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Bognor Regis Model Railway Club's and Members' Layouts

Club Layouts: This section covers all of the layouts owned by the club itself, and all of them are available for exhibition (apart from Consall Forge - this will be once construction is complete). To enquire about inviting one of the club layouts to your exhibition please contact the External Exhibition Secretary through the 'Contact Us' page.

Members' Layouts: As well as having a collection of club layouts, the club also has a quantity of members who all take their stunning layouts out to exhibitions on behalf of the club. Those layouts are below the 'Club Layouts' section and can be invited through their own details or through the External Exhibition Secretary on the 'Contact Us' page. 

Members' Home Layouts: Members of our club who do not have an exhibition layout often have their own private layout/s at home, for their own enjoyment. Although they cannot be booked for exhibitions, a variety of them are viewable here to allow you to see what we get up to modelling wise away from the club.

 

Club Layouts

Aldingbourne Central

Scale: OO gauge (4mm:1ft) // Layout Size: 14ft x 10ft (preferably 15ft x 12ft)

Era: Anything goes // Power: DC

Minimum space (footprint) required during exhibitions is 14 ft wide by 10 ft deep.
Ideal space (footprint) required during exhibitions is 15 ft wide by 12 ft deep.
This is due to seats for operating at the front of the layout and access to controls at the rear.

Aldingbourne Central is a OO gauge layout that has been specifically designed and built so that it can be operated by the general public (whatever their age) when out at exhibitions. Compromising of two large ovals and one dipped oval circuits, the layout also has a main station as well as a village station for the '"branch line", along with a tunnel for the main line and a scenic village which all the trains must pass through on their journey around the track.

The purpose of three different running lines being to allow three individuals (or three groups) to operate the layout at any one time, the aim being to encourage the younger generation to take up railway modelling. But do not let that put you off starting - you can start at whatever age, wherever you are, whatever your occupation is!

Whilst there is a quantity of layouts out there aimed at allowing the youngsters to drive, this layout may well be unique amongst them due to both the size of the total layout but also the extensive scenic treatment the layout has received along with the amount of hard work that goes into maintaining such a wonderful asset to many model railway exhibitions.

While the younger ones who want to try driving love to race the trains, many quickly learn the arts of driving the trains properly - accepting the (sometimes challenging) task of coming to a gentle stand-still with the whole train in the station.

Because of its uniqueness, Aldingbourne has always proved extremely popular at every model railway exhibition it has attended.

Picture to be added following next exhibition


Consall Forge

Scale: N gauge (2mm:1ft) // Size: 12ft x 3ft

Era: To be added once construction is completed // Power: DC and DCC

Nestling in the steep sided River Churnet valley, alongside the Caldon Canal, in the heart of "Little Switzerland" is a station. Little used as the station was, the line upon which it was built was a major secondary which could and did have both the longest and fastest trains diverted along its length.

Like many such lines, first the passenger service disappeared and then, some years later, the long goods trains also disappeared.

Fortunately a preservation Society stepped in - The Churnet Valley Railway. We have chosen to model the line as it is in its preservation days while retaining some of the main line working. This station was so minor that changes throughout its life were minimal,So we can thus run it in pre-nationalisation days, BR days or preservation days, allowing the maximum variety of traffic.

Above all else, this layout is about the railway, river and canal running through beautiful scenery thus capitalising on an aspect of modelling which N Gauge is perfect for.

Picture to be added following completion and first outing


Fordham (Under Construction)

Scale: OO gauge (4mm:1ft) // Size: 20ft x TBA

Era: 1944 World War 2 Southern Steam and Electric // Power: DCC

Set in May 1944 during a pre D-Day exercise (Fabius IV), the layout depicts a fictionalised version of Ford station (Sussex) and the Brighton - Portsmouth (West Coastway) line, including the junction with the Arun Valley.

Heavy military traffic is depicted on the railweay and the Army is conducting their exercise to "capture" Arundel having earlier landed at Climping in a practise invasion.

Picture to be added following completion and first outing


Pines Railway

Scale: N gauge (2mm:1ft) // Size: 6ft x 2ft 6inches

Era:  Anything goes // Power: DC

Pines Railway, starting off as an N gauge test track in the main club room, has been redesigned and built to show off what can be done to a model railway layout - and this could be done on any scale, whether Z, N, OO, O or bigger! Featuring two spiral rises, Pines Railway has a lot of track and running areas within what is really only a very small space - even for a gauge as small as N.

Consisting of the main station 'in the valley below' the trains leave the station and climb one spiral rise to reach a passing loop and village halt - 'Pines Rise', before dropping back down a second spiral rise to return to the main station. Behind this is a servicing yard and small wagon sorting sidings for the odd mini freight train to be sorting in. Despite sounding fairly simple, Pines Railway demonstrates the kind of engineering that can go into a model railway, along with the complexity and joy that can be created in such a small space.

Despite seeing multiple other layouts that show what you can fit into a small space, Pines Railway demonstrates how much detail can be created in such a compact space. Visitors should keep a look out for the cat on the roof of one of the buildings with the anxious owner trying to coax it down to safety. Two operators operate this layout from the right hand end.

Picture to be added follwing next exhibition


Trenance Downs

Scale: OO gauge (4mm:1ft) // Size: 20ft x 5ft (end to end)

Era: Variable, but always within the Post-Nationalisation period // Power: DCC

Trenance Downs, which was originally named 'Pen-Y-Bwn', has been transformed into an end to end layout, and now demonstrates the days of post-nationalisation, when China Clay workings in and out of the Cornwall area were common sights on the rails of Britiain.

