CHESILFORD- The Plan (Superceeded see later post on Chesilford July 2013)




This schedule has been superceeded – see later post -July 2013 updated to current situation regularly with photographs

An SR/BR (S) Dorset branch & Docks line in the 1940’s/50’s and early 60’s

The layout was originally known as Weyford on Sea and was owned and constructed by members of the Liphook & District MRC.

It appeared on three occasions at the Midhurst Modellers Show over a period of nearly ten years, in several different forms- L shaped- station plus fiddle yard and U shaped-station, plus branch line to docks and fiddle yard. A final form was planned, with town area and an enlarged cliff area, but was not completed, although elements were started. The move of meeting room led to a rethink on large club layouts.

In April 2011 the layout was purchased, without several major buildings, from the club. As a member, I have as part of the purchase, proposed having four club running sessions per year on the layout, once it is operational in its “new” home.

The layout will in future be known as CHESILFORD and the Weyford name could be re-used by the club on a future Southern layout. (For a short time the name Sandbourne as used by Thomas Hardy in his Wessex novels was considered. However this name was used for the Bournemouth locality so is too far east for the location we have)

The geographical location of Chesilford is retained as presumed for Weyford, i.e. at a point west of Weymouth, Dorset, in the Chesil Bank (Beach) area.

The following revisions are being planned as future work:


Because of the layouts new location, the layout will be generally viewed from inside the operating well, which necessitates some changes to the scenic arrangements and alterations to the position of scenic back-boards.

The sea-front esplanade will now be on the inside face of the operating well and will occupy space used previously by low relief industrial buildings.

New station buildings

The original Weyford station building is not used in the new arrangements due to lack of space.  This has necessitated a new location for any station buildings with entrances and buildings to either side of the platforms.

These will be modelled in similar period style, as those constructed by Eric for Weyford. This time they’ll be based on Pokesdown/Guildford (Park Road entrance) and Raynes Park, which although through stations, match in some part the various configurations now required.

Entry from the esplanade side, which is now moved to the operating well side of the layout lower than the railway, will be by a new station building connected to a subway (not fully modelled!) below the platforms and track. Another station entrance at the far town side will be part of a 4 to 6 storey hotel, the Chesilford Intercontinental, aimed at travellers using the BOAC flying boat services and the cross-channel ships.

Design drawings are being prepared.


A new bridge for pedestrian traffic only will be provided over the tracks

The original bridge model will be re-used on another project. Tony G who built the original, was offered it back, but declined the offer

 Esplanade & Tram system

Shortage of space precludes the esplanade as originally planned, but construction of narrow sections from Goods Yard to the subway station entrances will proceed, together with a small section of pier at the far end, close to the station buildings.

Docks area

The buildings at the docks will be revised to provide passenger facilities on a first floor Work will also involve extensively re-modelling the warehouse building; the completion of the modelling of the BOAC flying boat terminal and the associated Southern Railway Continental Terminal buildings, within the length now available.


 Fiddle Yard

To improve the scenic view from the Docks side of the layout schemes will be prepared to “cover” the fiddle yard with a “scenic lid”, whilst still maintaining vision of the fiddle yard area from the operating well. This is likely to model an area of the town “developed” between the wars, with a council estate and a private development of semi and detached properties together with a couple of “garden factories” making radio valves and electrical appliances. A sort section of arterial road, with cycle paths and a parade of shops will also be modelled.

The fiddle yard may be shortened by 150 mm to allow wrap round of the Docks and BOAC buildings, which will keep the overall length of the layout at 4880, thus maintaining access space.

New Halt

A new small halt (Albert Cliffs) in Southern concrete style will be modelled and located on the Docks branch. This was originally built to provide access for RAF personnel to the Second World War radar tower. In peacetime it is used by walkers wishing to reach the cliffs and locals getting to the Cottage Hospital.


These will be refurbished and carried in low relief at the end of the MPD. The additional boards constructed to carry a more extensive cliff feature cannot be accommodated within the space available and will be re-used on another project.


Operational- semaphore generally throughout, possibly based on the MSE, Dapol and Ratio products

Chesilford-Art-deco signal box (slightly different type to that originally on Weyford) in new location. A similar style, but Bachmann Scenecraft model to be used. For Chesilford Docks Docks an SR Type 13 Hornby Skaledale model of Deal box to be used when available in 2013. Alternatively ARP style box, as at Froyle food concentration depot, to be constructed.

Controls and wiring

As the layout will in the future be operated, for the majority of the time, by one or two people, i.e. considerably less than available hitherto, the style and location of the controls will need careful consideration.

One of the criteria must be that the controls position enables operators to stay in their respective positions without having to scrabble under baseboards at regular intervals. Possibly home running sessions, which will be more the norm, than club running events, will demand all the controls to be located together, simplifying the separate cumbersome Docks area controls, the fiddle yard and the separate MPD control position.

In other areas, progressive upgrading/replacement of the remaining wiring and simplification will be undertaken. The major wiring runs will be on a wiring tray mounted vertically on the operating well front of the layout, giving easy access during installation and for fault finding.  All cross board connectors will be located on these trays. Only the final runs and point motors will be on the underside.

As the cost of converting my British stock to DCC is prohibitive this layout will remain DC.


In future, it is not intended that this layout “leaves home”, but it should be possible for a small team of operators from the Liphook club to operate it for fun at running sessions and occasionally for invites to be issued to other interested parties to come along and watch the layout being operated. These activities could be used to encourage a positive view of the hobby and of the club locally.

The idea is that although the layout is no longer owned by the club, it can be considered a club resource, if the members so wish.


Dec 2012/Jan. 2013