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.
The layout is essentially complete, we are now at the stage of adding the little details to bring it to life. 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.
Layout size 12ft x 10ft.
Titherleigh is our smaller 00 British gauge exhibition layout, set in the 1950s and early 1960s in the rather tranquil setting of the west of England. The layout depicts a sleepy branch terminus and is set on the old LSWR territory. The station boasts a loco shed for the branch engine, a dairy and a small goods yard. Motive power is mainly ex Southern steam with the occasional Diesel and visiting stock from other regions.
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 was featured in the September 2019 edition of Railway Modeller.
The name Titherleigh can be interpreted as a field where the tithes or taxes were paid.
Layout size 10ft6in x 6ft6in viewable on 3 sides total space required 13ft x 7ft
Layout is operated by 4 persons and can be transported in 3 cars
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 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.
Stock is a mixture of ready to run and kit built equipment. 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 and Express EMUs, Parcels and Continental Van trains, 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.
Creating the Atmosphere.
The atmosphere that we are trying to create is that of a busy inner London commuter station at a time of major change. Steam was being phased out, Diesel and electric power was being expanded. Many of the older buildings were stained with soot and smoke and looked drab against the clean new build structures that reflect the clean image of “Southern Electric”.
The Layout dimensions are 24ft x 8ft. Please allow an extra 3ft on LH side (from front) for operator access.