Old Elms Road

Old Elms Road is a OO layout presented by Bodmin & District MRC.

Photo credit: Chris Nevard, Model Rail

Photo credit: Chris Nevard, Model Rail

It is a busy but fictitious location based on a Western Region secondary mainline, somewhere in Berkshire near the border with Hampshire.

Photo credit: Chris Nevard, Model Rail

The line provides a cross country link to and from the Southern Region and the south coast in addition to regular volumes of freight and local passenger traffic. The layout is set between the period between 1956 and 1962 and is primarily steam operated although a few early diesel locomotives and multiple units  are now starting to appear on the line.

Photo credit: Chris Nevard, Model Rail

Old Elms Road also has the benefit of two branch lines; one is a Western Region branch providing links with the main line whilst the other branch is a single line outpost of the Southern Region’s electric  third rail network that now terminates at Old Elms Road. The mainline is double track with passing loops in both directions within the station. There are a few sidings that service freight to and from the WR branch plus there is a modest locomotive depot that supplies freight locomotives for the nearby marshalling yards further up the mainline (not modelled).

Trains consist of mainly WR passenger and freight workings with a handful of SR inter regional and local services.

The layout is DC operated via wifi and uses SMP fine scale track in the main viewable areas with hand built pointwork. The storage yards at the back of the layout consist of Peco track. Everything on the layout in terms of buildings, scenery etc is hand built by members of the club. Stock is a mixture of kit built and detailed r-t-r locos and rolling stock. The layout features working road vehicles that can be seen in parts of the video and these are based on the Faller system using heavily modified vehicle bodies in order to meet our location and timescale requirements.

The layout is approximately 30 x12 ft in size and the extensive fiddle yards can store up to 45 different trains for use during an exhibition. We very much look forward to hopefully being able to exhibit  ‘for real’ at the Alton show in 2022.

Old Elms Road has featured in Railway Modeller, Model Rail and The Hornby Magazine in recent years.

We hope you enjoy the short video provided for the virtual exhibition