A OO Gauge Great Western/ British Railways Western Region branch line terminus.
Aldbury is a fictitious terminus station at the end of single track branch line serving a small town set in the West of England. The layout has a Great Western background and locomotives and rolling stock from that company are usually to be seen either in pre-nationalised or British Railways livery as the layout buildings and features are timeless over the two periods in railway history. The layout is end to end operation and medium size trains are run from the station to the train turntable which is off the scenic display. The layout is wired for both DC and DCC operation and the points are controlled by Seep point motors with switches and the signals operate via motors and servos.
Credits - The layout was originally built by Terry Taylor, a former member of Leigh Model Railway Society in Lancashire and donated to the club by Graeme Whitehead of Doune, Stirlingshire who latterly owned the layout, so all credit to them for allowing the layout to be displayed again. It has been refurbished and altered to allow DCC operation by our members and is available for exhibition again, due to make a debut at the Elgin exhibition in March (see Exhibition Guide).
At its first outing at the MMRG show at Elgin in March, 2011, the layout won the Moray Quaich, voted best layout by other exhibitors.
At the Bangor, Northern Ireland exhibition in April, 2014, we won the award for the best running layout.
Layout of the Month - British Railway Modelling, July 2014, Volume 22, No.4
Length 18 feet x 6 feet wide operating space excluding barriers.
Viewing from the front only.
Operating crew: 4
Transportation: car plus trailer (transit van may be required for long-range shows)
Here is some video of Aldbury in action during its outing to Glenrothes 2011. Of note, you will see that we have fitted Kadee couplings to some of our stock which enhances the hands off operation, especially since much running around and shunting is required on this type of layout.