I've decided to build a 2mm model of Prestatyn Station, with a model of Holyhead Diesel Depot on the same layout. I'm afraid this post contains a lot of preamble, but I promise it's all relevant background stuff!
I was born in Prestatyn, a seaside town on the most northern point of the North Wales Coast in the Summer of 1966 (not the most auspicious period in British Railway history!) and spent 25 years of my life in the town before moving to London, and during those years I developed a real fondness for the station; its long slender gently-curving platforms; the semaphore signals that exist even today; and the booking office/main building which survived from LNWR times and has only just now been removed to be replaced by an exact replica; also it has a road over-bridge which dissects the station into east and west sections about a third of the way along; something I find interesting!
Another appealing feature is the sheer variety of rail traffic which has passed through in the last half century, from humble DMUs to loco-hauled mainline expresses to Super Voyagers; from Freightliner container trains to ballast trains and nuclear flasks, using just about every type of diesel loco seen in the UK, and pretty much every type of Passenger vehicle and freight carrier. Also there have been a number of steam specials which have graced the North Wales Coast, so plenty of excuses to run out the Top Shed kettles and pretty coaches!! Not all trains stopped at Prestatyn, so there's plenty of scope for trains to run through whilst others are stopped in the station, providing operational interest as well as the 'watching the trains go by' views I remember from my childhood.
I have decided to model the station trackplan as it was laid out in 1962, before the Up Slow line was removed; this gives Up and Down main lines with their respective Slow lines; also I will include the Bay platform by the Signal Box at the west end. It is unlikely I will be able to include the pointwork west of the station due to space constraints, but with some compression it may be possible; we'll see as we go along!
The era will be from the 70's to date, for several reasons: firstly the station has remained largely unchanged since the 60's so the infrastructure is suitable for all eras; any changes that have been made can be replicated and incorporated if desired eg. the lighting on the platform can be modelled as the old concrete post ones or the newer metal ones without too much distraction; secondly, the emphasis will be on providing a semi-neutral environment for trains to run; they are the feature, not the station itself; thirdly, I already have all the stock, accumulated over the last 10 years or so!!
As for Holyhead Diesel Depot, my interest was sparked by a variety of magazine articles and posts on RMweb which highlighted the trend for modelling MPDs. I hadn't thought of one before, being a 'lineside' sort of person, but realised the potential for displaying locos and doing manoeuvres around the depot. Holyhead fitted the bill exactly being long and slim in profile, and over the last few years I have been gathering information with a view to putting it together. Then, Bachmann went and announced their four road engine shed and I saw the potential for use in such a scenario as it's almost a replica of the one at Holyhead, so the idea is taking shape!
Now, as I have never built anything like this before, this is going to be an interesting journey and I will need to learn new skills as well as reviving old ones; nothing like a challenge to keep you sharp!
The space planned is 11 feet by 2 feet 3 inches; I can increase the depth at the lefthand end of the layout but the right hand end is fixed due to doorposts etc. At present my current n gauge layout Llanybarachel occupies half the length and a wardrobe and several bass guitars the rest, so some clearing out will have to be done before groundwork can commence! I will be using Peco code 55 track in the main viewing areas, and hopefully recycling some code 80 from Llanybarachel for the fiddle yards; that is if I don't sell it first and use the money instead!!
So bear with me and follow if you like; I'm putting this topic together as a personal record for me and as an encouragement to others to have a go and build something 'proper' so please feel free to ask questions/make observations/give critical feedback, advice and input!
NB: All pictures, plans etc. are replicated with the authority of the image owners and credited accordingly; where this has not been possible I will provide links to other sites. Here are the trackplans of the station and diesel depot. The theory is that the station will be at the front of the layout and the Depot at the rear joined by a spur off the Bay siding. Quite how it'll all fit and work remains to be seen! Macrat did the one of Holyhead for me last year; the Prestatyn one is something I cobbled together showing the main station area - I'll try and put together a better trackplan including the track west of the station for next time - they're not to scale; the station area is about 6 feet long and the Depot about 8 feet long:
I'll be updating as and when I can, but as I have a full-time 9-5 job and am Dad to two daughters as well as being a Church Elder and on/off gigging Bass Guitarist, please don't expect daily posts!!
Thanks for reading
Edited by Grafarman, 17 May 2017 - 21:23 .