Vintage O Gauge mostly Hornby exhibition layout.

The late Laurie Tandy's exhibition layout, Templeford, with its owners, the Tandy family, standing behind the layout on Octber 31st 2015, during its first showing since 1962.

 Templeford was at the Warley Model Railway Club Exhibiton at the National Exhibition Centre on 24th and 25th November. 2018. 
( In the far corner of the hall almost diagonally opposite the main spectators entrance)

The history of Templeford features in the November Railway Modeller under the heading Talking Points ( a two page article with photographs dealing with the evolution of the layout; on pages 922 and 923)


We have been invited to take Templeford to the Bournemouth Model Railway Exhibiton on 9th and 10th February. 2019.

Held at The Hamworthy Club Magna Road BH21 3AP
(If using Sat Nav BH21 3AL is more accurate.)
(This is between Bournemouth and Wimborne NOT Hamworthy, Poole. 

See Templeford from a driver's eye view. This was filmed by Nick Dodson of Railfilms and is used with his permission. (click on the link below)

Also from Railfilms, a half hour DVD is now available celebrating the Downs Light Railway  90th Anniversary Gala and Exhibition. This features  information about all the various attractions that were to be seen at the Gala, including the appearance of Templeford. All profits from the sale of this DVD will be given to the continued operation and maintenance of the Downs Light Railway. The DVDs cost £5 each plus £1-50 postage and packing, details on how to order can be found by going to the Downs Light Railway Trust's own website.  

A webpage for this event can be found by clicking on the link on the left.

A webpage for this event can be found by clicking on the link on the left.

Templeford went to the 50th Anniversary Bristol Model Railway Exhibition at Thornbury Leisure Centre on 4th, 5th, and 6th May 2018. 

This was of particular significance to us, as the layout that we now know as Templeford, when it was first built in 1959 was one part of a layout, the other part was a terminus built by the late Peter Bradford. Peter went on to become one of the stalwarts of the organisation behind the Bristol Model Railway Exhibitions. A webpage now exists for this event, click on the link on the left.

There is now also a Youtube video of Templeford at Bristol, here is a link to it:



 Provisional plans are in place to take Templeford to Bessels Green, Sevenoaks, again in August 2019. Further updates concerning this visit will be added here in due course.

We have been invited to take Templeford to the Spalding Model Railway Club Exhibiton on 2nd and 3rd November. 2019. 

We have been invited to take Templeford to the National Festival  of Railway Modelling at Peterborugh in December 2020. 

TEMPLEFORD  appeared at the Wimbledon Model Railway Club exhibition on 29th and 30th October 2016. There is now a Templeford at Wimbledon web page.

Youtube videos
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:


There is now a 12 minute video of Templeford at the Downs Light Railway Gala and 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 30 and 35 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 seven 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

Overall view of Templeford prior to running stock onto the main layout
We aim to take the layout out twice a year. We are happy to exhibit at two or more day length exhibitions 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 have also now taken it back to exhibit in the Malvern area, the area in which it was built in 1959.​​
We do occasionally run clockwork although about two thirds of our locos are electric, all now converted to run on 12 volt DC.
The above video shows our clockwork County of Bedford running on Templeford
 at the very first show of the newly renovated layout at Burnham on Sea in 2015.