most of the stock has been renamed and numbered and between
80 and 100 locos will be used over the weekend. the layout is fully DCC, powered by Lenz and diGiTrax. Many locos
in use are sound fitted models with decoders from Bachmann, Hornby, Olivia's Trains and Howes. Track is Peco code
75 00 with electrafrog points. The points are operated by the very realistic slow acting Circuitron Tortoise point motors

5, Chesil Exchange - 0 gauge - Ian Atkinson/Chris Towers, Bradford

A typical Colonel Stephens type small station/goods yard, portrayed in 0 gauge. Originally built by Mike Haywood but
now owned and enhanced by BMRC members Chris Towers and Ian Atkinson. The location was original Southern but
now portrays an much wider area and times. Despite being 0 scale it uses 00 rail to portray its light railway nature.
Control is conventional with points and signals being worked by solenoid motors. Stock is mostly kit built although a
couple of Ixion ready to run locos have been purchased. Buildings are constructed from foam board with various cladding

6, Jesmon River Railroad - N Gauge - Roger Jordan KMRC

This layout was inspired by a picture of a typical American railroad clinging to the sides of a deep canyon in California
with long trains being hauled by multiple locos up the twisting grades. The Jesmon River Railroad is a fictitious private
railroad that hires out the track to whoever wants to use it, so you may also see the occasional steam special running
with the freight traffic. The layout track plan is in the form of a figure of eight and is constructed of light tubular steel
framework with a plywood trackbed. The hills are constructed of water based fibreglass over a shell of wire netting.
The scenery is Woodland Scenics and the 700 trees are hand made. The track is Peco code 55. Three consists run on
the same track with the space between them being maintained by infrared sensors and a computer controller

7, Angst-Lesspork - 009 - Hugh Norwood, Leeds 

Angst-Lesspork draws its inspiration from and is a tribute to the "Discworld" books of Terry Pratchett (describing a flat
world travelling through space on the backs of four elephants which in turn stand on the back of a giant turtle...) and
in particular the greatest city on the Circle Sea, Ankh-Morpork. The scene is urban with a tidal river to the front.
Buildings are predominately timber-framed. Although superficially a Victorian/Edwardian townscape, many characters
and architectural features give clues to the layout's true identity. Helping to set the scene are the Alchemists Guildhall
(complete with stuffed alligator), one of the many Watch houses, a (working) Clacks tower and, of course, Mad Lord
Snapcase's Cruet set. Human figures in Victorian/Edwardian costume are readily available; finding wizards, dwarfs,
trolls and other out of the ordinary figures is more problematic. Fortunately, war-gaming fraternity could supply many
of these figures. The Librarian - and the stuffed alligator - were commissioned pieces. Angst-Lesspork is only my feeble
interpretation; nothing can replace the books and the pictures they create in your imagination. the layout is in 4mm/ft
(1/76) scale, using a track gauge of 9mm, which equates to 2'3" narrow gauge. This combination is known as 009

8, Zorba's Mine - On30 - Barry Ward, York

Around the turn of the century, an un-named investor with his works manager, George, opened a small lignite mine on
the south coast of Crete. However this was to end  up in disaster as chronicled in the novel "Zorba the Greek by Nikos
" Others were to take up the challenge. Meanwhile between various Balkan wars and the start of the First
World War, the British engineered to take over the administration of the island, and what did they do when they moved
in anywhere? they build a railway. In this case to the gauge of 2'6", it borrowed heavily from the existing railways in
Cyprus and Malta. The initial main line along the north coast was soon extended south from Iraklion to tap the rich
agricultural lands of the interior and the mineral resources of Mount Ida. An extension further south through the Kofinas
Range provided a route to coastal shipping and was incidentally to connect to a local lignite mine, still known as Zorba's.
All of this, of course only exists in a parallel universe, but it gives an excuse for a freelance On30 layout with both British
and continental practice and later Greek influence. Locomotives both steam and diesel are an eclectic mix of kit and
adapted bodies on Hornby, Bachmann, Fleischmann and American chassis. Rolling stock is adapted Bachmann, Magic
Train and Port Wynnstay castings. Control is still analogue but plans are afoot to convert to DCC when we have the courage

