Over the Christmas period, I reached a point on the round the room layout where I realised I wasn’t sure about the next section of track plan and felt I would benefit from concentrating on something else for a bit to keep my mojo. My wife wants us to do a small exhibition layout and I wanted to try code 55 so I decided to use some Christmas money to buy some. I’d already been playing around for a while with a variation on the BRM layout Edgeworth as a countryside GWR branch terminus, had some 9mm ply 10cm strips and 5.5mm 4×2 sheets in the workshop and a long weekend over New Years so decided to knock a board up and have a play.
Things moved quite quickly and before I knew it the main scenic board (48 inches by 16 inches) was built, cork cut and glued down, track laid out, connected and tacked down with Copydex, droppers soldered, frogs wired etc. Platforms are Metcalfe kits which are being topped with 20thou plasticard and the road bed is made from Daler board again topped with plasticard. All droppers on this board connect to a lenght of code 80 and it is DCC. Point motors are still to be added and I plan on trying out the Gaugemaster DCC80 frog juicers.
There will be another board to the left with a hidden fiddle yard with a single track leading to this board. The top platform face has a run around loop and spur to a single engine shed while the lower bay platform will be for push/pull units. There is also a goods loop at the bottom which utilises the bay as a headshunt. All infrastructure will be Ratio kits and some scratchbuilding; station building, signal box, goods shed, engine shed, water tower, coal merchants, staithes etc. I have use some temporary structures to help gauge the positioning. Coming away from the station, the terrain will rise up so the line is running through a valley. For this I will be using foam board layers. As we both like the idea of model villages, we might add a small extension board to the right of the station for the station masters house, part of a village etc.
And before I leave you with some pictures, I must say I make absolutely no apology for the twee name of the layout, Dartley Coombe.