Hello, I've now got to the point where I thought I'd start my own layout thread and share some progress. I've been into model railways since I first started noticing trains where I grew up in Blythe Bridge on the North Staffs Derby Line, my first train was a little Hornby black tank engine, some wagons and a circle of track. As I grew older I dabbled at building my own layouts but never got any further than a bare baseboard and some track. Now I'm a little older and hopefully a little more wiser I thought I'd have another crack at building my own (serious) layout and stop playing trains on the carpet.
Having first lived in Tipton before moving to Pendeford during my Railway career, I developed an interest in the Wolverhampton area and for one of my earlier layouts I imagined a fictional joint line built by the GW/LMS running from the Grand Jcn at Fordhouses via Pendeford to Oxley to enable a connection to the Wombourne line, along this line would be a small yard serving some local industries, hence the name Pendeford Sidings. I've always wanted to return to this idea and with a move to Newhaven six years ago our new house had a sizeable spare room, unfortunately other more pressing priorities dictated that my model layout took a back seat until of March this year when under orders from SWMBO I employed a professional
carpenter to build my baseboards. With the baseboards complete I've added the board for the elevated section and cut the approach ramps from plywood, I've also slowly started obtaining Peco Code 75 track and made a start on adding a bus feed for my Roco multimaus controllers.
The layout will have an elevated section to enable me to give the trains a longer run, on this elevated section will be a Glass works requiring trains of sand as well as coal for the boiler house that supplies steam for the factory, traffic out will be conveyed in vans, the other industry on this section may well be a Tar distillers to take advantage of those Hornby Midlands Tar distillers wagons, the lower level on the main baseboard will be the location of Pendeford Sidings, a small fiddle yard will be on the board on the opposite wall with the trap door.
My aim for the layout is too depict the period from 1966 to 1974 and to enable me to run block trains into Pendeford sidings where they will be broken up and sorted into their respective trips for the two industrial concerns.
I hope you enjoy the attached pictures and I hope to keep adding updates as I make some progress.
Edited by bescotbeast, 16 May 2014 - 15:48 .