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Club Layouts

Battledown

This 18 foot long N Gauge layout is based on Worting Junction and the Battledown Flyover just to the west of Basingstoke where the lines to Salisbury and Southampton divide.

All baseboards are complete, trackwork laid, and scenic work had commenced. The main emphasis now is on testing the electrics and resolving the issues arising. Consequently the boards spend a lot of time upside down so progress on scenery has been somewhat slower than anticipated!

The pictures below from January 2016 show an overall view of the layout, the insides of one of the three control boxes and controlling the fiddle yard in action.

   

Twofills

Work on Twofills the clubs new present day OO layout continues. There will be an 11 road fiddle yard to service a 2 rail main line, a dedicated freight line and on a higher level, a preserved line with station and goods yard.

The pictures below from January 2016 show an overall view of the layout, the permanent way gang at work and detail of the track underlay and polystyrene landscaping.

   

Quarry Lane

This OO9 layout on two levels attempts to capture many of the varieties of narrow gauge railways in one 2.7m long construction. The scenes include a quarry, coal mining, slate mining, passenger service and exchange sidings to the main line.

The pictures below from January 2016 show the quarry, the mines before the roof goes on and the upper and lower fiddle yards.

   

Carfax Junction

Within a few months of the first meeting of the Club in October 2008, it had been decided to build a dual gauge layout using 4ft modular baseboards. The goal was to build sufficient boards to form a 10ft by 14ft layout. The pictures below show the progress from the design and construction of baseboards to a fully working layout which was demonstrated at the Open Day on 24th April 2010. The name Carfax Junction was given to the layout which was voted as the most favoured by members from the suggestions made.

   

From the first baseboard building day during February 2009, it only took four weeks to have all baseboards constructed and fitted together.

 

By mid-May 2009, all baseboards have folding legs, are bolted together as a layout and have a test track laid on it.

 

In August 2009, track plans have been produced using computer software and printed in full size to allow marking up for track positions.

   

The laying of both OO gauge and N gauge tracks was an extended exercise over many weeks which began with cork bases to each board.

 

As Christmas 2009 approached there was good progress on the track laying and work on the fiddle yards needs steady hands.

 

Into February 2010 and wiring was underway. A deadline of a fully working layout by the Open Day in April was still a big challenge.

   

Less than two weeks to the first Open Day test trains were much in evidence and problems were being identified and resolved.

 

Six months after the 2010 Open Day and scenery prototypes spanning N and OO tracks were being tested.

 

A few weeks before the 2011 Open Day and this town scenery on the OO side looks almost complete.

   

The OO scenic side has been remodelled with a more extensive High Street that many members made up from Scalecenes kits.

 

An N gauge shunting yard has been created with connection to main running lines, and a new bay platform.

 

The N gauge yard was put to good use at Bognor in June 2014.

Members' Layouts

The layouts below belong to individual members of the club and represent a range of scales and locations. For each layout there is a short description and three pictures to give an idea of the scope and quality. If you would like more information or to book one of these layouts for your exhibition please contact the club secretary.

Road Hill

Road Hill is an N gauge layout which is still 'work in progress'. It has two continuous ovals of track, a small station branch and a disused siding, set in the present day. This layout is themed very loosely on the private estate at Baynards in Surrey through which the Horsham to Guildford line ran.

   

Haven Hill

Haven Hill is a layout designed to show what can be done with the larger On30 scale in a small space. The viewing area is just 4ft x 2ft with a continuous run and fiddle yard, depicting 1940s America. The locomotives and some wagons are from the Bachmann Spectrum range, weathered and with adjustment to the wheels to aid running on the small radius track. Other rolling stock has utilised wood or plastikard built onto standard OO chassis with modified couplings.

   

Crawley Yard

An N gauge layout of 8 by 2.5 feet this is based on the yard on the main London to Brighton line as it was around 2012. The layout is built to the West Sussex N Gauge standards with a 4 track 3 rail main line at the front and the yard behind. The buildings are scratch built and based on the actual location centered on the Aggregate recycling and cement works. The layout is DCC controlled.

   

Sturminster Halt

An N gauge layout based on Sturminster Newton in Dorset on the Somerset and Dorset line as it was before closure in 1966. The scenic area is around 7 feet long and the overall layout is 8 by 2 feet. The layout is DCC controlled with a laptop used for point and route control. Most of the rolling stock is weathered with the occasional sound fitted visitor.

   

The Garden Party

Fun layout for children depicting a garden layout in N gauge, mainly running Thomas trains. This includes a fancy dress party and a barbecue. All the figures are toys and the garden has been made with plastic and silk flowers from a garden centre. All on a 2 x 4 foot board, it looks very 'busy' but children love it.

   

Mahala Town

Mahala Town is a OO layout with working trains, trams, buses and lorries. All the trams on show are motorised Corgi die cast models. The roadway has a steel wire embedded within it which guides the vehicle via a steering axle magnet. The railway track encircles the town with a 'food train' running around it pulled by a red diesel shunter.