N Gauge Layouts.


The layout was developed by the club to take the place of ‘Walmcompton’ which had passed it’s effective life. The initial planning took place in 2000 and shown in a very basic form at the club’s exhibition in 2002 and the first train to run was set off by the widow of Tony Frey, a long standing member of the club hence the name. Since that day it has been shown at a number of venues and because the layout is constantly being updated (see below for future plans) we hope it will be invited to future exhibitions for some time to come.

The Layout

The actual size of the layout is 16′ by 3’3″ separating into four sections enabling it to be transported in members’ cars. It consists of four tracks laid as a tail chaser, the outer two being slow and the inner two being for the normal fast trains. The station is wired so that trains on the fast line can be brought into the platforms, both to serve the passengers and to allow other trains to overtake. There is also a goods yard where goods trains can call (see below in future plans). Because the members interests are so varied the actual location and era has been deliberately left vague and the layout is now being run as steam in the morning and modern image in the afternoon at exhibitions.

A fully automated signalling system using three aspect lights is now fully operational. Passing units activate a sensor so changing each light within that track and in certain circumstances other tracks.

The number of trains that can be run at any one time is fifteen and we like to have six members in attendance at exhibitions.

Future Plans

Now in progress:-

  • The goods yard is being re-wired, so that goods trains can be shunted, using magnetic couplings from a separate hand held controller with it’s own control panel.
  • Three additional boards are under construction, which will feature an oil depot and a terminus inspired by the old St Albans Abbey terminus.

Value for Exhibition Purposes – £9000

ALLANBRAE – A post privatisation N gauge Terminus west of Glasgow

Built and owned by Colin Heath, member of SW Herts MRS the N Gauge Society, and N Gauge Forum

Allanbrae does not appear on any map.  A Scottish sounding name emanating in large part from two operators who have provided invaluable assistance in recent years, it is probably located on the banks of Loch Lomond, or thereabouts.  It is still operated by diesel traction some years after privatisation.  Once a 5 platform terminus with a complex track arrangement it has been simplified considerably over the years, with the main approach being singled; only 3 platforms remain though the old Platform 5 is now a Royal Mail depot.  The original  platform 1 is now part of the car park and bus/taxi stands.

Services, primarily to Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stirling/Perth are operated by a mix of 156, 158 and 170 DMUs and sometimes a Voyager  to Manchester.  There is a daily portion of the Caledonian Sleeper.  Mail trains serve the depot.  This and the sleeper are hauled by Class 67s.  Liveries cover a mix of years.  Beyond the road bridge the kickback leads to a Traction depot for locos and an unspecified freight facility.  Depending on my mood this might be an oil depot, a paper mill, aluminium works or Whisky distillery.  Or a mix of these, so a Class 66 will also appear from time to time along with the 08 station shunter.

Inspiration for the layout  included Helensburgh , Laargs and Iain Futers’ small Scottish layouts, including his O gauge layout Victoria Park.

Notes for Exhibition Managers

Value  £4000  One power point.  Self supporting

2-3 operators depending on show.   2-3 Chairs please

Baseboard Size  7ft by 1ft.  Footprint say 7 by 6.

Colin Heath, 47 Hibbert Ave, Watford, Herts WD24 4HB.  Tel 01923 464615

Mobile 07941 566951.   E mail:  colin.heath47@ntlworld.com

009 Gauge Layouts.

This 009 gauge diorama, 70cm x 60cm, is built on a 6mm pine wood base. Originally it was just an N gauge test track but to make it more interesting and to develop my scenic modelling skills I added scenery.

The Loco featured is a Backwoods Miniatures kit of “Exe” a Manning Wardle 2-6-2T that ran on the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway.

The coaches are from Parkside Dundas of Festiniog & Blaenau, & Welsh Highland Railway and there are some open toaster rack coaches from the OO9 Society.

Scenery is poly styrene covered with poly filler and the rock faces are made with Woodland Scenic’s hydrocal and several of their rock moulds. The rocks were then coloured with their water based pigments.

The grass and ground cover is a combination of Woodland Scenics & Green Scenes and Realistic Models

The trees are Woodland Scenics kits.


