Coleford is based on a real railway in the Forest of Dean, with history having been warped a little to suit a "narrow" (gauge) mind. The railway from Coleford to Monmouth had its origins as a 3' 6"gauge plateway, the Monmouth Tramway carrying coal, clay and lime to the river Wye at Monmouth. But it's been reinvented as a 2' gauge railway serving a quarry, gold processing and a chocolate factory. You'll have to ask for the history!

I wanted to design something that was portable and not large. At the same time, I wanted something that was interesting to operate. I have always been a fan of unusual trackwork. On Coleford, there are two different types of track; stone based chairs, and longitudinal sleepers. I used and abused commercially available track to construct these.


The locos and stock are a mixture of bought, kit built and scratchbuilt, including some very unusual locos. Some of the stock is quite unusual too - look out for the chocolate waggons.

The scene shows the railway is a fairly run down state in the depths of winter. So there are lots of bare trees and all the people look miserable!.

The layout featured in the May 2013 edition of the Railway Modeller, and has since been extended.

To see full size pictures click here to go to the photobucket album for Coleford.

Coleford is scheduled to appear at the following exhibitions:

Sat 6 May 2017 Bognor Regis SWING
Sat 1 and Sun 2 Jul 2017 Basildon Basildon MRC
Sat 23 and Sun 24 Sep 2017 Lydney Forest of Dean MRC
Sat 7 Oct 2017 Tewkesbury Narrow Gauge Tewkesbury
Sat 15 Oct 2017 Oxford Oxford MRC
Sat 18 Nov 2017 Royston Royston and District MRC

If you are interested in having Coleford at your exhibition then here is some useful information for exhibition managers. To contact me please use the contact box at the top of the screen.

Name Coleford
Gauge 9mm
Scale 4mm to 1 foot (009 Narrow Gauge)
Shape 14ft x 6ft, includes access at side and operator spaces at rear
Insurance £2,000
Power 1 x 13amp socket
Expenses Cost of petrol (plus overnight if appropriate)
Location Oxford
Operators 2

Full details for exhibition managers can be downloaded here

Exhibitions already attended

In original small format

  1. Narrow Gauge South 2010
  2. Kenavon Railway Society, Reading, 2011
  3. Beds and Bucks Open Day, 2012
  4. Oxfordshire Narrow Gauge Modellers, 2012
  5. Didcot Rail, 2013
  6. Expo Narrow Gauge, Swanley, 2013
  7. Oxfordshire Narrow Gauge Modellers, 2014
  8. Leighton Buzzards NG Railway, 2014
  9. The Chatham Show, 2015
  10. Beaconsfield, 2015
  11. Weston-Super-Mare, 2015
  12. Calne, 2016
  13. Leamington Spa, 2016
  14. Newbury, 2016

In new extended format

  1. Abrail, 2016
  2. Beacon-Rail, 2016
  3. Wallingford, 2016
  4. Pontypridd, 2016
  5. Faversham, 2016
  6. Cotswold Model Railway Show, 2016
  7. Whitewebbs, Enfield, 2016
  8. Wycrail, High Wycombe, 2016
  9. Letchworth, 2016
  10. Astolat MRC, Guildford, 2017
  11. Milton Keynes, 2017
  12. Narrow Gauge South West 2017
  13. Modrail, Swindon, 2017