GWR Model Layouts

Locos for 'Ranelagh Bridge'

Locos for ‘Ranelagh Bridge’

Here I am building a resource of GWR themed model layouts. Here are links to some website (and Facebook) pages in a variety of scales:

Latest Additions:

Stephen Fay is building a lovely 7mm model of Ranelagh Bridge, Paddington.

A Facebook page dedicated to recording progress, including photos and video, on a lovely GWR era model of Devils Bridge in 009


Here is a Flickr album of photos of the mythical but eminently plausible Catcott Burtle, a lovely layout by Chris Nevard.

The Abington Branch by modeller Ivan Cadge.  Also contains interesting history of this nice little branch line

Andoversford a nice layout in O gauge by D J Muider. The only problem on the website is that you need to be able to speak Dutch!  Also some photos of their broad gauge version of Kingswear.

Bambleford:  a classic imaginary branch line terminus in OO gauge, owned by Mark Bacon.

Bishop’s Nympton: an O gauge layout based in the 1930s by Robert Else. The layout is for sale at the moment.

Bodmin by the North London Group. This link takes you to a nice video of the layout. It is to 4mm P4 standards.

Box Station:  John Cook’s lovely 2mm model recreates a lovely Brunel station that has entirely disappeared now. Follow the link on the left panel.

Brixcombe: an exhibition standard P4 layout by Farnham & District MRC set in the 1930s

Burford: a layout by the late Vernon Wood in the unusual scale of HO depciting on eof those ‘might-have-been’ GWR branches. Does the layout still exist, I wonder?

Dartley by Pete and Jeff Day. Nice understated P4 branch line

Fairford: Always a popular subject for models, this website is interesting because it gives lots of useful information about basebord building, signalling,and how a turntable can be made to work.

GWR Good Yard project:  A Flickr set of photos of Bob Johnstone’s evocative project to create a typical GWR goods yard scene in the SW Midlands.

Leamington Spa. One of several videos of Pete Waterman’s fabulous layout in O gauge.  Immensely inspiring but even Pete said to me that you can never have enough space, however much you already have!

Much Meddling:  a neat and smartly presented website for this 4mm branch line. Interesting section devoted to operation and control systems used and it includes 3 informative bits of video

Pendon Museum needs little introduction, being probably the finest model landscape with trains running through it in the world.  A fabulously evocative  recreation of the Vale of the White Horse in the 193os with a scale mile of railway.  Funny though: when I’m there, I always want to see a FGW HST set go by….!  Only a couple of miles from Didcot, as well.

Rosewarne Junction: an interesting O gauge layout, based loosely on the Helston branch, showing what can be done using an indoor station layout combined with a line running out into the garden.

Thame, a 1970s built layout in S scale.  Nice uncluttered style.

 Wyeknot by Nick Salzman. This really captures the character of the Wye Valley line in 3mm scale. What a preserved line that would be these days if it had survived!


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