Ilford & West Essex Model Railway Club
The home of Railway Modelling since 1930
Annual Model Railway Exhibition
Becontree Model Railway Showcase (discontinued)
West Essex Modelrail 2012


Saturday 06 October 2012 - 10am to 5pm
Sunday 07 October 2012 - 10am to 4pm

St. Edwards School, London Road,
Romford RM7 9NX.

On Saturday 06 October and Sunday 07 October we held our 57th Annual Model Railway Exhibition.

Photographs by Steve Waredraper & Steve Wraight.


Basildon Municipal Recycling Centre
Blackshaw Yard
Bolland Road & Turton Green
Colju Quay
Florida Creek Siding
Haddon Bank
Harriford Town
Horsted Keynes
Seagle Bay
Somerton Bridge
The Trench
Tyttenhanger Lane
Upper & Lower Crofton
Vauxhall Road
West Street Yard

  • Basildon Municipal Recycling Centre
    OO Gauge, by Basildon MRC

    Designed for audience participation, this layout uses a Recycling/Scrap centre as a theme for a small shunting puzzle where scrap is loaded onto wagons for onward delivery.

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  • Blackshaw Yard, O Gauge
    by Mick Hazeltine

    One half of a modular layout depicting early BR private warehousing, designed to allow complicated shunting moves.

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  • Bolland Road & Turton Green, N gauge.
    by I & WEMRC N gauge section

    Club layout designed to allow continuous mainline running with multiple trains, and a separate branch line. No fixed era or region, somewhere in the middle of England circa 1950s-60s.

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  • Colju Quay, OO Gauge
    by Colin & Julie Palmer

    Depicts a typical Scottish branch line quayside somewhere in the Highlands circa 1962-1972, with steam and diesel operation.

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  • Empingham, OO Gauge
    by Peter Rumbelow

    Empingham represents a station on an ex-Midland Railway branch line in Rutland in the late 1950s.

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  • Florida Creek Siding, On30 Gauge
    by Brian Daly

    Layout built by Kathy Millatt for a 2008 NMRA competition. Circular and just 3ft in diameter, the layout depicts a typical logging siding with tall trees, rocks and a river!

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  • Haddon Bank, OO Gauge
    by Chelmsford & District MRC

    The Chelmsford club's most prestigious 00 gauge layout, Haddon Bank is a large layout designed for conituous running. Styled around the late 40s to early 50s, the location is somewhere in England, possibly central to eastern, though to accommodate members various interests, trains from all regions may well be seen.

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  • Harriford Town, OO Gauge
    by Hornchurch & District MRC

    Fictitious OO gauge layout set in the late 60s to early 70s - the changeover era - which allows us to mix both late steam and early diesel trains. Features include an army war vehicle museum and a carriage workshop building.

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  • Horsted Keynes, N Gauge
    by Alan Brewster, Beckenham & West Wickham MRC

    Junction station on the line originally built to run from Lewes to East Grinstead, later nationalised by British Railways.

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  • Melbury, N Gauge
    by Chelmsford & District MRC

    Continuous N gauge layout on three levels, with tight curves and steep gradients. It is possible to run up to 5 trains on separate tracks.

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  • Midsomer, OO Gauge
    by North London Society of Model Engineers

    Represents a busy branch line terminus serving both a large goods yard and the local brewery. The track plan has been adapted from that of the Great Eastern station at Framlingham in Suffolk, and the station building and loco shed have been based on those originally built at Walton-on-the-Naze in Essex.

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  • Seagle Bay, N Gauge
    by Basildon MRC

    Small, fictional northern coastal town not far from the Scottish border. Set in the late 1950s to early 1960s when both the towns industries - fishing and coal - are in decline.

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  • Somerton Bridge, OO Gauge
    by Royston & District MRC

    Simple circular layout with large fiddle yard designed for running long trains. No particular region or era, though a little extra artistic license is required when running North American rolling stock (on the left!).

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  • The Trench, 009 Gauge
    by Mark Hedgecock

    First World War scene built on a 1970s coffee table, showing the movement of troops and supplies, tanks being made ready and a first aid station for the wounded.

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  • Tyttenhanger Lane, 3mm Scale
    by Colin Wilson, Enfield Town MRC

    Though named after a village on the outskirts of Welwyn Garden City, the rationale of layout is a town in the Lincoln area with a run-down branch line and a certain amount of local industry.

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  • Upper & Lower Crofton, G Scale 45mm Gauge
    by Alan Waredraper, I & WEMRC
    1st public showing

    Upper Crofton with its idyllic old-fashioned shops, post office, pub, picturesque town square and regular tram service, is the very essence of gentility. Lower Crofton - a dirty, noisy industrial area with its dockside railway, oil refinery and factories - has just one redeeming feature; it manufactures the sherry that gives the town its name and keeps the inhabitants of Upper Crofton supplied with their favourite aperitif!

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  • Vauxhall Road, OO Gauge
    by Bob Farrell

    Though not modelled on any specific area, this layout represents the Southern Region of the 1990s, using modelling license to bring together various parts of the network.

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  • West Street Yard, HO Gauge
    by Chris James

    HO scale switching layout depicting the outskirts of a city somewhere west of Chicago. The period represented can be anywhere between about 1950 and the present day depending on the rolling stock and vehicles used.

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Trade & Demonstrations

  • A.G.L. Associates
    Wagon loads in OO and N scale, plus switches, wire and other useful components.
  • "All Change" Bespoke/Custom Model Railways (Sunday only)
    Specialists in custom improvements, weathering and detailing to today's model railway products.
  • Aspire Gifts & Models
    Scenic items, new and second hand model railways and DCC equipment.
  • Brian Baker Collectables
    Wide range of model railway stock, controllers and videos.
  • British Enginemens' Steam Preservation Society
    Heritage Railway Society preserving and restoring steam locomotives.
  • EM Gauge Society
    Society for 4mm finescale modellers.
  • I & WEMRC Membership & Sales Stand
    Information about the club, plus second-hand books, magazines and bargains from club members' own model collections.
  • Kent Garden Railways
    Specialists in 16mm and G Scale.
  • Michael Land
    Maritime, Rail and Aviation art work.
  • Modeller's Mate
    Wide range of tools, electrical components and scenic materials.
  • Plus Daughters
    N Gauge specialists.
  • Reg Henderson (Saturday only)
    Specialist in OO Scale Locomotives, Coaches and Kits.
  • Roneo Models
    Local Model Shop and regular supporter of our exhibition.
  • Severn Valley South East Support Group
    Group supporting the preservation of the Severn Valley Railway.
  • Thames Sailing Barge Trust
    Charity preserving two barges in sailing condition, for the benefit of the public.
  • Totem & Station Signs
    Producing railway signs & layout name signs to order, including a 'while-you-wait' service.


Coming up...


Sat 27 Apr 2024

Marshalls Park Acadamy
Pettits Lane
Romford RM1 4EH




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Train rides, model railways & refreshments


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