PAGE 48a – APRIL 2006


This site actually has several Official Photographers on various continents,
in addition to the hundreds of “unofficial” photographers who send us their
very welcome layout photographs. Emrys Hopkins, who lives in Norfolk, England,
is an O.P. and traveled north at the Easter weekend this year to visit the York Model
Railway Show. He filed this report about four excellent small layouts on display there.



Brickworks 1

The header refers to the age of the layout, not its builder! The Brickworks recently celebrated its 10th birthday, and it has often been exhibited and written up in the English model press. Yet Arthur Budd’s O-14 [On2] layout in 7mm scale, as seen at York, is still fresh and inspiring.Emrys Hopkins’s notes include the following information: “The track, most of the rolling stock and three of the locomotives are built from Roy C. Link kits. The other locos are from Wright Lines and Nonneminstre kits. The buildings are scratch-built from plasticard [styrene], Howard Scenics brick-card or balsa and ply, and everything is painted and weathered using the techniques described by Martyn Welch in his book ‘The Art Of Weathering’.

“All the turnouts are switched using Tortoise slow acting point motors. Operation consists of loaded skips arriving from the exchange sidings carrying materials for the works, fuel for the loco shed or coal for the boiler house, and departing to carry finished products back to the exchange sidings. Once all the skips have been unloaded, they are returned to the clay pit and the whole sequence can start again.”

To see why this little layout is perennially young, just scroll down and enjoy a selection of Emrys’s marvelous photographs, taken at the York show.

Brickworks 2 Brickworks 3Brickworks 4 Brickworks 5



Newton Halt 1

Newton Halt is a “newish” layout in OO9 [HOn30]. It made its debut at the Chelmsford Model Railway Exhibition in October 2005, where it won the Narrow Gauge Competition. We featured the layout in this Scrapbook at that time. At York, however, Emrys was able to photograph its builder-operators — Andrew McMahon (left) and Sheila Perry in action. For more information about the layout itself, you might turn to the Scrapbook page linked above as well as to Andy’s website. As an incentive, here’s a closeup from Emrys’s camera of this 30x20in layout.

Newton Halt 2


garden layout 1

Nowhere is a barrow more useful than in a garden, and this offbeat layout in 1/12 scale (1in = 1ft) actually has two garden railway models! Mr Cholmondley-Warner’s Garden Railway was constructed by the Raven Group (Norman Raven and his family). As their exhibition notes point out, “It represents (using N and Z scale stock) the garden railway at Mr Cholmondley-Warner’s house. Although the layout is built as a bit of fun we have adhered to the concept of a garden railway in scale with the overall 1/12 scale of the buildings, surroundings and people.“Mr Cholmondley-Warner has opened his garden and its railway to the public to support his village fair. There are two railway systems. The first is the ‘live steam’ 5 inch gauge which is represented by the N scale stock. The second is G scale represented by the Z scale stock. Taking the overall scale of the exhibit as 1/12, N gauge represents near enough 5 inch gauge while Z scale is just a little larger than the 1: 22.5 of G scale.

garden railway 2

“While the trains are going round have a look at the house interior (including the hobby room) and the various working elements of the garden, such as the barbecue which is well alight!”Emrys Hopkins adds: “I’ve known Norman Raven (left in photo) since my days in Scotland. Before he and his family moved south of the border they were regulars on the Scottish exhibition circuit with small layouts that would delight you. Sorry for omitting photos of the house interior–the hobby room in the attic had a model doll’s house, which I thought was a nice touch.”



Lower Peak 1Lower Peak 2

Lower Peak 3

John Bruce’s OO9 narrow-gauge layout, Lower Peak Wharf, portrays a far simpler time. It was originally built as a horse drawn line to take the stone from the old quarry (off scene on the right) to the canal (off scene on the left). With the coming of a standard gauge railway nearby this link was replaced with a new line linking the village and its quarry to the rest of the railway network and, of course, the greater outside world. In due course some carriages and other goods wagons were bought to better serve the local community, which of course was mostly employed by the Quarry Company anyway.Now — sometime in the late 1930’s — the quarry has closed and the train runs a couple of times a week on market days to the nearby town. Most people still use the train but one day it will be replaced by a bus and the line will become a part of our industrial history.

Emrys Hopkins’s comment: “This is a delightful, uncluttered model with plenty of space having been left for the village in the foreground. Mr Bruce is planning a second board with a canal wharf and a more permanent and extensive fiddle yard.”

John Bruce is no stranger to this Scrapbook. His predecessor layout, New Sarum, was featured earlier this month. It’s a pleasure to explore the very-different English rural atmosphere of Lower Peak Wharf.


  1. Glad to see the site back up. No problem at 9:45 pm Pacific Daylight Time. Friday 6-27-14

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