Completed in Summer 2010, this layout reflects British Railways in the 1950's - 80's.
Era: flexible up to 1980's
Location: Fictitious British Railways
Based on Georgemass Junction and the practice of splitting trains in the Highlands of Scotland at the junction for Wick and Thurso, this layout is being built to represent operation of trains at such a junction. By careful planning of buildings and other items, it is planned to be possible to operate from the steam era up to 1980's BR. The layout is designed to fit on to the same fiddle yard as used for our layout Old Blarney and will be wired to allow either DC or DCC operation, depending on era and availability of suitably chipped locomotives.
Mid February - track is all laid and tortoise point motors installed. The work now moves to wiring and adding basic scenic contours.
Mid March - wiring still underway and although no power on the track yet, 37402 Oor Wullie has managed to sneak into the station! Main scenic contours are done, built up using polystyrene cut to shape and tunnel mouths will appear soon.
By mid June, the layout was ready! It is amazing how much time it takes to bring a layout up to standard for exhibition.
After its debut at Perth 2010, some modifications were made in light of running under exhibition conditions. Not exactly minor - adding two extension boards to the fiddleyard to allow addition of two crossovers and a rebuild of the control panel to make it bigger and easier to use! Its next trip to St Andrews in August highlighted how much more operational flexibility was achieved:
The rocks in these scenes are created using Woodland Scenics rock moulds and Plaster of Paris, water colour paints and loads of artistic skill and patience! Similarly, the backscene is hand painted and required equal skills.
Winner Firth of Tay Cup (voted best in show by members of the host club) Dundee Hobbies Extravaganza 2010.