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Brew Street
Brew Street, built during the Autumn of 2016 in just 2 weeks, Brew Street was spontaneous project using up spare bits and bobs gathering dust on the shelves. In the past I've built quite a few serious projects (handmade everything including track), but more recently I've enjoyed building quickies like this.

THis layout has just been extended - check my BLOG or FACEBOOK for updates
Fountain Colliery
Fountain Colliery - deep down in the Forest of Dean, there were many railways serving collieries, ironstone mines, limestone quarries and other minerals. This is one of the lesser known collieries, and one that is very tricky to find anything about at all....
Click Polbrook Gurney Colliery, is a colliery in a little known part of the Mendip Hills. It runs east from the former S&DJR via various collieries and quarries, eventually connecting to the Vobster Railway and the Great Western Railway Frome to Radstock line.
4 Track Quad Track! A 4 track diorama which is around 3ft by 1ft depicting a small section of mainline. It has been built primarily for photographing trains in a generic mainline type of surrounding. Other props are frequently added around it to suggest other features like buildings or cutting sides.

                                      (303373 bytes) Brewhouse Quay, this railway served brewer of Foster, Marriott and Dent Ales portrays a traditional brewery somewhere on the upper reaches of the river Avon in the suburbs of Georgian Bath. It is presumed that the railway serving the brewery is a spur off the former Midland Railway Bath to Mangotsfield line. Western Region control and the nearby proximity of the Somerset & Dorset Line ensures regular visits of small engines from the former Midland and GWR along side the brewery’s own engines.

This layout has since been sold to a fine chappie in Scotland

                                      (330778 bytes) Catcott Burtle, a could have been scenario which is heavily influenced by the BBC TV film Branchline Railway, and having been taken in by the wild open feel of the area much dominated by willow, water and big skies. Many roads in the area crossed the railway via manned level crossings rather than bridges, with each crossing having its own crossing keeper and railway cottage. Several of the cottages had no running water or electricity right up to closure in 1966, the water being delivered by rail in milk churns! Catcott, one of the many crossings on the line never was a halt or had sidings.
Cement Quay Cement Quay is part of a cement terminal on the river Severn somewhere in Gloucestershire, operations including arrivals and departures of bulk cement operated by Freightliner. Also featured is a stone terminal to add interest, services to and from this being operated by DB Shenker (formerly EWS).

This layout has since been sold to The Scottish Diesel & Electric Group, and is regularly touring the exhibition circuit  - do check them out!

                                      (311559 bytes) Combwich is my oldest layout, its origins go back to around 1980 when as a spotty teenager I learnt how to hand build track and how to push scenics beyond just throwing a bag of brightly coloured foam and lichen at some glue. Combwich depicts an extension of the Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway from Highbridge to the small village of Combwich on the upper reaches of the River Parrett. I also envisaged a line from Combwich down to Bridgwater too. Of course, in real life, Combwich never took off as a port and certainly never had a railway, even though some people from that village have written to me in recent years telling me where the station used to be!

                                      (378264 bytes) Arne Wharf is modelled in 009 (representing 2'3" gauge) and totally contained within 3' x 2'. Building layout to such a conservative size allows it to be worked on almost anywhere in the house. My interpretation is based on a fictitious line running from Arne to Wareham via Ridge & Stoborough on the Purbeck Peninsular. The line was built to transport ball clay, lime stone, salt and oysters in addition to general merchandise. One of the delights of this scale/gauge combination is that almost anything goes - making for enjoyable escapism free from those dull adenoidal rivet counters!

This layout has since been sold

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