MY LAYOUTS -NOT LEAVING HOME / Mein Layout-nicht nach Hause zu verlassen / Mes plans – ne pas quitter la maison

These Layouts are my  home projects

Diese Layouts sind meine Heimprojekte

Ces mises en page sont mes projets à la maison


Over time the detail on these pages will be increased as I run down the Google+ pages which also cover these layouts. As this happens the links to the Google+ pages will be dropped. This is being done mainly because of the apparent interest in Google+ declines. It is not clear where the format is going.

Some of these layouts may disappear from this section & re-appear under a new section- layouts available for exhibition- check both out regularly.

Saint Marc-sur Mer

50’s Summer Holidays French style

French HO (1:87)

French  terminus station set on the coast of  North West France in the 1950’s or earlier.. little changes here!

Terminus to fiddle yard or docks station- layout idea generated by articles and plans in Model Trains     ( Edition 105 &115) . Expanded  to include some coastal scenery with the odd train on a single line, some shunting, very relaxing- hopefully very French.

The town is real, but it didn’t have a railway station.

It was the location for  “Les Vacances de M. Hulot “(“Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday” in the UK), the most famous of Jacques Tati’s films, made in 1952 (Released 1953). The model assumes that a line  was built from nearby Saint  Nazaire  hugged the coast with a station at Saint Marc-sur Mer, to bring tourists to the seaside. The model will incorporate an interpretation of part of the famous beach and  of the “Hotel de la Plage” where much of the “action” in the film takes place. If you do not know the film, see it before the model. The model can’t do it the justice it deserves… I hope we can include a figure of Hulot somewhere on the model.

The layout is being built to show French stock that I have acquired over the last few years, together with a thought to refresh memories of  the less sophisticated age that was the 1950’s.

If the model brings a faint smile of recognition, then we’ll be happy.

The layout  will now have  new cliff scenes, not those originally built for the club’s Weyford layout, (extended cliff scenes now sold)   featuring- a railway viaduct and a disused German coastal battery,  the latter to represent part of the infamous “Atlantic Wall” and the defences of the German naval base at St. Naizaire. There are cliffs in the real location, but ours will possibly be a bit more formidable, for effect.

Allied with…

 Saint Marc Quais

Small French maritime station as part of  rail/ship link between France & England- based loosely on Dieppe. It was intended to re-use the Weyford Docks station baseboards and track layout as the basis, but this is now thought to be too large . The new layout will include a pastiche of the modernistic concrete building erected at Dieppe in 1953, but quickly demolished following the opening of the Channel Tunnel. Using Dieppe as an example there is also the opportunity to model the mid 19th & early 20th century multi storey buildings that line the quay to this day. Trains can  be split to leave here for the town station, Saint-Marc-sur Mer, which is also a terminus or can proceed to the rest of France. (fiddle yard) Trains can also come direct  to the Sur Mer station, particularly in the summer season . In principle the same as  we operated Weyford on Sea & Weyford Docks.


There is likely to be a slight down sizing of both schemes to improve the chance of progressing the combined scheme to completion!



Based on a L&SWR proposed terminus station adjacent to South Kensington Metropolitan & District Line station

British OO DC

The station is one of those “might have been” proposals and was the scheme that was in reality replaced by the District line terminating at Wimbledon.

In the South Kensington scheme of the 1880’s a completely new line was to be constructed from Surbiton to the District line at Putney Bridge, with stations at Kingston Fairfield, Malden, Roehampton, Putney Heath and East Putney. The line was to cross and have a junction with the L&SWR line from Clapham Junction to Putney, Mortlake , Richmond etc.  so could have provided an alternative route to and from Waterloo.

The L&SWR would have reached its own terminus at South Kensington over lines of the District. For its part the District would have running rights over the new line to Surbiton.

A recent article in the South Western Circular+ gave me a ready-made idea, although my model will be slightly different to the solution in the article. It also gives an excellent excuse to use Heljan models of the Metropolitan Bo-Bo’s, plus appropriate Metropolitan & District stock.

(+The L&SWR station in South Kensington by Ian Hopkins pages 296-311  July 2014 edition of The South Western Circular- for members of the South Western Circle). I understand Ian is intending to build a 1:43 (0) scale model as the station would have  been in L&SWR days. His layout will be the one to look out for!

From a model point of view I am intending to set it in the immediate post war period, assuming that the Southern wanted to upgrade/rebuild the station, pre-war, by demolishing most of the rather dismal & cramped Victorian structure & turning into a fine Art Deco terminus befitting the premium location. The track layout thus is very close to to Cyril Freezer’s famous “Minories” scheme without any goods facilities.

I am imagining the design work was  completed by the Southern before the commencement of the Second World War. The station was virtually destroyed as part of an air raid in 1942, with a large loss of life. The decision was taken that the station would be rebuilt immediately after the war ended and would incorporate a  major memorial to all those killed & injured in air raids on the capital during WW2. The model will show the building in a completed state post war.

It is envisaged that the Ocean Liner Expresses & those connecting with the BOAC Flying Boat Services from Southampton depart from South Kensington rather than Waterloo. Royal Trains continue to use Victoria station  with South Kensington as a useful alternative for dignatories arriving or departing by ship (or warship) from Southampton or Portsmouth.


Estepona (Estacion Central de Andulicia)

Spanish HO (1:87)

Expected size  4400 x 700 (plus fiddle yard and operating space)

Fiction-Terminus  of an originally British financed main line, planned to run from Malaga along the coast to Gibraltar. Work was started in the early 30’s by the Spanish government to relieve unemployment.  Work stopped at Estepona at the start of the Spanish Civil War in 1936. No work was carried out during the 2nd World War (1939-1945). Later  as a result of continuing problems between Spain & Britain over Gibraltar,  further work was formally abandoned in 1954 as part of protests at the visit of HM The Queen to Gibraltar to celebrate 250 years of British rule. (Andulucia was mainly on the Republican side against the Nationalists  headed by General Franco)

It should be noted that historically the British did engineer and build some lines in Spain so it is not completely fanciful for them to have built a line to connect Gibraltar to the Spanish system, which much later became part of a newly built Spanish high speed line.  There is no main line railway at Estepona, although there have been plans to extend a light rail line  which goes from Malaga to Fuengirola and serves Malaga Airport

The station plan will be based on the famous “Minories” design by Cyril Freezer, with somewhat lengthened platforms to accommodate the Spanish high speed  rolling stock.

The picture is of Malaga station, but is included as a guide to what the proposed model station could  look like- lots of marble & glass.. Malaga station despite its extensive facilities,appears quite limited in terms of track layout.


Malaga railway station - high speed stock
Our train, just arrived from Madrid, is on the left

General update November 2015/ December 2015/ February 2016/July 2016/November 2016/January 2017