Scarborough & District Railway Modellers

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Rumbling Bridge  OO gauge

Created by Nick Skelton, a member of Scarborough and District Railway Modellers

This Scottish branch line, worked by the North British Railway, was fully opened in 1871 and runs from Kinross Junction, on the Edinburgh to Perth main line, to Alloa. The line follows the course of the River Devon.  There are intermediate stations at Balado, Crook of Devon, Dollar, Tillicoutry, Sauchie and the subject of this model, Rumbling Bridge.  The line was initially prosperous, the scenic gorge at Rumbling Bridge being a particularly popular attraction for the increasingly liberated Victorians.

Freight traffic comprised mostly agricultural produce, although in the latter years of operation deposits of coal were discovered at Dollar, resulting in the development of a mine and resultant rail traffic.  Sadly, the agricultural traffic and dwindling passenger receipts were insufficient to sustain the line and the eastern section, between Kinross and Dollar, closed in April 1964.  Unusually the freight traffic succumbed to closure first.  The whole line closed ten years later; the mine at Dollar having failed to live up to expectations.

The layout depicts Rumbling Bridge circa 1960. The services are operated by a mixture of Diesel Multiple Units and ageing Steam.  Occasional appearances are made by Diesel Railbus, although this unreliable traction is often replaced by a locomotive hauled single coach train.

This new layout won 'Best DCC layout in Show' at Hornby's Hartlepool Exhibition in July this year.

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Coombe Martin OO gauge

Created by Roy Harrison, a retired career railwayman.

Roy is a prolific builder of minimum size layouts of both British and American profiles.  His latest creation is Coombe Martin. This depicts a fictitious single platform country station on the South Devon / Dorset border.

The station is modelled in British Railways days. Steam traction is still extant.  The two road goods yard and loading dock are served by an ever increasingly infrequent pick up goods.  Enjoy Coombe Martin while you can, Dr. Richard BEECHING is soon to be casting his critical eye over the Branch Balance Sheet.

Roy's modelling skills demonstrate to us that it is often more achievable to build a smaller layout than attempt the East Coast main line from Doncaster to Kings Cross, particularly when starting out in the hobby or, having restricted modelling space.  Roy's layouts encompass all the skills required in the hobby, and produce a working layout in a remarkably short time.


Glenngary Tramway 1:36 scale

Created by Gary and Dianne Norman, members of Scarborough and District Railway Modellers

This scratch built model draws inspiration from the Central Tramway in Scarborough, which opened in 1881.  These tramways, or funicular railways, were mostly constructed during the Victorian era at seaside resorts , although there were inland examples.  They provided a quick and efficient method of connecting the town to the sea fronts, avoiding the tortuous cliff paths.

As with the prototype, Glenngary Tramway has a cafe at the upper station; the tramway company taking advantage of their captive customers as they exited the trams from their rapid ascent.

Although the tramways used gravity for propulsion, the weight of the downward car assisting the ascent of the upward tram, assistance was provided by water balanced hydraulics or, uniquely in the case of Central Tramway, steam!  Like its miniature cousin Glenngary, Central Tramway is still operational today.


Dragonby N gauge

Created by Geoff Buttler and friends

A fictional location set somewhere in the East Midlands/North East area.  The endeavour is to run trains prototypically with liveries that would be seen in the area, and scale lengths with correct formations.

The layout is operated in the Privatisation Era (2000 to the present day), with its multitude of liveries. Motive power is representative of the period being operated, ranging from 37s, 47s, and 57s to classes 60, 66 and 67.  Other haulage is provided by the likes of classes 150, 153, 156, 158 and 170, long distance services by HST and Voyagers.  Rolling stock comprises mainly ready to run items from Bachmann, Graham Farish and Dapol, although they may have been modified slightly and weathered to make them look different.

No layout is ever completed, but it is hoped the atmosphere of the real scene is sufficiently captured for you enjoyment.  Please do not feel you are interrupting the operators, as they will be only too pleased to take a break to answer any questions you may have. We hope you enjoy watching the trains go by, as much as we enjoy playing trains.


Greyscroft Mine EM gauge

Created by Paul Gallon, a member of Whitby and District Railway Modellers. Paul is a prolific modeller with several show quality layouts.

Greyscroft Mine depicts a typical south Cleveland Ironstone Mine in the year 1955.

Ironstone is no longer mined in South Cleveland. The layout shows the value of Railway Modelling in being able to recreate history for educational purposes.

Trackwork, locomotives and wagons are all scratch built, as are the Signals which are memory wire actuated.  The wagon loads are real Cleveland Ironstone, mined to feed the Cleveland furnaces.

