General Plan
What Exists Today
History of the Area
Layout Construction
Joining the Boards Together
The Canal
The Trackwork
The Control System
The Buildings
The Scenery
Easy Access
Trial and Error

The General Plan
The plan was initially put forward to the club as a “How about this for a club layout?” idea, but it got support and, when we had the time and money to do it, was chosen as the plan for the club’s next OO gauge layout.

The general plan for the layout is based on the two stations that used to exist at Savernake in Wiltshire. This is the point at which the small Midland & South Western Junction Railway (M&SWJR), running from Swindon down to Andover, crossed the Great Western Railway’s Paddington to Exeter main line.

The planning took over a year to work out but now construction is underway. The concept was for a large “round and round” exhibition layout featuring both Savernake Stations, the crossing point at the Grafton bridge complex and a section of the Kennet and Avon canal.

As an exhibition layout it had to be portable so it is modular in construction. It also needed to have interesting features which this location has in abundance. Apart from the two stations there is the Forest Hotel, the Grafton bridge complex, Crofton Pumping Station, Wilton Windmill, two farms and the old Station Master’s house. Plus the Kennet and Avon canal running the full length of the layout.

Having decided on what would be modelled we did a large amount of research on the location and the history, some of the results of that research are on show here. We have gathered together a large number of photographs, both historic and current; various books on the stations and the M&SWJR in general; located maps, signal box diagrams and track plans; timetables and running schedules. All of this information we have used to make our plan as authentic as possible within the obvious constraints of space that virtually all layouts have.