Club & Members Layouts Available For Exhibitions

Details of layouts

Layout No.1 - Salzburg MT

North American 'N' Gauge Layout.

Scale/Gauge: 'N' Gauge
Concept:
Montana mountains, continuous run, helix.
Dimensions:
24ft by 3ft (7.2m x 0.9m)
Control:
DCC
Exhibited by:
Inverness & District Model Railway Club

Description
Salzburg M.T. is first proper exhibition layout built by the club. It was originally designed to be continental based but was converted to represent a freelance North American model. Such was the good design by the original team, the transformation was relatively straight forward.


We decided on a Transcontinental mainline across the continental divide in the North West United States. For exhibitions we try to adhere to rolling stock that could be reasonably expected to be seen in the current period. However, in the club room, anything from an 08 shunter to a TGV can be seen.


Baseboards are made from strips of 10mm plywood and softwood blocks which has meant a strong but light baseboard. The trackbed is also constructed from the same 10mm ply. Forming an interesting focal point to the layout is the double track helix. It has a diameter of approximately 4ft and an incline of around 2 degrees. The whole layout is laid out with Peco Streamline code 80 track which has been laid on a bed of 1.5mm For the scenery, some of the members created their own castings of real Highland rock and from these, outcrops were achieved using plaster. These were grafted onto the layout and painted using water colours. Other scenic items were either scratch-built of modified form proprietary products. Finally the layout has been populated with some suitable trees and although still not complete, we think the overall effect is rather good - Judge for yourselves.

 

Layout No.2 - Rockfield Road

Modern British 'N' Gauge Layout.

Scale/Gauge: 'N' Gauge
Concept:
Modern Scottish main line, continuous run.
Dimensions:
12ft by 3ft (3.6m x 0.9m)
Control:
DCC
Exhibited by:
Inverness & District Model Railway Club

Description

Rockfield Road is the clubs newest N gauge layout. It has undergone various changes for improvement, & is now 12ft x 3ft

Built using mainly traditional methods of 2''x1'' framing and plywood based tops Track is Peco with a mix of code 55 and 80. Points are powered by SEEP motors. Control is by DCC.

Stock is a mixture of Farish and Dapol, based on prototypes seen on the West Coast Mainline today.

 

Layout No.3 - Lower Mandible

Scale/Gauge: 4mm '00'

Trackwork: Peco Fine Scale
Dimensions: 13ft by 26"
Control: DCC

Exhibited by: Frank Martin/Inverness & District MRC

Concept: Based on an actual Station, this rural Branch terminus is laid in Fine Scale track with working semaphore signals, & working lights. A small goods yard & passenger facilities are served by short loco hauled trains. Control is DCC with most Locos sound equipped & uncoupling of the Kadee couplers is by magnets.

Runs either green diesel (with sound) and late BR steam or late 1930's LNER steam.

Addition: Maltby and Lower Mandible can be joined together and operated as one long layout, with the extended fiddle yard in the middle.

 

Layout No.4 - Maltby

Green Diesel/Steam 'OO' Gauge Layout.

Scale/Gauge: '00' Gauge
Concept:
Steam/diesel transition period, branch line.
Dimensions:
12ft by 3ft (3.6m x 0.9m)
Control:
DCC
Exhibited by:
Inverness & District Model Railway Club

Description

Details will be added shortly!

 

 

Layout No.5 - Cotesby

'O' Gauge Steam Era Layout.

Scale/Gauge: '0' Gauge
Concept:
LNER branch terminus to fiddle yard, viaduct.
Dimensions:
24ft by 3 ft (7.2m x 0.9m)
Control:
DCC Sound & R/c sound
Exhibited by:
Frank Martin/Inverness & District MRC

Description

'Cotesby' is a model of a fictitious rural branch terminus, set in North Eastern Railway territory during the 1930s after incorporation into the L.N.E.R network, which covered Eastern Britain until Nationalisation in 1948.
Traffic includes livestock, milk, quarry output and passengers, for which the branch is served mainly by six coupled tank engines hauling mixed freight trains and short passenger trains. A 'push-pull' set and steam railmotor also serve the station.
The layout is modelled to a scale of 7mm:1ft. (O Gauge) with operating semaphore signals which are illuminated, as are the buildings. Control is by both DCC and Radio, with points and signals remotely operated from the main panel.

 

Layout No.6 - Mountain View

North American Layout from mid 60's - Present day.

