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 during its first showing since 1962.


Templeford West was the name suggested for the new terminus which is being built at the moment. Sometimes, we are asked why is the layout called Templeford? It is a very valid question, when it was first built and exhibited in 1960 and 1962, to the best of our knowledge and by going through Dad's records the layout never had a name. Templeford is actually an amalgamation of the names of two different stations, both of which would have been relevant to Dad. They are Templecombe (we used to travel to our grandparents from Malvern to Bournemouth on the Pines Express as children, passing Templecombe in the process ) and Oxford, a station Dad would travel through from time to time when going on business with his work from Malvern Link to London. These two specific stations were chosen because throughout their lifetime both of them had experienced locomotives from all four of the "big four" railway companies.

When first exhibited in 1960, and again in 1962 the main layout (which we have now exhibited on six different occasions) had attached to it a terminus built by the late Peter Bradford. This terminus was joined to the main layout by a complicated junction at the opposite end to the motive power depot, and also connected into it by a branch point which came in adjacent to where the goods shed stands. For various reasons, the layout as it can now be seen was never exhibited again in Dad's lifetime.

With several Bournemouth connections, it was perhaps not surprising that stations on the layout which was laid out on the floor at the top of our Malvern house before the exhibition layout came into being were called Northbourne and Southbourne. This of course was in homage to the Bournemouth stations, so Templeford West, (to echo Bournemouth West, which was the terminus for the Pines express, seemed somehow appropriate.)

So Templeford West is intended to fulfil several functions, namely:
1) to be a form of replacement for the loss of the terminus as built by Peter Bradford.

2) to double up as extra fiddle yard space to complement the two road fiddle yard that we are currently using.
3) to use up much of the remainder of the track, the handoperated turntable, and the beautiful Hornby lever frame, and signal box, all items which came from Dad's own collection.

 Ian, working on track laying.

Templeford West photographed from either end. The terminus is 20 feet long, arranged as five baseboards of 4 feet length each. These when stacked take up a space of 4' by 2' x 1' and will fit in the average small hatchback. 
The Hornby mechanical lever frame can clearly be seen in the photo below. It will control the four points and two arm bracket home signal. The beautifully constructed rodding and cranks to the points and signal have been made by our Mechanical Engineer, Ian.
The completed Templeford West in use at the Bristol Model Railway Exhibition. May 2018.  (photo copyright Ian Tandy)
The newly completed Southern Railway Pattern two doll bracket signal complete with mechanical rodding. 
Templeford West's points and the bracket signal are completely mechanically operated, from the Hornby  lever frame which has six levers, four  control the points and two control the signal. The signal arms are interlocked with the point settings.

Photo copyright Ian tandy
We do not exhibit the layout for less than two days, unless the circumstances are exceptional. As a rough guide, we will consider any show 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. We will also consider taking the layout further North for any of the major shows.