I'd like to introduce my layout 'Portland', a foray into 00 finescale modelling. The layout has been in development for a number of years, however a booked exhibition date has seen some signifcant progress recorded, but there is still lots to do! First, I shall set the scene:
Portland depicts a fictional branchline extension to the main South Western Mainline onwards from Weymouth in Network SouthEast days. Of course, the branch existed in reality until 1965, but evidence of its existence today has all but vanished. The fictional Portland receives NSE services from Bournemouth & Weymouth - being unelectrified the majority of these consist of Class 33 and 73 loco hauled services - as well as local services from Bristol, and the occasional Inter-Regional service. Portland has a small servicing depot and associated yard to host a variety of freight operations, including Portland stone, sand, and Speedlink services. Oil is also delivered to the island from Fawley, to service the MPD but also other amenities close by. As ever, an element of modellers licence will prevail allowing me to run a bit more of a varied timetable and unusual trains!
Here is the track diagram:
Having built two layouts previously but never completed, I have learnt from many mistakes, and taken advice from this forum and my local model club (Winchester Railway Modellers) which has proved invaluable. I am by no means a confident modeller, but am always open to learning how to do something I have not done before. This became particularly noteable when deciding to move away from Peco track, having grown tired of the RTR look and striving for something more accurate, without the hassle of moving to EM or P4. I now very much enjoy track building having purchased a C&L kit to get me going, and then moving to Templot, before custom building all my trackwork for both Portland and the Winchester club's new layout Redbridge. Trackwork therefore is a combination of C&L trackbases and handbuilt pointwork, built to 00-Finescale standards, providing smooth running for Ready To Run locos but offering a more finescale look.
The layout is constructed from 9mm plywood, with appropriate crossbracing. It is an unusual layout being an L shape and viewed from the inside, but like all young lads it was built to fit my bedroom! Additional fixtures are to be built to allow the layout to be fully operational at exhibition, but the layout can be operated in its standard guise. Control is provided via NCE DCC systems with some Sound fitted locos utilised.
As mentioned progress has been slow for a number of years, but with an invitation received to this years Brockenhurst exhibition there has been significant progress! The likelihood is the layout will not be fully completed for Brockenhurst (28th/29th May 2016) but will be exhibited 'in progress'. Having said this I am confident much of the bulk scenic work will be ready, and it will be more of the fine details that will need adding. Perhaps this can be done over the weekend whilst I let my fellow club members play trains!
I will upload some decent photographs in due course, but here are a couple of crappy phone pics to give you a flavour for the time being. Whilst the layout is primarily set in NSE days, my modelling era stretches from NSE to the present day, so this will explain some of the locos currently residing in the MPD!
More updates in due course. Just over 3 months to go, the clock is ticking !
Edited by SouthernMafia, 13 March 2018 - 23:22 .