It was a pleasure to exhibit Bahnhof Breitenfurt – Ost at the Elgin MRC's Modelfair for the fifth
time. Since the previous year there have been several developments the most obvious of which were the near
completion of the lighting and the addition of many more passengers on the platforms; changes that were
mentioned by several of the show's visitors.
There were 39 stands at the Modelfair, of which ten were layouts varying in scale from Z to O.
As in previous years Bahnhof Breitenfurt – Ost attracted considerable attention, and
positive comment, from visitors, and from other exhibitors. And, to my delight, apart from a few
derailments and finger problems the layout and trains operated well. Unlike last year
when I was in a side room, this year the layout was in the main hall which, I am sure, helped increased
I was also honoured to be told that Breitenfurt –
Ost had been awarded the shield for "Best Working Layout".
Finally, I would like to thank the organisers of the event for inviting me again and for their support
throughout the exhibition.
Bahnhof Breitenfurt – Ost – Z scale by Chris Manvell. (Stand E13)
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The exhibition programme described Bahnhof Breitenfurt – Ost as: "A Z scale model of an early
20th century Bavarian station running models of various German state railways. Includes a small
loco shed with working turntable (which kids love)." [Sadly the turntable was defective, so the last bit
was no longer true.]
Breitenfurt – Ost is, as stated, an early 20th century fictitious mainline station
somewhere in Bavaria. As well as carrying through traffic, the station is the junction for a small
branch line which disappears into the hinterland.
The trains themselves come from several of the old Lnderbahnen (state railways) as well as the later
Deutsche Reichseisenbahnen (1920-1924) then Reichsbahn-Gesellschaft (DRG or German State Railway Company,
1924-1937) and the loco shed is home to a number a number of 1860s' Bavarian locomotives, one of which can
occasionally be seen running on the up main line.
In addition to the four through roads, a branch platform, a small goods facility and loco servicing
facilities, the 6ftx2ft board has enough room for a six road hidden yard, capable of holding up to eight
trains, and two short hidden sidings at the end of the branch line. The latter can be the source of
amazement for young children who expect the same train to come down as just went up!
NB. The first three images are wide and may not display properly on screens less than 1240px wide.
: Overall view of Bahnhof Breitenfurt – Ost on its stand.
: A Prussian G8.1 waits on track 1 for a Bavarian B VI (track 2), with the coaches of the royal
train, to continue its journey. Meanwhile the Rheingold hurries through on track 4. A light loco and a Bavarian Gt
2x4/4 lie on tracks 5 and 6.
: The down end of the station busy with through and stopping traffic.
Images 4 & 5
: Views of the station from the up and down ends.
: The loco Saxonia with a typical train dating from the early 1840s.
: A bird's eye view of the up end of the station platforms with a DRG Br61 passing through on the relief road.
: The terminal lines from the branch line (tracks 5 & 6) and the entry road to the loco servicing area.
: Another bird's eye view.
: The Gt 2x4/4 eases its way down the branch line with a couple of wagons of stones.
: Another shot with all four through tracks in use.
: Three preserved Bavarian B Vi's (1860s), Der Adler (1835), a Glaskasten and a CII have been brought out of the
shed for a public afternoon open day.
Because most of the remaining layouts had to be photographed before
the doors opened on Sunday, many of the images are devoid of trains.
Calton – OO scale by Joe Skinner. (Stand E3)
Joe is well known for his numerous small layouts. (There were three at the Inverness exhibition.) In this
one he depicts three different modes of transport: train, tram and underground, all three of which are
controlled automatically. In addition, his model is fully illuminated, the lights showing up well in the
slightly dim location in the hall.
Located in the Welsh marches where they meet Cheshire and where the North Eastern Railway ran a small
branch line into foreign territory, Castle Morris is an ex Cheshire lines branch line terminus. Because
of its location, both the black NER and green GWR locomotives are frequently seen in the area.
Although Caxton Gibbet exists by a crossroads some 8 miles (13 km) west of Cambridge, the club's railway
is fictional and shows a typical ex-Great Eastern branch line station shortly before the line was closed
by Dr. Beeching in the early 1960s.
Drumfold to Bromdollo – UK N scale by Kyle Clark and Family. (Stand E26a)
The owner writes, "A fictitious location based loosely around the 1960s to 1980s, to the most discerning
of people it may not be exactly to scale or correct but it is what I like and that's what counts."
The layout was built on a 6' 6" by 2' 6" board by 14 year old Kyle and had many vignettes for
spectators to find along with plenty of detail.
Situated somewhere in Scotland, Sherrifston is a through station with two bay platforms and an adjacent
junction serving a single track branch line. Although mainly handling passenger traffic, occasional
freightliner, timber and oil freight can be seen, the latter serving the adjacent oil depot.
Stammersdorf – HOm(?) scale by Barrie Green. (Stand E10)
Stammersdorf is a rural village near the Austro-German border and is served, like many similar villages,
by a metre narrow gauge railway. The layout has many small vignettes which children were encouraged to
Thomas – OO scale by Elgin MRC. (Stand E20)
No exhibition would be complete without the ubiquitous Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends from the
island of Sodor. Designed for the children (and adults?) to operate themselves and to give them an feel of
what it is like to drive a model train and, possibly, inspire them to take up the hobby.
Townfoot Depot – UK N scale by Kyle MRC. (Stand E16)
Situated somewhere in Scotland, Townfoot Depot is a small low-level station adjacent to an EWS depot and a
Network Rail yard. Leaving the busy station and its environs, the double track mainline passes through a bucolic landscape before plunging into a tunnel.
Twin Rivers – N scale by
Elgin MRC. (Stand E9)
Here we have a layout with a difference; it is made up from individual modules that can be arranged to
conform to the space available.
The club built section of the layout is their twin city of Elgin Illinois. Thus the town of Twin
Rivers lies between the Fox and Lossie rivers in Illinois and Moray respectively. Elgin IL lies on the
Chicago North Western railway on which can be seen a range of locos from other lines in the area.
The individual sections of the layout represent areas of the US from the Arizona desert to the
Rocky Mountains, incluuntains, including the famous Horseshoe Curve and the Gallitzin tunnels near Altoona,
Western Avenue – US O scale by Arry Dodd. (Stand E11)
This shunting layout is set in downtown Lyttleton northwest of Chicago. The layout sports locos from the
Lyttleton and Western as well as cast-offs from several other companies. The layout is digitally
controlled and with the continuous sound of loco engines, horns & bells, and frequent squeals as the
stock negotiates the tight curves.