A small group of members, not directly involved with other projects have started to build a new, small '00' layout at the beginning of 2017. This is to be 10ft long and 16” wide. Baseboards are complete and we are about to commence track laying.
We have members in the club lacking in general layout building experience, including young members just getting into the hobby. There are also members for whom the current projects are not subjects or scales that they easily relate too and wish to build a British layout with a modern, post privatisation theme.
The long term intention, if we gain sufficient member resources, is to build a larger layout as a front section for the Club’s 14 road common fiddle yard. However, in the first instance the modest new layout will be self contained with a three road traverser fiddleyard.
The modest size lends itself to reasonably quick construction, ideal for beginners and young members as each stage should proceed quickly and thus maintain interest. Speed of build is not in itself a key objective as we want to achieve a good quality of finish to enable the layout to attend local promotional events.
Provisionally called 'Eastgate' the theme is a modernised and refurbished northern town/city terminus, although it could have been a through station at one time. Two island platform faces with station buildings on an overhead bridge provide passenger facilities, trains will be a mix of DMU and EMU's as it is intended to provide the two platform tracks with overhead wires. The modernisation will be reflected in the buildings, signage, and also in smaller details like the track, with newly relaid and ballasted flat bottom concrete sleeper track for the electrified line etc. Limited freight handling and diesel locomotive refuelling completes the railway scene that is backed by a retaining wall, overbridge and backscene of warehouses, shops and apartments.