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  • Monks Bay – one of the best exhibition model railway layouts in the UK?

    Welcome to the Cornish Riviera in the late ‘50’s – early 60’s. It’s midsummer and the height of the holiday season. As usual, the sun is shining, as it always did in those days, and the railways are struggling to cope with the load. Not only passengers, but fruit, cereal crops, milk, beef and lambs – all form the backbone of the railway traffic. A look at the goods shed and yard confirms the regular flow of traffic in and out.

    (Photograph: Paul Bason, courtesy of British Railway Modelling.)

    At the front of Monks Bay, you will see the customs house and the busy harbour at the side of the tunnel mouth where the line curves into view – the high street, the front of the town itself and the partially disused mine and quarry at the far end of the town are all part of the scene. The town is of course dominated by the spectacular medieval castle.

    The army camp is still busy too with all sorts of WW2 equipment from various countries which was sent for evaluation alongside our own – and some of the American GI’s are still here too.

    (Photograph: Paul Bason, courtesy of British Railway Modelling.)

    You will see a whole variety of trains from the station platforms – some stop whilst others run straight through, and a regular trainspotter will see 23 different types of loco on the line. Main line green diesels have also started to appear. Monks Bay sees many water stops for both goods trains and express workings. Fitted and unfitted pickup goods trains are also frequent visitors. The engineering department track maintenance train is also occasionally seen. Another special working is the express milk and fish train. Local trains to Newquay and St Ives are regular callers in the station loop as holiday makers leave the mainline expresses here to connect to both those popular resorts.

    Model details are as follows:

  • Buildings and infrastructure mainly by Allan Downes
  • Electronics by John Pryke and Peter Lapworth.
  • Website by Peter Rigarlsford www.awebsitelikethis.co.uk
  • Scenery by Jeff Tomlinson
  • Locos – see loco page
  • Trackwork by PECO
  • Control by Helmsman Electronics
  • Signalling by John Pryke
  • Point control by H&M
  • Figures by PLM Castaways
  • Scale – O gauge – 1:43


    (Click this image to see a video of how Monks Bay was developed.)

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