Rob Thomas

Tel: 01582 769561

E-mail: robert.thomas35@ntlworld.com

In its present form Tansey Bank represents the main terminal station and engine shed on a preserved ex-industrial railway somewhere around Warwickshire in the early 1960s.


All of the rolling stock operating on the layout is either kit-built or a ready-to-run item. The stock has been fitted with Greenwich couplings which have proved reliable and given automatic uncoupling on a layout that is hopefully free from “the hand of God”. Every part of the layout has been weathered with acrylic paint, brown ink and matt varnish to create a uniform work-stained appearance.


Tansey Bank was featured in the October 2013 edition of Hornby Magazine.


If you have any questions about anything you see on the layout don’t hesitate to ask – things are never too busy down at Tansey Bank to stop and chat.

Exhibited by Bob Vaughan
(009 Society Member 6148)

  Layout Name



Exhibited by

Bob Vaughan


01923 246047 or 0772 419 5044



Size of Layout

6ft 4in x 11in  (1930mm x 279mm)

Size of Layout (Including Operating Space)

7ft 0in x 6ft 0in  (2134mm x 1829mm)

Number of Operators


Number of Power Points Required


Crash Barriers Required

Not Necessary


Layout has its own lighting arrangement


Petrol Only


Hobbs Row Halt is a classic English country micro-layout, complete with thatched cottage and “chocolate box” garden. It started out as a simple circular piece of track on an MDF “Wobble Board”, obtained from the local charity shop that I used for running in new locos. But after placing a couple of surplus buildings from my Tansey Bank layout inside the loop to check on coach clearances, I realised that a bit of scenery would not go amiss, and Hobbs Row Halt is the end result. The cottage is from the Bachmann Pendon Little Chapel Cottage resin model range and the magnificent trees are from the range of ready to plant foliage, now marketed by Debris of War. Hobbs Row Halt was featured in the August 2013 edition of Hornby Magazine.


Exhibited by Bob Vaughan
(009 Society Member 6148)

Layout Name

Hobbs Row Halt

Exhibited by

Bob Vaughan


01923 246047 or 0772 419 5044



Size of Layout

1ft 6in dia (457mm)

Size of Layout (Including Operating Space)

The layout is a pizza and sits on a 3ft x 3ft (914mm x 914mm) card table.

Number of Operators


Number of Power Points Required


Crash Barriers Required

Not Necessary


Layout has its own lighting arrangement


Petrol Only


00/H0 Gauge Layouts.

Tedburn St. Mary is to the west of Exeter. We have modelled the layout to represent the period just after the 2nd World War, the long, hot summer of 1947 actually. This is a mainly rural community, the major employer being Durier-Hughes. They are a firm of cabinetmakers and their quality goods are legendary in the south west of England. However, during the war years their expertise was channelled elsewhere. This work was obviously secret, but details have recently been released about this work. One of the items was the ‘Exploding Toilet Seat’. We do not have much information about the success of this device, probably because of its delicate and embarrassing nature. However, reports did come in that the expression ‘He was caught with his trousers down’ came into quite regular use amongst German troops in occupied France between 1943 and the liberation of the country in 1944.    

The company has a private siding with their own motive power that is maintained by the Great Western. There always seems to be a heavy police presence both at the main gate and in the yard as, apart from the security issue, a rather gruesome murder has been committed, involving a storage tank on the roof.

A dairy situated near the station has regular traffic and the goods yard is normally quite busy. A small engine shed provides overnight stabling for locos. Close by is a cattle dock, which also caters for horse traffic.

The station is very busy due to Durier-Hughes and business people residing in the area. So much so that a through corridor coach to Paddington works up on a local to Exeter St David’s, which is then coupled to an express. All this has necessitated lengthening the main platform by means of a moving section to avoid blocking the road.

In the pre-grouping era the L.S.W.R. had running rights to the station and the Southern Railway still retain these rights and the occasional Malachite Green locomotive can be seen on a service from Exeter Central.

Tedburn St Mary was awarded ‘Best Visiting Layout’ at

Milton Keynes MRS Exhibition 18 February 2012.

Exhibited at the Warley MRC Exhibition in the

NEC Birmingham, 23/24 November 2013.

