The next scheduled outing for Templeford will be at the Downs School, Colwall, Malvern,
on 30th April and 1st May 2017, as part of the Downs Light Railway Trust Gala weekend..
(Dates now confirmed.) We shall set the layout up on Saturday 29th.
Templeford is going to Bessels Green Baptist Church Hall, Sevenoaks, for nearly a week between August 7th and 12th, 2017. This is essentially a week to carry out maintenance, practice running the layout and improve the facilities by constructing a terminus which will double as a fiddle yard to increase the stock capacity of the layout. This is a semi private event but visits can be made by emailing (address on page 3) to request an invite. (this is so we can ensure that visitor numbers remain manageable).
On the Saturday 12th there will be an open day (entrance to this will be free but a donation is requested which will be given to our late father's favourite charity, Mission Aviation Fellowship.
Parking at Bessels Green is very limited so if posssible please arrive by public transport
(Bus number 452 stops close by and is half hourly Monday to Friday but is very limited on a Saturday )
We have been invited to take Templeford to the Warley Model Railway Club Exhibiton at
the National Exhibition Centre on 24th and 25th November. 2018.
TEMPLEFORD appeared at the Wimbledon Model Railway Club exhibition on 29th and 30th October 2016. There is now a Templeford at Wimbledon web page.
There is now a ten minute video of Templeford featuring some of the running of Templeford at the Wimbledon Model Railway exhibition. The link to it is as below:
Featured extensively in the February 2016 edition of the Hornby Railway Collectors' Association journal, this almost unique Vintage O gauge layout is mainly Hornby with a strong Southern Railway bias, but all of the "Big Four" companies are represented. Layout consists of four platform through station with avoiding loop, small goods yard, two further goods sidings, and motive power depot with turntable. Most points are power operated with one or two hand points which we get spectators to operate for us. There is also a two road fiddle yard to facilitate stock changes. Up to 5 simultaneous train movements can be happening at any one time, and the layout is able to replicate all of the train movements that one might find on a large through station on the full-sized railway in the 1930s.
Originally built in 1959 and exhibited in 1960 and 1962 in our childhood home town of Malvern by the late Laurie Tandy, this layout has been renovated in 2015 and has recently been exhibited for the first time in 53 years by his children.
Stock comprises between 25 and 30 locomotives (one or two may be being overhauled), with about two thirds being electric powered and one third clockwork, there are three rakes of five Southern Railway coaches, a rake of five Southern suburban coaches, a rake of eight Pullman coaches, a rake of eight Midland maroon coaches, a rake of five teak coaches and a rake of five Great Western coaches. Goods stock consists of about 80 wagons, both private owner and from the four railway companies. Not all of this stock is able to be on the layout at any one time.
A Youtube video of its renovation, first showing and dismantling at the end of the show can be seen by inserting Templefordrenovation into the youtube search box.
We are happy to exhibit in the South of England and in South Wales; as a rough guide, from Kent in the East, London, then anywhere relatively near the line of the M4, to Swansea in the west, and along the M5 south of Bristol into Devon. For a major two or three day exhibition we would consider taking the layout further North. We shall also soon be taking it back to exhibit in the Malvern area, the area in which it was built in 1959.