Located somewhere on the South Devon coast, Tormouth was once a thriving Edwardian holiday destination which grew in popularity with the advent of the railways and it’s beautiful scenery, and found itself a main terminus hub of the Great Western Railway (GWR) with a thriving goods yard and small loco shed.
As the town prospered, a funicular railway was built on the cliffs leading down to the River Tor estuary and shingle beach. The GWR constructed a further branch line in the late 1890’s to serve industry and a few small towns further along the coast.
Ian Harper's Haymarket Cross models a busy BR Eastern Region motive power depot in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Steam and diesel stand side by side at this location which is fully DCC controlled.
The Forest of Dean was the inspiration for Watermill Halt. Peter Midwinter built this compact BR Western Region theme layout to trial the potential of Digital Command Control before applying it to larger projects. It is set in the transition era and features a single track branch line running between two storage yards, a watermill, river scene and a tar works too.
See HM105 for a full feature on Watermill Halt.
The Soar Valley Model Railway Club has a reputation for big layouts and the impressive Charnwood Forest Branch is certainly that at 50ft x 13ft. It is one of the biggest layouts to ever attend the Great Electric Train Show and is beautifully modelled in 'O' gauge, 7mm scale.
This spectacular 27ft by 3ft ‘OO’ gauge contemporary-era exhibition layout, owned by Allan Cromarty, is set in the Midlands and features a colourful collection of locomotives and rolling stock appropriate to the 1987-1995 time-period.
Walford Town depicts a fictitious terminus located in the east end of London, on the old Great Eastern system. The station has suburban and provincial passenger services, including destinations in East Anglia and through workings to ex-Southern lines. Parcels concentration and Speedlink depots add to the operating interest. The period is 1984 - 1988, allowing a variety of stock and liveries.
Hornby Magazine's office-based 'N' gauge layout, Barrenthorpe Shed, is making its exhibition debut at the Great Electric Train Show this year!
Featuring a new, larger storage yard, the layout also boasts two additional inclined main lines, developed to showcase DCC Concepts' 'Powerbase' system and act as a comprehensive test facility for new 'N' gauge models in the Hornby Magazine office.
Hornby Magazine's St Stephens Road is making a return to the exhibition circuit for the 2016 Great Electric Train Show. This joint Western and Southern Region layout has been in storage since February 2014, but will be revived by the Hornby Magazine team for the event.
This 'OO' gauge layout is presented by the Bodmin and District Model Railway Club and represents a joint Western/Southern Region served main line station. It features a busy station, a Western Region operated branch line, motive power depot, main line running and a third-rail electrified branch too.
Maxwell Colliery is inspired by coal operations in Scotland and is presented by Max Fowler. Measuring 28ft x 16ft this impressive post 1990 set 'OO' gauge layout includes main line and branch line operations with a strong bias towards coal traffic.