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Ingredients


When constructing this layout, much use was made of the many fine products produced by our country's model railway manufacturers.  In the next few paragraphs I hope to describe our layout in terms of products and materials used, and to provide links, where these exist to the relevant manufacturers and traders. This page is an experiment, and will be continually developed.

If you know of a link that I have missed, please do E-mail me with the link so that I can update this page, thank you. Click here to E-mail me.


Disclaimer:   The following appraisal is that of satisfied customers only, we have no connection whatsoever with the companies mentioned.  Errors and omissions, should there be any, are unintentional, and will be corrected if bought to my attention.

Most of the products were purchased from our 'local' model shop, Mainly Trains of Watchet.


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With the exception of the small signal box (which is a kit) all of the buildings are scratch built using Slaters Plastikard (plain and embossed) and Microstrip.  The window frames in the main station buildings are white metal castings from the Langley range.  The canopies are all scratch built using Plasticard with Slaters moulded plastic valence.

Street furniture (telephone boxes, pillar box, street lights etc.) are from the ranges of Langley, Springside and Dart castings.   The road vehicles seen on the layout are a mixture of kits from various sources (Langley, Springside, Airfix/Dapol ,Transport Replicas Etc.) and off the shelf models. (EFE).

The population are from Preiser, and mainly Airfix/Dapol, with some cast figures from various sources.

The working signals are mostly scratch built from brass tube with etched and cast components from Model Signal Engineering.  The 'dummies' or ground signals are non-working castings by Springside models.  Other line side details are by Cooper Craft, Langley Etc..

Rolling Stock:

A refurbish/replace programme is currently in progress, with much of the proprietary items of rolling stock being remodelled or replaced by similar kit built models. Most of the Mk1's on the layout have had new Comet sides added with roof vents and other details from the ranges of Comet and ABS castings added.  With one or two exceptions, the loco fleet are kit built, coming from the ranges of DJH, K's, Wills Finecast, Puffers and Churchward models.  There are a few Proprietary (Bachmann) locos to be seen, some have had new chassis fitted, all have been super-detailed and weathered.

Goods rolling stock are minly from kits, with examples from Parkside Dundas, Airfix / Dapol, Ian Kirk, Ratio, Slaters, Cambrian and Cooper Craft

The coupling system used on Westford is that produced by D.G. Couplings, now owned by Model Signal Engineering. This system we find ideal for an exhibition layout, providing easy coupling and uncoupling with out the "big hand from the sky" approach.

Track is a combination of home built and ready to lay 'flexi track' by SMP (Scale Model Products), the home built track is of soldered construction using code 75 Nickel-Silver bullhead rail soldered to ready cut pcb sleepers. Points (turnouts or switches) are similarly constructed, mostly built in situe. The track is laid on cork sheet and is ballasted with fine granite ballast, held in place with diluted PVA glue.

SMP products are available from Mainly Trains.


Airfix/Dapol

Dapol Website Link

The Airfix model railway KITS range was taken over by Dapol a few years ago, I think the kits are now made in batches as some items disappear from the market from time to time.   Plastic kits for Loco's, BR Wagons, People and Station/Line side Furniture.

4mm scale

Dapol Limited
Lower Dee Mill,
Llangollen, Clwd.
Phone: 01978 860584 Fax: 01978 861928
E-mail

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ABS  Models

 

White metal kit range for Wagons and Accessories, Components etc.
Also a few loco kits and Trams.

4mm scale   (also produce kits in 7mm scale)


a•b•s models
36, Feild Barn Drive,
Weymouth,
Dorset, DT4 0ED.
5x 1st class stamps for catalogue.

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Bachmann

Bachmann Website Link

Loco's and Rolling stock ready to run. Good range.

4mm scale

Bachmann Industries Europe Ltd.
Moat Way,  Barwell,
Leicestershire,  LE9 8EY.

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Cambrian

link to Cambrian web site

Range of plastic wagon kits, many 'modern' BR.
Good range of PO wagons with pre-printed sides. Some pre BR wagons.

4mm scale

Available from most good model shops.

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Churchward Models

    Etched Kits for GWR Prairies, Signal boxes and other items.

4mm scale (also 7mm scale)

Available, mail order
or at shows only, from:
Modelex.
332. Bromsgrove Road,
Hunnington,Halesowen,
West Midlands,B62 0JW.
Phone: 0121 585 7669

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Comet

Comet Web Site Link

Etched Coach kits, Etched replacement sides, Castings etc.
Etched Loco chassis kits to fit proprietary locos. Tender and wagon chassis kits.
Can supply motors, Gears, Romford Wheels etc.

4mm scale

Comet Models.
105, Mossfield Road,
Birmingham, B14 7JE.
Phone/Fax: 0121 242 2233
E-mail

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Cooper Craft

Cooper Craft / Mailcoach Web Site Link

Plastic Wagon and vehicle kits. Mk1 coach kits. Some line side parts

4mm scale  (also 16mm scale wagon kits)

Cooper Craft & Mailcoach.
17a Barclay Road,
London, E11 3DQ.
Phone:  0181 539 3067
E-mail

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Dart Castings

Dart Castings Web Site Link 

manufacture and supply cast white metal, etched, and pewter railway detailing parts under the Dart, Monty's Model Railway, and MJT product ranges.

