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ROATH GOODS P4     by Steve Nicholls



Roath Goods is my long term P4 layout that is based in the Roath/Cathays suburbs of Cardiff, depicting a relatively small yard which acts as an interchange between the Welsh Capital and the Valleys. The layout depicts a small station and nearby factory and sidings on a Western Region branch line in the late 1970s and early 1980s.


A close-up of the terraced houses - the fronts are just posed at present - the joint lines won't be there when it's finished!


A view from the end of the street. The empty shop carcase will become a newsagent eventually, featuring all the suitable magazines from the era and a full interior (the staircase can just about be seen inside). The underside of the bridge will be fully detailed.


Trackplan - The original rough sketch for Roath, which featured a representation of the line upto Radyr. Since this was drawn the idea of the running line has been abolished as it just didn't look right when mocked up. Beside, it should of been double track to represent the 'Valley line' properly.


Just one of the locos that will be featured on the Roath layout. Based on the Hornby model and has received the correct exhaust ports and a partial repaint and weathering. Rewheeling was completed with the Ultrascale wheel sets, and all that's need to finish it off is ICM buffer beam pipes and coupling bars.


A very quick project this one - a simple 'P4ing', loading and weathering of a Bachmann Diag.1/072 sand wagon, all it needs now is some couplings.


Here's one of the first pieces of rolling stock approaching completion for Roath and a a bit of a landmark, as it's the first of many BR 12T vans for the layout. A Parkside body with bits from various other manufactures, awaiting vac cylinders, roves and couplings before being rolled out.


Scenic work being carried out on Roath. The buildings in the background enhance the scene of this South Wales based layout.


Roath scene 01.


A Heljan Falcon can be seen trundling along the track at Roath. The houses in the foreground have been cast from resin, and typify the Cardiff street scene of the early 1970s. A familiar local brewery advertisment appears on the railway bridge


Vans at Roath 01.


Vans at Roath 02.


Vans at Roath 03.