This layout has a real local and historic flavour, with the buildings (also scratch built) typical of those found in the area.  The winding house is based on that at North Skelton; the mine boiler house is a replica of that found at the Lumpsey Mine; the signal box is a typical North Eastern Railway Central Division structure.  The layout includes a water mill similar to that at Glaisdale in the Esk Valley.

Paul will be pleased to answer any questions that you may have on the South Cleveland Ironstone Mines.


Pen-y-Madoc EM gauge

Created by Steve Farrow and friends

Pen–y–Madoc is a ‘what might have been layout’ based loosely on Porthmadog in North Wales. The famous Cob, the impressive man made embankment at the mouth of the Afon Glaslyn has yet to be built and the Festiniog Railway is a horse drawn wagon way, now abandoned.

The town has not greatly profited from the slate traffic and has found prosperity difficult to achieve.  Only served by a branch from the main Cambrian Line, the dwindling slate traffic has seen the harbour start to silt up rendering it almost inoperable.

Pen–y–Madoc is depicted in its Great Western days, during the summer of 1938.  The majority of the rail-borne traffic is associated with the Town’s Market status, and it being a second rate holiday destination.  The town can be reached by day trippers from North West England and the West Midlands.

Locomotives on the layout are detailed ready to run bodies on kit built chassis, the goods stock is kit built and the passenger vehicle modified ready-to-run items.  All the buildings, bar one, are scratch built using plastic card and strip. The timber trestle viaduct, so typical of the area, is constructed from real timber!!

This layout has featured in British Railway Modelling.


Kozel Cement HO gauge

Created by Alan Wardman and friends

The Kozel Cement layout is a small shunting inglenook design to move cement wagons under silos and loading hoppers.  As the line is close to the Polish and German borders, there will be visiting locos bringing wagons in.  (Some of you may recognise the name Kozel - it's a brewery near Praque!)

The layout is DCC using the Roco system with sound fitted to some locos.  Operation is from the front of the layout, making it much easier to talk to the public and to be able to answer any questions.  Point control is 'wire in tube' to keep it simple; track is Peco code 75 with electrofrog points, all wired to a busbar so the track is live at all times.


Waterhouse and Longnor 009 gauge

Created by Roger Blackburn and friends

Photo depicts an example of a narrow gauge railway - Not actual layout.

The layout is based on the Leek and Manifold Valley Light Railway, a 2’6” narrow gauge line that ran from Waterhouses to Hulme End in Staffordshire.  This line was uneconomic and closed as early as 1934.

The modelled version of the line assumes that the whole line from Leek Brook Junction was built as narrow gauge, and extended beyond its terminus at Hulme End as far as Longnor.  The interchange station at Waterhouses has become a passing place.  A new fictional station at Longnor has been modelled.

The layout depicts the line had it been taken over by preservationists in the 1960’s.  This enables the freight and passenger trains to be run using both steam and diesel motive power.

The ‘L’ shape in which the layout is constructed maximises the viewing of the lines operation and hopefully provided inspiration as to what can be achieved with 009 gauge in confined spaces.


Wensleydale Cement & Lime O gauge

The layout is constructed and presented by our nearest geographical modelling neighbours, Whitby and District Model Railway Club.

The layout depicts the self contained railway installation of the Wensleydale Cement and Lime Company.

The company was formed in the early 19th Century as the Yorkshire Building Lime Company by the grandly named Adolphus Spriggs, a London builder.   The company went on to be re-named Portland Cement, a name much more familiar to many of you.

Wensleydale, North Yorkshire, as well as being an area of outstanding natural beauty, was one of the North’s principal suppliers of Limestone and was the nearest source for the contracts that Spriggs had secured in the North of England.

The works, where lime is processed from the mined limestone by extreme heating in the kilns, were serviced by the small works internal railway system.  Until the late 1980s the British Steel furnaces at Redcar were supplied by rail with Limestone from the quarries at Redmire.  Mining still continues on a smaller scale to that depicted by the layout.


Thomas OO gauge

Exhibited by Nick Skelton of Scarborough and District Railway Modellers.

Especially for our younger visitors, Scarborough and District Railway Modellers present the ever popular ‘Thomas and Friends’, giving them the chance to drive either 'Thomas' hauling his coaches 'Annie' and 'Clarabelle' or one of his friends 'Toby' or 'Percy' with the goods train.  Can you see 'Bertie' the bus and 'Harold' the helicopter?  How does 'Tiger Moth' fly?

The challenge is to stop 'Thomas' in the station as directed by the 'Fat Controller' who is waiting for you on the platform.

(If they can’t resist, adults can have a drive too).


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