Forest of Dean Model Railway Club

"Rainford Stoops" @ Bristol Exhibition 2014
The club's contribution to the 46th Bristol Model Railway Exhibition at Thornbury Leisure Centre was Trevor Powell's "Rainford Stoops" OO gauge layout.

Modelled in 00 gauge, Rainford Stoops is the HQ of the fictional heritage West Lancashire Railway. The station layout at Rainford Stoops is loosely based on the main operational area at Tenterden on the Kent & East Sussex Railway.

Using a scheme from adapted diagram from the K&ESR, it operates as a gala day (steam only, diesel only and mixed operation), in the life of a preserved railway. Locos come up from the locosheds to take out their various trains stored in the station sidings to the other end of the line, ie the fiddle yard.

After an early scare when the station loop went dead, Paul Lansdell was able to solder in replacement droppers on the loop which worked very well afterwards.

There was an excellent turnout of members to operate the layout and to assist in stewarding duites on all three daysof members Pleasingly, the layout received some positive comments.

The Webmaster aplogises for the quantity and quality of photographs at the show!