Held over the weekend of 15/16th March 2014 at Victoria Hall, Keighley - our 39th exhibition. Having
missed a year whilst the council updated the hall it was with slight trepidation that the doors were opened
on the Saturday morning. We needn't have worried. The public came early and it was just as well that
everything was up and running!
Competing against the 6 nations final rugby games and other sporting fixtures, the turnout was excellent
all weekend. We had a steady flow of people watching the different gauges put on a show. There was an
eclectic mix of layouts from large scales which will run in the garden to showy ones with lots of electric
gadgets. A good mix for every one, no matter what your interests are.
On the Sunday the club Chairman did the prize giving when the Maurice Bramley Shield for "Visitors' Choice"
went to Ecclesford Junction, and Phil Kirtley was awarded the members cup for outstanding effort for stepping
in as exhibition manager at the last minute.
Keighley Club Chairman Charles Oldroyd presenting the Maurice Bramley shield to Steve Whittall.
The winning team from Ecclesford Junction. Pride of place - the winning shield on the layout.
Keighley Club Chairman Charles Oldroyd presenting the Harold Williamson
Cup to Phil Kirtley.
In total we had 13 layouts from G Scale to N gauge (see below for more details)
Beamish Collery is a minimum space G scale layout set in the 1960's. Stock
is by Accucraft, track is Peco with modified points. Buildings are scratch-built
from 3mm card covered with foam board.
This small railway site mainly processes timber for house building, repair and construction of fishing
boats and the local paper mill. Trains can be seen carrying grain, sugar, beet and potatoes. Occasional
railway enthusiast's trains can also be seen. Various locomotives can be seen running on this popular layout.
A first effort in 7mm and built to prove the practicality of a minium space
layout in this gauge. Based very loosely on GW practice and set "somewhere
in rural Shropshire". All stock is kit-built. Track is from C&L components.
Baseboards from B&Q oddments.
Binns Road "Hornby"
This layout depicts a childhood ambition of rebuilding Hornby clockwork
locos as live steamers. The locos have a new chassis with double acting
oscillating outside cylinders and a single flue copper boiler which is internally
gas fired with a steam regulator in the cab.
The layout is an example of minimum budget 7mm modelling. All track is
hand-built on PCB sleepers, points are Marcway components operated by
Tortoise motors. Signals are from Scale Signal Engineering and the signal
box interior is a Springside kit. All other structures are scratch-built. Loco's
and rolling stock are a mixture of kit and scratch-built.
4mm gauge - OO gauge
The layout was built in the early 1980's by Ian Lampkin and has undergone numerous changes. It is set
in the early 1960's. Most buildings are scratch-built from plastic sheet. Track is SMP Scaleway with
scratch-built turnouts. Rolling stock is a mixture of kit built and modified ready-to-run.
Ecclesford Town is a work of fiction and is set in North-West England in
the period from 1990. Nearly all the buildings are scratch-built and are
fitted with internal lighting - in addition there are many other working
features. such as the ghost train, crypt, tree felling, join in at the disco
and even watch TV.
Museum of Transport
This popular layout consists of a fictitious museum of transport situated in the former dockland of a town
somewhere in England. It incorporates several attractions which would be found in any museum in the
country. Control: DCC (with sound) and analogue.
4mm gauge - EM
Hubberholme was originally served by a single branch which was used by both
the LNER and the LMS, but after a number of years the LNER found an easier
approach and built another branch, hence the two tunnels. The LNER now uses
the downward incline road and the LMS uses the upper incline. The LNER joins
the mainline between Hawes and Aysgarth, and the LMS joins the mainline around
the Horton area. The whole of the station and goods yard was built by both LNER
hence the building style and the type of signals. All the buildings are from the Hornby
Skaledale range and the signals are constructed from MSE signal parts which are
operated by Fulgerex point motors. The trackwork is mainly C&L and all the points
are operated by Tortoise point motors.
This layout was donated to the club as an EM layout having been originally
built to be housed within a bedroom. The group took it on to give it a new
lease of life. Based on the Settle & Carlisle line, North of Leeds. "Cowgill"
is a circular layout. The back scenes were on the outside edge facing the
controller in the middle. To make the layout into an exhibition layout quite
a few changes were made strengthening each baseboard and each edge,
to enable carriage and joined individually. Replacing every back scenes.
The layout required new point motors over the whole layout, new track
sections, a complete re-wire. Consisting of an outer and inner loop running
on individual controllers into the fiddle yard. A 3rd controller was been added
to run the goods area. Some buildings are original but updated with lighting,
the cattle dock upgraded. The scenic's had aged, so were replaced. The dry
stone walls iconic of the area and grass areas have been replanted.