|Fleming Park Leisure Center,|
Eastleigh, Hampshire (UK)
|February 28th/March 1st, 2009|
|Special Report - Part III|
|Pictures copyright © 2009 by Ian How|
|[N] - Scott's Quay|
By Ron Boreham, Solent Model Railway Group '85.|
"Set in the ‘sunny South of England’ is Scotts Quay, the terminus of a fictitious coastal secondary main line on the Southern Region of British Rail with ferry links to the ‘Isle of Wight’. It is an unusually busy line but handles commuter traffic for the many island dwellers that work on the main-land or just come over for the shopping in the nearby cities. Steam, diesel and electric traction can be seen spanning a period mid 60’s to 70’s. The pier also sports a tramway running from the pier-head to the esplanade mainly for people visiting the town ! At this time we have a fair on the seafront park, with dodgems and sidestalls ! This layout is available for exhibitions, please contact myself or Solent Model Railway Group for details , I hope you have enjoyed this layout, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask the operators ! Thank You."
|[HO] - Guglingen|
By Alan Peacock, Sompting, Sussex.|
" Guglingen - a Bavarian branch line. Designed originally as the second terminus end to Chris Peters Benedikbeurn Bavarian branch line, itwas also intended to be used as a stand alone layout with the addition of a fiddle yard. The period is set around 1900 - 1915 with buildings and the population to match. To match the original boards Guglingen consists of two boards 4ft Inches long by 18 inches wide, with the fiddle yard 2 feet 6 inches long by 18 inches wide. Each module being constructed on 2" x 1" softwood frameswith a deck of 9mmplywood. Motive Power and Stock is limited to Trix, Fleischmann, and Roco items with some Marklin wagons having the wheel sets exchanged. All stock is fitted wi th Kadee magnetic couplings, with the exception of fixed rakes of coaches which are fitted with Fleischmann Profi's with Kadee's on each end. The fiddle yard, which sits behind a fully scenic diorama just 7 inches deep, which adds interest and, alsomeans that the whole frontage can be viewed. There are three cassettes, which gives ample running. The layoutmade its first appearance at the 1996 Fleischmann Club AGMand has been featured in TheContinentalModeller as Plan of theMonth in theApril issue 1998 as Benediktbeurn to Guglingen and European Railways issue 153March/April 2003 under the series, layout-lines. "
|[On30] - The Napier Valley Railroad and Coal Company|
By Nigel Bowyer, Solihull, West Midlands.|
" The NVR (Napier Valley Railroad) was built in the early 1870's. It hauled coal, ore, and minerals plus a few passengers down the valley, along the picturesque route of 32 miles to Union Mount. It was here that the `Narrow Railroad' interchanged with the `Standard Railroad of theWorld' - the mighty Pennsylvanian Railroad. The NVR earned its keep to the end of regular operations in the autumn of 1956. With the closing of the last mine the NVR quietly closed its doors. What you see is the end of one of the branches in its last years of operation. "
|[HO] - Roundhouse|
By Ian Lampkin, Redhill, Surrey.|
" After building a modern image HO and N gauge layout (both still go to shows) the fascination with massive USA steam locos has grown culminating with the purchase of a Trix Big Boy fitted with DCC and sound. This meant I needed a layout to run it on and withWalthers due to release suitable building kits and a 130ft turntable made this a more realistic proposal. Also a number of friends had some older Rivarossi steam locos from various railroads and they have since bought some of the newer sound equipped locos by other manufacturers. The layout is based mainly on Union Pacific practises at the twilight of steam in the mid to late 1950's. A magazine containing photos of Laramie, Wyoming roundhouse has been used to create the atmosphere along with various UP steam videos showing footage taken in the 1950's. Along with UP locos various other railroad company locos can be seen such as Southern Pacific cab Forwards. Diesels are also starting to arrive to replace these magnificent steam locos. As well as the loco maintenance, there is a small industrial area where smaller locos can be seen switching various boxcars and tank cars. Baseboards have been constructed with a foam deck laid on 2" by 1" timber framing faced up with plywood producing very light boards given their size of 4feet by 3 feet. Peco code 83 USA style track has been used throughout the layout. Operation is with Digital Command Control but conventional wiring has been used to allow any non DCC fitted loco to be isolated. Many buildings have detailed lighted interiors with more interiors being added as time permits. "
|[3mm / 100 - 14.3] - Three Mills|
By Jas Millhams, Chelmsford.|
" During The 1960’s and 70’s I exhibited a 3mm scale layout known as The Mid-Anglia Line which represented the fine scale approach to the scale as perceived at that period. In 1978 I moved to “S” scale being unable to take 3mm scale any further with the materials available at the time. My Yaxbury Branch was the result. In the intervening years, scale size bullhead rail has become available, for which Ian Osborne makes chairs. The 3mm Society has also introduced its Five Year Plan wagon kits making available freight stock of a standard previously unknown in the scale. These developments caused me to have a fresh look to see if a fine scale layout as understood today could now be produced in 3mm scale. This layout is the result. The track is made from the parts above to 14.2mm gauge and the wagon stock is almost entirely from the Society kits. The locomotives are from the earlier layout re-wheeled to fine scale standards, as are the milk, parcels and cement vehicles. The buildings are a mixture of new construction and ones reclaimed and re-worked from the earlier layout. Scenic work has also benefited from more modern materials and techniques. Further information on the layout can be found at Three Mills "
|[HO] - Colditz Stadt|
By Bill Roberts, Sutton, Surrey.|
" This fictional layout represents a cross country line in the former East German province of Saxony, and takes its name from the infamous World War Two prisoner of war camp at Colditz Castle, a photograph of which appears on the backscene. The principal feature of the layout is the multi span girder bridge which crosses the River Elbe and is made from several Kato bridge kits. The layout has been extended from its original form to include the small town of Colditz, which is entirely fictional, as is the tramway linking the station to remote villages. The trains represent the former East German Deutsche Reichsbahn state railway in the mid 1980s, a few years before the unification of the two parts of Germany in 1989. At this time, although diesel and electric traction formed the main motive power for both passenger and freight trains, a few surviving steam locomotives could still be seen. "
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