LAYOUTS BASED IN BIRMINGHAM.

The three layouts described below are based in Birmingham, West Midlands.

NORTH FORELAND

THE SOUTHERN RAILWAY IN 1947 IN 0 GAUGE.

​North Foreland is a recreation, with some differences, of John's original 0 gauge North Foreland that was built in 1996 and retired from the exhibition circuit in 2003.

The layout is set in East Kent in the last days of the Southern Railway in 1947.

The layout measures 13.5m long (36') by 0.9m wide, (3'), 
and the footprint required is 14m (38') by 2.3m (7').

There are two operators and a hire van is required. 


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TORCY

THE S.N.C.F. IN 2007 MODELLED IN HO SCALE.

​Torcy is a real village in Normandy, but it never had a railway. However, this HO layout imagines it as the terminus of a busy branch line during the hot Summer of 2006, a thriving small town which justifies a frequent passenger service as well as being the railhead for freight distibution to the local area. Gravel trains from a local quarry reverse in the station, and at weekends a steam special is often to be seen. Some buildings from the real Torcy have been modelled around the town square and more appear on the backscene while others are typically French structures, including the railway buildings from the Ouest Railway.

Torcy uses Lenz DCC for operation, and most of the locomotives have sound. The layout is operated from the back, but we encourage visitors to chat and ask questions while we are operating.

Torcy is transported in a small hire van. There are two operators and we may require accommodation depending on the distance from Birmingham. 

JOHANNESDORF

AN AUSTRIAN NARROW GAUGE LINE IN O SCALE

Johannesdorf is an imaginary town high in the Tirolean alps in Austria which is served by a 760mm gauge railway, the 'Tirolerbahn'. This 0e scale layout is set in the present day, and features the terminus station at Johannesdorf which combines a regular service of diesel hauled passenger and freight trains with a steam hauled train for the many tourists visiting the area. The line branches as it leaves the station, one running down the valley to the main line interchange and the other higher into the mountains which means that two passenger trains can often be seen in Johannesdorf station.

The layout is operated from the station end using Lenz DCC which means that we are able to chat with visitors and answer questions during exhibitions, something that we encourage.

Johannesdorf is transported in a small hire van; we require hotel accommodation if the show is more than an hours drive from Birmingham.