The following layouts are booked/expected for the 2020 show on 7/8 November


4mm Scale/OO Gauge

Phil Waterfield

A fictional location inspired by the branch line from Boscarne Jnc to Wenfordbridge. The buildings although much reduced in scale purport to give a flavour of operations at the clay dries served by the Beattie well tanks and GWR pannier tanks from Wadebridge shed.


4mm Scale/OO Gauge

Phil Greaves

A scale replica of Ellesmere station, situated on the Cambrian main line between Whitchurch and Oswestry in Shropshire, which opened in 1864 and closed in 1965. Train services were essentially local in nature although there were through trains to Aberystwyth on the Welsh coast. There was also a branch to Wrexham from Ellesmere. A variety of smaller GWR Locos (including Manors) and some BR standard classes provided the mainstay of services in the 1950s and ‘60s. The layout is operated to a sequence representing a typical day of the period.


4mm Scale/OO Gauge

Laurie Calvert

Welcome to the world of Steampunk, a Science-Fiction underground sci-fi missile silo/rocket launch bay in a cavern, based on a Saturn moon called Enceladus. As the Steampunk brigade operate Cato, the warring alien factions on the surface prepare to dive in through the launch hole and mount an attack on the base. Some of these aliens have owned Cato before, hence the different architecture inside the underground cave. Who will get Cato next?


4mm Scale ‘OO’ Gauge

Team Grantham

We are delighted to be welcoming one of the star teams from Channel 5’s 2019 ‘Great Model Railway Challenge’ TV Series. The team triumphed in Episode 5 with Per Ardua ad Astra before progressing through the semi-finals to compete as one of the four finalists.

Members of the team will be exhibiting three of their layouts and answering questions from the public. Per Ardua ad Astra is Latin for ‘Through adversity to the stars’ and is the motto of the Royal Airforce. The layout certainly reached for the stars in more ways than one, featuring a Swiss-style Alpine landscape, with a rocket launching from the top of the mountain and a superb radio telescope which had the show’s judges mesmerised.

Team Grantham will also be exhibiting their ‘Fun of the Fairground’ layout which was in the Series 2 Final . Team member Pete Jarvis will also be bringing his ‘HO’ scale Canadian layout (see separate entry).

AMIENS 1918 – Tracks & Trenches

4mm Scale/OO9 narrow gauge

Callum Willcox

The Battle of Amiens marked one of the final major battles of the First World War, with the opening phase the Allied Offensive, which began on the 8th August, 1918. The Battle, later known as the Hundred Days Offensive, ultimately led to the end of the First World War. With over 75,000 Troops, 2000 Aircraft and 500 Tanks, the Allies advanced over 8 miles on the first day alone, re-capturing German held fortifications and equipment.

Set during the Battle, this scene depicts a re-captured Artillery Battery, now an Allied field headquarters and supply depot, where Troops and Tanks are prepared for the next offensive, served by a Narrow Gauge Field Railway. Supply trains hauled by a mixture of British, US and French Locomotives, as well as captured German Rolling Stock, stream through the Battery with tons of equipment and material, that will ultimately lead to victory on the Western Front.


4mm/OO Gauge

Marcus Lambert

A DCC modern image layout based on a nuclear flask unloading point. The layout can be seen running traction from The early 90s through to the mid 00’s. The layout consist of a 6ft x 1.5ft scenic area & 2ft fiddle yard.


4mm Scale/OO9 Narrow Gauge

Peter Hardy

Brandgeight depicts all that remains of a 2ft 3in gauge light railway built by a late 19th Century industrialist Willson Henry who made his fortune by developing new techniques for casting and refurbishing church bells. He later acquired extensive farmlands in Leicestershire and Derbyshire and built the railway to link the small villages and hamlets in the area. Willson Henry later diversified into manufacturing small saddle tank locomotives for the many small mining and quarrying companies around the country. Today only Hector and Lady Jane survive and with extensive rebuilding by the volunteer staff, now provide the prime locos on Brandgeight, being supported by an eclectic mix of locos from the many existing narrow gauge lines in the UK.


2mm Scale/N Gauge

East Neuk Model Railway Club, Fife

Law Junction is a model of the a real location on the West Coast Main Line between Carstairs and Motherwell where freight trains for Mossend yard and local passenger trains via Wishaw diverge from the main line. The layout includes the freight terminal next to the junction and is set in the approximate period 2003-2006. Most of the layout is built accurately to scale although some compression of length has been required in the junction area.

The layout shows a railway in the landscape, rather than just the railway itself.

