0 Gauge BR Eastern Region


Terry Cooke..............E mail Terry @13-fifty.com

Tel 01638 610522

I will (subject to other commitments) attend shows at short notice.

Layout Size 7.5ft x 2ft

(The footprint below is the absolute minimum and a little more to the rear of the layout is always appreciated)

Layout Footprint 10' 6" along the front and rear x 8' width

Viewing Height 3' 4"

Operators 2/3

Tables I supply my own stock tables giving a 10' 6" x 2' 6" run behind the layout

Barriers Yes please if available

Power Requirements 1 x 13 amp socket (1200 W)

Expenses Van + Fuel

Insurance value 30,000 to 70,000 (We do self insure the loco's through Magnet Insurance. Double insuring is pointless) Some 40 to 80 loco's can accompany the layout according to your choice of scenario. We will require the layout, controllers and insurance excess to be insured, about 2000.00

Programme Notes
In 2010 two 31A, Cambridge, MRC club members, requiring somewhere to run their '0' gauge stock, purchased the original layout with a view to rejuvenate and extend it to suit. This done produced: - Hobbs Warren, a haven for rabbits, depicts the lines (roads) on an Eastern Region locomotive shed and a small wagon and loco light repair shed. The layout is can be run covering distinct periods. 1. Ex GER steam and a few early diesels 2. Steam only (with a couple of diesel shunters) 3 Green and blue diesels 4 Tanks for the memory Over 30 tank engines of classes that worked over ex GER metals. No 4 is new for 2017. We offer the Exhibition Manager the choice of which period they wish us to cover, today he/she has chosen STEAM + GREEN DIESELS*,STEAM LOCO'S ONLY, GREEN+ BLUE DIESELS or TANKS FOR THE MEMORY*. The Layouts depicts a working steam shed for steam locos becoming a stabling point for loco's and departmental stock when diesels are in use. The layout is Digital Command Controlled (DCC). All locomotives are sound fitted, some have smoke units and other functions installed. Please feel free to ask questions. The operators do not bite!!

* Edit period as required

The layout depicts the lines along side a running shed somewhere in East Anglia. The setting is anytime between Nationalisation and Sectorisation(1948 to around 1985). This means effectively we run from Steam to Blue diesels. Before the purists throw their hands up in horror, steam loco's do not operate along side blue diesels. For more information visit www.hobbs-warren.co.uk

In 1923 the Great Eastern Railway ceased to exist becoming part of the London North Eastern Railway. The area remained a distinct part of that group and remained so through nationalisation to the end of steam. Steam traction ceased on the old GER in 1962, some of the last to go were ex GER locomotives designed and built in the 1800's. A few of their diesel replacements only outlived them by 6 to 8 years. On Hobbs Warren today, in their British Railways livery, are ex GER locomotives from the diminutive Y6 tram loco to the handsome B12 Express loco. For more information visit www.hobbs-warren.co.uk

Hobbs Warren depicts part of a loco shed situated in the 'Holden triangle' which is part of the Old Great Eastern Railway and bounded by Stratford (30A) Cambridge (31A) and Norwich (32A) locomotive sheds. The Locomotives used on the layout are all of types used in this area during 1948-62. The layout is Digital Command Controlled (DCC). All the locomotives are sound fitted, some have smoke units and other functions installed. Please feel free to ask questions, the operator only bite when hungry. For more information visit www.hobbs-warren.co.uk

Tanks For the memory Most are aware of the glamorous express steam locomotives of the past. They were however only a small part of the railway as much of the motive power was actually tank engines. These engines covered duties such as named express trains down to yard shunting. On Hobbs Warren today 24 different classes of tank engines that worked the old Great Eastern metals

Exhibition Managers Please Note:

We are sorry but:-

There must be wheeled access to the hall and

under no circumstances will the layout and stock be carried up/down stairs. Single person/Wheelchair lifts are not adequate.


If your Exhibition requires it, we will operate a number of periods,ex GER steam only,ex LNER steam only,steam,steam plus green diesels or green plus blue diesels. If you wish we can bring everything and run a phased system of steam through to blue diesels and back again. (This will involve about 70+ loco's and probably better for 2 or more day shows and will require more space and extra stock tables supplied) Please make your requirements known when booking the layout. We carry enough stock to enable us to abandon any loco that is not performing adequately, have a back up ECos controller and the layout is split into 7 separate sections. The intention is to be able to maintain running even if a problem does occur. We are great believers in 'if you have an umbrella it does not rain'.

The layout appeared in Hornby Magazine issue 51 of September 2011

Foot print plan

Track Plan (not to scale)

Behind the Scenes