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RYBURN BRIDGE – N SCALE

Built in 2011 by Peco as a portable exhibition layout, Ryburn Bridge featured in the Railway Modeller 2012 yearbook, Railway Modeller December 2012 edition, and was first seen at the 2011 Warley Exhibition at the NEC.
The layout is 12’ long and 3’ wide but can be viewed from both sides, with a central backscene. It loosely represents a Yorkshire location, one side featuring a town scene with a main station on an overbridge, in similar arrangement to Keighley. The opposite side represents a moorland scene reminiscent of the Yorkshire Dales, with two viaducts and wild moorland.
Initially, the station side of the layout featured a dairy and extensive sidings, but for the 2012 Warley Show, the dairy had become a locomotive shed, and a large mill ‘Ryburn Mill’ was added, straddling the sidings. At the same time a canal was incorporated serving the back of the mill, and on the moorland side a small farm was established
After the layout been retired by Peco it moved to Snetterton Park, and was on display in the model shop. When the shop at Snetterton closed, the layout moved to Gee Dee Models in Nottingham, where it was displayed in the shop window. However, at the end of 2018 Gee Dee Models were planning to close and a new home was needed for the layout.
As the layout is Yorkshire inspired, Frizinghall Models & Railways were asked if they would like to incorporate it within their shop in Baildon, West Yorkshire. The layout was transported from Nottingham to Baildon in December 2018 and plans made to re-arrange the shop layout to accommodate it. The trackplan below shows the layout as actually constructed.






The layout period is fairly flexible, but most of the scenic work suggests the sixties/seventies. This allows the operation of a mixture of steam and diesel motive power, but as the layout is intended as a shop display and test track, locos and stock from almost any period may appear on it for demonstration.

The first public showing of the re-vitalised Ryburn Bridge was on 1st June 2019 at the Frizinghall Models & Railways Open Day. Subsequently it was displayed at the Shipley Model Railway Society’s Exhibition in September 2019.  

After the 2019 Shipley Show, the layout was stored pending possible display at other exhibitions, but these did not materialise and it was originally planned to install the layout into the shop during March 2020. However, Covid19 intervened and prevented it moving to its new home, but as the pandemic has receded the layout has finally been installed in the FMR shop at the end of August 2020, where it is now providing suitable inspiration to customers.