TrainWeb.org Facebook Page
Epsom & Ewell MRC: Layouts
Epsom & Ewell MRC

EPSOM & EWELL MODEL RAILWAY CLUB

MODEL LAYOUTS

The Club has been actively constructing and exhibiting model railway layouts for many years.

The first large scenic layout built to exhibition standards was the highly popular 'Nonsuch' built during the early 1960's. Portraying a Southern Railway (SR) station somewhere in the West Country, an oval track layout allowed for through running. The Great Western Railway (GWR) also operated services from 'Nonsuch' along its separate branch line to 'Ruxley' via 'Bonesgate'. The layout was subject of a multi-part article that appeared in Model Railway Constructor magazine during those early years. 'Nonsuch' and 'Bonesgate' were both scrapped long ago, but 'Ruxley' still exists although now in a much altered and improved condition (see below).

The Club currently has seven layouts and a test track:

Former Club layouts

  • Shirebrook (OO). Now in private ownership
  • Westhill (OO). Now in private ownership
  • Horton Regis (O). Now in private ownership

Several of the Club's members have exhibited their own layouts:


Colehosues logo

Colehouses Junction (OO, 4mm) is a fictitious layout set somewhere in the west country on a line to the holiday resorts of Devon & Cornwall. It represents an interface between the national railway system and a heritage railway that is a "star" of the leisure industry. Both the modern line and the heritage railway run off in parallel to a resort down the line near the coast.

The layout is based on, but is not a direct replica of, Yeoford Junction on the line between Exeter and Okehampton. The station consists of four platform faces - the main station building itself with a through platform and bay platform, and an island platform with two faces. The main line is on a route to the holiday destinations with the bay platform being used for small trains to a minor resort on the coast.

Both faces of the island platform are used by the heritage railway, with the inner face being used in peak times by the main line - with the permission of the Directors of the heritage railway of course!

Main line services are handled by a variety of train operating companies (First Great Western, South West Trains, Virgin Cross Country) representing services from London and cross country routes from Scotland, the North East, North West and the Midlands. Heritage services consist of combinations of locomotives and rolling stock in both pre and post nationalisation liveries.

Colehouses does not have extensive locomotive servicing facilities but is the main location for stabling the rolling stock. Main locomotive servicing and stabling facilities are at the other end of the line. There are no facilities for servicing diesel multiple units at Colehouses.

There is a limited number of freight operations on the main line representing bulk freight and container traffic movements. There are limited freight facilities at Yeoford.

Colehosues

The layout measures 24' x 2' and started as an end-to-end arrangement on six 4-foot long baseboards. A fiddle yard has been added to make up a continuous run.


Hinksey logo

The Club's N gauge layout is based on Hinksey Yard, near Oxford. This is a "Virtual Quarry" providing a store of ballast readily available for distribution and use in engineering works when needed. We are looking at creating a model of the contemporary railway scene, using the best of the current ranges. We wanted to include the following features:

  • Space to run a variety of trains including long freight trains and HSTs.
  • Double track main line with lay-by sidings.
  • Engineer's or Permanent Way yard.
  • Suitable for exhibitions.
  • Easy to store, set up and disassemble.

We recorded how we built this 20' x 2'9" layout on RMWeb

Track plan
Hinksey Yard
State of play: 7th October 2013
Hinksey Yard
Hinksey at the Stafford show (February 2016)
Hinksey Yard
The real Hinksey Yard

Hornby

Hornby Junction (4mm 'OO') is designed to show how to produce a simple model railway from readily available commercial parts. It has been sponsored by Hornby Railway who have provide all the stock and many of the buildings. It was described in issue 2 of the Hornby Magazine.

Hornby Junction
Hornby Junction
Hornby Junction (Photographs © Chris Nevard).

Lewes plans Lewes logo

Lewes (2FS) portrays the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway at Lewes in Sussex as it was in 1886.