Trenance Downs is a small branch line community sited near Trethowal in Cornwall, and represents a small village station at the terminus of a branch line - the end of the British Rail period is among us with Class 25's, Class 22's, Class 52 Western's and first generation Diesel Multiple Units, and we go into seeing the main stay of Cornwall's China Clay workings - EWS (DB Schenker), Class 08 Shunters, Class 37's, Class 56's and Class 66's along with other locomotives. Passenger traffic such as Class 153 and Class 158 Diesel Multiple Units, along with other forms of passenger transport also makes regular appearances on the line.

Along with the heavy China Clay traffic, there is also an infrequent but interesting to watch stone and mineral train, that comes in a few times a week to the quarry terminal, situated just outside of the village station complex.

If you are there at the right time, the Summer Steam special will appear with its nosy tourists always wanting to see the China Clay, quarry and passenger services at work.

Picture to be added follwing next exhibition


Troutbeck Bridge

Scale: 00 gauge (4mm:1ft) // Size: To be added as soon as is known

Era: Anything from LMS to Preserved Railway // Power: DC

Troutbeck Bridge is a fictional layout depicting an extension from Windermere in the Lakes. Built by junior members it can represent a variety of eras so that a wide variety of stock can be run. 

The trains emerges from a tunnel over a striking viaduct that spans a small valley with a beck tumbling over the rocks below. The station is a single platform with a passing loop. There is a small goods yard that gives plenty of scope for an operator to shunt to an off scene quarry, whilst another controls the main running line.

The line leaves the station and goes under another bridge to a fiddle yard that completes the oval.

Troutbeck Bridge

 

(More images to be made available following its next exhibition)

Wenvoe

Scale: OO gauge (4mm:1ft) // Size: 6ft x 5ft (circular)

Era: Coming Soon! // Power: DC

Description Coming Soon!


Members' Layouts

Amberley Bus Station

Scale: OO gauge (4mm:1ft) // Size: TBA

Era: TBA // Power: TBA

Layout Owner: Paul Hopkins

Description Coming Soon!
Picture to be added follwing next exhibition

Chichester Basin Road

Scale: OO gauge (4mm:1ft) // Size: 18ft x 6ft

Era: 1950's + 1960's // Power: N/A

Layout Owner: Paul Hopkins

As featured in Model Buses
 
Description Coming Soon!
Picture to be added follwing next exhibition

Exebridge

Scale: TT gauge (3mm:1ft) // Size: TBA

Era: TBA // Power: DC

Layout: Paul Hopkins

Description Coming Soon!

Picture to be added follwing next exhibition


Modbury Torr

Scale: TT gauge (3mm:1ft) // Size: 10ft x TBA

Era: Great Western Railway // Power: DC

Layout Owner: Paul Hopkins

As seen in Railway Modeller

Description Coming Soon!

Picture to be added follwing next exhibition


Portsea (Reminiscences of Portsmouth)

Scale: TT gauge (3mm:1ft) // Size: TBA

Era: TBA // Power: DC

Layout Owners: Paul Hopkins & John Wakeman

RM 

Description Coming Soon!

Picture to be added follwing next exhibition


Slindon Vale Railway - Norewood For Slindon

Scale: O16.5 gauge (7mm narrow gauge on 16.5mm track representing approximately 2ft 4inch gauge) // Size: 12ft x 8ft

Era: TBA // Power: DCC (or DC control but still partially sound fitted)

Layout Owner: Chris Davis 

Description Coming Soon!

Picture to be added follwing next exhibition


Strathmore L.I.P

Scale: OO gauge (4mm:1ft) // Size: 7.5ft x 3ft

Era: 1980s - Present // Power: DCC

Layout Owners: Toby and Dave Nanson

RM 

Description Coming Soon!

Images Coutesy of Steve Flint and the Railway Modeller Team

Strathmore L.I.P 


Strathmore

Scale: OO gauge (4mm:1ft) // Size: 20ft x 4ft

Era: 1980s - Present // Power: DCC

Layout Owners: Toby and Dave Nanson 

Description Coming Soon! 

Strathmore Town  Strathmore Town  Strathmore Town


Stedham Mill (Under Construction)

THE FORMER REDFORD JUNCTION

Scale: TT gauge (3mm:1ft) // Size: TBA

Era: TBA // Power: DC

Layout Owner: Paul Hopkins

Whilst not the description or the pictures of the complete Stedham Mill, Paul has very kindly supplied a few pictures to show the ending of Redford and the start of Stedham Mill - being done in true Beeching style!

Redford into Stedham Mill 1  Redford into Stedham Mill 2  Redford into Stedham Mill 3

Full description Coming Soon!


Sussex By The Sea

Scale: OO gauge (4mm:1ft) // Size: 245cm x 61cm

Era: World War 1 (1918) // Power: DC

Layout Owner: Stephen Nicholson

Set in 1918 this layout depicts a compact terminus of a very short branch from Bognor at Felpham. Buildings are period London Brighton.

Locomotives are ready to run pre-grouping stock from the south. Wagons and carriages are mix of kits and rtr. Traffic is boosted by wartime traffic to a nearby Military camp.

Materials also arrive by rail for the Norman Thompson Flying boat factory at Middleton. The terminus is linked to the camp by narrow gauge railway. 

"Sussex by the Sea" recalls a marching song of the Royal Sussex Regiment. 

SBTS  SBTS

(More images to be made available following its next exhibition)