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September 26th 2017

Brettell Road went public at Scaleforum last weekend and to be honest I was very pleased with how it went for a first show. There is a (quite short) list of things to address as a result of experience and some of these will form updates on the Brettell Road workbench.  My thanks go to Simon, Phil and Paul as my operating team and they all seemed to enjoy themselves enough to want to do it again!  Thanks also to the Scalefour society and everyone who stopped by to have a look at the layout.

On the same subject Brettell Road is featured in this months MRJ too. A proper article on the layout will follow in MRJ at some point in the future.

15th March 2017

It’s been running for a while now and many of you have already found it but for those who haven’t I have a Facebook page.  I’ll be posting much the same content as here but I hope the Facebook page can be used for people to ask questions too. It’s a bit difficult to ask them on the site unless it’s a topic I’m already talking about. That’s the plan anyway! Click on the picture to go to it.

We are about to kick off out 2017 exhibition season with both Calcutta Sidings and Brettell Road due to go on the road this year. Calcutta will be out first at Scalefour North, the first weekend of April. Again click on the picture for more info.

On the subject of Phil (Calcutta’s owner) he has recently taken over much of Colin Craig’s range of usefull stuff. Phil’s new company is called Stenson Models and can be found here.


Its that time of the year again.

class-101atbnsdec2013The Last full weekend of September is usually scaleforum weekend. I will be there with a collection of DMU’s (along with a EMU or two) dispensing my (erm) wisdom on the subject.  If you are popping along please stop by and say hi.  Full details can be found here

A message from High Level Kits

I would appreciate it if you could keep your eyes open for my GER Coffee pot which was nicked from my stand at Expo EM North on Sunday 18th Sept.

The model was built from one of my kits and to anyone who knows anything about models it would be fairly easily recognisable – it’s a fully etched kit with every conceivable detail. I’ve haven’t sold a lot of them and even fewer will have been built so it’ll be pretty rare. It was built to P4 gauge, numbered 227 and even the GER decals weren’t that easy to get hold of so, considering all the above, it might be the only one like that in existence.

If this was stolen to order, or by an enthusiast then they’re going to have to keep this model out of sight of any other P4 or EM modellers. The thief also stole the identification card from the stand which, at first I thought this was some sort of sick way of twisting the knife, but now wonder if it might be because they were an opportunist with no idea of what it actually and so took the card so they could quote it when moving the model on. For this reason, I would think internet selling places like EBay might be where it‘ll end up.

On the same day a Flat Iron loco in EM gauge was also stolen. Like My Y5, this had great sentimental value to its owner and was irreplaceable. If the two engines are offered together then it’ll be a dead giveaway.

Please, spread the word and keep your eyes peeled. The Police have been informed, but if you know anything contact me at chris@highlevelkits.co.uk

Happy New Year

Happy new year everyone.

Just a short note to say I’ve been without broadband for effectively the last 3 weeks.  Hopefully it will be fixed this week but if anyone has sent me an email recently and not heard anything I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

5th January 2015

It’s a bit late I know but happy new year to visitors to my site.

For those who like to read my writings I have an article in the current issue of Finescale Railway Modelling Review. A relatively recent magazine from Bob Barlow and Tim Skackleton. Sort of pitching itself at the MRJ end o the market it’s a nice looking and feeling (I always like a decent paper to be used in magazines) publication.


My article covers the building of New Street’s lamp building along with some thoughts on what I would do differently if I were to build it now. I hope you enjoy it


15th September 2014


In less than 2 weeks, Calcutta Sidings will make its third appearance at a show, This time Scaleforum. For more details of the show please click here.

On the subject of shows I have added an upcoming shows page that lists upcoming appearances for Calcutta Sidings, Birmingham Moor Street, New Street and any demos we might be doing. You can find it in the other section or by clicking here.

Finally some of you have already found it but I have a new workbench section for a little side project I am working on. Much like the plank, it’s really a glorified test bed for stuff I want to try out for new street but this one will be more black country, more early 1960’s and (whisper it quietly) more steam! After a few name changes it called Brettell Road and you can find it in the workbench section.

25th July 2014


Not had an update in a while but I have been busy working on a few more wagons. Click here to go to the wagon section.

29th May 2014

mrj231Those who take an interest in my random scribblings might be interested to know that I have an article on my class 317 EMU in this months MRJ. Its an all D&E theme and also features Tim Horn’s Bass canning line building he built for Phil’s Calcutta Sidings.

On the subject of  D&E this weekend is DEMU’s showcase in Burton on Trent where I will be doing a demo on multiple units, Hope to see some of you there.

