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Shark Fin Yard N
Chiltern Model Railway Association
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Arnold Layne '0'

Arnold Layne

Owned by Colin Stephens and built to 7mm/ft scale 32mm gauge '0'.

This 9ft by 2ft layout was planned and built as a minimum space project but hopefully with enough operating potential to entertain both the operators and an exhibition visitor.

Arnold Layne portrays a small 1930s Southern Railway suburban station served by a light but frequent passenger service and has a small but busy goods yard.

Plan of Layout - Arnold Layne

There is also a connection to a nearby industrial area with two sidings, to which there is a regular flow of freight traffic.


Courthare Junction '00'

Courthare Junction

Owned by Andrew Dancy and built to 4mm/ft scale 16.5mm gauge '00'.

This 1ft x 4ft layout is the first that Andy has completed despite years of armchair modelling. he has managed to get the maximum number of train movements into a minimum of space.

Portrayed is a fictitious junction set on the borders of the Great Western Railway and Southern Railway.

Plan of Layout - Courthare Junction

The GWR occupies the higher level, naturally so, as it is Godís Wonderful Railway. Goods shunted on the Southern lower level are exchanged with the GWR via a wagon hoist.

This wonderful machine, hidden in a brick building on the right of the layout raises and lowers loaded and unloaded wagons from one level to another as if by the hand of God.


Kennet '0'


Owned by Brian Wilson and built to 7mm/ft scale 32mm gauge '0'.

Kennet was originally built by Uckfield MRC but is now owned by Brian. This was the Club's first essay in 7mm scale modelling. It originated from the pipe dream of one of our members, whose ambition for a long time had been to build a model of Fairford station in Gloucestershire.

However, the limitations involved in building and running an exact prototype location led to several modifications to both the track plan and the scenic aspect.

Much to the chagrin of several of our members, the operating company remained the same. Thus the model represents a Great Western Railway branch line terminus of rather unusual design, a legacy from the intention to extend the prototype beyond the buffer stops just past the locomotive shed, which in fact never materialised.

In common with most country termini the main traffic is coal, mainly for domestic consumption, along with milk, cattle and general goods. Sometimes at exhibitions you will see salt arrive which is assumed to be for a local blanket factory. The local passenger service portrayed is one in which we would have the viewer believe that the operating company is trying to improve by the introduction of one of its famous diesel railcars.

Plan of Layout - Kennet

The reason that this portrayal of a much modified Fairford was built in the "senior" scale is that the aforementioned Club member received a 7mm kit of a G.W.R. 48XX (14XX) auto tank as a present. A 70ft auto coach soon followed and this inspired other members to build further locomotives and rolling stock, causing the Club's interest in 7mm to snowball. As anyone who has caught the "bug" will tell you, the "7mm condition" is very contagious and in many cases the "patient" never fully recovers. Therefore several of our members are fully committed 7mm scale modellers, whilst Kennet has provided all of us and now Brian with many hours of entertainment, exasperation and education in the art of building better models in all scales. The layout featured in 'Railway Modeller' June 1994.

**For more pictures of the layout please click here.**


Leysdown 'P4'


Owned by Adrian Colenutt and built to 4mm/ft scale 18.83mm gauge 'P4'.

Leysdown was originally built by the Uckfield MRC but is now owned by Adrian. This was the Club's first essay in 4mm/ft scale P4 modelling.

Of the standard-gauge light railways of Kent, one of the most successful was the Sheppey Light Railway, conceived by the islanders in the 1890s and engineered by the well-known Holman F. Stephens. After being absorbed into the South Eastern and Chatham Railway the line was improved, enlarged and partly standardized.Leysdown, the terminus, was the largest station on the line and served the embryonic seaside resort offering limited facilities including cattle pens along with a horse and carriage dock.

The layout comprises four 4ft x 2ft plywood baseboards with integral legs. Trackwork has been built using ply and rivet construction to P4 standards on foam underlay. Turnouts are operated by slow action Tortoise motors. A simple sector plate is used in the fiddle yard.

Plan of Layout - Leysdown

The buildings are scratchbuilt using a variety of materials, principally card & plasticard. Use has been made of carpet underlay for the undergrowth with additional products from the 'Woodland Scenics' range much to the fore.

Rolling stock is varied at the present time and may not be truly typical of that which ran on the light railway. However featured are "B1" Class locomotive No 1021 and ex. S.E. & C.R. articulated coach set No 514, both of which were photographed on the line in the mid 1930s.

Much thought has been put into the presentation of the layout with proscenium arch, lighting, and a continuous full height backscene. The layout can be operated from the front or rear depending on the operators or exhibition manager's preferences.

**For more information on the layout please go to www.leysdown.org.uk.**


Picture This '0-16.5'

Picture This

Owned by Brian Wilson and built to 7mm/ft scale 16.5mm gauge '0-16.5'.

As the name suggests, Brian has tried to create a picture of a small narrow gauge station and goods yard in Wales. As well as providing a passenger and goods service, logs also come in from time to time.

Plan of Layout - Picture This

All the buildings are scratch built. Locomotives are various kits with the rolling stock from Peco kits. All the trackwork is also Peco, which is laid on the baseboard which has been constructed from foam board.


Shark Fin Yard 'N'

Shark Fin Yard

Owned by Keith Harcourt and built to 1.9mm/ft scale 9mm gauge 'American N'.

Stroud Chemicals uses the minerals of the Lower Colorado Valley to create paints, industrial chemicals and dyes. This layout represents the furthest outpost of the fictional firm, a remote yard where everything needed for operations in the desert is shipped.

A variety of locomotives, hired as required from the main railroad operators, haul all sorts of cars, of a range of ages, where they are spotted, unloaded and reclassified before leaving for a cooling trip home.

Plan of Layout - Shark Fin Yard

Shark Fin Yard is scenically based on locations in the Sonoran Desert, South West USA, where temperatures can exceed 48 degrees Celsius (120F) and surfaces can reach 82C (180F). People donít stand out in the sun here and even the trains donít hang around long. Some diesels canít even stand still because of air conditioning problems and you may see them shuttling from one end of the yard to the other to keep cool. The buildings have bright aluminium roofs to reflect as much heat as possible.


Stourcombe '00'


Owned by Roger Bradgate and built to 4mm/ft scale 16.5mm gauge '00'.

As a young lad Roger used to visit his grandparents near Bournemouth every August. The only way to get there from his home town was to travel over the Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway on the 'Pines Express' and for the young and enthusiastic modeller this became a voyage of unparalled delight and lasting memories.

And so when it came to build a new layout for exhibition use it had to be of the S&D.

The layout can be exhibited in its original straight 16ft x 2ft format with 8ft being scenic and the rest a working fiddleyard with hands free run-round or in a 'U' shaped format with the addition of a 6ft scenic section making the layout 10ft x 6ft. Trackwork is Peco Code 100 allowing Roger to run some of his older rolling stock which dates back to the 1960s and therefore has very deep wheel flanges. Turnouts and the Hornby-Dublo signals are electrically powered via capacity discharge units by Gaugemaster who have also supplied the locomotive controllers and track cleaning units.

Plan of Layout - Stourcombe

Buildings are mainly from kits or Hornby's Skaledale range with just the dairy and main timber yard scratch built. Ballast is a blend of fine Woodland Scenic types and most other scenic materials come from the same range. The layout was featured in the February 2009 edition of 'Hornby Magazine'.

**For more pictures taken by Chris Nevard please click here.**

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