Scale/Gauge: 'N' Gauge
Concept: Rocky mountain railroading, continuous run.

North American layout from mid 60's to present day.


Dimensions: 16ft by 8ft 8in (4.8m x 2.6m)
Control: DCC
Exhibited by: Frank Martin/Inverness & District MRC

 

Description
Mountain View is set in North America somewhere in the Rockies, with long trains running through high mountains and towering trees. One of the striking features of the layout is a helix, where you can watch the trains making the climb between the levels.
In N gauge and at over 4 metres square it is a large layout; trains run approximately one scale mile before returning to their starting point. The trains represent a period from the mid 1960s to the present day. Most trains are double-headed, the passenger trains have over 14 coaches and some of the freight trains are over 30 boxcars long. The railway also features a radar station with its scanner revolving, keeping the skies above the mountains safe.

The layout underwent a revamp in 2014, and is now L shaped, & incorporates a working tramway.

Locomotives are mainly Kato, as is the track. Coaches and wagons are mainly Kato and Atlas fitted with Microtrains couplings. The layout is DCC controlled by a 'wireless' Prodigy system. Some of the locomotives are fitted with sound. It is a layout where something is running all the time - Gremlins permitting!

This layout will be at Modelrail Scotland in Glasgow, Feb 2017

 

Layout No.7 - Castle-Morris

Steam '0' Gauge Layout.

Scale/Gauge: '0' Gauge
Concept:
Dimensions: 24ft x3ft
Control: DCC
Layout by: Inverness & District Model Railway Club

 

Description

0 gauge Country Terminus to Fiddle Yard Layout.

Set in North West Midlands, (Cheshire Lines Commitee Area), where both LNER & GWR stock can be seen. Goods taffic is mainly agriculture, with short mixed trains, handled mostly by tank engines. The station is served by short passenger trains, & also a push pull set. Control is DCC, with most Loco's Sound Fitted.

 

Layout No.8 - Balmuchy Halt

Scale Steam Era Layout.

Scale/Gauge: '1' Gauge
Concept:
Scale Steam Era Layout.
Dimensions:
Control:
Exhibited by:
Wendy & Alan Ridley

 

Description

The layout is some thirty feet length overall and two feet wide, it came into being in 2006 when the exhibition manager of the Inverness and District Model Railway Club said “Can you do something in Gauge 1 for the annual exhibition?” A reluctant “Yes” and then “There’s thirty feet available and you have two months!” This is a Guage One, 45mm gauge track and 10mm scale, branch is situated on Granny Wendy's Railway or G.W.R. for short, deep in LMS territory.

A rather bare 24 feet of base board appeared with a platform and little else other than a belligerent crofter, Sylvanus McRidd, a Brittain’s figure, (alleged to resemble G.W.’s husband) who refused to make way for the railway, thus giving us the excuse to end the line. A friend produced a copy of an 1880 Ordinance Survey map showing the proposed route of the Fearn to Portmahomack branch passing within a few yards of home, that gave us the name. For the 2007 exhibition, a transformation had been wrought due to a concerted effort by the family.

Additionally a three road traverser six feet in length takes care of the stock when off stage, (Why didn’t we buy a bigger car?).
At the 2006 show a solitary Johnson 1P 0-4-4 tank engine trundled back and forth with a few kit built wagons, there was no passenger stock at that time. As this locomotive was purchased for use on a garden railway it is battery powered and radio controlled. In spite of frugal use the battery failed about an hour before the end of the show.

As a result of enjoying ourselves a council of war decided another locomotive and passenger stock were needed. Accordingly an order was placed with RPM of Oldham for a Fowler 2P 4-4-0 to join his Johnson 1P, and for a rake of four L.N.W.R. suburban carriages from Curlew Coaches of Southwell, Nottingham. As a result of G.W. surfing the net she has also managed to acquire a scratch built Highland luggage composite (green), this was built by Mr Kennedy of Inverness in about 1970. For exhibition purposes this is paired with a L.N.W.R. brake third. We have a photograph confirming this as a genuine pairing in the early grouping years.

The goods rolling stock was purchased as a job lot and includes stock from the big four and British Railway. Track and points were supplied by Tenmille of Ringshall, Suffolk and ballasted with red granite chips in the usual laborious manner. All structures were scratch built with plywood and plasticard and painted by G.W. who claims to have enjoyed this her first effort at modelling.

Alan Ridley