The layout demonstrates that you don't need oodles of space and a complicated track plan to create a fulfilling "O" Gauge layout it measures just 5' 6" x 1' 6" including the traverser and is classed as a "Micro" layout to "O" Gauge modellers.
Clayton Road Depot is home to a varied collection of diesel shunters which work the local docks traffic.
Trackwork is Peco flat bottom with just one turn out which is operated with N C E Powercab D C C equipment.
The buildings are a mixture of Bachmann and Heljan, the over bridge is scratch built.
Diano Marina is a small seaside resort on the Riviera dei Fiori (the coast of flowers) in north west Italy, on the FS main line from Genova towards the French border at Ventimiglia and onwards to Nice and Marseille. Diano is between Imperia and Alassio.
The line carries local and inter regional trains as well as Intercity expresses to Milano and some through freight to southern France, including steel and gas. Until the surge in budget air travel there were also through trains to Spain and Rome, and nightly sleepers Nice-Rome and Venice, and a daily through train to/from Zurich in the summer.
The railway was originally almost all single track, winding in and out of each bay along the coast, but much of it has now been replaced by a 'direttissimo' high speed line running a mile or so back from the coast mostly in tunnel. Diano is one of the last few traditional passing stations on what was one of Europe's most beautiful train rides. Along with Cervo and Andora it is due for closure and replacement in the next year or so.
The line was first electrified on the three phase system with twin wires over each track, but this was replaced with 3,000v DC overhead in the 60's, when the substation was built. The OHLE equipment on the model is by Sommerfeldt but is not 'live' as it would have been too much of a faff to wire the fiddle yard.
We have had to make some compromises in modelling Diano - train lengths are roughly halved, the real thing accommodates regular 15 car invalid excursions to Lourdes: one level crossing and one siding at the substation have been omitted and the goods shed shortened: a couple of miles of seaside suburbia has been removed between the station and the Cervo headland tunnel, and finally our favourite hotel has been moved a block nearer the station so you can now watch the passing trains from a lounger by the pool!
We have been visiting Diano since 1992 so the rolling stock varies in period but the layout is set around the Millennium. It is in HO scale (3.5mm/ft) and measures 11' by 9' and fits in our dining room (yes, Sue's very understanding) and uses Peco track, Gaugemaster control (simple DC cab control) and the rolling stock is mostly Roco with some Acme, Rivarossi, Lima, Heris, Lilliput etc.
One of the beauties of modelling a real place is you have to make unusual features for yourself, such as a toilet block with a palm tree growing out of one corner and a triangular greenhouse cafe extension. Other oddities to note are the use of the torrente (flood relief channels) as footpaths, the shaded LPG store, the genuine English graffiti found on the goods shed, the little signal box under the platform canopy with dispatcher in his magnificent red felt topped official hat, and us sitting outside the Bar Eden with a beer waiting for the level crossing bells to start.
Mutton is the only intermediate station on the Lamb Regis branch in Devon. Opened in 1899, it ran from the junction at Eweminster, on the L&SWR mainline to the pretty seaside town of Lamb Regis, via Mutton. Well known for its tortuous curves and a couple of notable climbs it was never the easiest line to work and provided a challenge to the motive power department at Exmouth Junction. Motive power was provided from opening by a variety of small tank engines including a couple of Terriers acquired from the LB&SCR. These lacked 'puff' and L&SWR O2 0.4.4t were next before the authorities settled on the Adams Radial tank engines following modifications made to them to allow the negotiation of the sinuous route.
By the 1950s, the three survivours of the class were retained for use of the branch. Such was their popularity with enthusiasts, even when the curves were finally eased to allow other motive power onto the branch, they stayed on. Other types used were 700 class 0.6.0 tender locos along with O2 and M7 0.4.4T engines with even an occasional T9 sneaking onto the early morning goods workings. The Radials remained until finally ousted by Ivatt 2.6.2Ts in 1962.
One Radial 30583 was preserved.
The layout depicts Mutton from 1955 until 1962, just before the arrival of the Ivatt tank engines. A bit threadbare now but still a nice place to spend time watching trains and listening to the birds and the wind in the grass
The scenic section is 120 cm x 40cm with the base board being the top from a flat pack TV table by a certain Swedish furniture manufacturer. Fiddle yards at each end are smaller TV tables from the same source measuring 90cm x 26cm..
