The club's H0 German layout is inspired by Berlin Friedrichstrasse. Set in the 1960s/70s, deep in the cold-war era, DR dominates in a city being rebuilt following the ravages for the second World War and adjusting to the East/West tensions. This does not preclude the appearance of some DB stock, working the inter-zonal services from the West. The layout boasts a main line, S-bahn and tram.
Currently the layout is under construction, with the track and electrics completed and work beginning on the scenery. Control for the main lines is DCC, with the tram line operated through computer control.
The layout made its successful debut at the Fareham Rotarail show in April 2019.
Titherleigh is our current exhibition layout, set in the 1950s in the rather more tranquil setting of the west of England. The layout is set on the old LSWR territory, so lots of ex Southern motive power.
The layout is based on a plan in a Railway Modeller from the early 1980s. It features a combination of kit and scratch built structures. The layout made its debut at the Rotarail show in April 2017 and features in the September 2019 edition of Railway Modeller.
Lavender Hill is based in South London in a fictitious location on the SE&CR route from Victoria to Dover via Herne Hill, serving commuters into Victoria. Due to fire damage during the 1930's, the old wooden station and signal box were rebuilt into the Art Deco style favoured at that time by the Southern Railway. Lavender Hill was also a relief route for Clapham Junction in times of congestion or engineering requirements, for routes out of Victoria and Waterloo to the Brighton and South West mainlines. The goods facilities on the down side are limited to parcels traffic and the local coal merchant.
The layout operates over a period of 1948 when British Railways was formed through to 1967 and the end of Steam on the Southern Region of British Railways.
During our normal operating program a great variety of trains will be seen from the humble Coal trains operating from the Kent Coal fields, Suburban Electrics, to named expresses like the Golden Arrow, Brighton and Bournemouth Belles, as well as Boat trains to the continent and further afield. Also look out for the “Night Ferry” the only passenger train that used to cross the English Channel.
The layout is in its earliest stages of development.