Welcome to the Model Trams and Tramways website, which was designed and built by Gordon Bulmer with additional material and photos by other authors. It is usually updated for the first day of each month.

It first went online in April 2008 to describe Sunderland Corporation and Sunderland District, the first model tramways built by Gordon & Margaret Bulmer and how to motorise the Corgi trams which ran on them.

Since then it has been expanded to cover all of their model tramways, those built by other North East modellers and many other items of interest until it has become what you see today.

Occasionally pages are subject to minor revisions so if you have visited this site previously then your computer may have stored the pages you viewed on that occasion so it may be a good idea to use the refresh key (F5) to make sure that you are looking at the latest version of each page you decide to view.

The site describes the tramway modelling of Gordon and Margaret Bulmer, John & Jack Docherty, Ian Jameson, Peter Rose and George Wilkinson who live in the North East of England. It includes the German G scale home tramway built by the late Bill Davison and the 1/16 th scale Sunderland trams built by the late Gordon Douglas which he and the late Frank Charlton used to run on a track laid in the City's Roker Park.

It includes other items of interest to tramway modellers, such as Automatic Tram Stops, Motorising Diecast Trams, Build Your Own (Trams, Buildings and Points), and the 'Your Questions Answered' page. More details and links below.

The North East of England Area of the Tramway and Light Railway Society holds a number of meetings each year around the area. If you live in the North East and would like to attend any of these meetings, use the Contact page to let me know and please include a telephone number so I can contact you.

We have members who model in N (2 mm / ft), 00 & 009 (4 mm / ft), 0 (7 mm / ft) and 12" / ft, who exhibit their tramways at Model Railway and Tramway Exhibitions, who build home tramways and some who do not model at all, but enjoy meeting like minded people over a cup of tea or coffee.

You do not need to be a member to attend, although we hope that if you like us you will decide to join the Tramway and Light Railway Society.

 Site Updated 

Click here or follow the menus to see the latest site update with links to updated pages. The updates page is also a history of the site and updates are usually performed ready for the first day of each month.

 Where to see Us 

Click here or follow the menus to see details of our future exhibition bookings where you will be able to meet and talk to us. All of the small scale model tramways described here were built to be shown at Model Railway Exhibitions.

Exhibition Managers, if you would like to invite any of the Model Tramways to appear in your exhibition please use the Contact page to ask for details of the tramway of your choice which will be emailed to you by its owner.

 Automatic Tram Stops

Click here or follow the menus for descriptions and diagrams of an automatic control system which enables a tram, wired for Live Overhead or 2-rail, to stop and then move off as the following tram approaches. This system does not use any electronics, but instead uses cuts in the rails.

 Beamish Tramway Exhibitions 

Click here or follow the menus to view the Beamish Model Tramway Exhibition reports and photos. The Exhibitions are held in the Collections Study Room near to the Foulbridge Tram and Bus stops. As a costumed volunteer at Beamish I talked myself into the job of organising the first Exhibition in 2012 which has since become a regular part of the 'Great North Steam Fair'.

 Build Your Own

Click here or follow the menus for full descriptions with photographs of how to build a 7 mm / ft Tramcar, a 5 mm / ft Works Car, a 4 mm / ft Motorised Windmill, a 4 mm / ft Motorised Carousel, all from card, build 4 mm / ft Sprung Tramway Points, a 3.5 mm / ft Narrow Gauge Tram from a railway coach, a 3.5 mm / ft Etched Brass Bandstand, Making Road Rollers Move, Painting 4 mm / ft Edwardian Figures and Building a 4 mm / ft Bogie Tram Chassis using Halling Parts.

 Magazine Articles

Click here or follow the menus to see all the magazine and newspaper articles which have been published about our model tramways since we started exhibiting them in 2002.

 Model Tramways

Click here or follow the menus for a full description, board plan, exhibition diary, photo and video galleries for most of the model tramways featured. In addition there are construction blogs for Beamish, Blackpool Seafront, Foxwood Park, Model Town Tramways and Ravenscar Pier and a brief system history for Sunderland Corporation and Sunderland District. The model tramways which have been sold to new owners or are longer used because their owners have died have been moved to the new Retired Tramways page.

 Motorising Diecast Trams

Click here or follow the menus for full descriptions with photographs of how to motorise Corgi Tramlines, OOC Balloon, Railcoach and Feltham, EFE Horsfield, Matchbox Y-15, Lledo and Oxford trams.

 Your Questions Answered

Click here or follow the menu to see the questions which have been asked through the Contact page which have all been answered. The last question received is at the top with the first one received at the bottom of the page.


Click here or follow the menu to see the Contact Page where you can ask questions or leave comments on what you have seen.


Click here or follow the menu to see the useful links used when building our model tramways and this website.

 Site Map

Click here or follow the menu to see the alphabetical site map which will help you find your way around this site.


Thanks for their invaluable assistance during the research, design, construction and exhibition of our model tramways, and the building of this website must go, in alphabetical order, to David Allinson, Mark Bliss, the late Bill Davison, John Docherty, Malcolm Fraser, David Innes, Ian Jameson, Alan Kirkman, Peter Rose, Len Squance, David Voice, George Wilkinson and anyone else who has helped in any way.

© Gordon Bulmer 2017