(please note this page will be updated as more layouts are added to the line-up)


Barrowmore Model Railway Group

‘P4’, Summer 1977, North Wales Coast Main Line

One of the best-known Diesel & Electric era layouts on the current exhibition circuit, Mostyn has moved ‘P4’ standards into a more general awareness, offering a large true-to-life layout that runs frequent, prototypically-correct formations at realistic line speeds.


Hugh Norwood

4mm scale/‘OO9’ gauge

Angst-Lesspork draws its inspiration from, and is a tribute to, the ‘Discworld’ books of Sir Terry Pratchett. The scene is urban with a tidal river to the front. Buildings are predominately timber-framed. Although superficially a Victorian / Edwardian townscape,

many characters and architectural features give clues to the layout’s true identity. Most of the buildings have been built from card (breakfast cereal packets). A number have internal

illumination and so are internally decorated. All the rail power is steam-driven and all the road traffic is horse-drawn, in keeping with the time-frame of the layout.


John Thomas

3mm scale /TT gauge, BR(WR) 1950s

A fictitious layout based on the concept that the M&SWL continued as a secondary route through the Cotswolds despite the Great Western Railway’s endeavours to rationalise it during previous years. The era is set during the 1950s and allows through trains to be run from the Midlands (LMS), Southern as well as a variety of Western (GWR) and lately British Railways locomotives and rolling stock.


Paul Appleton

4mm scale/’OO’ gauge, British Railways, London Midland Region

Berrybridge was built in 2009 as a challenge to see what could be achieved in a short space of time and with a limited budget. It was constructed from scratch in just 75 hours and at a cost of £400 including the trackwork, by the Hornby Magazine team, of which the current layout owner was once a part when he published the magazine for then owners, Ian Allan Publishing.

That original build saw the layout as an end-to-end, fiddle yard-to-fiddle yard layout, with each fiddle yard being in the form of a five-track turntable so that trains could be sent from each end of the layout without having to manhandle the trains. It has since been rebuilt as a continuous circuit, with an eight-road sliding traverser for a fiddle yard at the rear.

Berrybridge is a freelance design, based somewhere on a cross-country secondary line west of Derby. Set in the early 1960s, you will see a cross section of BR and pre-nationalisation steam locomotives along with some of the recently introduced new-fangled diesels that the BR Modernisation Plan has brought us.


Dave Millford & Malc Charlton

4mm scale/’OO’ gauge, Border Counties

The layout is based on Humshaugh Station (originally named Chollerford) which was situated on the former Border Counties / North British line from Hexham to Riccarton Jcn. The period modelled is in the early 1950s through to closure of passenger services in 1956 and goods services in 1958. For operational interest the track plan is more extensive than that which existed at this period, but all tracks did exist at some stage throughout the station’s history. The station had quite extensive goods facilities compared with other BCR locations and this provides scope for added interest when operating at exhibitions even if the level of traffic, both goods and passenger, far exceeds that which actually existed.

As far as possible, photographic evidence has been used but this is very sparse for some parts of the site. Building and engineering works have been produced with extensive use of ‘Linka’ stone effect castings and the ‘Woodland Scenics’ range has been used for much of the landscape. The layout features a tailor made, non DCC sound system which is in continuing development.

Rolling stock and locomotives on the layout reflect the wide range of types in use in the last years of operation including ex NBR, NER, LNER and British Rail standard types and as far as possible the individual locomotives are models of the ones which actually worked the line.


Leamington & Warwick Model Railway Society

4mm scale/’OO’ gauge, GC/Met/GWR

Duxbury Station is loosely based on Aylesbury’s GC/Metropolitan/GWR station circa 1960. By doing this, we can cater for steam, albeit in BR guise, as well as diesels. The variety of steam locomotives that can be run is quite large, being drawn from ex-GCR, LNER, LMS, GWR (from the Princes Risborough branch) and BR standard types. We have taken modeller’s license and imagined that London Transport extended the 3rd and 4th rail all the way to Aylesbury. This way, Duxbury can have the little-modelled London Transport scene complete with authentic Underground stock and conductor rails.


Shipley Model Railway Society (Owners: Frank Davies & Mike Evans)

4mm scale/EM gauge, GWR 1920s

The model is based closely on Hungerford station, situated on the Great Western Railway main line from Reading to Westbury and Taunton, as it was in the late 1920s. Much research has been done to accurately show the railway structures and buildings, and the adjoining section of the town although, due to having to foreshorten the ends of the layout, some town buildings have had to be omitted or reduced in size. A section of the Kennet and Avon canal, which runs close to the railway immediately east of the town has also been modelled.