Featured in the July 2015 edition of Hornby Magazine.

Awarded ‘Best Layout in Show’ at Silverfox DCC MRC Exhibition at

Milton Keynes 13 August 2016.

Invited to the Hornby Magazine ‘Great Electric Train Show’ at Gaydon 7/8 October 2017.  

Information for Exhibition Managers

Length: 16 feet

Width: 3 feet 6 inches at widest point (plus operator space!)

Power sockets required: 1

Tables: 1 (small for stock)

Insurance Value: £4500

Operators: 4 (minimum)

Transportation is by three cars. Expenses are fuel at cost.


The idea with Silverbury was to create a modern image layout of the Great Central Railway if it had been made 4 tracks into London after the 1st world war, and if Beeching had not closed the line, but  instead reduced it to two tracks.


What would it have looked like?


Silverbury is a combination of Silverstone and Aylesbury a “WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN” layout.


The period modelled is BR Blue to the present day, and to achieve this we are producing interchangeable buildings and industries which can be dropped into place.


Silverbury is placed at the edge of both Network South East (BR blue) and Chiltern Railways (Network Rail) so many trains would terminate at this point. It is also a mainline for long distance and Cross Country Passenger, and through freight trains. This is to create plenty of interest for both operators and viewers.


It has been built in a modular construction which has allowed a more flexible and versatile approach with each base board being 4’ x 2’6” – (1.22m x .76m) and there are two half length boards.


The layout can be put together in FOUR basic formats.

  1. Hidden Yard to Hidden Yard with a station in the middle (36’ x 8’ – 11.5m x 2.5m).
  2. Hidden Yard to terminus Station, (28’ x 8’ – 8.6m x 2.5m)
  3. Similar to 2 but in the form of a ‘U’. (28’ x 12’ – 8.6m x 3.7m)
  4. A full round and round layout. (35’ x 12’ – 10.7m x 3.7m)

The hidden yards are two symmetrically opposite ends.


The additional boards can be added to give a full round and round layout 9′ x 29′ which gives a nominal footprint of 35′ x 12′ (10.7m x 3.7m) as mentioned above.


We have found in practise that the additional time taken in every detail of construction when building the layout over many years has ensured that it runs reliably. Even after many months in storage it has always worked near perfectly every time. The track work and electronics are standing up well to the less than perfect environment of our Clubroom.


  1. We have decided to use truncated pyramidal box legs (towers) for this layout that are independent and NOT LAYOUT SPECIFIC, this is so they can be re-used for other layouts for many years to come. They also stack one on top of the other for ease of storage and transportation. Because the base boards sit on top of towers, it means the locating dowels and bolts only have to align and hold the boards together.
  1. For transportation, storage and maintenance we fit end boards and 40mm x 20mm timber stretchers across the top which creates a box to protect them and because we’re using tower legs, it also means they can be used to support the boards when they are turned UPSIDE DOWN, without fear of damage to the scenery when we need to work on the under side and gives us easy access for upgrading and maintenance.
  1. Erection and dismantling of the layout is easy achieved by the small team even when dealing with the full round and round version (17 baseboards).

We use MERG’s Cbus system to control and sense the points and we’re able to set routes i.e. into and out of the 11 road fiddle yards with one push button switch. The layout can also be changed from a standard DC control to DCC at the flick of a switch.


We’re also using MERG’s DCC equipment and JMRI to operate the locomotives, several of which have sound units.


The next phase is to complete the scenics on the layout, add more buildings, people, lighting etc and to create realistic signals.


We only have a small team so why not come and join us as you would be made most welcome, and as the layout is nearing the stage to exhibit at shows, all help would be appreciated.


November 2014 (update)

Construction of Luffield Junction was started by the now disbanded Bushey & District MRS. It was named Frome and was a fictitious station on the Somerset & Dorset Line.

The layout was purchased by SWHMRS from an ex-member of the Bushey club in 2014. Only part of the layout was operational so we are now undertaking a major redesign project which will facilitate the varying eras and operating companies of members’ rolling stock.

This fictional line is set in the South Midlands during the time era from just after the Second World War to the late 1950’s. Thus all members will be able to run their stock on the layout without feeling out of place.

