Canons Cross

Canons Cross

The layout was originally built for BRM to show that a model railway is within the capabilities of anyone who has carried out DIY and those with skills at the beginners stage. All items were bought off the shelf from the local model shop and builders merchants. Some buildings are made from simple card kits that are pre-cut and very easily assembled.
Woodwork for the base boards is simple and has no complicated joints. Some builders merchants will part cut some of the plywood. Electrics are simple and sturdy requiring little soldering. Rolling stock is all ready to run. A series of articles regarding it's construction appeared in the magazine British Railway Modelling (Jan-Apr 2010 issues).It appeared at the BRM sponsored exhibitions in Doncaster, London and Peterborough in 2010 and 2011 and is still a popular layout available for exhibition.
The layout is based on the Southern Region of BR in the 1950/60s and operates with Steam,diesel and EMU's. It is a small terminus to a fiddle yard layout. The layout is approximately 20'x 2' in size plus an operating area and requires 3-4 operators to run and 2 cars to transport. One 5 amp power supply via an RCD is required to run the layout.


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Layout Photographs

by Tony Wright from British Railway Modelling

Pictures from the 2014 Stamford Show


Brunthill Station

An N Gauge layout, Brunthill is a small country town in the Yorkshire Dales, whose station and line connect to the London Midland region to the west,and ultimately the North Eastern region to the east.It is the early 1960s with both the last knockings of steam and the new diesel era.




Amberdale is a single line secondary route through the Peak District of north Derbyshire in the last 1950's to early 1960's. Motive power for this period is steam with early green diesels. 

Build History

Originally built to a brief from BRM and serialised by them, it was intended to fit into a 10 feet by 8 feet shed - hence the name of the series 'The Layout in the Shed'. The intention behind the layout was to demonstrate various methods of scenery construction and detailing. 

The shed which featured along with the layout at many exhibitions including Warley and Alexandra Palace, now resides in a field in the south country, making a living as a very upmarket horse shelter! 

Since then, the layout has been extended to make for more interesting running and some pictures are included in the gallery below.

Pictures by Paul Bason

The first group of photos below were take by Paul Bason and are displayed on the club website by his kind permission.



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Club Photos

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Booking Information

Amberdale depicts a single through line with station and small goods yard built by the Midland Railway somewhere in the north Derbyshire peak distict. The period depicted is set between the mid 1950's and 1960's, so mainly steam with early diesel traction is seen. It is not based on an actual location but includes features that are common to that area. Traffic is mainly coal and local passenger trains. When engineering work closes the midland main line to Manchester diverted expresses are seen passing through.  Semaphore signals together with working station and road lighting are included. The layout is DC controlled but wiring allows for DCC.


Layout size is - 14' x 8'.  We would require space for a table alongside or along the rear of the layout.  We are happy to be at the end of a row as the layout has scenery along both ends.   


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