Layouts

The club has 6 layouts that are either under construction or operational in a range of gauges and scales. Further details of these can be found in the sections below. Westerham (O gauge) and Wittenden (O-16.5) are often seen on the 'local' exhibitions circuit and have proven very successful. The club also has two test tracks one OO and one in N allowing members to test locomotives or just enjoy watching them go round.  

If you would like to know more or invite one of the layouts to an exhibition please use the details on the 'contact us' page

For each layout, pictures will scroll automatically where more than one is available. Hovering the mouse over the bottom of the picture will display a description. Double clicking the picture will open a static image (displaying the picture full size if larger than the frame) with arrows to move left or right. Click the X above the image return to the layout details. Please note all images are copyright Tonbridge MRC or the layouts owners as appropriate. 

 

Wittenden

Club Layout

Scale: O gauge Narrow gauge (O-16.5)
Wittenden is a narrow gauge layout based in the Weald of Kent. Locomotives and stock are kit or scratch built and showing a wide range of differing locomotives and rolling stock (much of it owned by members). It also has much narrower feeder line and interchange for additional interest.

 

Westerham

Club Layout

Scale: O gauge
Westerham is based on the original branch line terminus not far from Sevenoaks. A lot of the track bed is buried under the M25 but there are still evidence for the keen eyed.  The layout uses digital control (DCC) so sound fitted loco's are often chuffing and clanking about it. The stock is a mixture of club & members. Track is Peco and buildings scratch built.

 

Hobbs Hill

Members Layout

Scale: OO gauge
Hobbs Hill is a model of a busy through station set in the late 1950's on a former SR route in the West country. The layout is built with prototypical operation in mind, and is based on the track plan of South Molton Road between Coleford Jct and Barnstaple. It has attended several exhibitions.

 

Ashdown Park

Club Layout

Scale: OO gauge
Ashdown park is yet another Southern layout but this time of a preserved line in west Sussex along the lines of the bluebell railway. Its being built by the younger members of the club and currently has track and wiring completed with work starting on the station area. For economy it shares a fiddle yard with Beaminster.

 

Beaminster Junction

Club Layout

Scale: 00 gauge
Beaminster Junction is a large 00 layout After a slow start it is now progressing well with track wired and ballasted, scenery going in and buildings being made. It has been built on a large “U” shaped curve. Not unique in layouts but certainly unusual. The idea being to give a sweeping vista as trains, short and long, travel through the scene. It pinches the name from the real Beaminster, in Dorset; thus the setting is primarily Southern / BR(S) though some BR(W) & GWR stock might be seen, even the occasional Diesel. Track is Peco and buildings scratch built or detailed kits.

 

Faversham

Members Layout

Scale: 00 gauge
The layout was originally built about 10 years ago by Tonbridge club and then sold to a club member, who did a few alterations before passing it on to another member who further improved and added to it. The layout name was changed to Faversham as it depicted brewery sidings and a small fuel depot. Unfortunately due to it being 12 feet long it lost some of it's fiddle yard in order to fit into it's present home.

 

Tyneham Bay

Members Layout

Scale: 00 gauge

The layout is being built by 3 members to replace a previous exhibition layout. The trackplan has been adapted for our purposes from a design in a Peco trackplans book by CJ Freezer. The layout is DC controlled.


Whilst Tyneham Bay is a fictitious location, the village of Tyneham is real but with a population of 0. This is because it was one of two villages evacuated in the second World War to allow the Allied forces to prepare for D-Day. Tyneham Bay is a coastal holiday resort around the Dorset area, and was served by Southern and GWR services. It is probable that we can operate it as either Southern/GWR or BR times.

 

Wotford

Members Layout

Scale: 00 gauge

I consider that I am one of the fortunate few that have not only 
retired but have been able to invest in a toy room in the garden. Well at least the authorities know where I am if not gardening. The railway is being built as a series of scenes separated by breaks that, in the main, are tunnels.  The stations have names associated with Watford where I spent my formative years, so why WOTFORD well simply I live in Otford. The series of lines will also allow visitors to control trains rather than just watch me play. 

 

Southwark Bridge

Members Layout

Scale: 2mm/N gauge
Southwark Bridge imagines that Holborn Viaduct had been built further east. London bound trains still divided at Herne Hill. A later extension to Charing Cross was built requiring trains to reverse at Southwark Bridge but it was not a success. The reversals were brought to an abrupt halt during a WW2 bombing raid. This made two of the five platforms at Southwark Bridge redundant but they discovered a new lease of life for parcels and newspaper trains.
Trains are traditional Southern Region EMU’s Diesels and Electric locomotives using the third rail as seen during the late 1960’s through to the late 1970’s. Control is via DCC. The layout measures 7’6” long, 4’ 6” deep in an “L” shape.

 

South Brooms

Club Layout

Scale: 2mm/N gauge

South Brooms started life as an n gauge test track for Tonbridge Model Railway Club. It was developed scenically over a number of years so that half of the layout is scenic while the other half consists of an extensive fiddle yard hidden by the back scene.


The layout features a large bustling town served by a reasonably large junction station. The station has four platforms and is loosely based on Tonbridge with branch line trains leaving from the bay platform. In addition, there are through fast lines in either direction meaning that the layout can get busy at times.


The track work is Peco streamline with the points operated by Peco electric motors. The buildings are mainly a mixture of Graham Farish, Metcalfe and Kestrel kits some of which have been modified and there are a few scratch built buildings. There is also a gas works made by Hornby Lyddle End. The layout is operated by a Gauge Master 4 track controller.

It is currently for sale. Please use the 'contact us' details to enquire further.

 

Club Secretary 01959 523 840

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