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GRANGETOWN, MORFA MAWR, & WEST HIGHLAND LAYOUT

all by Trevor Hale

 

GRANGETOWN

 

This layout has now been sold, modified, and re-named to represent a 1990's scene, with stock to suit the period. The photographs below show the layout as built.

Grangetown is a fictious small station in the Wholeflats area just off the A904 to the East of Grangemouth in Scotland. Set in the early 1970's, it is located at the Southern edge of the docks, on a line between Falkirk and Boness. The layout consists of a single platform station with passing loop, and two small sidings.

Trackwork is by SMP with copperclad turnouts and the buildings and structures are fabricated from plasticard. Freight is served by trains from Cadder Yard and from the Perth / Stirling area with coal, food produce and cement flows, while local trip workings are seen from in and around the docks system.

Passenger traffic consists of a local service between Falkirk and Boness, usually served by a Cravens dmu or the two loco hauled services which are operated each day from Stirling and Glasgow Queen St to Boness. Motive power is provided by Eastfield and Haymarket depots, and servicing work is undertaken by Grangemouth depot staff just 2 miles down the line. The local shunter seen working around the area is also from Grangemouth.

The layout was originally planned for the DEMU 2003 small layout station competition, but wasn't completed in time. Built to EM gauge, the layout was eventually completed with improved fiddle yards either end, to give more operating potential in such a small space. The scenic section is 4ft long, with two 3ft sector plate fiddle yards either end making a total length of 10ft, but can be used with one fiddle yard reducing the length to 7ft.

MORFA MAWR (ABERATH)

 


The layout is based circa 1970 on the coast of Cardigan bay, between Aberystwyth and Aberaeron (near Llannon) and consists of a small single platform station with runaround sidings for goods and coal. The later additional siding accomodates the Provender shed which houses foodstuffs amongst other merchandise.


The line was originally planned to be built as a narrow gauge line by the VoR railway, but this never happened. In 1909 plans were forwarded by the LA&NQLR to build a standard gauge railway following the planned VoR route, albeit with a few deviations, and work finally started in 1911 and was completed just before the outbreak of the Great War in 1914.


This layout was never planned to be anything more than a EM test track to play trains on at home. In late 2005, it started as 5ft board with a 3ft sector plate, and all that was done was to lay the track and wire it up, whereafter it just laid around doing nothing for a few years.


After some thought and several different ideas, I decided to change the trackwork around a bit and build it up as a scenic layout, which is now 8ft in length with a 4ft fiddle yard. Further images of the rolling stock for the layout please click here.

WEST HIGHLAND LAYOUT

 


Depicting a remote station on the Scottish West Highland Line, based loosely on Crianlarich, in the Loch Laggen area. An acurate model of Crianlarich itself was considered, but a scaled down scenic area of a 30ft was just too much to contemplate.


There will be an imaginary link to the Ballaculish to Conell Ferry line, which will employ the use of non-corridor compartment passenger stock. The large island platform (typical of the area), will feature a main station building with subway access and adjacent signal cabin.


There is a small goods yard and near derelict steam shed for the stabling of engineers wagons and the occasional loco. To the other end of the station there is a single track viaduct.


The baseboards are all constructed from plywood, using an open frame design with risers to the trackbed.


Pointwork is C&L individual components with copperclad strengtheners, Tortoise point motors for remote operation, and wire in tube for the yard and loco shed.