March & District Model Railway Club
To promote and encourage the interest in and building of model railways. Mostly but not exclusively in ‘OO’ 4mm scale, ‘O’ 16.5mm narrow gauge and also ‘N’ gauge.

St Jude’s Dock – Brian Wakeling

Set in the period 1890-1905 (ish), St Jude’s Dock is a small quay by the River Lea where Mr Leakey has his Hydraulic Power Supply Co. This supplies the power for his adjacent Patent Telescopic bridge which carries the branch line to Waltham Abbey Powder Mills and Munitions manufactory.

He also opened the Leakey Bunkering service which loads the lugger with coal for steam ships in the Thames. The coal wagons are hoisted (again using hydraulic power) and tipped to fill the lugger.


Various warehouses abound as well as a timber yard which receives and dispatches by rail and barge.


The paddle steamer wanders up and down the River Lea and has priority over the railway!


The docks handles the normal trade of the surrounding district.

The layout is to 4mm scale and the track gauge is 18.2mm (EM). Plain track bought from the EM Gauge Society is used along with handmade pointwork, with most of the track covered with stone sets.


Some buildings are assembled from kits whilst others have been scratch built using old cereal packets and mountboard.

If you are interested in having St Judes Dock at your exhibition the layout details are:

Layout size – 17ft by 5ft with a viewing area of 9ft in the centre.

Operations – 3 operators (1 power point required)

Value for insurance purposes - £4000

Expenses – fuel for 1 vehicle from Manea, Cambridgeshire

Contact – Brian Wakeling on 01354 680032 or via