Features to look out for include the buildings, all scratchbuilt from photographs taken at the site, the overhead electrification equipment, which is non-functional in the model, and the operating colour light signals which are controlled using modules by Heathcote Electronics.


7mm Scale/O Gauge Finescale

Peter Beckley

Depicting the terminus of an imaginary (ex-LSWR) branch line on the north coast of Cornwall not far from Padstow in the BR period circa 1960. The station is set on a quayside that connects to a ferry service from the adjacent dock, similar to the arrangement at Lymington Pier, which was the inspiration for the layout.

The trackwork is all hand-built from TimberTracks/C&L/Exactoscale components whilst the majority of the buildings are scratch built and based on examples from the Cornwall or Devon area. The signals and level crossing gates are all operational and interlocked with the points, which hopefully avoids wrongly signalled movements.

The majority of the locomotives and rolling stock have been constructed from kits by the layout operators. We try to feature stock that operated in the north Cornwall area during the period 1955 to 1965. However, it is not unknown for the occasional interloper to appear. The layout is run to a sequence which represents a busy summer Saturday. In reality this is much busier than would have been the case but it keeps the public (and operators) entertained.


4mm Scale/OO Gauge

Shipley Model Railway

This is a model of an actual location a few hundred yards south from Leicester Central station, as it was in British Railways days. The infrastructure has been modelled around the mid 1950s period but stock running on the layout covers a period from 1948 to 1963. This period spans control of the line by both the Eastern and London Midland regions. One of the most interesting features of the line was that it provided the most direct cross country service between the North East and South West. The resulting inter-regional traffic produced rolling stock and locomotives from the Big Four as well as later BR designs.

The ‘London Extension’ carried more goods than passenger traffic and the large goods yard was well used until the late 1950s. Wagons were moved around the goods warehouse area by ropes wrapped around hydraulically powered and non-powered capstans. Wagons were moved from one line to another by means of wagon turntables positioned at the front and rear of the goods warehouse. We have represented these movements using powered vans and our wagon turntables are fully working models.

The layout is operated using a sequence drawn from Working Timetables and Carriage Working Books. This provides a representation of the services that worked on the line.

French SNCF c.1990

3.5mm Scale/HO Gauge

Carshalton & Sutton Model Railway Club

Villefranche-la-Chapelle is a small layout designed to show a shunting yard in a fictional French town in the 1990s, serving a few industries at the same time, and based on memories of traditional French railways, sadly mostly now gone. The area to the right was possibly once a quarry, but is now used to handle local timber and stone traffic, while the sidings to the left serve the industries of the small town on the hill behind. There’s also a higher level line in and out of a platform, to allow an Autorail or two to be run.

The idea was to create the atmosphere of a typical French small town and its still-active rail system, something that had disappeared from the British rail scene in the 1960s, but which could still be enjoyed in France for many years afterwards.

With the addition of catenary in parts of the shunting yard, it’s now possible to see AC or DC electric engines, as well as diesel power.


4mm Scale ‘OO’ Gauge

John Anderson/Clevedon & Portishead Armchair Modellers

As the name suggests Devonport Road is based in the suburbs of Plymouth. The station was the junction of the Southern Railway withered arm into Plymouth and the Great Western branch to Cattewater, the two lines running parallel for a distance to the east of the station until the Southern diverged into Friary and the Great Western continued to Laira Junction.By the late 1980s/early ‘90s, the GW branch is now freight only serving a number of freight terminals in the Cattewater area including fuel oils, bitumen, industrial gases, chemicals, coal, scrap and metals. The GW platforms have now been converted into a parcels station for handling sorted and high security mail and parcels. The short loops you see on the layout (based on those at Pylle Hill in Bristol) are used to quickly marshal parcel vans after loading and unloading for tripping around to North Road station. The sidings to the front of the layout are for the civil engineers and feature all manner of engineering and departmental wagons.


4mm Scale ‘EM’ Gauge

Charles Stevens/Shrewley Modellers

Broom Junction is one of the few stations that existed merely to allow passengers to change trains. The station had limited road access, and being situated in a small Warwickshire village, little local traffic was generated. Instead it played a major role in the interchange between the north-south line between Birmingham and Ashchurch of the Midland Railway and the east-west line of the Midland and Stratford upon Avon joint line. It also played an important part in the exchange of long distance freight traffic which used these backwater lines to avoid clogging up some of the major routes. Until 1942, when a new spur was opened, the junction faced north, so that all freight trains from SMJR heading south had to reverse at Broom. The new spur missed the station completely and all southbound trains were capable of continuing without stopping. The model represents the situation in the mid-1930s before the spur was built.


