Victory Model Railway Club – 2013 Exhibition

With the creation of the new Model Railway’s Exhibition page I thought it would be a great time to upload some photos from exhibitions I attended before I started writing for LocoYard.com. So today we are looking at the Victory Model Railway Clubs 2013 Exhibition. So up first we have:
St Vincent Road
West Coast have a diesel special coming through the station
St Vincent Road is the Victory Model Railway Clubs flagship layout and is a freelance OO gauge 28ft x 14ft layout. The layout features a through main line station set in modern times from era 6 to present day. There are up, down, slow, branch and good lines. At the northern end is MPD with a traverser and at the southern end a church, canal, viaduct and oil terminal. The layout was designed and built by club members with the aim to run members stock. The layout is DC controlled. There is no set rule on what region of stock is used. This allows all members to run a vast array of there own stock, you will see a lot of variation of company liveries from the south of England to the north of Scotland. With steam specials and Thomas on the preserved branch line. Most of the buildings are kit built by club members with some resin buildings, all members have worked on the building of the landscape and scenics. With the layout taking its name from of Lord Nelson’s most famous naval victories.

One of my favourite things about the layout was that Thomas was hauling a couple of troublesome trucks with had jelly babies in them which children could help themselves to which I thought was a nice touch.

The viaduct over the canal. I saw this last year when it was being built and they have done lots of work on it.
Thomas and his rather special jelly babies
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Harold in front of the camping coach.
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Winthrope
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 Winthropes Station building
Winthrope and Chuntering is an imaginary location and the OO gauge layout spans 20ft by 12ft. It was built by four of the VMRC club members to run their varied diesel and steam era stock. The control system was built around the Hornby’s Zero 1 system but using it in a reverse fashion, where instead of installing a decoder in each locomotive, a decoder was installed on each section of track. This enabled locomotives to be run straight out of the box without any modifications.
Class 31 with a ex-GWR  autocoach… some die hard steam fans will have nightmares about that.
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The house with fiddle yard in the background
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Winthropes MPD
 Station bridge
Walker Hill
N Gauge + iPhone camera = not very good quality

Walker Hill is a small countryside N gauge layout based on the Great Western Region during its years of steam. The layout was kinda weird in that it is fully automated which allows trains, signals and points to operate by themselves which did rather confuse me at first as the layout was unmanned and all of a sudden the trains started moving. Originally started as a small project away from ‘OO’ gauge whilst living in a caravan, it was brought out of storage and back to life when Dapol introduced their working semaphore signals. Although its location is purely fictional, the layouts captures some of the essence of a GWR branchline. The station and yard serve two branchlines where autocoaches run to connect with mainline services and the other serving local communities with a railcar and various businesses making the most of the declining freight.

 Goods wagon in the small shed
 Pannier tank reporting on shed
  
Overall shot of the layout its rather small but brilliantly detailed and completely automated
Northern Quay
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 The shed was lit up so made photos a bit harder
 Northern Quay is part of a TMD (traction Maintence Depot). It was built to display the owners diesel and also electric locomotives ( the far 3 tracks have over head cantenary). It was built in 2009 to look like a piece of furniture (a breakfast bar) as it would fit into a space below the kitchen worktop. All contained in space 5 feet the loco’s fed into the layout from a traverser into a 7 track depot into the remaining 4 feet containing the main shed, diesel fuelling road and fuel transfer siding. The shed is a Peco kit which has a modified roof and fitted with working lights. Originally operated by a 12V DC controller, it was later rewired in 2012 for DCC operation using a Bachmann Dynamis system.
The end of the layout with fuel wagons
Shunter on shed
 EWS class 50 in GWR livery
The detail in the shed was impressive
Class 66 at the fueling point
The layout had lots of nice features
I even managed to film so the trains in action which can found below.

Thanks for reading
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2 thoughts on “Victory Model Railway Club – 2013 Exhibition

  1. hmm, found some pictures of a 2007&9 model railway exhibition, probably Staffordshire one, I’ll see if there re any good ones to be had between them, beating in mind this would have been a 10 year old with his first digital camera (yes I had a film one before that!!!)

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