Ilford & West Essex Model Railway Club
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Layouts SummaryBolland RoadBovey ManorBryn EwynEbsworth & Older EndEbsworth for ReynoldstonEmlyn ParvaMineheadNew North Main LineOlder End MPDRadtopSchaffons CrossingTaw MagnaWhistling Woods
Bovey Manor
OwnerTony Spencer, O Gauge section
Scale/Gauge7mm/O gauge
Dimensions17ft x 22½in
Space required19ft x 5ft (operating space behind)
Power requirements1 x 13A socket
Transport expenses2-3 cars
AvailabilityAvailable for 1 or 2 day exhibitions
ContactTony Spencer
Previously shown at:
Becontree ShowcaseSat 07 Oct 2017
-Sun 08 Oct 2017
St. Thomas's Church, BrentwoodSat 13 Jul 2013
I & WEMRC ExhibitionSat 03 Oct 2009
-Sun 04 Oct 2009
Romford MRS ExhibitionSat 15 Nov 2008
I & WEMRC ExhibitionSat 30 Sep 2006
-Sun 01 Oct 2006

Bovey Manor is representative of a GWR Branch line terminus. This layout started life as purely a test bed for Don Neighbour (fellow member and former president of the I & WEMRC) to test his loco building skills. Significantly also his track laying skills.

When exhibiting, during part of the day, stock representing the British Rail days of operation is also run to add interest to what is one of the simplest layouts because of its origins. Although relatively small it's great fun to operate, and to date, it has worked first time whenever it has been set up. (True.)

The layout is just 17 feet long in total. As we were asked the question, it is also 22½ inches wide. No idea why. (Probably the garden shed dimensions.) It has also notably been shown at the Gauge 0 Guild spring show at Kettering.

Track and point work are hand-built using C & L track parts. Buildings are scratch-built using plasticard, the station is based on Watlington, the engine shed based on Tetbury and the goods shed and signal box from Lambourne. Locomotives used on the layout are a mixture of kit- and scratch-built, and rolling stock is all from kits.

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Sun 04 Aug 2024
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Sun 06 Oct 2024

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