My name is Simon Paley, I’m currently a Assistant Signalling Designer in Reading and currently holding an Signalling Design Assistant License with the IRSE. I was previously  a Trainee Signalling Designer in Reading and before that a Permanent Way Maintenance Technician Apprentice  in Gosport. I have had the pleasure in working on the designs for multiple re-signalling and capacity improvement works across the country.

In my spare time I design and construct Model Railway layouts along with my father, including three successful exhibitions layouts; Hythe Parkway, Loughborough Road (my father’s layout) and Norwood Road. All these have been featured in the Model Railway Press.

I have also got a range of 3D printed Modern Line-side Detailing parts for Model Railways on Shapeways, under the brand ‘SJPModels’:  https://www.shapeways.com/shops/sjpmodels

I’m active member of the RMWeb online Model Railway forum and I’ve written articles on Modern Railway Signalling and Lineside Equipment for British Railway Modelling (BRM) in the past.

I have also dabbled in the heritage sector, working Alton, Medstead and Alresford boxes on the Mid-Hants Railway under supervision and provided some design services to both the Mid-Hants Railway and Colne Valley Railway.

The purposes of this blog is to update those who wish to know, all about my current projects in my spare time, and the odd thing linked to my line of work:

  • Norwood Road – A Modern South London ‘OO’ Gauge Exhibition Model Railway Layout
  • Broomfield Lane – A Modern small TMD ‘OO’ Gauge Home-based Model Railway Layout
  • ‘Modern Railway Signalling – A Handbook for the Railway Modeller’ – A Book outlining how Modern Railway Signalling should be portrayed on Model Railways.

I hope to post a blog whenever I do something on any of these projects, or come across something in my daily life that would be of interest of the followers of this blog.


Simon Paley