The O Gauge layout has a double track main line circuit with a fiddle yard at the rear. At the front of the layout is a through station with platform loops and bays. There is a branch line which leaves the main line at the rear corner of the layout and drops slowly down hill along the front of the layout to a terminus at the other end.
There is a reversing loop across the centre which also gives access to a steam loco depot, a diesel depot and a small goods yard. The goods yard also has an access to an oil storage terminal where road tankers are loaded. The steam loco depot has a shed, coaling and watering facilities and a turntable. Although the diesel depot is part of the main layout it is also a stand alone layout which we can remove and take out to Model railway Exhibitions.
The main station has 3 through platforms, 2 bay platforms, a Mail/Parcels platform, a freight yard which deals with stone trains.
On the other side of the hall we have a terminus station which has 3 platforms with a goods yard, loco depot and carriage sidings.
We have conventional DC and DCC controls. At present the layout is split into 3 sections, that is the UP MAIN, DOWN MAIN and BRANCH, we can select DC or DCC control for each one individually. The controls and electrics are slowly being upgraded with new control panels
The track is mostly Peco Streamline with some Marcway points. The point motors are Tortoise.
The scenery is mostly complete although details are still being added.
The stock that the members run is quite varied from pre Nationalisation steam, through BR steam days to diesels from the 1970s and 1980s.
The layout is available to members 7 days a week but the O Gauge members normally meet on Wednesdays from morning to Early evening. We have all day running sessions on selected Sundays.
There are more photos and video clips of the O gauge layout online at –
There are videos of the O Gauge and some of the other Clubroom layouts on YouTube at
Railway Books by member John Dedman with input from other members
There is also a club members email group which is very useful to let people know what is happening as regards running sessions etc.
Today club stalwart Bill decided to give two of his many locos a run and here we see A4 Wild Swan with a train of pullmans (including observation coach) running through St Stephens Junction being passed on the down line, by A1 Tornado and eleven of the brand new Darstaed Elizabethan stock. Waiting on the ‘Up line’ for a clear road is a 43XX and short local service.