Gray’s fundraiser layout

“Hi Al

Just about finished my exhibition layout (Westalan). It has been built to use as a fundraiser in support of Macmillian cancer support, in memory of my late wife, my best mate Alan West & his wife, who all died of cancer within 12 months of each other. Alan and I started the layout together, but unfortunately Alan never made it passed the baseboard stage. It has taken 2 years of nearly something done every day, but it was well worth the effort. There is full lighting, a working electric turntable and flying helicopter.

I have attached a few photographs, and hopefully you and the other guys and gals enjoy them as much as I did taking them.



Big thanks to Gray for sending this in. Really hope the layout does well for you.

Don’t forget the ebay cheat sheet. Keep getting the comments in – now’s the time to buy. It’s here.



38 Responses to Gray’s fundraiser layout

  1. Thank you, I really enjoy the videos the best.

  2. please say a very big HELLO to Gray on his layout ,how very nice to have bjuilt it in the memory of his relatives ,so all the very best to Gray and of course to you Al
    LTYA Bernard

  3. nice job hope it does well for u at the exhititions looks great well worth the effort good luck

  4. Yes, what a tragic story and very sorry for your loss. I gave up smoking more than 25 years ago and hope that effort has reduced the chances of me getting lung cancer. I hope they were not smokers?

    What a great looking layout-congratulations. Can you tell me more about the layout -how big is it and what does the plan look like? Might be a good idea to include this type of information , just like what you find in the magazines and would eb very useful to those who would like to replicate or just get ideas.

  5. I’m sure Alan and the wife’s would have loved it. It’s beautiful and thanks for sharing it and the story with me.

  6. Great layout for a great cause,hope it raises lots of cash

  7. Great!!! Another inspiration for us all!!!

  8. Well done-an outstanding layout!!I would be happy to have mine look that good in a year or so!!

    Hope all goes well for you with the fund raiser.

  9. Gray,this a wonderful looking layout that you have I am sure your helpers would have enjoyed it very much.

    John Coffey
    Junction City Kansas

  10. Very happy to see others modelling with old Hornby Dublo roling stock and locos

  11. Very nice & neat layout

  12. Great layout and idea to fundraise A link would be a great help as Macmillans are a fabulous cause good luck

  13. A great looking layout, certainly a truly “labour of love”. Would it be possible for Gray to do a video of the working layout as I am sure it would be spectacular seeing it working!!

  14. Great job, they would have been proud

  15. great layout, hope that you raise lots of cash for a very worthwhile cause

  16. Gary love the camping tents. Am working on an Indian Teepee village diorama. I thought scratch built Teepees would be easy to build. Wrong!
    Very nice layout with so many memories. Thank you for sharing.

  17. What a wonderful way to honor those who passed on….you are to be commended…..

  18. A wonderful legacy for those who were loved and for the future to help in the research to cure this disease.

    chuck in setauket,ny

  19. I especially like the campsite. Never saw one on a layout before. 30 years ago I spent several months camping around Europe. One of the best times of my life.

    Very sorry for your loss, Gray. Glad you have the great layout to occupy your mind.

  20. A great tribute to their shared hobby. I am sure they would have apprciated it.
    They are smiling at you accomplishments !

  21. Hi Charlie, the layout is ‘n’ gauge. 3.2 mtrs × .800. I will do a scale track plan and send it to Al for you guys to see. It needs 3 operators to run it, as as mahy as 4 trains and the fiddle yard can all be operated at the same time.

  22. Well done Gray. A nice layout and I’m sure it will do well. I kept looking for that helicopter!

  23. Nice layout. Kudos to you guys..

  24. What a wonderful commitment to three wonderful kindred spirits. Each one of them live within what you have accomplished. During the difficult journey your efforts the love that is there within each picture. How fragile life is … but how strong the spirit. I admire that

    I hope your fundraiser goes well … and all that you wish for be the least that you receive. much success!!



  25. Anto,

    Did you pursue Bachmann DCC on the internet and if so did you find what you needed?



  26. Very sorry for your loss… I cannot even imagine my life without my wife and my best friend.

    Great to see that you found peace in building this truly wonderful layout and it is being used for such a great cause – Kudos to you. I hope that I have such strength, such clear conscience and such clarity of thoughts when my time comes.

  27. I think it is a very well done layout, and should draw crowds of people who in turn will hopefully donate to a great cause.

  28. Hi Guys for your information, Westalan will be displayed at the Exeter railway show between the 28th of May and the 1st of June this year. Anyone who wishes to see it will be more than welcome for a view and a chat. And for Charlie the layout is ‘N’ gauge and measures 3.2 meters by 800mm. I will endeavour to do a scale track plan for you and send it to Al, hopefully he will publish it.
    Thanks for all your kind thoughts, Gray.

  29. What a beautiful thing to do for the Macmillan cancer support. I am sure you will raise loads at your exhibitions, I certainly hope so. These pictures are superb and I would love for you to submit a plan and perhaps a how to, would be worth a donation or two I would think. Just a thought but a very nice model indeed.

  30. Great work and a fine tribute

  31. Fantastic work Gray. What a very fitting tribute.


  33. I just lost my dad to cancer and a few other problems three months ago. I never thought of doing something like this. I hope you raise a lot of money for the cancer center.Love the camping site.

  34. Super job, Gray! I lost my modeling buddy and best friend to cancer some years ago and didn’t touch a track for 5 years. Thankfully I’m back at the hobby again
    and going gangbusters! What you we doing is a credit to you and those you remember!! Best of luck with fund-raising. John

  35. Great job, Gray. It is a wonderful thing to do for your love ones.

  36. Excellent tribute!
    May the fundraising go well.

  37. wonderful layout, emotionally beyond words for your loss.

  38. So sorry to hear of your great losses. Your work is endearing and serving it’s mission for you in a great way. Hope you raise sufficient funds to keep helping others as you show that you are interested in doing. May God Bless and keep you-regardless. Harold Jr.

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