Stonebridge is a fictitious large terminus set in mid Lancashire during the late 50s/60’s. This allows for steam and DMU services to run.
Loco exchanges are carried out in the terminus which has routes to Preston and the west and Blackburn and all points east.
The layout is an end to end design measuring 6ft wide by 8ft and is operated by Traincontroller for computer controlled schedules so I can sit back with a brew and watch the trains go by.
My layout is based on the Somerset and Dorset Railway where the double track mainline goes to single track to cross the River Stour.
At 6ft by 3ft it was built to allow me to sit back and watch the trains hurry through the green summer countryside.
The advertising hoarding has been cunningly placed to catch the eye of passengers as they gaze out over the river! It brings another little point of interest to this section of the layout.
"Two of my grandchildren live in Malvern and two in Norwich. They were very impressed when I emailed them the photos".
Bambury Shed depicts a semi fictitious location during the transition period between the old steam locomotives and the new diesel fleet. The steam locomotives are almost invariably dirty and badly looked after, which is the way that most of us remember them!
Bambury Shed was originally built and is owned by Graham Heald. It has been extended and upgraded by club members.
It has been a regular “visitor” at the W&NW club (and it’s predecessor The Buckley and District Club) where the members have been heavily involved in the maintenance, upgrading and operation of the layout when on exhibition.
During transit to the exhibition at Crewe in January, the layout suffered significant damage due to the failure of a racking support member in the trailer. The turntable board dropped on to the shed board, punched the turntable upwards out of its mountings and scraped the scenery on the shed board. The layout was ‘fixed up’ before the show and operated without turning the locos. On return to the club, it was found that the surface boards under both shed boards were life expired and a decision was taken to strip the track, make new baseboards and relay with hand-made track.
A video of the layout at the Stafford Model Railway show Feb 2012 can be found here with our Billboards and a Vinyl Totem we printed for them at 13:01
Back in 2012 I decided to build a model of Ribblehead viaduct in N gauge, using Computer Aided Design and 3D printing and rapid prototyping techniques.
Trackside Signs, recreated and supplied signs for the Station Inn pub as shown in the pictures.
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Finn’s layout started as a simple N gauge oval with a standard DC control which was purchased in early 2011.
Peco points for turnouts and flexitrack was added to the oval and mostly Lyddle End buildings and a few Graham Farrish ones acquired for the layout.
By the summer we decided to build a landscaped layout, the first ever for both of us, which had to fit into a passageway.
Construction started in the autumn of 2012 using a polystyrene insulation board of dimensions 1.6m x 0.76m x 8cm with off cuts used to build the high relief. The theme was a pastiche of the Cornish landscape of Tor, tin mine, estuary, castle, farm, small town and old granite quarry with Z gauge track as a narrow gauge line from the quarry and mine.
Rough designs were made to-scale on paper before transfer to the board after consultation between grandson Finn (hero I.K. Brunel) as Railway Chief Railway Engineer- and grandpa Simon as Chief Railway Navvy.
Construction incorporated tunnels under the high relief and a cut-out for an estuary to incorporate a ‘viaduct’. Modrock was used to smooth out the contours and flock used for colouring with added help from nana Val in gluing on the fine detail.
The theme was a period in the 1930s and 40s of the Great Western Railway with GWR 060 Pannier Tank and 262 Engines with GWR chocolate/cream corridor coaches plus early BR red compartment coaches and additionally assorted trucks and a guards van.
Advertising signs by Trackside Signs, plus bespoke ones made by them, complimented the layout to inject additional visual realism. Construction was completed by Christmas 2011.
Left to right, RT 14, STL 2169 & RT 62 on the paddock of St Dennis's Heritage Garage, this used to be a loco servicing shed untill closure & conversion to the local preservation societies headquarters.
STL 2584 on the right, the last green & cream liveried one to run in service in Hertfordshire, is now carrying almost identical product addverts on her front corners to those she wore on that last day of service all thanks to Trackside Signs! Many more individual & "special" period buses can now be accurately portraid as a result of these addverts now being produced.
Shows a line up of the first 4 models to have these superb period add's applied.
Moving in closer to show the amazing detail that is retained on these tiny (just 9.5mm x 7mm) stickers & how well they fit both, onto & importantly, around the side corners of the buses, exactly as the real add's did, on the STL's in their day.
The other two models in close up, these being RT's with roofboxes & as such, the addverts were set slightly further in towards the route blinds & not so far around the side corners, once again the Trackside Sign stickers fit the bill perfectly!!