Warley Model Railway Club
Railway modelling in most scales and gauges
Warley Model Railway Club, Unit 1F Pearsall Drive, Oldbury, West Midlands, B69 2RA
Registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) Charity No: 1153792
At our 2001 exhibition, we were commissioned by Virgin Trains to build a replacement layout for use on their stand at our 2002 exhibition. The layout was required to run full length models of both the Pendolino and Voyager trains. Located, as we are, near to Birmingham and the centre of Virgins Cross Country services, as well as their Euston to Wolverhampton line, a layout based on a West Midlands location was the obvious choice, logically between Woverhampton & Coventry, where there will be a mix of both types.
Stechford seemed to offer prospects, particularly as it has a junction, so would be able to offer some variety if required. The problem with Stechford is that it is only twin track, whilst the preferred Virgin option was for 4 tracks. So undaunted, we took the bold step of pre-
It was decided to base the layout on 1500mm * 900mm boards constructed from mdf and over the Christmas period the necessary boards were built to produce a 4800mm * 3000mm layout, with half scenic and half fiddle yard. The two "new" running lines would have no point-
At our 2004 exhibition Virgin Trains pensioned off the layout and it was donated to Warley MRC.
By now many real miles had been run and it has since undergone some necessary refurbishment including removal of the super elevation and the overhead gantries.
It is now used within the club as a layout where members can run their own stock whether it be DCC and DC and most Tuesdays it is used by whichever member has brought in their stock.
It still goes out to exhibitions where it performs the task for which it was originally built -
Yardlea: OO Gauge
|Gallery-The Early Years|
|Gallery - After Harry Mitchell|
|Gallery - Pearsall Drive|