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 The Layouts that appear on this page have all been exhibited and are available for Model Railway Exhibitions.

For further details of any of the following layouts or to inquire about booking one for an Exhibition, please use the web form provided on the 'Contact Me' page.



Details of the Dengie Peninsula and South East Essex Light Railway station at Maldon (Market Hill)


Maldon Market Hill station is a small EM Gauge (18.2mm Track Gauge) layout.

The layout is approximately 1.70 metres long X 0.30 metres wide, although it would be best to allow a footprint of 2mts X 1.3 mts for safety and ease of movement for the operators. The viewing area is presented in the form of a small working diorama and this is 1.20 metres, the viewer has to look around the edges to see the whole area. It will need two operators to work the layout and only one car is required to transport the layout.

The layout is self supporting and stands on its own trestles and has it own lights, a stock table can be supplied. An electric socket will be required to power the layout and lights. A black fire retardant cloth is used to cover the exposed area between the bottom of the layout and the floor. 

1950s Market Hill, Maldon

Due to the prosperity after rationing was eased during the mid-1950s Market Hill station has been rebuilt with a new trackplan that has allowed longer trains and more trains to make use of the station and is now known as Market Hill, Maldon. The pilot loco now has its own siding and does not have to stay in the open air when its not working as it can shelter under the 'rebuilt' overbridge............. So is the premise of building a new layout with a revised trackplan that is roughly the same size as the original. This new build is 2mts long and now 00 finescale track (code 75) and is contolled by DCC........... just in case we run the occasional sound equipped Loco....................... See more pictures in the Photo Gallery (opens in a new page)


Station Approach looking from the Factory Siding.

Same view on the 1950s version...

East Dunnet on the Thurne Valley Railway

The Thurne Valley Railway grew out of the need of the local population of Thurne with the surrounding villages and neighbouring hamlets to open up this area of East Norfolk and the Broads to the growing population and to also get more of the local produce to the larger market towns for the producers.

It was decided that a railway would be one of the means to serve this need, however the main railway companies around this time (late 19th century) had built their railways from London to Norwich and on to Cromer via Wroxham and also Great Yarmouth to Norwich via Acle and Brundall. The Small Hamlet of Thurne felt that they were missing out on these enterprises and so formed the Thurne Valley Railway Company.

And so begins the origins (excuse) to build a model railway.............................

This O-16.5 layout (originally called Rosie Cider Farm) was a small working diorama of a small farm that produces cider the owner uses trains to move the cider and other goods around and it was all contained within a 30inch X 20inch baseboard. At this size it won the Chelmsford and District Narrow Gauge competition in 2004.


The first 'rebuild' in 2010 was really to add an extension to make the operation more interesting. This new 'extension' saw the small hamlet and station of 'East Dunnet' appear and this increased the size to 60 X 30inches.

I have now made a complete rebuild of the whole layout to 72 X 36inches and have manged to use all of the original buildings. The Rosie Cider Farm main building has now had its working clock added, at last. The side buildings to this main building are new as the old ones did not have the clearance that has now been adopted throughout the complete new build.

There is now a 'Wood Yard' with a couple of sidings at the opposite end to the small village of 'East Dunnet'. This new build also allows trains to run around in a complete circuit now.

 The original Rosie Cider Farm was inspired by a visit to The Musée du Cidre, Vannes (Brittany, France), the layout is built to O scale (roughly 7mm to the foot) and uses 16.5mm gauge track.

The Name Rosie Cider Farm reminds me of the book 'Cider with Rosie' by Laurie Lee. The novel is an account of Lee's childhood in a village, in the period soon after the First World War. It chronicles the traditional village life which rapidly disappeared with the advent of new developments, such as the coming of the motor car, and relates the experiences of his childhood seen from many years later. I hope this layout captures that spirit. More photos Here..........


Tram Loco rounding the bend from the Wood Yard at East Dunnet
Roast Green Road Depot  2mts X 0.5mts 7mm Scale 0-16.5 and 09 track Gauges.

Roast Green is a small hamlet in the north of Essex on the border with Cambridgeshire. The area is very rural agricultural land and as such, large farms are quite the 'norm' in this part of East Anglia. This layout has been built assuming that the farms have built a narrow gauge railway to move the produce and other things from the fields to the farm and beyond. As the Farmer likes to maintain his own railway 'In House' he has a Depot on the road from Clavering to Roast Green, hence the name 'Roast Green Road Depot. All manner of rolling stock and other farm implements are maintained, manufactured and serviced at this Depot.

Around this Depot is an even smaller internal narrow gauge railway that moves the heavy items around the maintenance depot. The Turntable forms one end of the loop and is used by the locos to run around the trains. Some times other rolling stock is placed on the Turntable when the trains are being formed. All the buildings are scratch built and the rolling stock is a mixture of kit and scratch built. All of it to, either a gauge of 0-16.5 or 09 but all to a scale of 7mm/foot. More photos can be found in the Photo Gallery page.

Is a through station on the fictitious Dengie Peninsula and South East Essex Light Railway. Its assumed the line from Burnham-on-Crouch to Bradwell had been built and this line would have passed through the village of Tillingham.
This station at Tillingham has one platform for a passenger service, a small loco servicing area and sparse goods facilities for this rural area tucked away in the south east corner of Essex.
This layout has progressed from when this photo was taken and more photos will appear in the future.
It is 1metre square, 00 scale and is self supporting on its own built in legs.
It is DCC controlled and the rolling stock is small branch line locos from the 1950s and 1960s.
The passing loop is the off stage storage.

The plan is from one created by Paul Lunn 

Gwlyb a gwyntog (Cymru) 5 feet X 2 feet at its widest point.

This layout called Gwlyb a gwyntog (Cymru) (Wet & Windy Wales) is a small end of the branch line railway that goes beyond the last station on the line and ends up at this well ‘off the beaten track’ yard.

It is now a 00 DCC controlled shunting puzzle style 'L' shaped layout with a back ground of gloomy dark foreboding skies and scenery of North Wales............. I was offered this layout and have made the points controllable by remote rod control. I have also remade the buildings and scenery to add to the dull gloomy day…..

More pictures can be found here....

For more details and to book this layout for a Model Railway Exhibition, please use the form on the 'Contact Me' page.

Upper Downham a refurbished 7mm narrow gauge layout 6 feet X 2 feet

I was offered this delightful model railway that just needs some refurbishment work. At the moment the work is progressing well. And the name?? A long time ago.......... although actual dates have been lost in 'the mists of time'..... A young lad used to spend long weekends with his Aunt and Uncle, His Uncle was always 'tinkering' with old cars and when they roared into life Uncle would say "Coom on bouy, lets tak the ol' car oopa Downham.........and roun anninfield resvoir to test the thing".......... So the name Upper Downham was inspired by those far off days when the summers seemed to last forever......................

The sleepy village of Upper Downham; with its actual location lost in the mists of time has a narrow gauge railway line to the larger town. The small locos and rolling stock ply their trade along this meandering route until it gets to Upper Downham where the line terminates. The meagre facilities at this end of the line seem to be quite adequate to allow the trains to unload and load either goods or passengers and then take these to the larger market towns along the route.
This 7mm Narrow Gauge Railway and all the rolling stock is either scratch built or made from kits.......... only the instructions were probably not followed...........
Goods train waiting for the 'Road' but will have to wait until the passenger train has made its way to the platform.........

Red Goods Loco making its way in to the yard and then the passenger train will then depart the station......

More picture in the Photo Gallery........

For further details of any of these layouts and their availability for Exhibitions and functions please use the form on the Contact Me page.