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The Marches Narrow Gauge Group will be happy to make Bratton Fleming available for exhibition from 1st Jan 2014.

The diorama layout depicts the famous Lynton and Barnstaple Railway in its last winter of operation in 1934. There has been a big snow storm and the railway continued to run two trains throughout the night in order to keep the line open.

By then, Bratton Fleming had lost its passing loop and signalling. The trains are operated by DCC and are automated by the use of Railroad & Co. software.

The diorama can be shown as day or night.

The locomotives are Backwoods kit built but mounted on different chassis. The trains are lit and fitted with DCC sound.

This is the second Lynton and Barnstaple layout built by John de Frayssinet; the first being the award winning ‘County Gate’.


The model usually transports in a van which has to be rented. Two members of the group come to exhibitions. Normal expenses are required. One 13 amp plug, two chairs and two tables are needed.

The layout needs to be insured from 'home back to home' .

2012 Doncaster Model Rail Live.  From BRM website:

"30 layouts were on display showcasing some of the best that British modelling has to offer with thrilled visitors commenting on their excellent quality. Many different gauges, eras and modelling techniques were represented and firm favourites across the weekend included Bratton Fleming in 009 gauge, Market Roundham OO gauge and St Marnock Engine Shed in O gauge."

what people have written:

"An oustanding scenic Model Railway seen at Festival Of Railway Modelling, Doncaster 2012. The layout is based on a true story of when snow engulfed North Devon in the 1930s and trains were run throughout the night to keep the line open. By this time the small station of Bratton Fleming had lost its run round loop and the great snow had consumed the siding."

"Perfect model !"

"Hm-m-mmm....even looks like the "right" kind of snow!!"


If you would like further information for exhibiting, feel free to contact us by email.