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Are you particularly proud of your layout handiwork?! We would love to see your layout and even showcase it here for all to see and admire! If your photo happens to include a KMRC Exclusive - well we won't be complaining! Please send photos into sales@kernowmodelrailcentre.com and pop in the subject line 'FAO Hayley Newsletter'.

Keep an eye out on new layouts appearing weekly! Please note that it is me, Hayley, so don't expect any 'professional' opinions :)

A funny from Mr Follows! Now summer is just around the corner...:

Follows

Some wonderful photos of Mr Haigh's layout - a beauty!:

Haigh
Haigh
Haigh
Haigh


Mr Scott has sent in these two photos of the layout they have been working on at the Swansea Bus Museum and Transport Heritage Centre. Spectacular! He mentioned that the layout is nearing completion and there will be a third loop at high level where the buses are parked:

Scott
Scott


This super photo is a shot of the standby loco at Mantles Wood, awaiting a possible call to action, on Mr Davis' layout
:

Davis


Wonderful photos of an almost completed Lynton Station and Goods Shed by Mr Lenz:

Lenz
Lenz
Lenz


Mr Howell has sent in his most recent diorama, inspired by Kelling Heath Park Halt on the North Norfolk Railway:

Howell

This superb looking layout found its way to my inbox this week. Thank you Mr Hall! Lovely looking models :)

Hall

I was sent this photo last month but it is from an unknown sender! It looks like it was text to our email address - if that is possible?! If it is your photo then thank you for sending it in! A wonderfully detailed layout:

Unknown

The lovely Syd sent in some wonderful night shots of his layout 'Trevelyan', of various locos in and around the station and locomotive shed:

Syd
Syd
Syd
Syd


Mr Simmonds, from Surrey, has sent in another view of his mightly diesel depot! As he put it, with a good mix of motive power on display:

Simmonds


Mr Howell received his order of backscenes from Gaugemaster recently and they are looking fab with the factory and Diorama! He mentioned he likes the one with the Coal Tank as he remembers the real one at Dinting in the 1970's, where it was based along with other notable engines like Bahamas, Leander & Scots Guardsman:

Howell
Howell
Howell


Here are some photos of Mr Bourne's London Underground layout! It is based on stations in the North West London area, as it was, late 1950's to late 1960's, with stock ranging from 1920's to present day:

Bourne
Bourne
Bourne
Bourne
Bourne

This layout, “Waddlemarsh”, lives around two walls in a London-sized flat in a room which it shares with a library, office, model-making area and bed! It is a freelance interpretation of a typical SW London location in the 1960. Looks fantastic Mr Squirrel - amazing use of space!:

Squirrel Squirrel

Squirrel

Squirrel
This layout belongs to our very own Paul from the KMRC warehouse!:

Paul
Paul
Paul
Paul
Paul


Christmas for Mr Strickett's happy little grandson
!:

Strickett


Check out the Beattie on Mr Howell's layout!:

Howell

Mr Weager, from the Railway Enthusiasts Club (REC) at Farnborough, sent in these photos with the following information behind them.

"
At the beginning of the lockdown The Fry's Show Train was mentioned in a conversation with Kevin Fry, of the Woking Exhibition, as part of our mutual knowledge of Keynsham near Bath.

I did my research, difficult as most archives were closed, and found that I needed to acquire GWR MONSTER vans and a Hornby C15 clerestory coach. The MONSTER Vans, by Ian Kirk, are no longer available so I had to scour the internet for them. The Two MONSTER Vans were modified with Keen corridor connections, at one end only, to form GIANT vans and the C15 was heavily modified to form a late version H2 restaurant car. The ends were also modified to take Keen corridor connectors. The livery caused a problem as I had photographs showing two different types. I experimented, for livery one, with making decals on my inkjet printer, but these failed as they were too transparent, so I defaulted to livery two and used Slaters plastic lettering. This isn't quite right but will have to do. The most difficult job was the lining, don't look too closely!". 

The provided three photos of the finished train are on his barely started layout, but he did make note of the "Kernow" signal cabins! Mr Weager also mentioned in the first photo there is a prairie tank hiding!.

