Layouts: 'OO' gauge

'OO' gauge layout features

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Penmouth & Curzon Street

Unable to decide on one location, MARK WILSON set out to create an ‘OO’ gauge layout covering London, Birmingham and the South West – to grand effect. Photography, Mike Wild.

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Fence Houses

Drawing on the heavy industry of North Eastern England, IAN FORSYTH created this atmospheric colliery layout in ‘OO’ which showcases a long disappeared railway scene. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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Ashdan Junction

The West Midlands in the 1970s is the setting for BARRY PLATT’S ‘OO’ gauge digital sound layout – which recaptures the times wonderfully. Read the full story here, originally published in HM121, and watch the video too. Photography, Mike Wild.

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North Cornwall Brewery

The brewery trade is the setting for MALCOLM BRIGGS’ superbly modelled brand-new ‘OO’ gauge exhibition layout. Discover its secrets and how this well thought-out project came together. Photography, Mike Wild.

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Lakeside

It has a thorough backstory, but GRAHAM FOULSTON uses his highly detailed ‘OO’ gauge scenic layout as a stage to display a wide range of models, from the ‘Big Four’ to the present day, home and abroad. Photography, Mike Wild.

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Coniston Lake

Taking a beautiful location and giving it a railway, MIKE POWELL set this Lake District scene in the 1960s, with steam firmly in charge. Photography, Mike Wild.

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OAK ROAD

Sweeping curves and scale length HSTs are amongst the highlights of MIKE BUICK’S inspirational ‘OO’ gauge exhibition layout. Here he tells the full story of its creation and explains how it is supporting the Meningitis Now charity. Photography, Richard Watson.

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Parkstone Goods

After hearing about a long-forgotten industrial railway in Poole, COLIN LOCKYER set about recreating some of it in ‘OO’ – with a 1970s twist. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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Newpool-on-Trent

This multi-station, multilevel layout is ‘locked up’ in the former Police Station adjoining GRAHAM TAYLOR’S home. Discover how this enticing and busy ‘OO’ gauge steam era layout was built. Photography, Mike Wild.

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The Gresley Beat

The East Coast Main Line around King’s Cross is the scene for this famous ‘OO’ gauge layout, which will form part of the future AIMREC venture in Ashford. Its creator, CLIFF PARSONS, tells the story of how it was built and developed. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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BINNS ROAD EAST

Rather than aiming for realism, PETER BRACKENBURY sought to recreate the train set he never had in his childhood by restoring authentic Hornby-Dublo three-rail products. Photography, Mike Wild.

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Railmen of Kent

The Great Model Railway Challenge has taken railway modelling to television screens around the country on Channel 5. FRED GARNER from the 2019 winning team, Railmen of Kent, reveals the layouts they created and what it was like to be involved.

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Fenny Stratford

Now rather a backwater, in the 1950s, this pretty station was so much busier, like many others. PETER ELLIS describes how he and David Court recreated part of the ‘Varsity Line’ in ‘OO’ gauge for exhibition display. Photography, Mike Wild.

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Gravesdown SOUTH

The transition from hydraulics to diesel-electrics is the subject of BRIAN TAMPLIN’S ‘OO’ gauge layout, which depicts the spectacle of the Western Region in the 1970s to grand effect in a modular format.

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Twelve Trees Junction: THE TRAINS

Hornby Magazine’s busy Southern Region junction layout hasn’t been out on show for almost two years, but there have been plenty of new additions to its roster. MIKE WILD takes a closer look at the locomotives and rolling stock which allow Twelve Trees Junction to reflect the final decade of steam on the Southern. Photography, Mike Wild.

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Middleton-in-Teesdale

This ‘OO’ gauge layout depicts a rural branch line in Yorkshire in the years before the Second World War. Built by the De Havilland MRS, MIKE WORSLEY explains its genesis and construction. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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Eden Road TMD

Drawing on Direct Rail Services’ often eclectic fleet, RYAN GRAY of Cupar & District MRC created this ‘OO’ gauge depot scene which offers immense variety in its operation and fleet.

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GORPETON BLYMEE

The Great Western Railway just before nationalisation is the setting for this atmospheric terminus layout in ‘OO’ gauge. GORDON EDGAR describes how he and Peter Wilson created it. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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St Cuthbert’s

A sleepy termimus in the Scottish Borders just before the Beeching cuts is the setting for Thistle Modelmakers’ ‘OO’ gauge exhibition layout, which was designed for members of all abilities. STEVE BENJAMIN explains its creation. Photography, Mike Bisset.

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Immingham Depot

The operations in and around the busy port of Immingham are the focus for this impressive ‘OO’ gauge layout at the Immingham Museum and Heritage Centre. STEPHEN RICHARDS reveals the story behind its creation. Photography, Mike Wild.

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BRADWELL POINT

Nuclear flask traffic is one of the railway’s more unusual loads. MARCUS LAMBERT created a stunning terminal in ‘OO’ to showcase the operation in the eras just before and after privatisation. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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Wimborne

A once busy Southern Region junction has been recreated in ‘OO’ finescale by Wimborne Railway Society, set in its twilight years of the 1950s, as GORDON EDGAR describes. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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ILKESTON TOWN

Nottingham Model Railway Society set out to model a prototypical scene from the LMS era in ‘OO’ gauge. DAVEY JONES explains the story behind Ilkeston Town. Photography, Mike Bisset.

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FURNACE 5

The South Wales steel industry inspired KYLE HUMPHRIES, who created this fascinating and compact layout in ‘OO’ gauge. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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Yorkshire Dales Model Railway

The Keighley and Worth Valley and North Yorkshire Moors railways were part of the inspiration for LEWIS BUCKNELL’S superb ‘OO’ gauge loft layout. We visited this brilliant 32ft long model to discover how it all goes together to create an 80ft running line. Photography, Mike Wild.

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Smallwood

This multi-level digitally operated ‘OO’ gauge layout is the latest to be completed by the Redditch Model Railway Club.GUY CRADDOCK takes us back to the 1970s – the era of British Rail blue, rattling DMUs and steam heated Mk 1s. Photography, Mike Wild.

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Churminster and Stowe Magna, Southern Railway

The Southern Railway in the final decade before nationalisation is the setting for TONY TEAGUE’S huge 32ft long ‘OO’ gauge layout. In this introduction he reveals the first completed sections of his lifetime project. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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Chilcompton Tunnel

A gorgeous recreation of the Somerset & Dorset Railway in 'OO' gauge was Steve Jones' aim, and this beautiful exhibition layout recaptures the days of the S&D before its premature closure. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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Norwood Road

An unidentified operating incident has given SIMON PALEY licence to offer a wonderful variety of trains on this ‘OO’ gauge South London layout. Photography, Mike Wild.

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Bournemouth West

The former Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway southern terminus was selected by ROGER SUNDERLAND, DAVE BAYMAN and friends to create this stunning ‘OO’ gauge exhibition layout. Roger reveals its story and explains how it works. Photography, Trevor Jones.