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Keep an eye out on new layouts appearing weekly! Please note that it is me, Hayley, so don't expect any 'professional' opinions :)
Mr Bagaley has kindly sent in these very recent photos! The first one of the green 10201 at the head of a Southern Express Train was taken on July 7th and the photo of the black 10203, at the head of a Pullman in the carriage sidings, was taken a couple of months ago as it was getting ready to do a day trip to the seaside! I have a few trips planned to the seaside this year - have you?!:
Mr Clarke has shared this photo of his 'Merstone IoW' layout, featuring one of our O2 models. He has changed its identity to no. 19 'Osborne'. He has several of our O2 models, and as Mr Clarke says, they can't all carry the same numbers! Brilliant work :):
This week we have a fantastic layout with a wonderful description by Mr Warren! He mentioned it is inspired by the GWR Hemyock Branch and his interest in the history of the Dairy Industry, particularly in the South West:
Short of local milk for the production of their clotted cream, two famous Cornish dairies have dispatched tankers to collect milk from Hemyock.
Arriving at Hemyock with a load of dairy produce for distribution under the United Dairies banner, another famous Cornish dairy's vent van is followed by a GWR Toad, branded "Hayle RU". It has just passed the PW Gang fully equipped with it's Holman/Compair compressor.
Four of Mr Warren's hobbies captured in one photo - railway modelling/caravanning/South West Dairies and Morris Dancing!
A busy morning in the Creamery yard.
Mr Siden has kindly sent in his pictures of 'Shillingstone' based loosely on Shillingstone Station on the old Somerset & Dorset Line. Looking 'ansome as they say down here in Cornwall:
This lovely layout (with some KMRC O2s obviously!) is Mr Spooner's Island Line attempt and what a fantastic attempt he has made! :
This wonderful layout named 'Watchet' is by Mr Jones. It is 21ft by 10ft and was intended to be a model of his home town on the Taunton to Minehead branch line. Mr Jones travelled daily to school in Taunton behind Panniers, Prairies (small and large), 3MTs, Class 22s, Hymeks and finally DMUs. Afternoons at Taunton station gave plenty of opportunities to see Kings, Castles, D600 and D800 Warships and D1000 Westerns so, as he put it himself, his eventual love of model railways was inevitable!
'One side of my layout is a fairly accurate model of Watchet as it was back then, with a ship in the harbour and plenty of activity in the sidings. The other side of the layout is just a flight of fancy, which allows me to run some of the beautiful expresses that used to run through Taunton.'
He also has a caravan site, a water mill and an aircraft display, which is popular with tourists in the summer season (love this!). All the buildings and most of the ships and aircraft are fully illuminated. One word - magnificent! Thank you for the background information :)
This week we have snippets of 'Trevean Siding' created by Mr Nall! It is a 4 mm layout, single restored Cornish branch line with an ex GWR siding. ERA: preserved. This super detailed layout has been published in Model Rail magazine and is even blogged by Mr Nall from time to time. It is currently up and running in his lounge, themed as 'China Clay Days', so lots of JIAs, Tigers and Polybulks. What a brilliant layout!
A lovely looking Kernow Bulleid 10201 posing on the programming track of 'Newton Broadway', a fictitious layout by My Lynn in Austrailia! He mentioned that the programming track is fully scenic because he also wanted somewhere to pose locomotives for their “official” photos. Great idea! The track is not actually connected to any other tracks on the layout, although he has made it appear that it would join his London Underground tracks in the tunnel. Sounds good to me!
Mr Hill has kindly sent in these photos of his layout - loosely based on St Erth and the beginning of the St Ives branch line. He lived in Lelant, overlooking the main and branch lines, for many years, catching the last three years of steam followed by the invasion of the 'green slugs' as he and his father christened them - brilliant! Mr Hill features a Warship being towed by a Grange which was a commonplace event in real life - my education is ongoing and I thank you for all guidance!:
Mr Davis has received his D601 Ark Royal (well worth waiting for - his words!). She can be seen here passing through Mantles Wood - his layout set in the outer reaches of the Metropolitan Line around 1959/60, along with some other stock. She is beautiful!:
Here we have a layout in a basement in Burlington, Canada! Mr Potter, with his friend Steve (originally from Newport Gwent), started this layout in 2004 and named it the Holborne and Woodcroft Railway. They designed it on two levels so they can run four trains at once - with one line being DCC on the lower level. They have kept a couple of steam locomotives to represent West Coast Railways - because why wouldn't you?!
