Control is Digitrax DCC with sound. The mini control panel is driven by a CML DTM30 Tower Master which controls the tortoise point motors via various accessory decoders located under the layout. The layout is split into power districts to prevent a short circuit from closing down the whole layout. Signals, when constructed, will be operated via servos and controlled by the Tower Master. A supplementary plug in control panel is located at the front for the carriage sidings only.
As the name suggests, the layout was inspired by Bradfords Forster Square, the old station with the overall roof. The track layout is nothing like the prototype but the station building will be a reasonable likeness. The scenery and topography is designed to resemble the area but is of course a massive compromise. The freight and parcels facilities have been moved down the line off scene, the carriage sidings now occupy the old town goods yard.
My main interest is in operation, so by giving the layout a location, albeit fictitious, enables me to make use of real timetables. I have based my first timetable on a public 1955 timetable. I have recently acquired a working timetable for 1962, the period I intend to represent, so am currently working on an amended timetable based on this. It seems that most services had been taken over by diesels at this time, Peaks and DMUs. It is in this respect that I would appreciate any further information regarding types of DMU, coaching stock and other Loco,s in regular use at this time.
Enough waffle for now, hopefully I have attached some pictures. I look forward to receiving any comments, questions or information from other members.
Overall view from carriage sidings end
Tunnel exit to storage yard
D129 stands on the up main waiting to back down onto its train
The carriage sidings shunter awaits its next turn of duty.
D48 waits at the platform end having just been relieved of its train
The business side of the layout showing sector plate, storage roads and support for fascia.
D163 takes a breather on the centre road between duties.
Station side wall and lighting rig.
A busy moment as D129 accelerates away with a train for Leeds and St Pancras. The carriage shunter brings out ECS for a Carlisle service.
Edited by TheLaird, 02 November 2012 - 11:35 .