Overall size required is 10ft x 2ft. Mutton is operated from the front which can be exciting as I leap between fiddle yards...........really.
Trackwork is all PECO code 75 with points worked by 'pokey finger'.
Buildings are ready to plant items from the Bachmmann Scenecraft range. All have been weathered and adapted in some way
Platform is from PECO concrete edging with a plasticard top and supports, painted and weathered to look like concrete
Other details are scratchbuilt lamps and loading gauge with bufferstops by Peco.
Static grass is from WWS using their applicator.
Control is by way of a Gaugemaster 'Combi'..Lighting is courtesy of Herr Lidl.
St Kenvince is a fictitious location on the Cornish main line. The inspiration for this layout came from Burngullow. I was keen to get away from the end to end concept and have a continuous run for a change. The layout features a China Clay loading facility with the main line passing in front. St Kenvince is also another location where the main line becomes single track heading further into Cornwall.
Baseboards are built from plywood with softwood framing to give an overall size of 12' x 6'. The backscene was painted by my father in law, Eddie Fry. Scenics are from a variety of sources such as Woodland Scenics, Scenecraft, Wills & Peco. The main clay dries building where the wagons are loaded was kit-bashed my deputy engineer, Mike Bishop, originally starting life as a DMU depot. Trackwork is Peco code 100 throughout.
Set in the sectorisation era of British Rail, I have tried to replicate many of the types of trains used during the period. All of the rolling stock is RTR from the main manufacturers and control is by the Lenz DCC system, with the optional use of mobile phones and/or tablets for wireless control. Kadee couplings are used to allow hands free shunting in the clay yard.
If you have any questions about the layout, we would be most happy to answer them.
By 1880 the coal mine owners in the upper Rhondda valley needed an alternative outlet for their coal other than the existing Taff Vale Railway route to Cardiff docks. The Rhondda & Swansea Bay Railway was constructed in the 1880's from Port Talbot into the Afon valley, the first section to Pontrhydyfen opening in June 1885. The line was subsequently extended to the head of the valley and through a 2 mile tunnel to form an end on junction with the Taff Vale Railway at Treherbert and, with a further extension in the opposite direction to Swansea docks, enabled coal produced in the Rhondda valley to be taken down the Afan valley and on to Swansea docks. It also allowed through running of passenger trains between Cardiff and Swansea via the valleys so relieving the busy coastal main line. The R.& S.B.R. and T.V.R. both provided through trains though engines were changed at Treherbert. As can be expected with the opening of this new route coal mining in the Afan valley itself developed rapidly.
The G.W.R. took a controlling interest in the R.& S.B.R. in 1906 and provided engines to supplement those of the R.& S.B.R. These engines were repainted and renumbered as R.& S.B.R. Locos.
We have based our model of Ynysafan on Pontrhydyfen as it would have been in the pre-grouping period. The baseboards are 12mm ply, the track is SMP Scaleway with scratch built points operated by wire in tube and ballasted with ash collected from local closed railways. All the buildings are scratch built, copied from old photographs and plans we have managed to collect of buildings that existed at Pontrhydyfen and Cwmavon. The prototypical rolling stock is a mixture of kit built and ready to run suitably altered for the period.
The layout is a faithful replica of the station and surrounding area in 1922 just prior to the Taff Vale Railway losing its independence at the grouping. Rolling stock is either scratch built, kit bashed or etched brass kits representing the stock and motive power used on the branch at the time.
Baseboards are open top construction on braced ply frames located at joints by brass connectors and steel bolts with captive "tee" nuts.
The main track work is purpose built using ply sleepers and plastic chairs and accessories, ballasted with a sieved mixture of recovered ash and proprietary fine ballast.
Control is by conventional wiring using hand held controllers. Most of the points are operated by "Tortoise" motors with Peco motors in the storage areas. Signals are MSE components adapted to accept solenoid operation.
The scenery is an adaption of the Pendon egg crate/card former system with scrim cloth covering and various surface treatments including flock, ground rubber, scatter materials and teddy bear fur. Rock faces are carved Dry Wall adhesive and the buildings and structures are all scratch built using a combination of preformed and flat plastic sheet.