Experience our Exhibition Layout.

‘Millhead Junction’ is an OO gauge exhibition layout depicting the late 50s and early 60s era in the London Midland region. It is a fully scenified and discreetly lit layout, viewed from 3 sides, with no fiddle yard. The name Millhead Junction was inspired by Millhead village just a mile from where we live, which nestled beside a station at the western end of Carnforth Station on the West Coast main Line. The station was known as ‘Carnforth (Furness and Midland Junction)’, the junction connecting Barrow in the west with Yorkshire in the east to the WCML at Carnforth. We have taken artistic licence and called this layout ‘Millhead Junction’.

After 40 years of railway modelling, we have finally achieved our goal of building an exhibition layout, which offers a taste of our extensive OO gauge static model, ‘Hornby Central’ which has twice been featured in the ‘Railway Modeller’ with six page features (May 2010 and June 2012). This offers a clear indication of the standard of our modelling.

Over the years, we have built and customised forty-six locomotives, some of which you will not see on other layouts. They include many from the Fowler, Stanier and Riddles stable, plus a smattering of Gresley brilliance, with an A4 and V2 hauling a rake of Hornby’s finest Pullmans. Visitors will also enjoy the ‘Royal and Mid-Day Scot’ hauled by ‘Princess Anne’ and Coronation Class locomotives. The ‘Duke of Gloucester’ takes its share of the limelight, as do ‘Phoenix’ and ‘Gordon Highlander’ at the head of the ‘Thames Clyde Express’.

The layout is simple, designed for long, uninterrupted running, on a double circular track, 16’ by 7’, with an inclined branch-line, demonstrating the Push-pull and Railbus services. The centre of activity is Millhead Junction, where 7 coach trains of Hornby’s finely detailed tin plate rakes and Kitmaster Mk 1 coaches, terminate and return to the City station.

We were brought up in the heart of the ‘satanic mills’ of northern England and now live in Carnforth, adjacent to the West Coast Main Line, where we often hear the whistle of a steam special passing through this famous station. It is this magic, the tingle, the thrill we get that we have strived to model for over forty years, for all to share and to enjoy.

Layout size: 16ft x 7ft (overall size with protective barriers 20ft x 12ft)

Era, Scale & Gauge: London Midland 50s 4mm /OO Peco code 100 rail.

Electrics: The layout operates from only two 13 amp plugs.

Expenses: Fuel for three cars or possible van hire.

Accommodation: Required if the exhibition is over 30 miles from Carnforth.

Number of operators: The layout requires a minimum of three people, ideally we like four people to cover a full day.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Sorry, there are no upcoming exhibitions. If you’d like us to attend an exhibition you’re organising, please contact us.

Our Track Tricks


Laying the Track

Coaching Stock

Trucks and Wagons

Use of People


Explore Hornby Central

How we make the trains run

Remaking History

The Making of Princess Anne

The Making of the Layout

The Making of our Steam Specials