It started as a single track freight only line, built just after the formation of ‘TheBig Four’ railway companies in 1923. The purpose of the line was to give quickinterchange between the main rail routes of the four companies.

The line runs from north to south through the South Midlands to the Home Counties west of London. LMS and LNER have running rights along the whole length of the line, while GWR and Southern run north as far as Luffield Junction. Luffield Junction lies about midway along the line, on the Northants/Bucks border, where two lines converge from the North & North West. In recognition of its position it has a Motive Power Depot, including a turntable, making it the main locomotive change-over point for the route.

There had always been a lobby from nearby communities to include passenger traffic on the line. The start of the Second World War saw an increase of passengers, both military and civilian and the decision to build a station at Luffield Junction was taken when a bomber airfield was built in the vicinity.

Since the war there has been enough demand to keep the station open with local branch line working. An occasional excursion, or re-routed mainline train may also venture onto the line from time to time.

As this is a fictional line we have disregard the other lines which were in operation in the area at this time.

Gas Lane is a compact layout based around a gas works, it uses a baseboard 4ft 8½in (1.4m) x 1ft 4in (0.4m) to portray goods operation in an industrial setting.

I’ve always enjoyed scenic modelling and much time and effort has been invested in adding details to the layout including people, scenic items and especially within the garden of the manager’s house. In operation I have a wide range of rolling stock to choose from and due to its nature Gas Lane can operate in a number of periods and regions by changing the locomotives and rolling stock over.

As a minimum space layout Gas Lane is entertaining to operate and if you have any questions I will be more than happy to answer them.

Information for Exhibition Managers

Gauge 00

Size of Layout 4ft 8½in (1.4m) x 1ft 4in (0.4m)

Size of Layout (Including Operating Space) 6ft (1.8m) front x 6ft (1.8m) depth

Number of Operators 1

Number of Power Points Required 1

Expenses; Petrol only

Exhibited by Bob Vaughan

01923 246047

0772 419 5044

In its present form Condicote represents a branch line terminal somewhere in the Worcestershire area either in the late 1930’s under Great Western Railway control, or in the 1950’s under the auspices of BR(M) or even BR(S)!

All of the rolling stock operating on the branch is either kit-built or a ready-to-run proprietary item. Everything has been fitted with Sprat and Winkle couplings (available from Andrew Hartshorne at Wizard Models) which have proved reliable and given automatic uncoupling on a layout that is hopefully free from “the hand of God”. Every part of the layout has been weathered with acrylic paint, brown ink and matt varnish to create a uniform work-stained appearance.

The name Condicote comes from John Masefield’s novel The Hawbucks which opens with a detailed description of the station, and its timetable.

If you have any questions about anything you see on the layout don’t hesitate to ask – things are never too busy down at Condicote to stop and chat.

Information for Exhibition Managers

Gauge OO

Size of Layout 6’4” x 11”

Size of Layout (Including Operating Space) 6’6” (front) x 6’0” (depth)

Number of Operators 1

Number of Power Points Required 1

Crash Barriers Required Not necessary

Lighting Layout has its own lighting arrangement

Expenses Petrol only

Exhibited by Bob Vaughan

01923 246047

0772 419 5044

The layout represents a small traction maintenance depot on the edge of a British city, primarily used for refuelling but with facilities for light maintenance and inspections.  It is set in the period 1990s – 2000 so a range of loco liveries can be seen.  The depot will also have deliveries of fuel by tankers and parts/stores by vans.

The layout was designed to test whether a micro fold-up layout could be built no bigger than one sheet of A3 paper when folded away. The baseboard is of 9mm ply with softwood and mdf edges. Track is OO Peco code 100 with pushrod point control.

The scenery and buildings have been made to plug-in to the layout like a 3D jig-saw.  Unpacking and setting up takes around 20 minutes.  The scenery, controller, control panel, fiddle yard and stock will fit in a 40 litre hinge lid plastic box, so the layout is easy to transport and can be taken by bus or train!

The layout can be run as DC or DCC.

