When I say 90's, I mean built in the 1990's.
Some of you may remember the layout - mostly seen on the exhibition circuit in the North of England, but it did make a few forays to the Midlands and it's last show was at Folkestone in 2000! It made a magazine appearance, making the cover of the Model Rail supplement in December 1994
I sold it in 2001 or so and thought I'd seen the last of it, but fate was to intervene. Last year I was actually thinking of a building a new, modernised version of the layout and even had the trackplan on my noticeboard in my shed, along with a list of trains that would occupy the storage sisings, when by chance, I found out that "New Bryford" was for sale. A couple of emails and phonecalls to confirm it's condition and I was on my way with fellow modeller Spike in his van, to repatriate it.
Upon closer inspection once home, there was minor damage to a couple of rail ends and some of the structures were beyond repair, but these were probably going to be replaced anyway and a basic plan of what we wanted to do was formed. Another friend was also recruited to the cause.
We then made the decision to exhibit it at our club show at Blackburn in September 2011. This was back in October 2010 when we had plenty of time................ or so we thought.
Not quite taking family/work/other exhibiting with Blackmill/etc. into account, we found ourselves in May 2011 with nothing done and the prospect of readying the layout for September 2011. Also having taken on another exhibition showing for the end of September 2011..........
A quick bit of soul searching and diary checking and we decided to go for it. I know full well, barring very major catastrophes, that we will do it, as that's our way.
The plan is to convert it to DCC, make the scenic sections deeper with an added rear section. Replace most of the structures and revamp/enlarge others. Tidy up the overall appearance and add a new lighting system.
For starters the stock will be current - mostly that seen already on "Blackmill". There are potential plans to backdate, but that's for another day/month/year......
For starters - here's a couple of pics to show what it used to look like.
Edited by newbryford, 16 April 2014 - 19:12 .