This is the blog for an N gauge layout set on the north Welsh coast in the period 1960 to 1970. It will feature the stations of Conwy, Penmaenmawr and Bangor. This is the first layout I have built and it will be a case of slowly but surely. Currently I am working on the Conwy section of the layout and intend to complete at least some scenery prior to commencing the next base board. I have built a large shed to house the layout in, which will be 35'X16'. I have been researching for approximately 10 months and have pictures of most of the rail facilities for the 3 stations. The name of the layout is the Welsh Dragon railway.
Conwy has the fantastic castle and medieval town wall to model, is on a river, has 3 impressive bridges, a small freight shunting area and a few hills. The castle alone will be approximately 2 1/2 feet by approximately 1 1/2 feet. and nearly 12 inches tall. An approximate map of the area being modelled is below.
Penmaenmawr is on the sea, is a picturesque holiday town, has a fantastic mountain right next to it which includes a marvellous rail and road viaduct between the ocean and mountain. I am also going to slightly distort reality and operate the light rail facility which moved the granite for the mountain to the main line rail service up to the 1950s. I understand that this closed some years earlier but will take some licence, as it will give me the opportunity to model a Welsh quarry light railway.
Bangor is a great station to model given its position in a valley with tunnels at either end. It is quite large And from my reading was a hub for rail freight traffic in the area in the early 60s, allowing a great variety in the types of goods subject to movement to and through the station. Given it was a primary station on the route to Ireland, this would also provide varied freight requirements and considerable variety in passenger trains .
The layout will be in 2 levels. The upper level is scenic with the 3 stations. The lower has two 18 track turntables to store all stock and rotate to facilitate a morning and afternoon run of trains.
I have started a previous blog on RM Web and will update this site with the same material. This will remain the web site for the Welsh Dragon Railway in the future.
Please reply if this is of interest to anyone and I shall continue entries.