SCRS Outing 2015

Sutton Coldfield Railway Society

SCRS Outing 2016
Members Layouts -

For enquiries about any of the following layouts please contact the club.

Members layouts are at the following shows during the next quarter -

14th JulyMansfieldOld Mineral LineMike Wall
18th Aug 009 Society Midland Narrow Gauge Group Farr EndPeter Cullen
Four Oaks Methodist Church HallOld MineralLine Mike Wall
Sutton Coldfield Towers Estate YardMike Barleet
Bear Creek Junction (part)Adrian Hall
Modelling Demo Holland
25th AugBournevilleMartin’s Vale Plantation RlyMike Bartleet
1st/2nd SeptDarlingtonBear Creek JunctionAdrian Hall
WelshpoolOld Mineral LineMike Wall
HergestPeter Cullen
6th/7th OctWiganBear Creek JunctionAdrian Hall
27th/28th OctHuddersfieldBear Creek JunctionAdrian Hall
17th/18th NovWakefieldBear Creek JunctionAdrian Hall

Bear Creek Junction - Adrian Hall
Scale :3.5mm (1:87th)
Gauges :HO / HOn3 / HOn30
Size : 22ft x 4ft (25ft x 9ft inc operators space)
Period : 1900s Colorado
Operators :4-5
Lighting :Yes

SCRS Exhibition Layout : Bear Creek Junction

Colorado became the 38th state of the Union on the 29th December 1876, only 25 years after the first settlement was established in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. However during the 50 years up to 1900 the area boomed thanks to silver and gold strikes around Leadville and in the Front Range, San Juan and Uncompahgre Mountains. This in turn led to boom times for both the Narrow and Standard Gauge railroads of the area, especially after the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad reached Leadville in 1880.

To say that construction of the railroads in the Rockies was difficult is a massive understatement. Indeed no other railroad construction in the Old West, even in the mountains of Washington State and Oregon, faced the hazards and difficulties of the terrain tackled by the Rio Grande in the 1870's.
Men and mules alone accounted for the mountain grades that brought the three foot iron to Alamosa and Silverton and over Marshall Pass into the Gunnison country.
All supplies and construction material had to be carried in for the railroad by mule team or trains of oxen. Railroad ties were transported lashed to the backs of burros while rails were tied to saddles and trailed along the ground.

In their ongoing pursuit of the riches of the mountains the Narrow Gauge railroads built towering structures to scale the mighty canyon walls and tunnelled relentlessly through the bluffs and outcroppings to reach the work camps. Thus by the Georgetown, Breckenridge & Leadville Railway reached Silver Plume via the Georgetown Loop in 1884 and the Manitou & Pike's Peak Railway completing the rack and pinion line to the 14,115-foot (4,302 m) summit of Pikes Peak in 1890. Meanwhile the Standard Gauge roads ploughed through the valleys following the mighty rivers upstream, as typified by the Royal Gorge War between the Denver & Rio Grande Railway and the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad in 1879. Thus we have the setting for Bear Creek Junction!

Although a fictitious location, the layout is set in one of the many canyons typical of Colorado where mining and logging proliferated. Here you will be able to see fragile wooden trestle bridges curving round mountains, view soaring steel trestles crossing valleys and hear the sounds of steam engines roaring out of rock faced tunnels.

With steam predominant on both the Narrow and Standard gauge tracks, the marvels of late 19th and early 20th Century motive power will parade before your very eyes. Wonder at the intricacy of the dual gauge track where the model point work had to be hand built to suit the location, and look out for the 2ft 6in gauge mine tram. Listen to the working of the lumber camps and mines in the mountains and admire the laser cut wood and scratch built model buildings and structures in their working environment.

The setting is also bounded by the wilderness of the mountain forests where you will be able to see Black Bears in their natural habitat. But a word of caution is required as these animals are wild and unpredictable, so please . . .


Bear Creek Plan View

Bilston Road Engine Shed - Peter Cullen
Scale :4mm
Gauge :OO
Size :6ft x 3ft (inc operators space)
Period : BR 1960s
Operators :2
Lighting :Yes

SCRS Exhibition Layout : Bilston Road

This layout represents a typical sub shed, located somewhere in the industrial West Midlands on the Western Region of British Railways during the mid 1960s. Work weary, run down locomotives return for overnight servicing and simple running repairs during the last years of their working ives.
All locomotives are ready to run, however most have been extensively weathered by SCRS member Mrtin Smith using Carrs weathering powders. This heavy weathering is not to everyone's taste but recalls my train spotting days as a teenager.
The layout is available for exhibitions. Expenses are minimal. Layout and two operators can be tranported in one car. Journeys in excess of 2 hours duration or more than 100 miles each way would probaly require overnight accommodation.
The layout is self-supporting, self illuminated and is provide with drapes and a name board.
Assemby takes one person 25 minutes.