Thank you for this Mr Weager! I love to hear about the stories and reasoning behind the photos that get sent in:

Weager
Weager
Weager

Mr Howell has made a few amendements to his Welford Halt layout, in BR Eastern Region guise. These changes include the addition of the Dapol windmill, and some re-arranging of the fields at the front.

Mr Howell shared with me this little back story to his windmill choice: '
When I was building the windmill I wondered about a colour scheme so searched 'post mill' and one of the pictures came up of a post mill in the village of Wrawby, which is in North Lincolnshire. I knew this mill as I used to live in the town of Brigg, which Wrawby is near, and I used to pass the mill on my way to work at the airport, off the main A18 road which goes to Grimsby.' His layout includes the recognisable J70, one of Model Rails models:

Howell

Some layout photos from our very own Simon Paley. Very realistic, but then I wouldn't expect anything less!:

Paley
Paley
Paley

Paley
Paley

Mr Calverley sent in this wonderful shot from his layout. Lest we forget:

Caverley


Mr Wright sent in his N gauge layout, Arisaig, based on the West Highland Line of the Mallaig extension. It is not an exact copy but a representation. Mr Wright mentioned that a full article appeared in the N gauge journal over three years ago. This article explained the origin and the interest on this station, which maintains the cardinal point of the station furthest West on the UK railway network. Apologies for the delay Mr Wright!:

Wright


Wolverhampton in 1977. In Mr Ganley's words ,'Buses are part of model railways, and Rapido and Richard at Rapido deserve a mention for a wonderful, illuminated Leyland Fleetline in WMPTE livery. The scene shows the WMPTE road 533 to Wolverhampton, which passed my office window all day in those days. In the rear to the left is a Midland Red Willowbrook Leyland Leopard on the 893 to Ironbridge, which took me home every day.' Mr Ganley - we love it!:

Ganley


Mr Nye has just completed another section of his OO gauge West Country based layout, this time inspired by Forder Viaduct near Saltash. He couldn't resist using the derelict engine house to enhance the Cornish flavour - I don''t blame him! The photos are of various views taken with a variety of motive power, based around the 60s & 70s:

Nye

Nye
Nye
Nye

As it is getting ever closer, (and the shops think it is already time !!!) here are photos of Mr Kay's N gauge layout 'Averingcliffe' which were taken during it's Christmas Fayre in 2019. He said that the resident's of 'Averingcliffe' has a really good time!:

Kay
Kay

Mr Howell has amended his layout 'Welford Halt' and changed it to a GWR Halt using fencing and a pagoda hut from ourselves! In his words, 'I have also split the field in front of the station so I can have sheep & now cows. Also on Hamwich, which you have previously used, I have currently as a goods depot with brewery wagons from various retailers and the USA tank, which you will recognise as being one of the Model Rail ones.

Just for a laugh I put on a Canadian train I bought when I was over there in 2010. It's of the Whistler Mountaineer, which was a train operated by Rocky Mountineer and was an out and back in a day from Vancouver to Whistler.':

Howell
Howell


It is crew change time on Mr Calverley's layout:

Calverley


A wonderful shot of Dukedog 9015 passing through Mantles Wood with an engineer's train, with father and son looking on, on Mr Davis' layout
:

Davis


It is now less than 100 days until... Christmas! This was sent in by Mr Boffy last Christmas - a superbly lit O gauge layout!:

Boffy

A wonderful story from from Mr Howell: 'I was looking for a pagoda shelter that I knew I had bought in the past but could not find, but came across a couple of railway pieces I bought when on the Rocky Mountaineer train in Canada in 2010. Why they were selling Whistler Mountaineer trains I don’t know but I decided to buy the loco and a carriage as a souvenir. The carriage, by the way, is built by Rapido Trains and includes the ability to turn the carriage lights on & off with a wand; I think the new Genesis coaches from Hattons will work on the same principal. Anyway, I decided to put them on my Welford Halt layout as shown in the pictures. The Whistler Mountaineer bear was given to me when Rocky Mountaineer Vacations did a presentation at work; I used to work for Saga Holidays before retirement. The little badges he wears are given to passengers on the Rocky donating the class they are travelling. Nowadays, according to their website, is Gold Leaf & Silver Leaf, in those days it was Red Leaf in place of Silver. In Gold Leaf you get to travel in the Dome Car.' Thank you Mr Howell:


