Gauge 00 Layout-Weyford on Sea -SR

The layout represents a typical Southern Railway/BR Southern Region seaside terminus in the 1950’s, when most people went on their seaside holiday by train. The fictional location is on the Dorset Coast between Weymouth & Lyme Regis. It supposes that the L&SWR extended its line from Dorchester westwards to meet its West Country main line just east of Axminster, & built a branch line line down to Weyford on Sea which was fast becoming a holiday destination. The GWR also got in on the act with a branch of a branch to reach with running rights the L&SWR station close to the sea front.

In the 1930’s the Southern Railway built one of their art-deco stations with long covered platforms to accommodate holiday & excursion traffic on a grand scale. A small loco depot was also constructed, which later was “home” to many West Country locos before their return to Exmouth or Nine Elms.

The layout is L shape, Terminus to fiddle yard. The station has 4 platform faces & a goods yard with a goods shed & a wartime cold storage warehouse, based loosely on one that existed near Shalford Jct on the Portsmouth line- one of many built to disperse food stocks in time of war.

The loco depot has a turntable & a loco-shed to accomodate 4 express locos modelled in part low relief.

The layout has considerable potential for operation, particularly if using a sequence based around a Summer Saturday timetable of BR(S) in the 1950’s which is being developed.

The layout was exhibited in an incomplete form at our open day in 2005 & in a more complete form at the Midhurst Modellers Show in 2006.We hope to add a sea-front section including an esplanade & operating trams in the future.

Update 1:

To enable the layout to be operated in the temporary club room, plans are being developed to modify the layout to a U shape, with a new “Weyford Docks” station to hide the fiddle yard from public view.

To add to the fiction, Weyford Docks will be the Southern’s major railway to ship connection to the Channel Islands for both freight (mainly fresh vegetables and flowers) and passenger traffic.

This will add to the operating potential of the layout, with boat trains & seasonal perishable freight trains to be reformed in the main station with only smaller locos permitted on the docks branch.

The changes will involve the construction of five new 1,200 (4′) baseboard sections, the majority of which will require scenic treatment. Four existing baseboards will not be used in this format.The new track layout should still enable a loco turntable to be retained, but possibly a much truncated engine shed. The new layout size will be approx. 5.000 (16′) x 3.00 (10′) inclusive of operating space and access space at one end. Although the main operating panel will be inside the “U”, we expect to have the “Docks” panel on the front of that layout section.

No allowance has been made for barrier space in the sizes given.

The target is to have the layout complete in its revised format for the 2009 exhibition season of which the Feb.2009 Midhurst Modellers Show is part.

Update 2 -October 2008

The revised loco depot is virtually complete with track, electrics and scenics done.

The station approach pointwork has been modified to provide a separate “main line” to the fiddle yard and the docks branch. A board with the branch falling to the dock has been constructed, track laid and the scenics for the cutting well advanced.

The existing goods sidings have been cut back to allow for the docks branch. The government cold store building has been removed as there is insufficient space.

Three “new” 4′ boards are being constructed out of material re-used from some old boards to form the fiddle yard and dock area.

As soon as these are available, track laying in the fiddle yard will commence immediately.

The N gauge team have volunteered to assist with a range of tasks including scenery, operating sequence and electrics.

Work on refreshing the scenery and buildings on the “existing” section of the layout will commence immediately.

Photos, map & layout drawing to follow

Gauge 0 Layout- Woodchurch GWR/SR

The layout is a fictional station on the Didcot, Newbury & Southampton line which closed in the early 60’s

The layout is a fiddle yard to fiddle yard set up with a double track station area, with goods yard & local engine shed measuring 12.2 (40′) x 0.9 (3′) & constructed generally in 1.2m sections.

Potentially the layout can provide plenty of movement as the prototype line handled considerable quantities of military freight traffic & troop specials, particularly during the Second World War, post D-Day. In peace time traffic was a little sparce, with a branch line train service with the occassional inter-regional freight or passenger excursion train. As the line was single track for most of its length, with stations with long passing loops (considerably lengthened during WWII), this is reproduced on this layout. GWR & SR stock predominates amongst members stock, as it was on the prototype post war.

The layout was exhibited at the Midhurst Modellers Show in 2005 & at our Open Day later in the same year.

Currently the layout is in store awaiting the club’s return to permanent premises. We hope we can exhibit this layout in 2008.

Photos to follow

Club/Group layout

The layout is a branch terminus to fiddle-yard based originally on Dursley in Gloucestershire, but plans are under way to move the location slightly to the Midland & South Western Juction Railway, as part of expansion plans to turn the layout into an L shape with a larger station area/ fiddle yard
The layout is currently 8.54 x 0.915 (28’x 3′) constructed in 7 sections.

Electrically the layout is currently DC with two controllers-one for the industrial sidings & one for the station area & “main line” Plans are under way to convert to DCC

Operationally the current layout has the potential for a fair amount of shunting & the arrival & departure of regular passenger services of either push-pull type or GWR railcar. With the move of location to the M&SWJR there will be the possibility of military specials- both freight & troop & inter-regional excursions.

The members have a mixture of stock from most of the “Big Four” & BR. With the new location GWR, LMS, SR, BR is generally acceptable, although we will try & keep the era to one of the following in any given operating session -late 30’s; 40’s (lots of black locos); BR green diesels (Maroon, Green or Choc / Cream coaches)

We anticipate 4 to 6 operators & 3 cars for exhibition crew & transport

Photos to follow