 Size (assembled)

 3ft 6in x 1ft

 Layout format

 Freestanding.  Requires 5 or 6ft table and 1  x 13A power point


 From rear. 1 or 2 operators  


 John Davy 01707 873729 or 077 838 23457  jhdavy1@virginmedia.com

 Travel from

 from South Hertfordshire


 for 1 MPV. Overnight expenses for a 2 day show or travel of more than 80  miles from home.

 Insurance value

 £800  including stock and locos

The OBB (Austrian Railways) station at Klapping is a truncated terminus station. The line is electrified using catenary. There is in addition a diesel freight feeder line, together with a goods yard also using diesel traction maximising the operational interest.

The local steam and nostalgia preservation group also make use of the branch to move locos onto the main OBB metals.

The layout is 18ft (5.5m) x 2ft (0.7m) and is self-supporting on trestles. The track used is Peco code 75 with electrofrog points etc. The catenary is by Sommerfeldt.

Period portrayed is ten years backward from the day of the exhibition, allowing us to show off a wide range of OBB locomotives and rolling stock.

Crew for the layout is normally 3 or 4 for a one day show (4 or 5 for a two or more day show)

Insurance value £5000.

Expenses – fuel for transportation of layout and crew plus accommodation as necessary.

Layout fits into my Skoda Yeti

Contact m.roualle791@btinternet.com for booking the layout. 02084214199/07432572977

In reality the location is near Graz – Klapping is Spatenhof. The main running line ran to Hotschdorf (cut by A2 road upgrade). The diesel branch runs to Tobelbad.


Please visit www.carpendersparkmodellers.org.uk for more information about Mike Roualle’s layouts,

Springfield Street Yard is an American switching yard set in a town somewhere south west of Chicago, Illinois.  It is run mainly by Burlington Northern, but locos from other companies may also appear.  The yard connects to a nearby switching centre on the main line to Chicago.

Set in the 1970’s to 1990’s, the yard serves local industries including a cold store for fruit and vegetables, the Armstrong building materials warehouse, a paint and whitewash factory and the Richland oil distribution depot.  This is all fiction but gives a basis for running a model railway!

The layout is built in HO scale (1:87 or 3.5mm/ft) and uses Peco code 83 track.  It is wired for DC operation but can be converted quickly to DCC.  Scenery is mainly buildings, representing an urban are normally run with DCC locos, some sound fitted.  Buildings are scratch built or adapted from kits by Walthers, DPM, Dapol, Cornerstone, Unit Models and Street Level Models. Baseboards are recycled from an older layout and are traditional softwood 50mm x 25mm frames with new legs and Sundeala type tops.

The layout is an entertaining switching (shunting) puzzle.  Trains arrive made up from a variety of cars (wagons) chosen at random to provide deliveries to and from the industries.  Once loaded or unloaded, cars are formed into trains for transport to the main (offstage) switching centre for sending to major destinations.

Plans are in hand to demolish the old factory buildings at the end of the layout and construct apartments and a bar – redevelopment can be found everywhere!


More Information coming soon.

EM Gauge Layouts.

Layout background

Part of as large wagon manufacturing and repair works set in Yorkshire in the late 1990s.  Locos and stock represent the sectorised and privatised liveries leading up to that time.  The layout has track inside the wagon works buildings (for wagon exchange) plus a fiddle yard link to the national rail network. Health and safety is a priority with warning lights and sirens for wagon movements onto and out of buildings.

Technical Details

The layout is built on a recycled baseboard frame of 50mm x 25m timber forming a 1.2m x 0.3m board with a Sundeala top.  Track is EM flexitrack with handmade points (this is my first venture into track construction and EM gauge).  Point control is wire in tube with micro switches for live frog polarity switching. The wagon works and bridges are scratchbuilt and the half relief buildings are from the Metcalfe range heavily modified. Figures and details are from a variety of sources including Matchbox, EFE, Corgi, Preiser, Merit etc.  

Locos and stock are Hornby, Bachmann and Lima with added details and weathering, re wheeled to EM gauge and couplings changed to Kaydee. Warning lights and sirens are from Maplin kits and street lights are Veissmann. Control is normally from an old H&M Clipper for DC operation, but the layout has been run as DCC with all track sections switched on and using a suitable controller and locos.


John Davy

Tel: 07768 310481

Email: jhdavy@lineone.net.

Layout Photographs.

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