Howell


Our shop window layout in our Camborne shop has had a little greenery refresh! The first image shows the before (looking rather tired and bare!)and after. Thank you Anthony for giving the layout a little more life!:

 
KMRC Camborne Before & After
KMRC Camborne Layout

Mr Simmonds, of Surrey, says there is still more to be done but 'I offer you my diesel depot'. Thank you for taking the time to send in your photo. It is really appreciated!:

 
Simmonds


Mr Self (a wonderful comedian - well I think so anyway!) sent in these photos, including one of his Adams family, on his OO scale layout based on a BR Southern Railway branch line called Kemblehurst:

 
Self
Self


This work in progress (really?! Look at that detail!) layout has been dedicatedly created by Mr Yates:

 
Yates


Mr Guess sent in a photo of
 one of our new Ex-LSWR Road Vans on a local branch freight on the E&SMRS's Colnebourne layout photographed last week. The Egham & Staines MRS reopened to members this week!:

 
Guess


Mr Howell has kept himself busy with another diorama! His latest diorama is called 'Welford Halt' (he is a Leicester Tigers supporter!). He wonders if he should have added the sponsors name like Welford Road, Mattioli Woods Welford Halt? It is based in East Anglia, hence the Heljan W&M Railbus; he has all 3!:

 
Howell


Mr Blackburn's Hyn Haddon line:

 
Blackburn
Blackburn

This is Mr Mumford's latest diorama, in passenger and goods modes. In his words, "The platform on the passenger train is Peco, as are the buildings. The passenger station is named Hamwich, this was inspired by a road sign in Kent pointing to the town of Sandwich and also the village or maybe hamlet of Ham.":

 Mumford


This is Mr Woodward's shed layout, in the transition period of late 50’s early 60’s. The shed and coaling stage are scratch built based on Midland Railway practice. The layout is in his bedroom, in between purpose built wardrobes! Very impressive!:


Woodward
Woodward
Woodward


This little beauty lives in a cabin at the bottom of Mr Roe's garden!:
 


Roe


Mr Warren is very pleased with his recent delivery of his new Hornby Ruston & Hornsby 48DS Shunter in Express Dairy livery. Here it is shunting the yard of a country creamery preparing a rake of dairy produce wagons in readiness for their dispatch to London:
 


Warren
Warren


Mr Saunders has shared photos of his work-in-progress OO gauge loft layout - Liskwithiel Road. What he says about his wonderful layout: "The station layout is based on Par, and the name draws element from Liskeard, Lostwithiel and Bodmin Road. This is very much a Cornish layout and based around the china clay industry. As well as the station, there are some sidings with china clay dries, Pencubitt Dries, named after the Pencubitt House Hotel in Liskeard".


Saunders
Saunders

Mr Moon sent in this snapshop of his Bachmann crane dealing with a damaged Lima Warship Diesel. The model had suffered catastrophic damage on the parcels shelf of a car during a house move 30 years ago! In the background is a heavily repainted Hornby Dublo ‘Denbigh Castle’ and coaches, now over 60 years old and still going strong. Thank you for sharing!:

Moon

Mr Kennedy subscribes to an American magazine 'Narrow and Short Line Gazette'. A few years ago there was an article with plans about a mine building that once existed in Colorado. Mr Kennedy decided to build an HO model in Evergreen Styrene, Grandt Line doors and windows, corrugated aluminium, and smoke stacks from various sizes of brass tubing. Now all that was left was to name his masterpiece! He mentioned that there were Cornish miners in Colorado (as everywhere else), so he decided that his version would have an expatriate Cornishman as its owner - hence its name! Bloody 'ansome!:

Kennedy Building

Mr Nye sent in a lovely bunch of photos of his Branch line, based loosely on the Fowey Branch. This is part of a larger layout still under construction, based in Cornwall. Here are a selection of photos to show off his amazing work!