Click here for more info.

13th May 2014

Just a quick update to say that we shall be at Expo EM this weekend with the second outing for Calcutta Sidings IIBass on Calcutta Sidings v2 TJH01 ExpoEM 15th September 2013 Copyright Tim HornPic ©Tim Horn and used with permission.

I shall be supplying a small amount of Stock and doing my best to fill up Phil’s car parks so please stop buy for a chat if you are going.

Click here for details.


10th April 2014

Class 114

Those who follow the workbench section of the site will know that I have been converting a Hornby class 110 into a class 114.  Well its nearly done now (just a few tweaks to do) and a new page has been set up for it in the units section.

There are also new pictures in the coaches section and a new page for steel wagons (admittedly with only two to look at so far).

13th March 2014

model rail LEVIts been a good while since I wrote anything for Model Rail Magazine but this months issue has a short article on my model of LEV1 for those who like buses!

31st December 2013

2014thanksJust a short post to thank all those who have followed the site over the last year. While i thought the comment-able workbench would be nice to have I never imagined it would take off the way it did so thanks to everyone who has taken time to read or comment on what I’ve been up to over 2013, its very much appreciated.

For those who like stats you can view the yearly totals by clicking here.

15th December 2013

50033atBNSdec2013cWith the completion of the platform canopies for board 3 I can finally start taking pictures that really sum up New Street.  I do feel the layout is really ambien starting to get an atmosphere now.  For more pictures like the one above go to the class 101, 50, 56 and HST galleries in the stock section.

19th September 2013

Well Expo EM North is over and Calcutta Sidings 2 is now in the public domain. The show went well for its first outing with not a huge list of things for Phil to fix before the next show (Expo EM in may) there were a few niggles but there are an awful lot of trains and track there and we weren’t exactly creeping arround at shunting speed a lot of the time.  There was a down time on the Saturday when a Digitrax box got overloaded (power districts were fine but no commands were getting sent out) but thanks to Mike, Tim and John on WFRM the problem was diagnosed and sorted fairly quickly.  Thanks to all who stopped by for a chat and to see some of Tim (H)’s pictures go to the Scalefour Society forum

Class 317Despite getting my HST refurbished for Expo EM I have also been busy finishing off my class 317 EMU which has been on my workbench for years and years. See the workbench page for more details.

29th August 2013

Some new things to look at.

25059-at-BNS-aug2013bAs well as the class 25 picture above there are new images in the class 37, class 122 and HST galleries.  On the coaching stock front there are new images in Mk1, Mk3 and None passenger galleries too.

Tank Wagons

I have also added a page for my small fleet of tank wagons, there will be more to be added to this page in due course.

Finally we are only a few weeks away from Expo EM north where Calcutta Sidings 2 and the Universal Fiddle Yard will be making their public debut. For more details click here and if you get along to the show be sure to stop by for a chat.

8th August 2013

25904-at-BNS-aug2013bJust a short update this time.  There are several new images in the class 25 gallery as well as a new picture in the class 50’s. Click here to go to the class 25 page.

mk2f2There are also several new pictures to look at in the coaches section, click here


14th July 2013

Just a small update this time.  There are some new pictures to look at in the coaches section.


21st May 2013

I have been busy uploading quite a few coach pictures to their various pages.

mk3bRFMatBNSmay2013bYou can also see more on the above conversion on my workbench pages.  For those who are not all that interested in coaches there are new pictures on the class 45 page too!


8th May 2013

LEV-at-CalcuttaLast weekend saw the third and final test session for Phil Eames Calcutta Sidings 2 before its public debut at Expo EM North in September.  The above pic is © Tim Horn and you can see more of Tims pictures from the weekend here.

On the subject of exhibitions, those in the Midlands will be able to see Birmingham Moor Street at the Bloxwich show the weekend after next.

28th April 2013

I few new things to look at this time. I have made a start on the wagons section and added more pictures to the coaches section.

hst-at-BNS-april2012I have also been working on a pair of blue and grey HST power cars, you can see more pictures of one of them in the Locomotives section.

17th March 2013

31s-southJust a small update this time.  Aside from the picture above there are new images on the class 81 and Mk3 coaches pages.  Click on stock to view them.

17th February 2013

This update sees some new pictures of DMU’s for you to look at, there’s a new image in the class 108 gallery and for those who have been following my workbench page there’s a new gallery for my class 100/105 hybrid.

To see the multiple unit galleries click here


30th January 2013

Just a quick news update this time folks!  For those interested in my scribblings I have an article on my class 85’s in this months Rail Express magazine.  Hope you enjoy it.