The buildings are all scratch-built as is the working level crossing. Locomotives and stock are built from kits or are modified ready to run. All signals are working models including the shunting signals. The layout uses traditional analogue control except in the goods yard which uses DCC.


Ian Coules

2mm scale/’N’ gauge, BR Western Region

This layout is based on Ludlow in Shropshire, which is on the Shrewsbury to Hereford line. It is set in the late 1950s early ‘60s and depicts both the sidings and the main lines, but also incorporates the line from Clee Hill, which is a quarry line. It is a circular layout with the fiddle yard concealed under the embankment to the rear of the layout. It took about two years to build the basic layout but like all models there is always something that you want to improve and add. The only original parts of the railway left in Ludlow are the main lines, the footbridge and the goods shed, which has now become a local brewery. During the construction it was very hard to find accurate photographs of the front of the station and the line so we are always looking for more information so we can continue to improve the layout.


Tom Brogden

4mm scale/ various gauges

This popular 4mm layout consists of a fictitious Museum of Transport situated in the former dockland of a town, somewhere in England. The concept was born from a desire to create a layout where virtually all types of  model may be displayed together with a single theme. There are standard gauge and miniature railways, buses, trams, trolleybuses, cars and commercial vehicles, as well as aircraft and maritime displays. The layout is full of varied examples of industrial archaeology and items to appeal to everyone, whether a model-maker or simply those fascinated by old transport and related topics. The original layout dates from 1991, and has been extended, reconstructed and refurbished several times since, and has been well established on the exhibition circuit for 27 years. Several sections have been recently reworked.


Brian Silby

2mm scale/’N’ gauge, German modern image

The tiny village is a district of St. Goarshausen, Germany, home of the legendary Lorely Siren who lured sailors to their death through the Narrows. The railway that runs along the right bank of the Rhine runs from Koblenz to Frankfurt. The period modelled is late 1990s-early 2000s, with a recreation of the magnificent scenery to watch the trains pass through.


Vintage Layouts (Dave Knighton & Jonathan Ward)

‘O’ gauge, 3-rail course scale

Pre-war suburbia in 3-rail ‘O’ Gauge course scale, featuring models from the 1930s by Hornby, Bassett-Lowke, Leeds Model Company, Milbro, etc., but also items from the modern 3-rail revival by ACE Trains, Darstaed, WJV, Directory Series and others.


Allen Law and Jez Kirkwood

1/12 scale on 32mm gauge track

The Borth, Aberdovey and Ynyslas Miniature Railway is a one inch to the foot scale model of a 15in gauge seaside miniature railway. Based on the types of miniature railways found at Fairbourne, New Romney and Sutton Park, among others, the layout is set in the present day, running a weekend gala service using a mix of miniature and narrow gauge stock. All locos are radio controlled, mostly battery powered with some live steam.


David Lyon

4mm scale/ ‘OO’ gauge

Triang Minic Motorways was introduced in the early 1960s and was designed to be compatible with Triang Railways. A wide variety of vehicles and accessories were developed to enable the enthusiast to build a fully integrated road and rail model, culminating in the use of level crossings and other specialist road/rail track. Minic eventually went out of production in the early 1970s.

This award winning Minic Motorways layout had its first outing in 1996. It is the result of over 40 years’ enthusiastic collecting by Dave Lyon, and aims to show the wide variety of vehicles and accessories that were available in the heyday of Minic Motorways, and its compatibility with Triang Railways.

2019 marks the 23rd anniversary of this layout on the exhibition circuit, having been to over 150 shows in that time. Although the design of the layout has changed, with new features being incorporated over the years, the same basic format as used at the first show in May 1996 is still evident.



7mm scale/‘O’ gauge modelling demonstration

Author and former BRM editor John Emerson shows you how to build and weather rolling stock. A degree of weathering can add character and a sense of mass to your models – although there is no need to overdo it ! After many years presenting painting and weathering demo’s at model railway shows, it is only too obvious that most modellers are terrified of weathering locomotives and rolling stock. Although these are ‘O’ gauge models, the techniques employed have been used for models ranging from ‘N’ gauge to Gauge 1.


Stock weathering demonstration – all scales

Mick Bonwick has been demonstrating and teaching model railway weathering techniques at exhibitions, Pendon Museum and Missenden Abbey Railway Modellers’ weekends for several years. His demonstration allows modellers to sit down and have a go, using up-to-date materials and equipment and easy to implement techniques.


4mm scale/‘OO’ gauge modelling projects

BRM journalist and model maker, Phil Parker, is a regular contributor to the Hornby Collectors Club magazine, The Collector, and here he demonstrates some of the construction projects he has completed for the pages of the magazine over recent years.