Following on from our successful build of Hinksey Yard, the “little people” of the Club decided to stretch ourselves and build a 2FS layout. We had enjoyed building a model of a real place, so looked for something similar, but totally different in era and location. So we looked at maps, photographs and plans and came up with the idea of building the second Lewes station as it was in 1886, just before it was rebuilt into its more familiar current form.

We are recording how we built this layout - follow our progress on RMWeb


Ruxley 2 Ruxley logo

Ruxley (4mm 'OO' gauge) portrays GWR branch line operation during the 1930's. This highly detailed scenic layout was built and first exhibited during the 1960's, has since seen much improvement and alteration and remains in constant demand for Exhibitions.

The layout can appear in various forms, as a terminus (Ruxley), as a through station (Woodcote), or in extended form with both stations.

Appeared in Model Rail No.188, November 2013


Stackton Binge

Stackton Binge
Stackton Binge
Stackton Binge

For the next NESCOT 2018 Exhibition the Club is refurbishing a small O Gauge layout called Stackton Binge. The layout, 16 feet long, was built and exhibited by a member of the Gauge O Guild and appeared in their 1989 publication Small Layouts. This states that the layout was built as a fictitious 1930s GWR branch set in the Cotswolds. The name derives from the comedic stage partnership of Dr. Evadne Hinge and Dame Hilda Bracket who entertained the public as two elderly eccentric spinsters, living genteel lives in the village of Stackton Tressel. It seems that, when the layout was exhibited, some viewers spent more time looking out for the illustrious pair than watching the trains.

The layout was sold and passed through several owners before spending the last ten years or so in the garage of a club member and was on the verge of being scrapped.

However, it has been decided to refurbish the layout and use it as the basis to display a collection of 1880's London and South Western Railway locomotives and rolling stock belonging to a club member.

The layout itself is basically sound but the scenery is very tired. There is also a need to make some alterations to provide a better context for the 1880’s. This will involve:

  • Replace the steel plate girder bridge with a contemporary wrought iron structure.
  • Remove all signalling—in the 1880’s it is unlikely that a small country branch would have even the rotating LSWR discs
  • Provide a new water tower—one based on that at Bishop’s Waltham in Hampshire
  • Provide a new water column.
  • New fencing
  • New valancing for the station building.
  • Provide new beams for the buffer stops
  • Under the baseboards some replacement wiring may be required plus some new switching for a simple one controller operation.

Following the exhibition, it is hoped to sell the layout (without stock).


The prototype Wadhurst Station
The prototype Wadhurst Station - looking south towards Hastings.
Wadhurst

Wadhurst (4mm 'P4' finescale) is currently under construction.

When completed the layout will be an accurate representation of the prototype station in Sussex on the original South Eastern & Chatham Railway (SECR) London to Hastings line, portraying the late 1940's era when still operated by the Southern Railway.

The layout
Wadhurst (March 2014)

Test Track

test track
Test track in use (May 2015)

The test track caters for N, OO, P4, and O gauges with a loop and circuit for each.


Club member's layouts

Owner Layout Name Scale/Gauge, Prototype, Period Notes
Frank Warren Coombe Wharf 4mm/P4, LB&SCR, 1903 Built as part of the Scalefour Society's 18.83 Challenge.
Michael Ball Ferring 4mm/P4, LB&SCR, c.1910 Scalefour News, No.100 (1996)
Railway Modeller, June 2010
More Photos
Philip Reid Shirebrook 4mm/OO, BR, 1980's  
Philip Reid St. Nicholas 4mm/OO, BR, 1980's  
Chris Robertson Staindrop 7mm/O, LNER 1928/1930  
Dennis Tillman Winnham 7mm/O, BR  
Dave Searle West Wittering 4mm/P4, LB&SCR, 1883 More Photos Currently unavailable for exhibitions.

If you would like further information, please contact . . .

Peter Swift (Secretary) on Telephone 01483 576 274

Last updated: 6th February 2018
Epsom & Ewell MRC's Web Pages are maintained by
Copyright © 1997-2018 by the Epsom & Ewell Model Railway Club