CMRC Club Layout
Stop Gap
© 2017 Cleveland Model Railway Club
4mm/1ft Scale, EM Gauge.
Cleveland Model Railway Club.
The origins of this layout are unknown, but it is thought to have been built in 1974 as a Great Western Branch. The layout passed through a number of hands before it became the property of Cleveland Model Railway Club. 
In 2014 it was brought down off the club’s shelves, where it had been kept in storage for at least 20 years. Once the spiders’ webs and accumulated dust had been cleared away a decision was made to refurbish the layout. Some of the buildings were missing, but as the station sign was in the blessed tangerine of the North Eastern Region, it was decided to rebuild the layout as one of the ex-North British Railway branch lines in Northumberland – perhaps on the Border Counties Railway or the ‘Wannie’ line. New, scratch-built, NBR type buildings were constructed for the layout although the Goods Shed is, we think, original.
The scenery was given a complete refurbishment and the original electrics, which include H&M point motors, were refurbished with new switches to change point polarity etc, and now provide 100% efficiency. New fiddle yards have also been made thus minimising stock handling.
Stock is representative of that which might have been seen on the line in the mid-1930s. Some are proprietary items converted to EM Gauge but the locomotives and rolling stock are, in the main, kit built, the former by the likes of London Road Models and Dave Alexander. Coaches and wagons are from numerous sources including David Geen, 51L Models, and D&S Models. All have been borrowed from club members.
The layout is 18 feet x 2 feet and operated from the rear. Space required at an exhibition is therefore 20 feet x 5-6 feet approximately.
For more information contact Tom Bain at
Subject: Steam
Era: Mid 1930s
Scale: 4mm Gauge: EM Size: 18FT X 2FT  Footprint: 20FT X 5FT
No. of Operators: 2
Expences at cost : Van hire , Fuel and Bed and Breakfest for Operators
Other: 13amp socket and stock table We would like barriers if not available we can supply our own.