9, Chapel Lane Sidings - 00 Gauge - Roger Nicholls, Horbury

A fictional North Eastern Setting between Scarborough and Whitby during the late 1950s is the setting for this layout
depicting a country goods depot. The track plan is based on the well known Inglenook design originated by the late Alan
Wright. Track and points are made by Peco Code 100. Buildings are from kits and some of the Bachmann Scenecraft
range. scenic items are mainly from Woodlands Scenics. Locos are Bachmann, Hornby and Mainline/Airfix. Rolling stock
is mostly Bachmann. Control, which is standard D.C., is by either K.P.C or Gaugemaster. The layout was featured in the
July 2014 issue of Railway Modeller

10, Dudley Moor - EM - K.M.R.C EM group

Winners of Members Vote Cup 2015

Dudley Moor is a fictitious location but it must have the right "South of Bradford" sound because someone told us they
remembered the station and asked us when it closed! Dudley Moor is built to EM gauge standards. The track work is SMP
with hand built copper clad turnouts, built in sections and fitted direct to the board, with electrically operated point motors
from a control panel. The scenery starts with the station throat, passed the signal box, coal drops and scrap yard, allotments,
passing the edge of the town, to the mill and pond, through to the goods area. The layout is based in the West Yorkshire
area, between Bradford and Leeds. Set in around 1960’s era. This allows the layout to run a wide mixture of locos’ such
as late steam and green diesels, but some of the new corporate era blue diesels may make an appearance. The stock is
a mixture of ready to run and kit built locos’, all converted to EM standards using various methods of conversion

11, Karolina Falls - On30 Gauge - David Bailey, Nottingham

A gold prospector discovered the falls in the mid 1800s and named them after his wife "Karolina". He carried on with his
long quest for gold and found a rich seam. He persuaded investors to build the railway which bridged the ravine in front
of the falls. The gold soon ran out, so then he turned to logging to keep the investors happy. With logging trains passing
the falls every day people got to hear about the falls, so he decided at weekends to attach a carriage to back of a train
and started taking visitors to the falls. To cope with demand he took a gamble and built the station shortly followed by
the saloon and general store. Logging and tourism were running hand in hand. Business was good so he built a small
bank, paid off the investors and made himself sheriff. Years went by, logging  swindled but the family wouldn't let the
railway die! Karolina features a real waterfall 2000lph cascading into the ravine below. They layout is a basic oval with
a passing loop in the station and 4 track traverser in the fiddle yard

12,Newlands Farm - Gn15 - Rex Ashton, Chapel-en-le-Frith


Gn15 uses G scale running on 00 gauge track to represent scale 15" narrow gauge and the model is nominally to
1:24th scale. This gauge was often used on estate and agricultural railways to allow for very light construction and
sharp corners. Newland's Farm is a fictitious example of such a railway. Inspired loosely by fruit farming operations
in Oxfordshire, the layout shows a small yard where produce from the fields enters a timber barn for sorting and
onward shipment. There is also a small loco and wagon workshop accessed from a turntable. Trackwork on the
layout is Peco 0/16.5 ballasted using cat litter. Point motors are Tortoise and the layout is DCC controlled - sound
is planned. The brickwork is hand painted using artists watercolours on textured watercolour paper. The barn is
built around a 3mm MDF shell overlaid with balsa and thatched with cotton "thrum" (weaving loom warp thread).
The chicken coop, fences and yard gate are balsa wood. Scenics use well tried methods which carpet felt for grass,
horsehair for the hedge and twisted wire and Woodland Scenics for trees. Locos and stock are mainly built from
Sidelines parts and are fitted with Kadee magnetic couplings allowing for hands free shunting

At this year's exhibition Keighley Plastic Model Club presented the Eddie Findley Trophy
for best model to Dave Farrow for his winning model a 1/9th scale bicycle

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