Glasgow, Scotland 

                                                Recent club nights have involved no modelling. Our attentions have been directed

                                                       to packing all of our layouts and all of our associated equipment.  


                                                     Very soon it will all be moved to a storage unit in central Glasgow.

   If you know of any rooms, attics, basements we could rent exclusive use of for around £300  per month please contact us.

                           This week we are showing the current stage in our packing ready for transfer to storage.

                                                     All photographs by Frank Geary

   Unfortunately we will be unable to entertain visitors to club nights until we find and settle in alternative accommodation

                                                                  page updated 4 December 2021


Layouts dismantled to their individual boards and stacked as they will be stored in the storage vaults. On the left is IRRGARTEN (Swiss HO). In the centre is FERNESS (British OO). In the background the trestles on which our layouts are erected

Looking toward the front of the room (opposite angle to the picture on the left). In the centre is our newest layout which was shown at the recent Cathcart Model Railway Exhibition. Namely ABBEY COVE. Beyond in the background scarcely seen is our 'O' gauge layout CRUIN HARBOUR.

Top right another part of our Swiss layout.

   BAINS REACH (OO) British, turned on its back to remove                     The final farewell to our EASTERHOUSE club room 

      the bolts which hold the individual boards together.                                   our Chairman removes our name board    

Club Layouts


ALLANDER BANK completed layout

The small terminal station consists of two full platforms and a bay. A double track line heads out to a three track fiddle yard and a pair of carriage sidings. the latter placed in front of the fiddle yard tracks in order to give views of the trains over the entire length of the layout. The optimum length of 40 feet is based on five? foot by 21 inch or 18 inch wide boards. The ideal length for transporting by car.

Five of the seven trains run on automatic control. Of the two not running one waits in the carriage sidings, the other in the fiddle yard, These are swapped over with one of the five running trains at the whim of the layout supervisor.

The predominant rolling stock on the layout are; three class 303 Glasgow Suburban Electric units assembled from DC Kits parts. these have been painted in different liveries: one in all over blue, one in orange and black; one in blue/grey. Bolstering this fleet is a Glasgow Suburban class 320 unit fabricated from a Bratchell kit and liveried in carmine and cream. Completing the EMU stock is a scratch-built class 318 in maroon and cream livery. A single hornby motor bogie powers each EMU with the motor coach weighted to the maximum permitted weight. For variance, a number of DMU units are available most of which display ScotRail liveries. Common classes on the layout are 156; 158 and 170. 

BLAUSEE MITHOLZ: members layout This layout is owned by one of our members. Even so it has been exhibited at public shows on behalf of the club several times. The layout originated as a test track for a couple of locomotives brought back from holidays in Switzerland. It then developed into an end to end layout based very losely on the rear Blausee Mitholz sation which lies on the BLS line in the Southern Swiss alps. We say losely because the real station is a through station while the model is a terminus. At the outer end is a fiddle yard consisting of three dead end lines and a return loop. The layout is very popular with members when it is dragged out to be exhibited. Operation is smooth and straight forward allowing the operators to sit and relax while in control.

IRRGARTEN: completed layout

Irrgarten is a representation of the BLS (Swiss) line through the Rhone valley. It has been laid out as a single track mainline with reversing loops at each end. These loops are cleverly arranged to form what can best be described as a double looped figure of eight arrangement. In exhibition running five trains operate on the line, each taking some 15 minutes to complete a full circuit. At any point in time three trains will be moving up the gradients, over the bridges and through the tunnels. This constant movement makes it difficult for the observor to establish where a given train will next appear.

WEST BOURNEGROOM: (completed layout)

This layout represented our first steps into DCC control. We wanted a layout on which we could test out various digital control systems. The one we eventually favoured as the LENZ syste. While this is now installed, any member wishing to try alternative systems is welcome to connect up and run the layout.

While basically of the form of a single track oval the layout has storage sidings to the rear and a country station with passing loop and bay platform in the scenic area. A branchline leads of from the station to further hidden sidings.

The backscene is a digital image of a village in Fife and adds to th LNER flavour.

CRUIN HARBOUR: completed layout - ( 'O' gauge - Scottish)

Cruin Harbour is at the end of a single track branch line. The station regularly receives service and excursion trains to connect with the off scene ferry services to somewhere.

The layout was built to accommodate the growing interest, within our membership, in 'O' gauge modelling.

As with most of our models, the constraints of transport to model railway exhibitions has been taken into consideration. The layout is therefor both compact and has been constructed on sectional boards.

We use Model Signal Engineering couplers on our stock and when treated carefully provide unobtrusive uncoupling. Sometimes when we do not want it.

CODGERS PASS: (completed layout) - ('HO' USA)

We have recreated a section of Arizona for this layout. The track climbs high from the lowlands to cross a deep canyon on an impressive trestle bridge.

Trains are fed automatically into the scenic section from a fan of six hidden sidings. Altogether the layout runs nine trains under its automated system. Generally three trains are seen running in the scenic area simultaneously but occasionally a glimpse of four can be seen.

Stock is very varied with motive power from any line we favour. Hence Candadian National units have migrated South and share running rights with Southern Pacific, Union Pacific and other lines..

FKB (FEIERABENDFUR KAFFEPAUSE BAHN): members layout - completed

This Austrain 'HOe' Gauge (3.5mm:1ft stock on 9 mm track) layout can be operated either DC or DCC. Although referred to, in the club rooms, using its initials, this is not a good idea if you are near Ibrox!!!!

The track layout is very similar to that of our West Bournegroom layout. A simple oval with two storage loops behind the back scene and a station with passing loop. The goods yard has a working interchange with a standard gauge line.

BAINS REACH: completed layout

This has been set as a challenge to one of our newer members who has been tasked with supervising and building the layout. It will take the form of a large industrial area on the main level and a suburban line on a higher level (shown in the illustration).

The structures for the scenic area will be mainly from cardboard kits commercially available, some no longer on the market but can be obtained from various second hand sources.

The suburban line on the high level will be automated with control based around a shuttle module. The automation will be improved later with a bespoke system to run three trains.

A lot of the track work and points have been obtained from old club stock and the buildings will be 'borrowed' from the member responsible for the overall construction of the layout.  

FERNESS: completed layout

This was a project with a difference..

WE used an experimental method of construction, the baseboard frames were constructed from aluminium angle with a sub surface of insulation wall board.

The illustration shows two LNER locos ready to depart.

Trackwork design is based on the old MacDuff station in the North of Scotland. For those familiar with the now closed and forgotten station we have switched the main

platform and bay around to bring the area with most operational interest to the front (i.e. the main platform and run round loop). During construction we decided to keep the run round loop in the rear platform to provide better operation from the model point of view.

MacDuff station was built high above a sandy beach at the sea front and part of our cliff structure can be seen in the picture to the right..

Beyond the station the tracks curve sharply inland (away from the front) as they did on the prototype and end in a four siding fiddle yard behind and parallel to the station.

TUERLAND: completed layout ('N' gauge - North European)

This model was built rapidly to provide one of our exhibits at the Cathcart Model Railway Exhibition 2016.

If originated as a Boys Brigade display layout and came to us as an oridnary door with a twin oval of tracks. We have applied scenic work, buildings, lighting and a full control panel.

Our intention is to use this easily portable layout at small shows and when there allow the younger visitors (or older if they wish) to run the trains.