4mm scale

Dart Castings.
17 Hurst Close
 Staplehurst
 Kent
 TN12 0BX

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D.G.Couplings
Now Produced by Model Signal Engineering

Model Signal Engineering Link (includes current prices)

Magnetic uncoupling, delayed action for shunting. etched brass construction, simple fold up construction.  Some soldering required.  Bending jig available for bending the loops.  coupling height is very critical, we have made a height gauge to ensure all rolling stock have their couplings set to the right height.  Also, being an end to end layout, All locos have couplings on the tender end only, fitted with loop.  Tank engines have coupling with loop on bunker end and coupling without loop at smokebox end.  all other rolling stock are fitted with loops to one end only.   As our curves are not very tight, min 5'6" radius, couplings on all stock, including bogie stock, are fitted to the underside of the buffer beams, NOT to the bogies.  Various methods of fixing are used, from 'Evostick' contact adhesive, through screws to Super glue.

On average, over a two day weekend show, we might experience two or three coupling failures, usually a soldered joint breaking or the glue bond breaking. Considering the intense use they get, and they are regularly expected to haul trains of nine or ten coaches, a few failures should be expected.

Designed for electro magnetic uncoupling, with delayed action for shunting.

More details on their operation can be found here: D.G.Couplings description and instruction notes (On this site)
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For all scales

Model Signal Engineering

PO Box 70,
BARTON upon HUMBER,
DN18 5XY

phone or fax your order
to (+44) (0) 1652 635885

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DJH

Whit metal kits for loco's.  Good range.

4mm scale

Grandspot Ltd.
Leadgate Industrial Estate,
Lope Hill Road,  Consett,
County Durham,  DH8 7RS.
Phone: 01207 500050&509127
Fax: 01207 581617

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EFE (Exclusive First Editions)

Ready made transport models, mainly lorries and busses.

4mm scale

Available from: 
Most Model shops.

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K's    Now produced by Nucast.

White metal loco kits

4mm scale

Autocom Uk Ltd.
Alexander Bell Centre,
West Portway Industrial Estate,
Andover,  Hants, SP10 3UR.
Phone: 01264 332323  Fax: 332343

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Ian Kirk

Range of plastic coach and wagon kits, mostly LNER types but some BR and SR

4mm scale

Available from most good model shops

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Langley

Langley Web Site link

White metal and etched brass kits and accessories.  Large range.
Road vehicles, Buildings accessories, figures etc.

4mm scale

Langley Models.
166, Three Bridges Road,
Crawley, Sussex, RH10 1LE.
Phone: 01293 516329  Fax 403955
E-mail

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Mainly Trains

Mainly Trains Website Link

Our 'local' model shop.  Large range of products. Excellent Mail order service.
Free printed catalogue

4mm scale

Mainly Trains.
1c South Road Workshops,
Watchet, Somerset, TA23 0HF.
Phone: 01984 634543  Fax: 633776
E-mail

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Model Signal Engineering

Model Signal Engineering Website link

Etched brass signal kits, Etched brass and cast white metal signal parts.
Now produce DG Couplings.

4mm scale  (also 7mm,10mm & 16mm scales)

Model Signal Engineering

PO Box 70,
BARTON upon HUMBER,
DN18 5XY

phone or fax your order
to (+44) (0) 1652 635885

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Parkside  Dundas

Large range of plastic wagon kits.

4mm scale.  (also 009 and 7mm scale)

Parkside Dundas.
Millie Street, Kirkaldy,
Fife, Scotland, KY1 2NL.
Phone & Fax: 01592 640896 (24 Hr)
E-Mail

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Preiser

Continental range of figures. Painted and unpainted.  HO scale

3.5mm scale

Available from:
Gaugemaster Controls Plc.
Gaugemaster house,
Ford Road, Arundel,
West Sussex, BN18 0BN.
Phone: 01903 884488  Fax: 01903 884377
E-mail

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Puffers

Puffers Web Site Link

Etched Brass and White Metal kits and accessories. Loco's and coaches.
Full range of other products.

4mm scale

Puffers.
96 Micklegate,
York, YO1 1JX.
Phone & Fax: 01904 635254
Puffers.
Also at:
7. Park Street, Pickering,
North Yorks, YO18 7AJ.
Opposite North Yorkshire
Moors Railway Station.
Phone & Fax: 01751 472762
E-mail

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Ratio

Range of plastic coach and wagon kits. Also line side accessories.

4mm scale  (also 2mm scale)

Ratio Plastic Models Ltd.
Hamlyn House, Mardle Way,
Buckfastleigh, Devon, TQ11 0NS.
Phone & Fax: 01364 642764

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Slaters

Slaters Web Site Link

Plastic modelling sheet, plain and embossed.  Details and fittings in styrene.
Coach kits and wagon kits

4mm scale (also 7mmm and 10 mm scales)

Slater's (Plastikard) Ltd.
Temple Road,  Matlock Bath,
Matlock,  Derbyshire, DE4 3PG.
Phone: 01629 583993 Fax: 01629 580234
E-mail

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Springside

Various detail parts for line side and locos, also kits. White metal and Etched brass.

4mm scale (also 7mm)

Springside Models.
1&2 Silverhills Buildings,
Decoy Industrial Estate,
Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 5LZ.
Phone: 01626 354972

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Transport Replicas

No longer in production.   (as far as I know)  Not sure if any one has taken over the range.
 Does any one know what happened to this company?

4mm scale

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Wills Finecast / South Eastern Finecast

White metal loco kits.  Large range.

4mm scale

South Eastern Finecast.
Glenn House, Hartfield Road,
Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5DZ
Phone: 01342 824711 Fax: 01342 822270

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