Exhibition 2024

Saturday 2nd November 2024, 10:00 – 16:30

St. Bartholomew’s School, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 6JP

Our last exhibition (October 2023)

Thank you to everyone who came to our last exhibition! Please see below a video of the day.


  • ASHFORD MPD – Miles Munsey, OO gauge: This small layout depicts a corner of Ashford depot as it might have appeared in the mid-1970s. The idea behind this derives from the liking for the strange-looking and short-lived class 71 locos which were able to work off both the third rail and overhead wire. The 71’s were based at Ashford in their final years so this is an attempt to show the class and indeed the depot in decline with vegetation beginning to take over.
  • BRUCKLESS – Andy Cundick, 3ft gauge: Modelled on the County Donegal narrow gauge system of Ireland which pioneered the use of the first railcars in the UK, many are running on the layout. Questions about Irish prototype or the model are welcomed.
  • CHALFONT – Roger Salisbury, Gauge 3: Represents a fictitious Great Western branch line terminus set in the Buckinghamshire countryside of the 1930s to 1940s. The line is lightly used, with passenger services being handled by steam-hauled auto coach or diesel railcar. Freight traffic mainly serves the local dairy together with local coal and general produce requirements. The layout was constructed to bring Gauge 3 to exhibitions, and to show that this gauge can be accommodated in a relatively modest area.
  • CHICA – Ron Bailes, HO gauge: Chica is a fictional small town in Southern Illinois on a branch line of the Rock Island RR. Times are hard, poor track, battered locomotives, and reused rolling stock adds to the air of neglect. Delightfully modelled, the layout is full of interesting detail to complete the scene.
  • GARRAG WEN – Matthew & Helen Kean, 009 gauge: Set in Snowdonia in 1880, the upper terminus of a former horse tramway converted to steam a decade earlier. A quarry extension leads off at the rear. The scenery and buildings of North Wales give that Welsh atmosphere to the layout.
  • GREENFIELD VALLEY – Richard Pretious, On30 gauge: This is a freelance layout of an American narrow-gauge railroad and includes models from the Colorado and Southern, Denver Rio Grande Western and others. Full DCC operation, the track is Peco 0-16.5 track and points, the buildings are built from kits.
  • KANINCHENBAU – Iain Morrison, HOe gauge: An Alpine HOe layout that operates all trains and signals automatically using the latest computerised control. Designed over two levels and interconnected so that trains do not always appear from the tunnels in the expected order let alone from the expected tunnel mouth. Please ask for further details on the method of control.
  • LAMBOURN – Newbury Model Railway Club, OO gauge: This is our latest project where we wanted a Great Western branch line terminus layout. Built from the plans of the Lambourn branch by Wild Swan Books, it shows how spacious a terminus could be. Currently approaching completion the layout is shown in its present condition where work is about 75% complete. Feel free to ask about the techniques used in the building of this layout.
  • LEGO LAYOUT – Newbury Model Railway Club: The ever-popular Lego layout, owned and run by our club member Adrian King, attracts more parents than children who are playing on the newly built, but not scenic, children’s layout. There is also a drawing table nearby with paper for colouring in.
  • NOVE MESTO – Alan Monk, TT gauge: Continental layout based on a rural branch line in the north of Chechnya. The track layout is compact and allows passenger and freight working in a compact space. The baseboard is an Ikea shelf with a ply display board that is very lightweight. Buildings and scenic details were bought from manufacturers in Chechnya, rolling stock and locos are a mix of RTR and kit built.
  • O GAUGE CIRCLE – Newbury Model Railway Club, O gauge: We always have a test track for those just wanting to watch trains go by, and this year it is the turn of our O gauge layout where a fine display of trains in the ownership of local modellers, especially from the Andover Club.
  • OAKSTON – Mike Jones, OO gauge: A quaint tail-chaser layout set in Southern England during the 1960’s. A 4’ by 2’ project, the object being to show that you can build and operate a OO gauge railway in a small space.
  • OLD PARROCK – Paul Rhodes, OO gauge: LBSCR set in the period 1900 to 1918 and representing a fictional small village in East Sussex. The line was originally built as a light railway, traffic being sparse with only short passenger trains and minimal freight. Controlled from the front of the layout.
  • SOLENT SUMMIT – Fareham NMRA, N gauge: US railroad modelling in modular form by the Fareham branch of the NMRA. While this one is 30ft long, they can show layouts over 60ft. Operated by DCC.
  • STONETHWAITE – Richard Mawer, O-16.5 gauge: Set in the 1930s, this 0-16.5 7mm narrow-gauge layout has been built with realism and entertainment in mind. Look for the operating features including moving water columns, working cranes, opening doors… rather too much to list here!


  • BEST MODEL TOYS: Auction house for model collections. New for this show.
  • BRUNSWICK RAILWAYS LTD: A regular at our show specializing in brushes, paints and adhesives.
  • DAVID & MARION CANNING: Well known in the Newbury area, offering annual calendars supporting local animal charities
  • ISINGLASS: Specializing in LNER O gauge scale drawings, and 3D printing.
  • JB’S MODEL WORLD: The ‘box’ man. Plastic box with foam interiors to hold your precious locos and rolling stock.
  • KEITH’S MODEL RAILWAYS: New and second hand items. Another regular at our show.
  • NEIL CRESSWELL MODEL RAILWAY & TOYS: A local trader who has supported this show for many years, selling new items at keen prices.
  • ORGANISED OCTOPUS: A new trader this year, producing preprinted buildings made from 2mm laser-cut MDF.
  • R. WHITAKER: Another new trader for our show. Fine scale in most gauges.


  • ROY HICKMANN: Roy is a regular at our exhibition, showing what can be built using household items. Participation is encouraged, and most go away with something they have built.
  • STATIC GRASS DEMOS: Stephen Povey from the High Wycombe Club will be on hand demonstrating the use of static grass on a layout, an item that transformed the appearance of many layouts since it came to prominence a few years ago. Questions are welcomed.


  • GREAT WESTERN SOCIETY: The local heritage railway centre at Didcot, which also contains the Swindon Panel signalling simulator. A new addition will be a shunting layout, so try your skill.
  • LYNTON AND BARNSTABLE: Rebuilding the Lynton and Barnstable railway in North Devon, the members in attendance will keep you up to date with developments there.
  • MEDWAY QUEEN: Efforts to preserve this historically important paddle steamer have been taking place for some time now. Support their efforts on this stand.
  • NETWORK RAIL: Attending for the first time, dealing with trespass and level crossing abuse. Watch the video, chat to staff, and understand something moving at 125mph takes a mile to stop.
  • PENDON: The epitome of fine modelling their portrayal of a village in the Vale of White Horse is on display near Didcot. Modelling at its very finest.