Steve built the terminal station and covers six tracks! They are gradually updating parts by replacing the old Hornby Dublo Semaphore signals with automatic colour lights - the green will change to red as the train passes and then back to green as the train enters the next block. I don't know about you but I feel I have definitely learnt something!:
Kevin and Robin sent in layout photos of their East Anglian 'Elmleigh Market' on the Essex/Suffolk border. I am loving the placement of the figures as I really enjoy seeing what you all do away from the track on your layouts! All the interesting little side stories:
Mr Cole has sent me these great photos if his OO layout 'Sutton Oak'. It is approximately 5ft x 2ft and represents a branch line terminus set in the 1930's. He mentioned that it is not yet finished as he has some trees to grow, some figures to paint and some shrubbery to complete but I think it is pretty impressive thus far! He is also wanting to weather the rolling stock but, in his words, "I have been putting this off as they all look so good out of the box". I can't disagree with that!:
True to his word - Syd (from last weeks chosen layouts) has sent me some more photos of his D600 ACTIVE following the fitting of the various spare parts and a couple of works plates. It has also also picked up a little road dirt! We absolutely love what you have produced - thank you Syd!
A little back story about his layout... with only a few months before withdrawal and having been reduced to local trip workings, the loco is snapped on various sorties to Trevelyan on the Polmewan branch. It’s seen waiting for the road out of the station, stabled on Trevelyan Shed, in tandem with D6327 and arriving from Truro with a couple of empty milk tanks bound for Polmewan:
I think you are all trying to trick me! Another very realistic layout, by Mr Ruming, entitled 'Industry Lane' over in Sydney:
As we are on the subject of Sydney... Syd has sent me these 'ansome shots of his 'Active' straight out of the paint shop! They are currently on a running-in turn from Truro along the branch to Trevelyan and collecting some china clay wagons to trip back to Truro. I am looking forward to the updated photos when you complete your plan to do a bit of very light weathering and fitting the pipes and coupling gear! Proper job!:
I had to look twice before I realised these photos were of a layout and not the real thing - very nice Mr Evans! Splendid photos of the D600 Active on your "Undy Junction" - aptly named due to the fact he gets rather warm in the loft during the summer months! I know if I need pop up into my parent's loft in the hotter months to grab some old momento of mine (yes I still store them there) I quickly return back down the steps to cool down!
Mr Carter is showcasing our lovely D601 Ark Royal by giving it a light job on his "Nangullow" layout. Maybe give it a little workout soon and add to the load! (Do I sound like I know what I am talking about?!):
Mr Palmer - what can I say?! Great use of a few KMRC exclusives! It is looking rather fetching I must say!:
This super layout of "Latford" Heritage Model Railway is a little retirement project of Mr Evans! Great use of your much deserved free time:
This layout is all the way over in Oceanside, California! Mr Hayes, who has lived there for a little over a year has already established a great looking layout in only a relatively short amount of time! It is set in the Southern Region of Devon in the late 50s/early 60s. He mentioned he couldn't resist the Bulleid diesel, even if it was unlikely to have ventured beyond Exeter and I couldn't agree more!:
Here we have this mighty fine layout of 'Harbwr Traeth Cerrig' (Stone Beach Harbour) in OO gauge from Mr Willetts of Anglesey! I must say I am liking your grandson's addition of the dragon on the hill and am glad to hear it is there to stay! I am also fond of the meerkats lurking in the background...:
Mr Hemming - WOW! This loft layout in OO gauge is something else! It started with the basic track some 30 years ago and he has done bits here and there over the years. It wasn’t until New Year 2017 that he (as he put it himself!) 'went mad' and brought it to where it is today, complete with street and yard lights and the houses also light up. I wouldn't expect anything less from this impressive layout! Just one question - where do you store your Christmas decorations?!:
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