Ilford & West Essex Model Railway Club
The home of Railway Modelling since 1930
Layouts SummaryBolland RoadBovey ManorBryn EwynEbsworth & Older EndEbsworth for ReynoldstonEmlyn ParvaMineheadNew North Main LineOlder End MPDRadtopSchaffons CrossingTaw MagnaWhistling Woods
Upper & Lower Crofton
OwnerAlan Waredraper, North American section
Scale/GaugeG45 (16mm/45mm gauge)
OutlineBritish, fictional
Dimensions11ft x 8ft
Space required15ft x 12ft (viewed from all sides)
Power requirements1 x 13A socket
Transport expenses2 cars & 1 trailer
AvailabilityNo longer available for exhibitions
Previously shown at:
Erith MRS Longfield ExhibitionSat 25 Jan 2020
-Sun 26 Jan 2020
G Scale Society, SurreySun 03 Mar 2019
Pratts Bottom ExhibitionSat 12 Jan 2019
-Sun 13 Jan 2019
G Scale Society, KentSun 07 Oct 2018
National Garden Railway ShowSat 07 Apr 2018
East Anglian Model Railway ExhibitionSat 11 Mar 2017
-Sun 12 Mar 2017
G Scale Society, KentSun 29 Jan 2017
Trains at Trinity, BiggleswadeSat 11 Jun 2016
Letchworth MRS - 31st Annual ExhibitionSat 28 Nov 2015
G Scale Soc. Essex Open Day, TolleshuntSun 07 Dec 2014
Shoeburyness MRC - 29th Annual FestivalSat 22 Nov 2014
-Sun 23 Nov 2014
Romford MRS ExhibitionSat 08 Nov 2014
G Scale Soc. Essex Open Day, RoxwellSun 24 Nov 2013
Chelmsford MRC ExhibitionSat 19 Oct 2013
-Sun 07 Oct 2012

This layout depicts the fictional town of Crofton, which the locals sub-divide into two distinct halves:

Upper Crofton with its idyllic old-fashioned shops, post office, pub, picturesque town square and regular tram service, is the very essence of gentility. Who wouldn't want to live there?

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.

Both the upper and lower levels can be operated manually or set to run an automatic sequence, controlled by optical sensors and a computer board.

Trackwork is mostly LGB, with hand-made Y points, and the dual gauge track by the dockside made by modifying LGB track. Buildings, bridges and structures are all scratch-built, mostly from plywood. The finer detailing of the buildings, inside and out, is a mixture of railway and dollhouse accessories and some improvised from cheaper everyday materials.

See our 2012 Exhibition page for more photos.

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