Traditionally we name our layouts after local places, most of which never had a railway, and as such they are not generally affiliated to any particular railway company or region – being designed to allow stock owned by club members a chance to be run at exhibitions. After all, the object is to have fun and entertain visitors.
We do not run to timetables, and do not mind which region or type of rolling stock is run, although we do try to maintain some consistency in what is running at any particular time. At exhibitions we are much stricter with this rule (we tend to either agree with exhibition organisers, or decide before going which period/stock we will be running) than at club running nights, when virtually any stock owned by members runs.
Whitmoor – Fully constructed and running
A freelance N gauge layout, 12′ x 3′.
The layout has a continuous run, via a fiddle yard, on a double main line through station. Additional terminal platforms at one end of the station are intended for branchline traffic and surburban traffic to the “big city”. The track plan includes a goods yard and locomotive depot and fully automatic turntable. The layout is designed to be operated by 2, 3 or 4 operators.
Savernake – Work in progress
Our next OO layout has now been given the go ahead for design and construction. It is to be based on the two stations that used to exist at Savernake near Burbage in Wiltshire. Currently in the baseboard construction stage, it will be a mainline loop layout with a single line branch and a single line loop. See the details of this exciting project on the new Savernake information page.
009 Layout – In R&D
We are currently in the early stages of developing a new 009 gauge layout for the club. Currently members are putting together ideas for track plans and features and we will update as it progresses.