Skip Hill - Peter Cullen
Scale :4mm
Gauge :OO
Size :6ft x 3ft (inc operators space)
Period : BR 1960s
Operators :2
Lighting :Yes

SCRS Exhibition Layout : Skip Hill

This little layout was inspired by, but is clearly not a model of, the Cromford and High Peak line in Derbyshire. Powerful tank engines charge the 1 in 14 gradients with short trains of empty mineral wagons. After shunting the wagons on the summit the loaded wagons are carefully (very carefully!) taken back down the gradients to the exchange sidings.
Steep gradients, short headshunts, automatic uncoupling and numerous isolating sections make for interesting operation in a small space.
The name is derived from where I found the baseboard, in a skip!
The layout can be assembled and fully operational within 30 minutes of arrival at an exhibition. Journeys in excess of 90 minutes duration or more than 80 miles each way would probably require overnight accommodation.
It is self- supporting, self illuminated and is provided with drapes and a name board. It was featured in the 2010 Silver Link publication "More layouts for limited spaces".

Hergest - Peter Cullen
Scale :4mm
Gauge :OO
Size :13ft x 4ft (inc operators space)
Period : GWR 1947
Operators :2
Lighting :Yes

SCRS Exhibition Layout : Hergest

When the GWR extended the Leominster to Kington branch on to New Radnor, the new railway ran for a distance parallel to the old horse drawn tramway which ran up on to Hergest Ridge. The tramway was upgraded to a steam powered narrow gauge line initially using a variety of locomotives but subsequently was able to make use of the ex- Glyn Valley Tramway locos which were purchased from the official receiver in 1935 and re-gauged to 2ft 3in.
The GWR were persuaded to construct a small station at Hergest to allow a secondary interchange between the standard and narrow gauges. As well as servicing facilities at Hergest, the narrow gauge railway provided the local community with a means of transporting incoming coal and outgoing stone and local foodstuffs.
The layout is set in the autumn of 1947, a surfeit of ex- army road vehicles and the return to civilian life of men seeking work would lead to the closure of both the narrow gauge and standard gauge railways within the next five years.
A full history of the line is displayed on the layout.
There are two operators who will assemble the layout in 45 minutes.
Journeys in excess of 90 minutes duration or more than 80 miles each way would probably require overnight accommodation.
It is self-supporting, self- illuminated and is provided with fireproofed drapes and a name board.

Mannin Middle - Peter Cullen
Scale :4mm
Gauge :OO
Size :6ft x 8ft (inc operators space)
Period : Isle of Man 1968
Operators :2
Lighting :Yes

SCRS Exhibition Layout : Mannin Middle

By the summer of 1964, the Isle of Man Steam Railway was a shadow of its former self. Tourists had not returned to the island after the Second World War and the halcyon days of the 1920s and 1930s were now a distant memory. After the boom years, short trains with few passengers were now the order of the day.
Mannin Middle assumes the Foxdale branch had been extended southwards to form a junction with the southern line at Ballasalla. Although passing through a largely rural area which did not contribute much passenger traffic, the route would have been useful as a means of travelling from the south to the north of the island thus avoiding Douglas.
The northern routes from Douglas to Peel and Ramsey closed in 1968. However the southern line remains open and it is still possible to travel from Douglas to Port Erin through the beautiful rolling Manx countryside in a wooden bodied coach hauled by a 19th century steam locomotive.
The layout was originally built by Hugh Freeman of Kenilworth and was purchased by the present owner in 1999. Following an extended period of storage the layout has been restored and renovated to its current condition.
Journeys in excess of 90 minutes duration or more than 80 miles each way would probably require overnight accommodation.
The layout was featured in the April 2009 edition of Railway Modeller.
It is self-supporting, self illuminated and is provided with drapes and a name board.
Assembly will take two operators 45 minutes.

Bowleggett Manor - Peter Cullen
Scale :4mm
Gauge :OO9
Size :6ft x 4ft (inc operators space)
Period : n/a
Operators :2
Lighting :Yes

SCRS Exhibition Layout : Bowleggett Manor

Bowleggett Manor is the country estate of Lord and Lady Fitztightly. Following a successful career in the Royal Engineers, Lord Fitztightly has used all his expertise and contacts to develop a passenger carrying railway in the old quarry on his estate. The passenger trains run on the lower level while the original quarry line is now used by smaller locomotives on demonstration goods trains. With many narrow gauge locomotives from all corners of the world, a wide variety of motive power and stock can be seen.
The layout is the group project built by members of the West Midlands branch of the 009 Society and is used both as an exhibition layout and a test track. All members of the team have contributed to construction in some way.
The layout is self-supporting and provided with lighting and drapes.
Journeys in excess of 80 miles or 90 minutes duration may require overnight accommodation.
Although a group project enquiries should be directed to Peter Cullen.

