I have been thinking about a new project for the winter months when for four months I don’t work. Cold weather and racing cars or bikes don’t mix.
I have a small space available between the American HO switching layout and the corner where I keep the Two Sister’s Farm layout.
It measures 6 feet long and would be 6 inches wide at one end and fifteen inches wide at the other. It would in fact be bolted to the back of the Benson west yard by coach bolts.
By way of a change and because they are much improved nowadays it will be British outline.
I have at last made a tentative start on my shunting plank layout. It doesn’t have a name yet.
The location is somewhere on the Welsh and English borders, not sure where exactly.
Originally the small station and yard were on a line that carried on for some distance into Wales to an unnamed terminus. After the severe winter weather in 1947 flooding further down the line washed out a bridge and severed the route. It was decided that it would be uneconomic to repair the bridge so the track was lifted back as far as the station I am modelling. This section remains fairly busy because of a quarry and a military establishment. There is also still the local traffic in coal, cattle, sheep and general farm products both in and out.
The period modelled is the early 1950’s.
This could make a project for a beginner with little space who was interested in realistic operation.
A view looking down on the single track fiddle yard. The back of CC layout ( ore loader ) at top of photo can clearly be seen.
Road bridge hiding fiddle yard (a rather grand name for a piece of single track) and station platform.
Platform and station buildings with coal and builders merchants siding at the front.
Goods yard area, flats at back are a modified from a Metcalf brewery kit. Representing from left to right, Farmer’s Association Feed and Seed. Farmer’s warehouse and store and raised loading area for horses, cattle and sheep.
Looking into goods yard area, headshunt is the original line before the bridge washout in 1947. Pannier standing at water tower, I will probably add small coaling stage opposite.
Collet 0-4-2 with toad about to depart for mainline junction connection. Looking towards the entrance door which restricts fiddle yard width to one track.
Nice to see a small British layout. This past year has been a year of British train obsessiveness for me; I love the tank engines in particular. I just recently won a LMS 2-6-4 in OO scale. Is your layout OO or HO?
Keep up the posts I always love seeing peoples layout pics.
____________________ Did I ever mention that I like trains?
It is OO scale, here are a few more photos of another couple of tank engines.
Collet 0-4-2 no 4889 ready to depart with a small goods train. The locomotive is a Hornby model as yet un weathered and I’m pleased to say runs remarkably well. The station buildings and platform are all Wills kits.
A BR standard class 3 arrives with a van load for the builders merchants.
Another Mainline model weathered with a crew. It also runs very well and I must admit I like watching the valve gear working.
Still much to be done on the scenic side.
BR Standard class 3 no 82020 departs with a mixed freight for the junction with the main line.
I have been making some coal staithes out of thin balsa. Whilst looking up a reference in my The Lambourne branchline book I came across a photograph which gave me an idea for another operation that had not occurred to me. It is a sad event but an excuse to run a model dmu special on the last few days of the lines operations before closure.
I happen to have in stock a Bachmann 108 which was an impulse buy on my part. I’ve always liked the first generation dmu’s and this livery I think suits it very well. This could be the ideal chance to give it a run.
It is simply a matter of it shuttling back and forth, but sometimes that is enough operation.
I suppose I’ll have to get a green early emblem 08 next and cover the activities between the early fifties and closure in the seventies.