Ray Hodson

4mm/ft 18.83mm gauge

Until April 2017 this layout was called Kitehouses, as exhibited by Dave Hawkins and Tony Sullivan (and me sometimes) for some nine years


The location has been moved from the North East to Lancashire, to become an ex Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway terminus to the north of Rochdale, with a connection to the Oldham Loop Line. Kitedale is the passenger terminus but the line continues to a Paper Mill, Quarry and Industry goods only line. The period is late fifties – early sixties, the final years of steam and the start of diesels and DMUs.

The model will be developed to include building and structures that match the ex L&Y situation, but to start with the main progress has been to add new fiddle yards, a new back scene of the Pennines, the repainting of the structures from North Eastern colours to LMR Maroon plus the change of locomotives and rolling stock.

Exhibition Managers Notes

Four Operators required to operate the layout.

Expenses – fuel for two cars,

Overall size: Layout (Inc Fiddle Yards)  16ft 6in by  2 ft 0in.(See Plan Enclosed)

Space required, including operator space, 18ft 6in by 6 ft 6 in. (includes access)  Note that the layout is operated from the front.

Barriers are not required.

Power points – the layout requires power to the controls and lights/display at a central position, plus a spur for stock maintenance and repairs, both standard Mains 13A square pin plugs.  We have some extension leads if required.

Setting Up.  2 hours to erect and test, 1.5 hours to dismantle.

Stock Table, a worktable is required for storage and maintenance.

Insurance, the layout without stock is valued at £1,000.  Stock as provided for each show will be listed on a separate sheet.  An outline value for initial insurance planning is £5,000 for stock


The layout is diorama style with built in lighting. Track height is approximately 4ft.

track plan




Contact details

Ray Hodson

email:  kitedale@shmrc.org.uk

Tel:     01329 315641

Mob:  07710 591511