Nye Layout
Nye Layout


This detailed layout, by Mr Pestell, is his N gauge railway approximately 47 inches x 47 inches in an L shape. Look like a very accessible, and impressive, layout!


Pestell Layout

I am feeling similar as Mr Boffy and missing things like the rush hour of the train station!: 

Boffy Layout

This little diorama was put together this week by Mr Howell. In his words it features 'the wonderful Metcalfe kit of the Crofters Cottage and Barn. It fits quite nicely next to my railway board, as you will notice Michael Portillo is still making railway programmes in the background on the main board. The animals in the fields are Faller & Preiser, with flowers and other plants from Gaugemaster.' It looks proper!

Howell Layout

A selection of photos, from Mr York, of his brilliant layout modelled on Uckfield Station in the early 60's:

York Layout


A pair of ACE's from Mr Calverley!:

Calverley Layout

This amazing layout is by Mr Sheppard in Adelaide, South Australia! Spot the KMRC Beattie...! A little did you know from Mr Sheppard. Did you know... the wombat has square poo! Ha! I love this! Ouch indeed...:

Sheppard Layout

We have had another delivery of this popular model, showcased by Mr Gower! The Hornby Merchant Navy 'East Asiatic Company' looking splendid:

Gower Layout

This OO gauge layout, by Mr Trethewey, is based on Pangbourne in the Thames Valley. This is his second layout based on this location and smaller than the first. It shows the 4 track mainline, the A329 and the Thames. Thank you for sharing it with us!:

Trethewey Layout


This fantastic layout by Mr Savin is named 'West Hill'. See more of his wonderful layout by clicking here!
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Savin Layout

"The DMU parcels arrive at Penlyn and the prototype DELTIC has broken down so is getting a lift back to works!" Thank you for sending in your photos Mr Mytton!:

Mytton Layout

Mytton Layout
The other end... of Mr Howell's layout! He says - 'The locos on shed are both Bachmann, the G2A and Midland 3F. Being brought up in Cheshire both types were familiar to me. The G2As were known to us as Coffee Pots. The sheep outside the pub is a nod to the North Yorkshire village of Goathland. I used to park there when visiting the NYMR from my time of living in North Lincolnshire before I moved to Kent, a lovely drive from the Humber Bridge through the Yorkshire Wolds. The pub is the Cross Keys, looking at the names on the Metcalfe kit I used that one as I used to drink in a pub of that name!' Good enough reason to me!
:

Howell Layout


This layout is presented by... Mr Griffin! The information about the layout was all in the subject line so, unfortunately, there wasn't much visible but I think the photos show off your layout, and the Warship, superbly!
:

Griffin Layout

I love a happy accident! Mr Bottomley has shared this photo - it is of his N scale railway preserved section. An old loco shed was being removed to put in a newer replacement when he noticed that the resultant temporary mess actually looked like a demolition site - a perfect photo opportunity while it is being modified! He temporarily added the car and figures for a great photo space!:

Bottomly Layout


A lovely man, called Mr Lenz, has been kept busy by building two more layouts! Both the new layouts are OO9 narrow gauge. One of them is built on a coffee table in his lounge and is called 'Penvenen' (the name courtesy of Poldark!). The other is based on the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway and features the stations of Woody Bay, Caffyn’s Halt and Lynton & Lynmouth. The latter layout is almost complete, merely requiring the signals and station building at Lynton to be completed:

