The following club members layouts are available for exhibitions.

Stackton End – Jim Kemp

Stackton End is a small O gauge layout depicting the end of a light railway tucked away beyond a mainline overbridge. It features a short platform for passengers (and anything else the shunter wants to dump there!). As well as a small loco shed, goods yard, and the carriage repair workshop for the line. Although operation should really be one engine in steam it is possible to run up to three locos using the cassette-based fiddle yard.

If you would like to invite the layout to a show, please contact the club Exhibition Manager.

Above Image – A track plan of the layout including both scenic and fiddle yard sections and location of controller

Above image – Depicts a small red Loco and coach waiting at a small station platform

Above Image – A wide shot of the whole of the Stackton End layout

Above Image – A “ground” level picture of the scenic part of the layout looking down towards the fiddle yard end

The following layouts are a display of our member’s talents and are not currently available for Exhibitions

Oakland Street – Chris Bingham

This is a photo of a mock-up of how one of the configurations of my new modular layout might look. It will be the only model railway I know south of Warwick with no green on it.

I have just placed a few buildings etc. to try to get feel of the atmosphere that I am trying to create of bygone industrial Widnes. Very little is fixed in place, there are no trains, vehicles or people and only basic scenery, so at the moment it is a perhaps/maybe way of trying different thoughts.

On the layout I am playing with ideas for little stories, jokes and scenes within the context of the overall layout. I want the finished layout (if I ever do finish iti) to be complicated and involved. I want the model to be such that the viewer should not be able to take it all in at one glance, but it will hold the interest sufficiently long to gain some insight into the romance and history of this wonderful ‘dirty old town’. In the end, I hope you will almost be able to smell it!

I am working on the principle of more is more. I think all the details are what gives a model real credibility, but I am not interested in just the number of rivets. From the more than sixty works and factories, a forest of very tall chimneys had sprouted up in the town. Some are as high as 285 feet(90.7M) that would be 2′, (0.63M) in N scale or 3’9″, 1.23M in OO. You don’t see that often on model railways.

On the railway front, in the late eighteen hundreds, according to the 1895 Ordnance map, there were five railway companies, six passenger stations, two goods stations and over 420 private sidings in the town. The first goods line to St Helens was opened in 1835. It replaced the Sankey canal that had been built five years earlier.

I have alluded to the Sankey canal on my model in this photo of the half finished area at the end of Oakland Street.

No 12 Oakland Street is where my great, great grandfather and his family came to live after his fall from grace in Ireland. In the 1850s, he was in charge of the police in Tullamore when he fell off his horse one Sunday at church parade. He was unaccountably taken with drink. Again.

Above Image – This shows one of the possible ways of setting up the modular layout of Oakland Street

Above image – An “aerial” shot of Sankey Brook as depicted on the layout