Layouts

The club is now home to several layouts in the smaller scales from N up to OO

Amongst the 12 layouts currently in the club are -

Calderdale

Calderdale is a large N Gauge layout representing several stations throughout Calderdale.

Cleggworth

Cleggworth is a model based heavily on Holmfirth station and taking much inspiration from the BBC TV series 'Last of the Summer Wine'. Originally a Bolton and District MRC Layout, this layout was bought by club members in 2012 and has since undergone refurbishment and is once again on the Exhibition circuit.

Aireworth

Aireworth is a 3mm scale, 12mm gauge layout and demonstrates the benefits of the scale; ie more railway in a given space than OO and bigger than N gauge scale making it easier to model. The layout was constructed by Mr Philip Kirtley and help by Mr Peter Langthorne in the 1970s, and was designed from the beginning to be operated prototypically by several operators in both a Club and Exhibition environment.

Being set in the industrial area of West Yorkshire, this fictitious layout is of a typical Northern Town Station with railway of the L&Y, Midland and NER origins and features scratch built scale models of prominent KEIGHLEY buildings. You may recognise Carnegie Library or the Town Hall and seasoned rail travellers should notice the back of Cavendish Street. All buildings are restored to their former glory with all blemishes removed. A photo spread featuring Aireworth appeared in Model Railways, Novembers 1993 issue.

The overall size of the layout was 25ft by 8ft and as now been extended to 25ft by 10ft wide, this gives a 2ft wide extension of one board at the side of the station board and a lift up section at the Nursery Close end, the lift up section add is so that us old portly operators can easily get into the middle to operate instead of having to duck under the layout to get in or out, it also gives us more room to move around inside without bumping into each other.

The layout includes a large Terminal Station at one end for a full passenger time table service, a Freight Yard in the middle to give lots of work for the operator, make up and braking down goods trains, a comprehensive Loco Shed at the other end for the arrival and departure of all locos. Round the back we have an incline which takes all the stock up to or down from the high level, a four track main line traverses across the station and front of layout in both directions, for the running of trains around, for viewing before they are stabled around the back of the layout.

There are four control positions one for the Station, one for the Goods Yard, one for the Loco Deport and one for the Main Fiddle Yard.

Since the demise of Tri-ang TT over fifty Years ago the stock running on Aireworth is still going strong.

Aireworth in the past have tried to run both Tri-ang TT and Three Millimetre Society products together, but suffered with stock coming off and now only runs Tri-ang TT or Tri-ang may have beens or Three Millimetre products fitted on to Tri-ang chassis.

Locos are a mixture of Tri-ang and Three Millimetre Society white metal kits, coaches are Tri-ang, Three Millimetre and Kitmaster on Tri-ang chassis, wagons are Tri-ang and Three Millimetre on Tri-ang chassis.

The Three Millimetre Society came into being in the late 1960s and they have available to its members a vast array of locos, coaches and wagons kits. Also available is a comprehensive components list of track and scenic items. It has helped and contributed to the development of Aireworth and still helps in keeping it in running order.

Now in its senior years it is being housed and revamped to its former glory, at Aire Valley Railway Modellers Club, where the time table is still being operated.

Thornworth Bridge

Thornworth Bridge is a purely fictitious station, set somewhere in West Yorkshire. Originally built by the L&Y, it became part of the LMS in the grouping of 1923, before nationalisation in 1948.

It is a twin-track through station, with a single-track branch line also terminating there. This branch line serves (off-scene) a further station and a small dairy, allowing some interesting stock movements. Due to this, the station benefits from a turntable & small loco servicing area towards the rear. To the front of the layout there is a small goods shed, and an example of the coal drops which are very common in this area.

The scenic part of the the layout is 2000 x 450mm (around 79 x 18 inches), with returns at either end & a rear 8-road fiddle yard. It is DCC controlled, and is the first and so far only DCC layout in the club. Trackwork is Peco code 55, with points controlled by the 'MegaPoints' servo system. Baseboards are constructed from birch plywood, and the layout is designed to be very quick & easy to take down and put up.

The rolling stock is mainly Graham Farish and Dapol, and covers the period from nationalisation to the early 1960's.

The layout is currently in it's early stages with all the track laid & tested, but no scenic work has yet been completed. Buildings on the layout will be mainly scratchbuilt, along with one or two kits.

Lightcliffe

Lightcliffe is a layout currently under construction by the Pennine Area 2mm Group representing Lightcliffe station, between Halifax and Bradford, as it was in LMS days in the 1930s.

Lightcliffe Station was between Halifax and Bradford, and at present, the main station boards have been built and the tracklaying has been completed on the scenic boards. Wiring is also near completion and the next phase will be to move from manual to electric point control.

Planning is under way for the next major construction phase which is to add fiddle yards to the layout behind the scenic section.

Last update on 21st October 2016 by John Ireland.