Lenz Layout
Lenz Layout

Mr Cox

Cox Layout


Mr Mytton


Mytton Layout

Mr Gower

Gower Layout


Mr Lowery

Lowery Layout
Lowery Layout

Mr Allin

Allin Layout

Mr Grant

Grant Layout

Mr Boffy

Boffy Layout

Mr Read

Read Layout
Read Layout

Mr Coote

Coote Layout

Coote Layout

Mr Krill

Krill Layout
Krill Layout

Mr Mathieson

Mathieson Layout

Mr Young

Young Layout

Young Layout

Young Layout

Mr Turner


Turner Layout
Turner Layout

Mr Howell

Howell Layout

Mr Calverley

Calverley Layout
Mr Maltby


Maltby Layout
Maltby Layout

Mr Au


Au Layout
Au Layout

Rather than a layout this week we have a lovely little helpful hint! Mr Murphy had a lightbulb moment on making spouting, or guttering as we know it in the UK, for OO gauge models! He makes a lot of the buildings for his club's layout (Greater Waikato Railway Modellers based in Cambridge, New Zealand - where 35 members mainly model OO in their version of southwest England, with the current layout almost all scratch built), and this has been a detail he has found almost impossible to achieve. Well not anymore!


Murphy Layout
Guidance for spouting/guttering - wording by Mr Murphy:
Making spouting for OO scale buildings has eluded me for years but I think I have cracked it in a most simple way. And it is free - or at least highly subsidised by the household budget - the humble cereal packet! Ignore the contents, we only want the box.

I use the folded corners of cereal packets as tabs to support the internal corners of my buildings - they come pre-folded. I noticed that the fold is 'rolled' to form quite a neat, rounded ridge of about 1mm (3" in 4mm scale). I spread the fold flat and trimmed along one side of the roll and then about 5mm along the other side. I tucked the 5mm side up under the eaves of a building so that the roll-edge sat about slightly proud and 'voila' - spouting!

The glossy surface of the cereal packet needs to be scuffed (wet & dry paper) to hold the acrylic paint. Although this side will never be seen again, black adds a 'shadow' effect under the eaves. The 'raw' side and roll can be painted to match the building. Once the paint is dry, glue the 'raw' side, tuck it up under the eaves, adjust the protruding roll so that it sits slightly proud of the eaves, clip in place until the glue sets, remove clips, and admire.

Commercial downpipes or florist's wire complete the job.

Graham, from Suffolk, is back with more images of his fantastic OO gauge Gosport Road and Stokes Bay layout. In his words...
"The theme is a summer Saturday, circa 1959, when strange things happened... 


Graham Layout

Graham Layout

Mr Ball

Ball Layout

Graham

Graham Layout
Graham Layout
Graham Layout

Mr Young

Young Layout

Mr Ryders 

Ryder Layout

Mr Howell 

Howell Layout

Mr Boffy

Boffy Layout

Boffy Layout

Mr Bracking

Bracking Layout

Mr Gower

Gower Layout

Mr Boffy

Boffy Layout
Boffy Layout

Mr Grainger

Grainger Layout
Grainger Layout

Mr Hunt

Hunt Layout

Hunt Layout

Hunt Layout
Mr Mepham

Mepham Layout
Mepham Layout

Mr Gunstone

Gunstone Layout
Mr Willcocks


Willcocks Layout
Willcocks Layout

Mr Jones

Jones Layout
Jones Layout
Mr Hastings

Hastings Layout
Hastings Layout

Mr Burgess

Burgess Layout

Mr Sinden

Sinden Layout

Sinden Layout
Mr Dear

Dear Layout
Mr Ruming

Ruming Layout

Mr Calverley

Calverley Layout

Mr Davis

Davis Layout

Davis Layout

Mr Faulkner


Faulkner Layout

Faulkner Layout
Mr Squirrell

Squirrell Layout
Squirrell Layout
Squirrell Layout

Mr Thompson

Thompson Layout

Mr Darragh

Darragh Layout
37521 waits to head North at Rannoch with a pair of silver bullets for Corpach

Darragh Layout
Rannoch Station

Darragh Layout
62005 heading North with the empty coaching stock for the Jacobite

Darragh Layout
37521 heading south with the empty tanks from Fort William

Mr Hull

Hull Layout
Hull Layout
Hull Layout

Mr Clayton

Clayton Layout

Mr Calverley

Calverley Layout

Mr Hall

Hall Layout
Hall Layout
Hall Layout

Mr Dixon

Dixon Layout
Dixon Layout
Dixon Layout
Dixon Layout

Mr Nall

Nall LayoutNall LayoutNall Layout

 
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