OO Gauge

There are two OO Gauge Layouts at the club with a third being planned.
 
Layout 1 is the static ‘OO’ scale layout measuring 41’ by 13’ (12.5m x 4m). This layout has a U shape with two main running lines that double back on themselves enabling a continuous run of 160’ (nearly 49m).The stand out feature of the layout is a scratch built power station, complete with turbine hall and three cooling towers. A loop of track circles the power station enabling coal train access. At the back of the layout, behind the power station, is one of two stations. It is a through station incorporating two island platforms large enough to take a loco and ten coaches or a full length HST set; running through the middle of the station are two through lines. There are several sidings at the back of the platforms enabling storage of trains.
 
At the front of the layout is the second station with the same capacity for trains as per the first station. All through lines have a platform face enabling five trains to stop. Behind is a high level street scene that has shops based upon those to be found in the local area. Next to the station is a small yard and depot whilst behind that there is a large village scene with village pond, St Martins church and its graveyard.
 
Layout 1 is controlled by conventional H&M controllers with panels housing isolation switches and push button point control. The outer circuit is switchable between analogue and digital enabling DCC operation controlled by the Gaugemaster Prodigy DCC system.
 
Attention has now turned to updating the scenery. The rear station area will be redeveloped with platforms shortened slightly; a mainline station and road will be built over these platforms with staircases leading down to the platforms. The current rock faced back scene is going to be changed into a removable street scene (to aid cleaning) similar to the layout’s front station area.
 
Layout 2 “Canalside” A couple of years ago the opportunity presented itself to purchase “Canalside”. Once familiar on the exhibition circuit it has now found a permanent home with us. It measure approx 18’ (5.5m) by 6’ (2m) after modification. It consists of an ex-GWR period 4-track through station via an extensive fiddle yard. Scenery has been constructed to a very high standard and the layout perfectly represents a rural station in its heyday. Since acquisition many extra touches have been added by club members. Members run stock from the Big Four period through to the present day. Although we usually try to stay with a particular period, it isn’t unusual to see members testing their latest purchases from quite different eras. 
 
The layout can be run as either DC or DCC. The current DCC system will be upgraded once club finances allow. The main fiddle yard will be enhanced to allow crossover between the main running tracks and possibly adding an engine shed, with a goods yard, making use of currently unused space.
 
NEW Exhibition Layout 3 During late 2021 early 2022 members will begin work on a new club OO exhibition layout – initially using baseboards and track donated by club member Steve Mosedale. Other items required will either be sourced from within the club or by member donations. The layout plan, yet to be decided within December 2021, will be DC/DCC allowing members to run all their stock. The team is considering the possibility of it being end to end with fiddle yards at both ends – or even linking it to member Robert Ward’s existing rural end to end, highly detailed and autumnal layout.
layout.
 
So an exciting and productive time ahead! New members are always warmly welcomed in this friendly group and club. With plenty of plans in place now is the time to join and get involved.