Old Mineral Line - Mike Wall
Scale :4mm
Gauge :OO9
Size :4.5 ft x 2ft (inc fiddle yard)
Period : Post 1950’s preservation
Operators :1

SCRS Exhibition Layout : Old Mineral Line

Situated somewhere in England, the old mineral line took quarried products from Darley Moor to the main line at Ottery. Due to the severity of the gradients on Dogga Bank, largish tender engines were used, but these have not survived. Turntables were installed in Ottery and Darley Village to enable the locos to run boiler first over the bank. A preservation society took over the line in the 1950s and improved the track and obtained rolling stock from Europe and beyond. Some replica stock of British Outline has been built in the group’s workshop in Ottery - where the society’s HQ is located. The scene depicted is at Darley, where a cafeteria and booking office is situated off scene. Weekend vehicle and camping rallies are a regular feature.
Old Mineral Line Plan View
plan courtesy Railway Modeller.

Oakley - Roger Strike
Scale :4mm
Gauge :OO
Size : 21ft x 8ft
Period : 1930's GWR and LMS.
Operators : 6
Lighting :Yes

SCRS Exhibition Layout : Oakley

Oakley is set in Shropshire and is a station that might have been if a branch line had been built from the junction which served both the G.W.R. and L.M.S.; then this terminus would have been ideally located at the head of the valley.
The branch is used by both companies which accounts for the mixture of stock hauled by varying locomotives. The stock is proprietary, some of which has been modified or detailed so as to suit the 1930's period.
The layout which is normally operated by three people, is controlled from a central console having mimic diagram with route setting. The operating semaphore signals are interlocked with the points.
The schedule on which the layout operates comprises some forty steps and is intended to represent a typical day starting with the departure of the early morning workmen/parcels train followed by various passenger and goods trains.
Oakley Plan

Customs Shed Wharf - Mike Bartleet
Scale :7mm
Gauge :O
Size : 11ft x 20in
Period : Shunting problem.
Operators : 4
Lighting : Yes
Custom Shed Wharf provides the visitor with an opportunity to deal with a complex shunting problem "hands on". Built specifically for user interaction at exhibitions, his fellow operators are pleased to instruct a visitor who wishes to try and solve a knotty problem.
The layout is built to a rather unusual scale, 3/8" to 1 ft, using 'O' gauge track which has been supplied by Peco.

Inguana Government Railway - Mike Bartleet
Scale :7mm
Gauge :O
Size : 20ft x 20in
Period : British Colonial Railways.
Operators : 4
Lighting : Yes

The Inguana Government Railway is a freelance model of a British Colonial railway built to a scale of 3/8” to 1 ft running on 32mm gauge track. This represents a prototype track gauge of 3ft 6ins, which was a common standard for British Colonial railways such as this.
The portion of the line modelled represents the terminus of the line at Portmanteau, which is the principal town on our imaginary island of Inguana. From here there is a frequent diesel and steam train service to Steamer Point which is represented by the fiddle yard.
The buildings are all scratchbuilt and are based on actual structures from various ex-British Colonial railways. The rolling stock is converted from various ‘O’ gauge and Timpo items. The population has been converted from Britain’s figures and Tamiya kits. Peco track has been used throughout.

Fowlers Lake - Mike Bartleet
Scale :7mm
Gauge :On30
Size : 13ft x 2ft
Period : US Pacific North West.
Operators : 4
Lighting : Yes

The Pacific North Western Railroads

Fowlers Lake is the interchange between the Pacific North Western Railroad and the Little River Logging Company.
The Pacific North Western is a narrow gauge railroad that runs from Eureka in Northern California to Baxter's Pass in Oregon. At Fowlers lake the Pacific North Western meets the Little River Logging Company's narrow gauge track which services the large sawmill and heads off into the woods to where the current logging activity is.
The model depicts the rear of the Little River Logging Company's sawmill complex where the power station and loco servicing facilities are located. The Pacific North Western Rail Road's depot is behind these facilities. At this depot incoming supplies are transferred to the Little River Logging Company's tracks and are switched to the company store or made into trains bound for the woods.
As the Little River Logging Company has logged out the nearby timber it has agreed trackage rights with the Pacific North Western Railroad to reach new stands of timber. This means that Little River Logging trains will be seen passing through the Pacific North Western's Depot as well as that company's trains.
The layout is set in the 1920's and some of the locomotives sent to the Pacific North Western by the United States Railroad Administration during the First World War have not yet been returned to there home roads.
The model is constructed to On30 standards and uses Bachmann rolling stock. The layout measures 12 feet 6 inches by 2 feet and is operated from the rear. The viewing area of the layout is 7 feet 6 inches by 2 feet. One mains socket is required and the layout has its own lighting.

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