SCRS Outing 2015

Sutton Coldfield Railway Society

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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 -

20th/21st SeptBlackpool & North Fylde MRCBear Creek JunctionAdrian Hall
5th/6th OctWiganBear Creek JunctionAdrian Hall
12th/13th OctFarnham & District MRCBear 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

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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