#1: Royal Gunpowder Mills – Scale 6mm/ft – Tony Barratt
For 200 years the Royal Gunpowder Factory at Waltham Abbey, Essex, manufactured gunpowder and in later years cordite. An extensive canal system was used for transport within the factory and sailing barges took finished products to Woolwich Arsenal. The Royal Gunpowder Mills museum has been open to the public from 2001 – for more information visit: www.royalgunpowdermills.com
This layout features an 18 inch gauge railway system which was first installed in 1917 and then extended in the inter-war period, using diesel and battery powered locomotives. On the model a few of the hundreds of explosive production and storage buildings have been re-arranged to form a linear diorama. All buildings, trains and boats are scratch built from original drawings, direct measurements and photographs.
#3: Dwarven Mining Railway – 1/50th (9mm track gauge) – Jonathan Tansley
The dwarfs, a proud race of miners, are no longer as powerful as they once were, but in this small mining community the dwarfs are at their full force. This gorge contains a vast array of underground tunnels. In its centre the forge constantly pumps out armour for the marauding dwarf army, while the brewery keeps the army “fuelled”. The miners mine endless amounts of coal, tin, copper and the most valuable of metals, mythril. That is, when they’re not protecting themselves from the hordes of goblins and ogres in the area who also want these supplies. All locos are freelance, based on early prototypes, built to a 1:50 scale (well, near enough!). Figures are from the “Warhammer” range, suitably modified. Buildings are scratch-built, using foambord as a base.
#4: Fallgate – 4mm Scale, 9mm track gauge (009) – Stephen Little
#5: The Wetlands Light Railway – 7mm scale – 16.5mm track gauge (O16.5) – Tony Pritchard