the name for this layout formerly called Whitbury.
The change of name is
to honour it's founder David Sumner who passed away suddenly on the
8th of November 2002. It is the replacement for our "Modern
Image" model called Kirkfield which was sold after many
The model was ready for exhibition by March
2006, a year later than originally planned and made it debut at our
own exhibition which that year was held at Champness hall in
Rochdale. It proved to be a crowd puller and was always surrounded
by onlookers over the two days of the show. From that show it
received an invite to attend at Worsley later in 2006 and it was
also shown at the Heywood Trinity church charity event that the
group ran in the June of 2006.
It was next exhibited at our March 2007 event
in the Heywood Civic Centre and again proved to be very popular with
the visitors to the show.
In May of 2007 it was again exhibited, this
time at the Stockport and District Show where it was awarded the
accolade of "Best in Show" (see the trophy above). It also
received many favorable comments from the visitors who spent a lot
of time watching the busy display of trains running through the
The construction of this model to the high
standard that lead to the award was greatly assisted by the grant to
the group from the Rochdale Community Fund based at Beswick St
Manchester, which allowed us to afford quality materials throughout
the building without having to cut corners.
There is still plenty of work to do though on
this model. The most recent addition (2007) has been another lock in
the canal scene where the water level and a barge are slowly rising
and falling. It will be fitted with some colour light signalling in
time which should enhance it even more and there are plans to
completely rebuild the station platforms as the board joints are a
little too visible at the moment.
Below are some of the
pictures taken during the construction of the layout and also some
taken at events where it has been on show.
Following our move to new premises (August
2010) it has been possible to continue work on Sumner-Brook which
has been "off the road" for a year or two while our new
modern image layout "Lostwood Bridge" was being
There is now an additional track behind the
station to allow shunting without tying up the main line loop and
scenic improvements are also being carried out.