4mm Scale ‘EM’ Gauge

Adrian Walby

September 1966, at the locomotive shed at Kyle of Macallan, somewhere in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Sream has long gone from the area, last seen here in June 1962 and, where the steam locomotives were once serviced, diesels now rest between duties, though not for much longer as the writing is on the wall for this somewhat derelict shed.

The layout is based on, but not an exact copy of, the shed at Kyle-of-Localsh and coincidentally, the shed lost its roof in a fire shortly after the end of steam, remarkably similar to events at Kyle-of-Localsh! The layout is built to 4mm:ft scale ‘EM’ gauge and is DCC controlled. All locomotives are ready-to-run converted to ‘EM’ and sound-fitted.


1.385mm Scale ‘Z’ Gauge

Graham Jones

This freelance layout features stock from the LNER just prior to Nationalisation, progressing through the ages to BR Eastern Region in the mid 1990s when diesel was king and then on into electrification with working colour light signals. The area modelled is somewhere on the East Coast Main Line.

The left of the layout features the station, town and sidings. The middle section carries gentle countryside with the single-track branch line dipping below the main line. While on the right, the layout is completed by a viaduct over the canal before the track disappears into the tunnel.

The station is constructed below the town with only the platforms ends showing below the station canopy. This creates the impression of a large station area but is in fact only the return loops to the fiddle yard, which is capable of holding up to twelve different trains.

This is the first time that a ‘Z’ gauge layout has featured at Gaydon


7mm Scale ‘O’ Gauge

Paul Rolley

‘T.G.B. Metal Recycling & Block Paving’ are scrap processors located in the fictional town of Fulchester. The layout is 7mm scale and set during the final years of the British Rail ‘Sectorisation’ period. The various different types of air-braked scrap carrying wagons seen on the layout are all scratch built by the owner/operator, being typical of those that would have been seen during the era modelled.


G Scale

Walter Turner

At the Great British Model Railway Show we aim to cater for all ages, including our youngest visitors. Walter will be presenting part of his extensive collection of working Playmobil toy trains. Set especially at a low level for children, this one is a space testing and training station. There are three trains that children can operate on the layout itself and there are separate boards along the front with Playmobil for children to play with.


4mm Scale ‘OO9’ Gauge

Ian Drummond

The Ashbourne & Bakewell Railway was one of England’s least known narrow gauge lines, and although a preservation society saved it, now nothing of the line remains. Waterhulme was one of the main stations on the line, forming an interchange with a BR branch line, which ran to the main Buxton to Ashbourne line.

The year modelled is 1967, the last year of the line’s operation, and is based on the railway’s steam gala weekend. Most of the line’s rolling stock is in use, and the BBC are making a live outside broadcast from the line. Many of the locomotives comes from the private collection of Mr. Alan Bolt, who had been the driving force behind the formation of the Preservation Society, and had collected locomotives from many British and overseas narrow gauge lines as they had closed. We also have some special guests from the Skarloey Railway.

In truth the layout is loosely based on Waterhouses Station on the Leek and Manifold Railway. Many of the features of the line are modelled, including a transporter wagon demonstration train carrying a standard gauge wagon. The line is true to its setting in the Derbyshire Dales, with limestone cliffs a feature of the layout.


4mm Scale ‘OO’ Gauge

Craig Holt/Leigh Model Railway Society

A small stabling and refuelling point set at the end of a freight yard. A ‘What If’ the railway lines around Leigh, near Manchester, had remained open. Set in the BR blue diesel era.


4mm Scale ‘OO’ Gauge

Peter Rust

The layout is undergoing modernisation, both in era, previously 1950/60s transitional, and operation as it is now full DCC. The modernisation into the current era enables a wide spectrum of stock to be operated, with a Scottish bias, the ethos being that it is a preserved line just down the coast from Oban on a proposed route down to Campbeltown, planned, but never built. The actual topographical node is Kilninver, about 15 miles south of Oban just the name has been changed to protect the innocent.


7mm Scale ‘O’ Gauge

Leamington & Warwick Model Railway Club

At the left end of the layout the town of Kimble is set on a hill, dominated by Knight’s Brewery with its array of industrial buildings, workers’ housing and private railway with a wagon turntable, operated manually or with an automatic shuttle. Below the town there is the through station, set-back siding and a comprehensive motive power depot with roads leading to the loco shed, coaling/sand/water renewal, storage and turntable. To the right is an impressive viaduct, with hills, rocky outcrops, pine trees and a tunnel. All structures on the layout are scratch-built, closely modelled on or inspired by actual prototypes.

