The Clydach Railway

The Clydach Railway was my first exhibition layout. I have modelled a preserved narrow gauge line in a modern setting.

The layout represents a fictional preserved tourist railway situated somewhere on the coast of north-west Wales. I imagined that the original line was built to carry slate from quarries in the mountains to the port of Aberclydach. After commercial operation ceased, the Clydach Railway Preservation Society took over the ownership of the railway in 1954 and re-opened it. The line later expanded onto the trackbed and bridges of a standard gauge branch line which had closed in the 60's.

The Clydach Railway

The new section was opened in 1979 and since then passenger numbers have grown, new stock has been built and now the Clydach Railway (Rheilffordd Clydach) is undoubtedly one of the “Great Little Trains of Wales”. The layout was featured in Railway Modeller magazine in Nov.2010 and also in the May and June 2012 issues. A wide variety of stock is run on the layout representing a variety of narrow gauge lines. Locomotives include a number of Garratt articulated designs. There are two stations on different levels with inclines and an impressive girder bridge across a river estuary. The layout also features a colourful beach scene and many other scenic details.

Clydach was awarded ‘Best in Show’ at the Letchworth M.R.S. Exhibition in November 2012 and received a special award at the Barnsley M.R.C. Exhibition in November 2013. The layout was awarded the David Glascott Trophy at the 2014 Warley National Exhibition at the NEC for ‘Best Narrow Gauge Layout’, and won the Tolworth Showtrain Trophy for the ‘Best in Show’ at the Hampton Court Model Railway Exhibition in November 2015. Another ‘Best in Show’ was received in September 2017 at The Heart of the Midlands Model Railway Exhibition held in Loughborough and organised by the Soar Valley Model Railway Club. In October 2018 Clydach was awarded a special trophy at Fareham Railex for “Outstanding Scenic Features”

Clydach was featured in Railway Modeller in November 2010, and May and June 2012.

Although I am now based in Somerset, friends from Oxfordshire regularly help me operate the layout at exhibitions.

 Click to go to the photo album for The Clydach Railway.

 Click to see a video of The Clydach Railway.

If you want to know what it would be like to experience a ride on The Clydach Railway in one of the company's diesel locos, click here

The Clydach Railway is scheduled to appear at the following exhibitions:


If you are interested in having The Clydach Railway 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 The Clydach Railway
Gauge 9mm
Scale 4mm to 1 foot (009 Narrow Gauge)
Shape L shape, viewed from inside the L, 4m by 3m
Positioning Ideally suited to a corner position
Insurance £7,200
Power 1 x 13amp socket
Expenses Trailer hire plus cost of fuel
Location Shepton Mallet, Somerset
Operators 3

Full details for exhibition managers can be downloaded here

Exhibitions already attended

  1. Narrow Gauge South 2010
  2. Beds & Bucks Open Day 2011
  3. Abrail 2011, Abingdon
  4. Wiltshire Group Members Day 2011
  5. Small & Delightful Railway Group 2012
  6. Oxfordhsire Narrow Gauge Modellers Open Day 2012
  7. Expo NG 2012
  8. Letchworth 2012
  9. Newbury 2013
  10. Nailsea 2013
  11. York 2013
  12. Welsh Highland Railway Super-Power 2013
  13. Didcot 2013
  14. Barnsley 2013
  15. Astolat 2014, Guildford
  16. Macclesfield 2014
  17. Luton 2014
  18. Wigan 2014
  19. Chelmesford 2014
  20. Warley 2014
  21. Doncaster 2015
  22. Basingstoke 2015
  23. Cheltenham 2015
  24. Woking 2015
  25. Tring 2015
  26. Tolworth 2015
  27. East Anglia 2016, Huntingdon
  28. Trainwest 2016, Corsham
  29. Derby 2016
  30. Chatham 2016
  31. Farnham 2016
  32. West Camel 2016
  33. Stevenage 2017
  34. Solent 2017
  35. Compton Dundon 2017
  36. Loughborough 2017
  37. Peterborough 2017
  38. Spalding 2017
  39. Fareham 2018
  40. Warners Virtual Show 2020