Sunday, May 31, 2009


Last weekend, we popped in to the Glos Warks Railway gala. Dad had taken over part of Winchcombe Station for an art exhibition, next to an FR/WHR stand manned my our friends Mr and Mrs Ward (Dad had previously donated the exhibition stand to them) and a display of magnificient 7mm standard gauge models and kits by family friend Dave Andrews (some of the locos were built by Dad).

There was also a small display of model railways and one which stood out was that created by another family friend - Ian Kirkwood. I've known Ian for many years when I used to accompany Dad on trips and evening meetings of the local 3mm scale group, so I may be a little biased, but I'm sure most readers of this blog will agree with me anyway!

His layout is a fictitious narrow gauge railway in the Lake District - 'Kendal' in 009. It's only small, but shows how much can be included in a small space, without the resulting layout looking ridiculous. I didn't measure it, but it wasn't much more than 4 feet by less than 2 feet.

Most of the locos come from Backwoods kits - a Canopus, Hudswell Clarke diesel etc with the odd scratch built creation in the mix too. The stock runs well and looks the part in a believable and tidy livery. Carriages and wagons are borrowed from various kits - Festiniog and Blaenau, Penrhyn quarry opens, Talyllyn Limping Lulus and even a worsley skull and skibbereen coach!

The layout is very well designed to give operational interest alongside clever use of levels. The buildings are fantastic - all scratch built! Scenics are also on the money for me - the tree and grassy areas in the image below show that.

Overall, a very impressive little layout. I struggle to fault it.


1 comment:

stephen said...

I agree, a very nice little layout. I'm surprised by how short the loop appears to be but I guess with small trains that doesn't really matter.