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This section contains various details about the site, provides a site search, and details on how to contribute. Results of historic polls are given at the bottom of this page.

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If you don't have a website, but would like to pass on your notes, photos or modelling-experience via the internet, you can do so on this site. It doesn't have to be extensive, as long as it's good.

Contributions can include:

  • Layout descriptions and photos
  • Individual photos of your favourite models
  • Kit-building projects
  • Detailing and modification projects
  • Track Plans and design issues
  • Case studies of particular lines, stock etc
  • Listings of kits, stock etc

All material that you submit will of course be clearly credited to you. Whatever you submit will be either integrated in the existing sections, or, if there's a lot of it, set up in a new section.

Note the following:

  • Your material must be GWR or BR(W) related

  • I reserve the right to review whatever you submit and suggest editing if necessary.

  • I control the design and layout of the pages on which your material appears, in order to ensure that the site retains its overall design and feel.

  • If you submit photos, they must be of good quality. Bad photos is a pet hate of mine, especially on the internet!

  • Don't expect the world. I am no wizard web-designer, and this is no website-hosting service. The idea is merely to make your information available to others, and to enhance the scope of this site as a resource for GWR modellers.

Right, that was the serious bit. Now if you have some good material, please don't hesitate to send me an e-mail, and I'll get back to you.

About GWR Modelling





GWR Modelling began in 1999 as a single page of Internet links for Great Western modellers.

In the modelling world, a lot of people were still doing GWR branchlines, and Diesel MPDs seemed almost novel. Manufacturers like Nucast, D&S and Mike's Models were still around. The revolution in RTR detail was still in its infancy.

A lot of water has gone under the bridge since then, and meanwhile the GWR Modelling website just grew and grew, primarily as a result of the steady flow of photos and material sent in by GWR modellers.

The aim of the site is to provide information, inspiration and showcases for modellers of the GWR, and thereby help promote modelling of that very special railway. The site is 100% non-profit, and paid and managed by the webmaster on a private basis.

The site has some 300 individual visitors a day. Most are from the UK, US and Australia, but there are also regular visitors from Malaysia, Uruguay, South Africa, Poland, Japan, Sweden and some 25 other countries. The world is full of GWR modellers!

Poll results
These historical polls have ended, but the results are shown below for reference.

Layout type?

What kind of layouts are we actually building? GWR Modellers are often said to favour the branchline terminus, but to what extent is this actually true, and what other kinds of layouts do we like?

The results of the poll below suggest that we are not nearly as one-sided as some might think. In fact, if this poll is anything to go by, more people are building through layouts than terminus ones.

Total Votes: 532


Did you ever build a locomotive from a kit?

Total votes: 129


Joint station layout?

If you were to build a GWR joint station layout, what would the other company be?
Poll results: joint station layout?


Ready to run dreams

Which of these GWR tank locos would you like to see in Ready To Run?

Tank loco poll results

...and which of these GWR tender locos would you like to see in Ready To Run?

Tender loco poll results


What is your preferred modelling period?


Your first GWR loco?

There was always a first one. Someone desired, perhaps, for a long time, before you finally found each other. Or someone who just happened to be there – a brief fling, a suitable subject for your experiments! In any case, here is your chance to let the world know. Tick the loco that was your very first one. Tinplate counts, Brio doesn't!


Modelling scale?

Total votes: 846


Favourite CME?

Total votes: 578