Model Railways


I received my first trainset for Christmas in 1990 - it was a OO gauge Hornby HST starter set. My Dad had boarded out a large part of the attic and a simple oval of track with a couple of sidings slowly grew into a much larger layout with two 'main line' loops, a terminus station, an upper loop, and more.

Loft Layout 1

It was always fun to head up into the attic and run the trains. As the East Coast Main Line ran near our house the layout mainly featured Intercity 125s, 225s, Pacers and some mixed freight hauled by Class 37s and Class 47s. Regular trips to York and Darlington Model Railway Shows would often result in additional locomotives, rolling stock or buildings. Buildings on the layout were mostly cardboard kits from Metcalfe Models, many of which are still available to purchase.

Sadly when we moved house the layout was dismantled and put into boxes...


I now attend model railway exhibitions on a semi-regular basis, mainly to enjoy seeing different layouts in action and pick up inspiration for new projects and ideas. Below you can find links to blog posts detailing some of my favourite layouts at each exhibition.

If you are looking to find an exhibition near you then the UK Model Shop Directory keeps a comprehensive list of all upcoming events which can be searched by distance.

Crianlarich by Renfrewshire MRC
June 2023