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First bite: The bay

Posted by Mikkel , in The Bay, Introduction 11 October 2009 · 2,542 views

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"The bay" is the first of the Farthing layouts. The layout portrays the bay platform for the GWR Overbourne line at Farthing. It is inspired by the bay platforms at Newbury and Didcot, and combines selected features from these.

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The trackplan is very simple, but allows reasonable scope for operation. The bay platform and its canopy is positioned at the very front of the layout, in order to provide a viewblock which forces the onlooker to look beneath the canopy, thereby also avoiding the "birds eye view".

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The photos seen here are rather out of date by now. "The bay" is nearing completion, with just a few details remaining. I'll begin taking photos of the finished layout shortly, once we get a clear day. Meanwhile, there's a more detailed account of how "The bay" was built here, although this has not been updated for quite some time.
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Excellent effects on those buildings, they really look the part!

Love to see more..........
Thanks BlackRat. I am definetely no weathering expert and it's basically just various shades of grey and dark brown, wiped off afterwards in the time-honoured way, and with a bit of light colour drybrushing afterwards. I'm getting interested in more advanced types of weathering these days though, must try that next time!
Great to see this here :D I remember finding the bay on gwr.org and really liking the concept of viewing the trains through the station. I, too, would love to see more.

Hi Buffalo. Yes, ever since I stopped updating gwr.org.uk I've been looking for a way to share my botched efforts with others in some kind of blog format. And along comes the new RMWeb Posted Image . As you can see I am also a fan of the Buffalo class (although yours is clearly a rather better build!). I do like the GWR saddle tanks - and it's a pity they are not accesible to a larger segment of modellers (ie RTR modellers). I've alway thought an 850 class would be a good bet for an RTR model....
The Bay looks wonderful (as does The Depot) but just how big is the scenic section itself? Is the fiddle yard seperate? (and if so, how big is that?)

Apologies if this has already been asked but I cant find a reference to the dimensions of this beautiful layout.

Hi Ray,

It's really quite small. Some might even say that I have "over-documented" it, given it's small size. But I like the idea of trying to extract maximum entertainment from small layouts.

Specifically, the scenic section of "The bay" is 32 x 92 cms, with a 73 cm long fiddle yard. The photo below shows most of the scenic section, and there are more details on the initial construction etc here: http://gwr.org.uk/layoutsbay1.html

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Thanks Mikkel - thats clear now. You definitely haven't over-documented the layout. In fact, I think it is to your credit that there is so much to document! I guess what Im saying is, a lesser layout would not have such richness and depth that you could elaborate on. With the Bay and the Depot there is a lot to talk about because you have woven such a beautiful tapestry. It is truly inspiring - it has given me a kick in the pants to have a go at something myself.
Thanks Ray, very kind of you. Look forward to seeing some of your own work in due course. Don't know if you're into micros, but I hope the Micro Layouts Group here on RMweb can get going eventually, once we get used to the format.

Welcome to Farthing!

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This blog chronicles the building of "The Farthing layouts", a series of small OO layouts that portray different sections of a GWR junction station in Edwardian days.


Intro and concept
How to eat an elephant
Design principles
State of play


Gallery (1900-1904)
Four o'clock blues, ca. 1902
What really happened in the Cuban...
The honourable slipper boy (Part 1)
The honourable slipper boy (Part 2)
The honourable slipper boy (Part 3)


Gallery (1904-08)
The trials of Mr Bull
A most implausible arrival
A parcel for Mr Ahern
Blue skies and horse traffic
The Remains of the Day
Motley crew

Edwardian daydreams


Gallery (1914)
All in a day's work, Part 1
All in a day's work, Part 2
All in a day's work, Part 3
All in a day's work, Part 4


Out of period
Undecided sky (1867)
The sleeping giant (1887)
Bunker first (1927)
Fitted fish and piles (1947)


Once Upon a Time in the West
Summer silliness
The unbearable lightness...
Across the years
The Sidelight Job
Painting coach panels

Traverser testing


Low-tech pre-grouping stock

Short trains for short layouts
Short trains with a twist
Hand-me-down coaches
Low-tech coach restoration (1)
Low-tech coach restoration (2)
Low-tech coach restoration (3)
Low-tech coach restoration (4)
Low-tech coach restoration (5)


Sprat & Winkle couplings
3 plank Open in GWR red
Outside Framed 8 Ton Van

In the red: GWR 1900s wagon liveries
In loving memory...
Scratchbuilt GWR one-plank wagon (1)
Scratchbuilt GWR one-plank wagon (2)
MSWJR 3-plank dropside
LSWR 10 ton sliding door van
SDJR Road Van
LSWR stone wagon
Fake news and wagon sheets
Same but different: 1900s wagons


GWR 1854 Saddle Tank (1)
GWR 1854 Saddle Tank (2)
Shiny domes and safety valve covers
Backdating the Oxford Dean Goods (1)


GWR large flat dray
Ratkin & Son horse-drawn wagon
Kit-bashed GWR light dray
GWR horse-drawn trolley
GWR 5-ton horse-drawn wagon
Parcels van and coal trolley


Fun with crates
Barrels, baskets, bales
Small crates and tea chests


Porters and Barrows
Andrew Stadden 4mm figures
Backdated Monty's figures
Footplate crew
HO figures for an OO layout
Lesser known whitemetal figures


C+L underlay and Carr's ballast
Experiments with C+L track
Comparing track
Messing about with track panels
Laying track on "The depot"


Constructing the Branch Bay
First bite: "The bay"
Simple structures for "The bay"
Platform trolleys and barrows
Signs, posters and adverts
Six lessons learnt


Constructing the Goods Depot
Second bite: "The depot"
Shunting Puzzle
Sketches of The depot
Soft body, hard shell
Kit-bashed roof structure
Dry Run
Dusting off the cobwebs
Playing with mirrors
Mezzanine floor
Progress on "The depot"
4mm slate roofing
The treachery of images

A roof for "The depot"

A tall bird from Paddington
Cranes for the depot
Shoulders of giants
Flight of the bumblebee


Constructing the Old Yard
Third bite: "The sidings"
Wagon propulsion
Progress on "The sidings"
Rising from slumber
The Biscuit Shed
A shed and a lock-up
Agricultural merchant's warehouse
Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall
Stops, levers, plates, gauge, wall
Lamps and Lamplighters


Constructing the Stables
GWR Park Royal stable block
GWR stables - an overview


Railway modelling and Art
Moving Pictures
Season's greetings


Layout ideas
A flexible layout
Kicking back in Gloucester


Pre-grouping livery clippings
Journey to Didcot
Detail hunting at Didcot
Here's looking at you
The mists of time (and all that)
My friend the operating chair
Ready-to-plonk freight
GWR Modelling website


RMweb Workbench
Flickr photostream

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