The double track (continuous loop) main line has a six-track track fiddle yard which allows for 12+ trains to be marshalled at any one time. The modelled location is non-specific, the buildings and structures are based on BR(LMR). The period represented for exhibition running extends from early BR to steam/diesel transition, demonstrating a wide variety of stock. Control is by DCC using MERG components. The majority of locos are fitted with sound decoders and all signals are operational. The focus at exhibitions is running main line trains although loco movements on and off shed are an attractive feature.


4mm ‘OO’ Gauge

Brian Rolley

Rosamund Street (Low Level) Sidings are located in the shadow of a British Steel Co. Works, in a rundown part of town. This is the sort of place where 1970s train spotters would need to go in order to find that elusive shunter or two that have still to be underlined in their Combined Volumes. The layout is operated as a ‘shunting puzzle’ using photographic cards relating to each of the wagons used on the layout.


2mm Scale ‘N’ Gauge

Dave Forshaw/Liverpool Model Railway Society

Burshaw North Western is a fictitious station location on the West Coast main line (WCML), in North West England. The overhead wires are almost complete as part of the Weaver Junction to Glasgow project to complete the WCML electrification from Euston to Glasgow, which will be switched on in a couple of years’ time. New 4-aspect colour light signalling has recently been commissioned as part of the upgrade.

So in Burshaw it is the early 1970s, steam has gone and still banned from the main lines. The British Rail corporate blue-grey image is sweeping across the country, but not yet complete. The Total Operations Processing System (TOPS) has yet to be implemented, so all locos still carry their original numbers. The D and E prefixes are disappearing as there are no longer any steam locomotive numbers for them to clash with. Some are still in green or electric blue, with varying amounts of yellow on the front ends, as well as rail blue.

Coaching stock is mainly in blue grey, with the occasional maroon interloper. LM Region has just taken delivery of its first air conditioned stock (Mark 2d), but most trains are formed from Mark 1, 2a and 2c stock, gradually being cascaded as the new designs take over the prime trains, including the ‘Royal Scot’, which is usually in the hands of a pair of English Electric Type 4 Co-Cos (later Class 50).

Freight is also in a transitional period, as the traditional short wheelbase, unfitted and vacuum-braked wagons start to give way to the new air-braked stock, including HOP AB (HAA), OPEN AB (OAA) and VAN AB (VAA). The Freightliner brand has been running for a few years, and established block working, along with merry-go-round (MGR) coal trains, and oil trains with 100 tonne bogie tank wagons. Motorail is in operation as the reliability of output from British Leyland as it was recently branded is somewhat lacking!

There is a four-track continuous circuit (Up and Down Fast & Up and Down Slow) and a branch line, plus diesel MPD, giving the potential for six simultaneous movements. The fiddle yard can hold over 30 trains, giving plenty of variety on a relatively small layout.

Like previous WMRC projects, we like to run authentic formations and use unusual rolling stock, so for this layout, practically all locos have been renumbered and many un-refurbished and/or repainted to make them correct for the period. Early AC electrics (Classes 81 and 85) have been created, along with the prototype HST and ‘Manchester Pullman’.


3mm Scale ‘TT’ Gauge

John Thomas

A fictitious small country market town, set in the Cotswolds during the early 1950s, it is served by a rural branch line. The economy of the area is very much agricultural and associated industries.

This line once formed part of the Midland & South Western Junction Railway and it would therefore have been possible to see locomotives and rolling stock from the GWR, LMS and Southern railways.

The scale of 3mm is unusual in this day and age, so most of the buildings are scratch-built based on actual buildings in the Cotswolds. The brewery complex is a kit which has been much altered and reduced to fit the scale and blend in to complete a typical scene from the area.


4mm Scale ‘EM’ Gauge

Robin Coulthard

Chesters Yard is a completely fictitious location loosely based around the late 1970s Blue Diesel era and is a first attempt at finescale modelling in ‘EM’ by the owner. The layout is DCC controlled using an NCE Power Cab system, track and point work are from Marcway. Motive power is supplied by a mixture of Class 24, 25, 26, 35 and 128DPU from Bachmann and Heljan and all but two at present are sound fitted. In no way is Chesters Yard a perfect layout, the learning curve has been a steep one at times but if we do not push what we feel are our limitations we will never know what our imaginations might achieve. The building of this layout is another adventure in this hobby which helps us learn and develop various skills, achieve and sometimes fail and meet like minds along the way, it is what continues to fuel my interest.

Modelling Demonstrations

  • Mick Bonwick Weathering Demonstration
  • Nick Wood Scenic Demonstration
  • OO9 Society, West Midlands – display and demonstration
  • Kit and scratch-building demonstrations by the Leamington & Warwick Model Railway Club

More will be added….