Member's layouts

Helm Leasing by Ray O'Neil

Hawes by Eric Farragher

Braddock by Phil Baggley

Florinstone by Andrew Butler

Aspatria by Phil Tuer

Dreich by Maryport Model Railway Club

Helm Leasing is an HO, 3.5mm/ft. scale (1/87) model of a North American Locomotive and freight car leasing and general maintenance depot.

201 on shed in an atmospheric night scene

GE 45 tonner switching the facility

Ex Burlington Northern GE unit 5112 heavily weathered

Amtrak GE unit B32-8bw

Helm leasing is operated using a Lenz Digital Command Control system. Some of the locomotives are equipped with sound decoders. Helm leasing packs a great deal of operation in to a small space.

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Hawes is an N scale continuous run layout with a very long Pedigree. It has been exhibited for many years and continues to be hugely popular. It was last exhibited at Preston in 2012. Hawes was an important junction between the Midland Railway leaving the Settle and Carlisle line at Garsdale and the North Eastern Railway. The station closed in 1964 but remains as a visitor centre and folk museum. The buildings are all hand made and faithful reproductions of the prototype. The layout features working canal barges and an animated water works. Track is by PECO and all the rolling stock has been modifieds to allow electromagnetic uncoupling.

Photos of Hawes will appear here soon.

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Braddock is the third American HO scale Iron and Steel Mill layout built by Phil Baggley. It is based on the Edgar Thomson Steel Mill in Braddock, a traditional steelmaking community in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania around the 1980s. The layout features DCC control by North Coast Engineering, an American made system. Hot metal cars, slag ladles, and specialised steel mill cars arre switched around the plant by the Union Railroad. Inbound scrap, raw materials and semi finished steel products are exchanged with the Bessemer and Lake Erie and Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroads. Trains from other roads make an occasional appearance for operational interest.

9101 a Fairbanks Morse diesel switcher of the P&LE / NYC railroad

9101 is a Fairbanks Morse first generation diesel switcher made by Walthers (ex LifeLike)

Navojo Unit and trailer negotiates the grade crossing

1525 is a Pittsburgh and Lake Erie GP7

empty ingot moulds on the way to the BOF shop

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Florinstone is a superb OO gauge, 1/76 scale model layout built by Andrew Butler. It represents a fictitious location based on the Somerset & Dorset Railway between Templecombe and Bournemouth.

Standard Class 4 in Green Bulleid West Country Pacific Somerset & Dorset 2-8-0 Freight locomotive Bulleid Pacific leaves Floristone

The period modelled is normally between 1958 and 1966, the date the line closed. Not a diesel loco or multiple unit in sight. The scenic section comprises a station with passing loop and a small goods yard. The station has all the normal infrastructure associated with a small country location i.e. station buildings, signal box, platform shelter and loading banks in the goods yard.

Floristone trackplan is a classic oval tailchaser

DCC is the normal mode of operation with many locomotives fitted with sound but, the layout can also be operated in analogue (DC) mode.

By the simple exchange of buildings, signals, signal box, signs and, of course, rolling stock the layout can be transformed into 5 different locations:-

Troutbeck Bridge (LMR)     - Cockermouth, Keswick & Penrith, Cumbria.       -1950s-60s
Florinstone (S&DJR)          - S&DJR - Templecombe and Bournemouth.        -1950s-60s
Tulloch Bridge (ScR)         - West Highland Line - Crianlarich and Fort William. 1980s-90s
Ashwater Road (SR)         - North Cornwall Line. – Devon/Cornwall border.  -1950s-60s
Tresillian (WR)                - Cornish Branch Line – Truro and St Mawes.    -1950s-60s

Troutbeck Bridge by Andrew Butler

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Aspatria is an O scale Finescale model which is a legacy of the late Bill thomas of Sesaton. Phil Tuer is continuing the task of finishing the layout. Aspatria is modelled in the pre-grouping days when the railway was built and operated by the independent Maryport and Carlisle Railway.

Old vignette of a Maryport and Carlisle Passenger train arriving at Aspatria

The layout was exhibited at the Workington show in 2011 in part finished condition and we look forward to seeing it again when Phil has made further progress.


Dreich is an O scale model railway built by Maryport Model Railway Club based on LMS Railway operations in Scotland.

Dreich is an O scale model railway by Maryport Model Railway CLub based on the LMS railway in Scotland

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